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John Wooden's Pyramid of Success
Transcript of John Wooden's Pyramid of Success
GREATNESS HEART MIND "Do not mistake activity for achievement"
The first cornerstone. There is no substitute for hard work. Industriousness keeps our minds clear and focused. Have you heard "work smarter"? This requires some serious hard work. Giving 100% is not easy and there are no tricks, you just have to do it! The first cornerstone.
There is no substitute for hard work. "Never make excuses, your friends don't need them and your foes won't believe them"
Loyalty is part of human beings higher nature. Its power locates the center foundation of the pyramid. Loyalty is not given. It is a response to someone caring. "All that we send out to others comes back to us...." Send out loyalty and it will be returned in abundance. Be fair, responsible, and considerate and your loyalty will be returned. "What is right is more important that who is right"
Cooperation is being commited to what is right rather than who is right. This can be a challenge for strong willed leaders as embracing other options and creativity may suggest uncertainty or doubt. Cooperation is a sign of strength to welcome honest differences. A dictatorship can work but isn't a cooperative leader better? A cooperative leader will share ideas, information, creativity, responsibility, etc. They never share blame. A strong leader will give credit and take blame. "Make each day your masterpiece"
The other cornerstone. Enthusiasm fuels us, it sends us to places we haven't been before. It lets us run beyond our limits without feeling pain or angst. Work without enthusiasm is simply going through the motions. Enthusiasm cannot be legislated, you cannot be told to be enthusiastic. Teams work WITH leaders not FOR leaders. Enthusiasm keeps us light on our feet! "The time to make friends is before you need them"
Friendship cannot be mistaken for your dinner buddies. Friendship refers to commraderie. This is something that is born from growing respect of your teammates. Think about how much you would give for someone you respect. Be careful about affection which can lead to favorism. "Don't let yesterday take up too much of today"
"Disagree....but don't be disagreeable"
Consistency is the trademark of self control and effective leaders. You cannot function at top levels if your emotions are not in control. Resist the easy choice and expedient solutions. Wooden never used or tolerated profranity. Profanity is a result from loss of self control and loss of self control results in poor performance. For most people, this is the most difficult attribute. "If I am through learning, I am through...."
Exercising this value means consistently monitoring the competitive landscape and identifying trends, opportunities, and threats. Alertness allows you to see and understand things first because you are on-guard. "The person who is afraid to risk failure seldom has to face success"
Understand failure is a neccessary ingredient of success. The team that makes the most mistakes usually wins. "Be quick, but don't hurry." Make decisions and then take action. Failure to act is often the biggest failure of all. Wiithout initiative you will soon be passed by your compeition. "I will get ready and then, perhaps, my chance will come"
As important as any block without falter, fade, and quit. Intentness conveys dilligence, determination, fortitude, and resolve. It took 28 years of coaching before Wooden won his first championship. Industriousness and enthusiasm are powerful and essential to success. But the great force produced must be consistant, ongoing, and relentless. "Failing to prepare is preparing to fail"
Conditioning for business is a mental and moral fitness. Practice moderation and balance in all you do. Wooden warned after a hard practice, all we have worked to accomplish can be lost in a minute if you make a wrong choice before your next practice. "The worst thing you can do for someone else is that which they are capable of learning to do themselves." Lincoln
Skill is the center of the heart of understanding the mechanics and knowing what you're doing. It is not talent, it is something learned. Know all facets, not just the individual parts. Be well-rounded and understand the between the fundamentals as a player and how to coach the team. "Much can be accomplished by teamwork when no one is concened about who gets credit"
If you only remember one thing, remember that "the star of every successful team is the TEAM." Look for players who put the interests of the team ahead of their own- team player. Knowing the team is greater than the sum of players will give the team the power to increase productivity. Think "what do I do to help the team" instead of "how do I get ahead." "Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Character is what you really are."
Be true to yourself and not rattled under pressure. Avoid pose and pretense, comparing yourself to others, and acting like someone your not. Poise keeps you balanced under pressure and will help you remember what your supposed to do. You dont aquire poise, you harvest it as you near the top of the pyramid. It is a gift of the pyramid. "Earn the right to be proud and confident"
Confidence means you are just as good as everyone else, but better than no one. Be careful as confidence must not spoil or rot and turn into arrogance. Respect your opponents and fear none. Wooden never concerned himself with the other team. His confidence came from sure knowledge that he had given his best in doing everything he could to prepare. "Acquire peace of mind by making the effort to become the best of which you are capable."
Competitve greatness is a love for the battle knowing it offers the opportunity to be your best when your best is required. It is not defined by victory or lost by defeat. it exists in teh effort preceeding them. Life's Puzzles Why is it easier to give others blame than to give them credit?
Why is it so much easier to allow emotions rather than reason control our decisions?
Why is it so hard for us to understand that we cannot antagonize and positiely influence at the same time?
Why is it so much easier to complain about the things we do not have than to make tthe most of and appreciate the things we do have? "Success is peace of mind that is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming"
John Wooden patience faith flight integrity reliability sincerity resourcefulness ambition "Success is peace of mind that is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming"
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