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Coaching Advice from John Wooden [Video]

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John Wooden, the legendary coach from UCLA, imparts incredible coaching advice – no matter the sport or the level you’re coaching. Here’s a link to his Pyramid of Success that he mentions in his talk.

These are some of my favorite gems:

What is success?
Peace of mind attained only through self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you’re capable.

Reputation is what you’re perceived to be; Character is what you are and all that matters.

3 Team Rules

  1. Never be Late & be Neat and Clean
  2. Not one word of profanity
  3. Never criticize a teammate

About Winning
Never mention winning. You can lose when you outscore your opponent and you can win when your opponent outscores you.

The score is a by product of all other things, not the end itself. The journey is better than the end.

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2 Comments of “Coaching Advice from John Wooden [Video]”

Comment by Todd Parker
April 14, 2011

Coach Wooden is a master! I have read his leadership and pyramid of success books and I truly treasure his perspective on working with young players. Great video, thank you!

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Comment by The Coach
April 14, 2011

Todd-

We agree! His lessons of leadership and coaching will continue to resonate for many years ahead. I love his focus on the “bigger picture” of life – instead of trying to win a single game. We share that obsession with him.

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