Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Coach

Some favorite quotes from Coach John Wooden (1910-2010), the Hall of Fame UCLA basketball coach, revered by many as the greatest basketball coach ever -- who passed away yesterday at age 99. (Article here, inspiring speech by Coach Wooden here).

"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."

"Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability."

“It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”

“Sports do not build character. They reveal it.”

“The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.”

“What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player.”

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."

"Failing to prepare is preparing to fail."

“Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.”

“If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes.”

"Learn as if you were to live forever; live as if you were to die tomorrow."

"Talent is God given. Be humble. 

Fame is man-given. Be grateful. 
Conceit is self-given. Be careful."

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the post Mark. He was the greatest, no doubt about it. His was a different generation, but I think he would still develop great teams today. What he had transended time.


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