R.I.P. John Wooden (1910-2010)

Yesterday the world and the coaching field lost a great human being. His legendary records have nothing on his life as a teacher, leader and mentor to young men. I read his book Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court and I was amazed at the wisdom that he possessed. Take some time and read some of the maxims that were included in the book.

* The best way to improve the team is to improve ourself.
* Big things are accomplished only through the perfection of minor details.
* Discipline yourself and others won't need to.
* I will get ready and then, perhaps, my chance will come.
* If you don not have the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?
* The smallest good deed is better than the best intention.
* The man who is afraid to risk failure seldom has to face success.
* Time spent getting even would be better spent trying to get ahead.
* It is what you learn after you know it all that counts.
* Goals achieved with little effort are seldom worthwhile or lasting.
* Tell the truth. That way you don't have to remember a story.
* Don't let making a living prevent you from making a life.
* Although there is no progress without change, not all change is progress.
* Do not permit what you cannot do to interfere with what you can do.
* Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Character is what you really are; reputation is what you are perceived to be.
* Much can be accomplished by teamwork when no one is concerned about who gets credit.
* Don't permit fear of failure to prevent effort. We are all imperfect and will fail on occasions, but fear of failure is the greatest failure of all.
* The time to make friends is before you need them.
* Nothing can give you greater joy than doing something for another.
* Do not mistake activity for achievement.
* You can do more good by being good than any other way.
* Treat all people with dignity and respect.
* Acquire peace of mind by making the effort to become the best of which you are capable.

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