Last Friday we lost one of the most successful and beloved coaches of all time. John Wooden, UCLA’s legendary basketball coach, died at the age of 99 – just four months short of his 100th birthday.
In his 40 years of coaching high school and college basketball, Coach Wooden had 885 wins and only 203 losses. His UCLA Bruins still hold the NCAA record for winning 88 straight games from 1971 to 1974. He also led the Bruins to an unprecedented 10 National Championships.
John Wooden will not only be remembered for his success on the basketball court, but for his success in life. Several years ago I read John Wooden’s autobiography and was greatly impressed by his insights on leadership and success. This week I will share some of Coach Wooden’s legendary teachings on living, working and relating well.
John Wooden is probably best known for the principles he taught his teams over the years known as the “Pyramid of Success”. Wooden wrote in his book, “After much reflection, trial and error, and some soul searching, I choose 15 fundamental values as blocks for my Pyramid of Success. I believe they are prerequisites for a leader and an organization whose goal is to perform at the highest level of which they are capable.” Here is the first tier, the foundation, of Mr. Wooden’s “Pyramid of Success”.
Whether you are leading your family, a sports team or a team of professionals at work, these fundamentals of success can help you achieve the highest levels of performance.
First Tier of the “Pyramid of Success”
INDUSTRIOUSNESS – There is “no substitute for old-fashioned work” according to Wooden. “Without it crops aren’t planted, corn won’t grow, hay isn’t harvested. You perish.”
ENTHUSIASM – “You must be enthusiastic if you are to stimulate others.