John Wooden is perhaps the greatest basketball coach that ever lived. He saw himself, first and foremost, as a teacher. Many of Coach’s lessons had much more to do with life than just with basketball. John’s wisdom is captured in several books that are well worth reading, including one of my favorites, Wooden on Leadership.
Here are my top 10 John Wooden quotes to consider and apply in your life:
If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?
If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything.
I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.
You can’t let praise or criticism get to you.
It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.
Success is never final, failure is never fatal.
It’s courage that counts.
It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.
Young people need models, not critics.
Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life.
Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.
Thank you Coach, for inspiring me and thousands of others. Rest in peace.
I.M. Optimism Man