Monday, November 25, 2013

John Maxwell: Why John Wooden’s Teams Won… By: John C. Maxwell-Part #1

And how to apply the coach's winning principles to your life. 

My lesson today centers on a man who, in my opinion, was the best basketball coach—college or pro—to have ever lived: the great John Wooden. 

To most he was known as the “Wizard of Westwood,” the UCLA basketball coach who guided the Bruins to an unprecedented 10 national championships over two decades. But for those who played for him, he was much more than a coach. He was a teacher, father figure, mentor and master motivator who got every inch and more out of his players. 

When I heard of his passing last June, my mind was flooded with many memories of this great man, and the impact he had on so many people, including me. I was also reminded of memories and life lessons I shared with him personally. 

I spent some time with Coach Wooden a few years ago at his modest home in Los Angeles, where he lived for more than 30 years. It would have taken several hours just to read all of the plaques, memorabilia and awards that adorned his walls. 

For three weeks, I prepared for our meeting, and I had my questions ready. I came away from that day with stories I will treasure for the rest of my life. 

Creed for Life 

I want to share with you the simple creed Coach Wooden kept in his wallet since his father gave it to him at the age of 12. The words on this tattered paper served as his guidepost his entire life: 

Be true to yourself. 

Make each day your masterpiece. 

Help others. 

Drink deeply from good books. 

Make friendship a fine art. 

Build shelter against a rainy day. 

Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day. 

For 87 years, this creed molded Coach Wooden’s life. When I asked him how successful he was in keeping each of these principles, he said, “You know, John, we’re never perfect. But every day I still try to live up to the creed.” 

What a great lesson to us all. Here was a man in his late 90s, at the pinnacle of success, telling me he was still trying to live up to those principles. 

Most of you who are reading this are interested in winning and learning how you can get ahead at your own businesses. So let me share with you two things that helped set Coach Wooden apart from other coaches. 

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