John Wooden

(John Robert Wooden)

John Wooden
John Wooden
  • Born: October 14, 1910
  • Died: June 4, 2010
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Coach

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John Robert Wooden was an American basketball player and head coach at the University of California, Los Angeles. Nicknamed the "Wizard of Westwood," he won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period as head coach at UCLA, including a record seven in a row. No other team has won more than four in a row in Division 1 college men's or women's basketball. Within this period, his teams won an NCAA men's basketball record 88 consecutive games. Wooden won the prestigious Henry Iba Award as national coach of the year a record seven times and won the AP award five times. He also won a Helms national championship (which was decided by a poll) at Purdue as a player 1931–1932 for a total of 10 NCAA Titles and 1 Helms Championships (which doesn't count as a NCAA title)

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A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.
Ability is a poor man's wealth.
Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.
All of life is peaks and valleys. Don't let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low. Life
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.
Be prepared and be honest.
Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books - especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day. Friendship ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day. Friendship ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.
Defense is a definite part of the game, and a great part of defense is learning to play it without fouling. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Discipline yourself, and others won't need to.
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
Don't give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.
Don't let making a living prevent you from making a life. Life ;Money, Coins & Minting
Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
Don't mistake activity with achievement. Sports & Athletics ;Management & Managing Government
Earn the right to be proud and confident.
Failure is never fatal. But failure to change can and might be. Failure
Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be. Failure
Friendship is two-sided. It isn't a friend just because someone's doing something nice for you. That's a nice person. There's friendship when you do for each other. It's like marriage - it's two-sided. Friendship ;Families, Children & Parenting
I am just a common man who is true to his beliefs.
I don't believe in fate.
I don't believe in praying to win.
I don't think I was a fine game coach. I'm trying to be honest. I think I was a good practice coach.
I found golf was too time consuming, but I did enjoy it. Time
I had three rules for my players: No profanity. Don't criticize a teammate. Never be late.
I like to spend time in the past, with the things that have been important to me. Time
I met Tiger Woods when he was younger. He's amazing - obviously technically, but his mental approach, too. He's really something.
I seldom was ever off my seat on the bench during the game.
I talked to the players and tried to make them aware of what was good and bad, but I didn't try to run their lives.
I think permitting the game to become too physical takes away a little bit of the beauty.
I think that in any group activity - whether it be business, sports, or family - there has to be leadership or it won't be successful. Leaders & Leadership ;Business, Commerce & Finance ;Families, Children & Parenting
I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Society ;Future
I think you have to be what you are. Don't try to be somebody else. You have to be yourself at all times.
I was built up from my dad more than anyone else. Families, Children & Parenting
I worry that business leaders are more interested in material gain than they are in having the patience to build up a strong organization, and a strong organization starts with caring for their people. Patience ;Business, Commerce & Finance
I'd be satisfied just coaching in high school. I turned down a number of colleges when I was teaching in South Bend, Indiana, before I went into the service. I honestly believe that if I hadn't enlisted in the service, I would never have left high school teaching. I'm sure I would have never left.
I'd rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent.
If a player's not doing the things he should, put him on the bench. He'll come around.
If I am through learning, I am through. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
If I were a young coach today, I would be extremely careful in selecting assistants.
If there's anything you could point out where I was a little different, it was the fact that I never mentioned winning.
If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over? Time
If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes.
I'm glad I was a teacher. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I'm no wizard, and I don't like being thought of in that light at all. I think of a wizard as being some sort of magician or something, doing something on the sly or something, and I don't want to be thought of in that way.
I'm not afraid to die. Death
I'm not going to say I was opposed to the Vietnam War. I'm going to say I'm opposed to war. But I'm also opposed to protests that deny other people their rights. War & Peace
In the end, it's about the teaching, and what I always loved about coaching was the practices. Not the games, not the tournaments, not the alumni stuff. But teaching the players during practice was what coaching was all about to me.
It isn't what you do, but how you do it.
It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.
It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
It's what you learn after you know it all that counts. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I've been blessed in so many ways.
Just do the best you can. No one can do more than that.
Just try to be the best you can be; never cease trying to be the best you can be. That's in your power. Power
Love is the most important thing in the world. Hate, we should remove from the dictionary. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are and that is all that matters. Religion & God
My eyesight is not nearly as good. My hearing is probably going away. My memory is slipping too. But I'm still around.
Never lie, never cheat, never steal.
Never mistake activity for achievement.
No one can really honestly be the very best, no one.
Passion is momentary; love is enduring. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Somebody asked me - you know, how come it took you so long to win a national championship? And I said, 'I'm a slow learner; but you notice when I learn something, I have it down pretty good.'
Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming. Success
Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts. Success
Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming. Success ;War & Peace
Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable. Success ;War & Peace
Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful. Religion & God
Teaching players during practices was what coaching was all about to me.
The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.
The most important thing in the world is family and love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Families, Children & Parenting
The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.
There are many things that are essential to arriving at true peace of mind, and one of the most important is faith, which cannot be acquired without prayer. Religion & God ;War & Peace
There's as much crookedness as you want to find. There was something Abraham Lincoln said - he'd rather trust and be disappointed than distrust and be miserable all the time. Maybe I trusted too much. Time ;Trust
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
Today is the only day. Yesterday is gone. Inspiration
We can have no progress without change, whether it be basketball or anything else.
Well, if you're true to yourself you're going to be true to everyone else.
Well, your greatest joy definitely comes from doing something for another, especially when it was done with no thought of something in return.
What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player.
Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who'll argue with you. Life
When you hurry you're more apt to make mistakes. But you have to be quick. If you're not quick you can't get things done.
Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.
You can do more good by being good than any other way.
You can lose when you outscore somebody in a game. And you can win when you're outscored.
You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one.
You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
Young people need models, not critics.

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