John Wooden (Weekly Inspiration #8)


Last week legendary basketball coach John Wooden died at the age of 99.  Few people have walked the earth, with more inspiration living inside of them than Coach Wooden.  It seemed every time he opened his mouth, a new inspirational quote emerged.  This weeks inspirational blog is in memory and in tribute to Coach Wooden.

Coach wooden often said that he did not believe basketball was one thing and life was another.  He believed that what made you successful in one would make you successful in the other.  For this reason he spent as much time teaching his players how to be good people, as how to dribble and shoot.  Did it work?  Hard to argue with 10 national championships including 7 in a row.  Here are some of his most famous teachings.  Read each one twice and reflect.

  • “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.”
  • “Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.”
  • “Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.”
  • “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”
  • “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
  • “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”
  • “What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player.”
  • “Things turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out.”
  • “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”
  • “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”
  • “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”
  • “It is amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.”
  • “Discipline yourself and others won’t need to.”
  • “The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”
  • “Happiness begins where selfishness ends.”
  • “Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life.”
  • “Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”
  • “Make every day your masterpiece. “
  • “There is nothing stronger than gentleness.”
  • “If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.”

Copy your favorite quote (or two)  and paste it into a comment!

Thanks for 99 years Coach!  R.I.P.

John Wooden

October 14 1910 – June 4 2010

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  1. “Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life.”

    This is one of my favorites!

    • Nikki Holder
    • June 12th, 2010

    “It is amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.”

    That has to be my favorite! To be honest they are all brilliant!

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