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Sunday, October 14, 2012

“Listen if you want to be heard”

John Wooden (10/14/1910-6/4/2010) is considered one of the best basketball coaches of all time, he won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period—seven in a row—as head coach at UCLA, an unprecedented feat.

Respected by his players, competitors and peers as a great leader, the life lessons taught by Wooden have become legend ... here a some of his philosophies that he was so good at communicating in a brief, focused and direct fashion:

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

"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."

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

"Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming."

“Don't mistake activity with achievement.”

“The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.”

“Time lost is time lost. It’s gone forever. Some people tell themselves that they will work twice as hard tomorrow to make up for what they did not do today. People should always do their best. If they work twice as hard tomorrow, then they should have also worked twice as hard today. That would have been their best.”

"Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts."

“The people who turn out best are those people who make the best out of the way things turn out.”

“Never make excuses. Your friends don't need them and your foes won't believe them.”

“If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over?”

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

“Players with fight never lose a game, they just run out of time.”

“Discipline yourself and others won’t need to.”

"Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be."

“When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur…. Not tomorrow, not the next day, but eventually a big gain is made. Don’t look for the big, quick improvement. Seek the small improvement one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens — and when it happens, it lasts.”

"It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it."
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