John Wooden's Secret to Success

John Wooden was one of the winningest coaches in NCAA history.  In his last 12 years, UCLA won 10 national championships.     After listening to an interview with him that took place almost 20 years ago, I learned so much about true success.  Here are a few of his thoughts:

1) Success is the peace of mind that can only be attained by knowing that you became the best that you could be.  It is the fulfillment of knowing that you gave it absolutely all that you had. 

2) "They never heard me mention winning, rather I encouraged them to do their best to improve every day, and feel good when they knew they had prepared themselves to perform at the best of their ability."

3) Talent is God-given so be humble.   Never concern yourself with being better than someone else, but never cease trying to be the best you can be.

4) When you get involved with things you have no control over, it will start to impact the things in your control.  Don't worry about what the other team is doing, that is out of our control, but what is in our control is how we prepare and condition ourselves. 

5) Conditioning is the act of creating good habits through repetition.  Conditioning is totally in our control.  We must be in the best possible physical, mental and spiritual condition or order to be the best we can be. 

When asked about what he considered his most successful moment, he said there is no such thing.  The road to success is better than the end.  It's better to travel hopefully than to think you have arrived.


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