Wisdom of John Wooden for Great Leaders

John Wooden’s life continues to be a magnificent inspiration to great leaders. May each of us pause a few brief moments to reflect on his words that we may find in them a gift, a learning – one that will enrich the meaning and joy of our day and our life’s journey.

Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.
Don’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.
It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.
Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.
When opportunity comes, it is too late to prepare.
Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.
Never mistake activity for achievement.
Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life.
It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation because character is what you really are, while reputation is merely what others think you are.
Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most.
Make each day your masterpiece.

Dreams, talent, character, opportunity, respect for others, attention to the little things  – all elements of a magnificent mosaic of personal and professional greatness that are guideposts to the great leader’s journey. Wooden’s life and achievements give testimony to the value and effectiveness of their pursuit and actualizing. May we, too, incorporate his inspiration and learnings into our lives that we, like Wooden, will say: “I’ve been blessed in so many ways.”

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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1 Response to Wisdom of John Wooden for Great Leaders

  1. Jack Beach says:

    “When opportunity comes, it is too late to prepare.” What a great insight. Too often we sit around hoping and waiting for the right opportunity to come along rather than preparing for it; when in fact, in reality, opportunities only come to those who are prepared to seize them. Thanks Mike.

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