John Wooden

August 1, 2010 — Leave a comment


While visiting Seattle earlier this summer I heard the announcement that John Wooden, a coaching legend had died. The tributes to him came thick and fast on all the news and sport channels. People from all walks of life had nothing but admiration for the “greatest coach in sporting history”.

I remember basing a talk around his life and values when he reached the age of 90. One of the slides on my PowerPoint presentation contained the following quotation:

“At 89, John Wooden is happier, more positive, more upbeat than ever. There is not a bit of cynicism, not an ounce of bitterness, absolutely no jealousy or envy. He is still the same teacher, the same positive force, the person who we would all like to become, only better.”

I’m hoping that such words can be written about me! not only when I reach age 90 but on a daily basis. A key to becoming the admired legend that he is, is the 7point creed by which he consistently lived his life:

  • ·      Be true to yourself.
  • ·      Make each day your masterpiece.
  • ·      Help others.
  • ·      Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
  • ·      Make friendship a fine art.
  • ·      Build a shelter against a rainy day.
  • ·      Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.

Having such a creed, a list of principles or values that guide the way we live is important. The challenge is: Do I know mine? If so, are they written down?

There is a lot more that can be said about this remarkable man. For another tribute, read John Gordon’s blog 7 LESSONS I LEARNED FROM COACH JOHN WOODEN.

One of John Wooden’s best known quotes and one that I need to recall often is:

“Don’t let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do”

For more on implementing the wisdom in this quote keep visiting this site!

Wyn Jones


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