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900 Inspirational John Wooden Quotes On Leadership (2023)

1. “I had three rules for my players: No profanity. Don’t criticize a teammate. Never be late.”


2. “Discipline yourself, and others won’t need to.”. John Wooden


3. “All of life is peaks and valleys."


4. “You can always do more than you think you can.”


5. Do not let making a living prevent you from making a life. -John Wooden


6. “It takes time to create excellence


7. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” ~ John Wooden


8. The real deal for any leader is to think of efficient ways to put up with the team and bring them together to work as a good team.


9. “You are not a failure until you start blaming others for your mistakes.”


10. “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” –John Wooden


11. “Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.”


12. “Control emotion or emotion will control you.” - John Wooden


13. Rick on Your Story: You May Start Slow…


14. “There are many things that are essential to arriving at true peace of mind, and one of the most important is faith, which cannot be acquired without prayer.”. John Wooden


15. Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts. – John Wooden


16. Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating.


17. “The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.” -John Wooden


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


19. “Well, your greatest joy definitely comes from doing something for another, especially when it was done with no thought of something in return.”. John Wooden


20. “If a player’s not doing the things he should, put him on the bench. He’ll come around.”


21. “I probably have all the same faults anyone has, and so do you. . Having faults means you’re human; you’re alive and breathing. There’s nothing wrong with having faults so long as you work conscientiously to correct them. How hard you work at correcting your faults reveals your character.” – John Wooden


22. “Sometimes during practice he would have the guards switch positions with the forwards - have us do the other guy’s job.” - Gail Goodrich


23. “The best competition I have is against myself to become better. – John Wooden


24. “Never try to be better than someone else. Learn from others, and try to be the best you can be. Success is the by-product of that preparation.”


25. “Promise yourself that you will talk health, happiness, and prosperity as often as possible.” – John Wooden


26. ¨Don’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.¨ – John Wooden


27. “Things work out the best for those who make the best of how things work out” – John Wooden


28. “It is the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” – John Wooden


29. “Teaching players during practices was what coaching was all about to me.” ― John Wooden


30. “It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.”. John Wooden


31. “Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.”


32. 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. – John Wooden


33. “You have to apply yourself each day to become a little better


34. “Rest when you need to, but never quit.”


35. “I am just a common man who is true to his beliefs.”


36. “I’m glad I was a teacher.”


37. “Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.”


38. “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything.“ – John Wooden


39. “Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating…too often fathers neglect it because they get so caught up in making a living they forget to make a life.”


40. “…my private notebook.” - John Wooden


41. We can have no progress without change, whether it be basketball or anything else.


42. “There is a choice you have to make in everything you do. So keep in mind that in the end, the choice you make, makes you.” ~ John Wooden


43. 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.


44. “IF you are not making mistakes, then you are not doing anything….”


45. Do not make anyone feel less because of their jobs, and help them see why they and their jobs are important.


46. Always try to perform all the parts of your job, not just some aspects.


47. “A strong leader accepts blame and gives the credit. A weak leader gives blame and accepts the credit.” – John Wooden


48. “I would spend almost as much time planning a practice as conducting it. Everything was planned out each day”


49. You have to apply yourself each day to becoming a little better. By becoming a little better each and every day, over a period of time, you will become a lot better. - John Wooden


50. Just try to be the best you can be; never cease trying to be the best you can be. That’s in your power.– John Wooden


51. “Listen if you want to be heard”.


52. 52 Quotes to Build Confidence


53. “Today is the only day


54. “Insist that Members of Your Team Share the “Ball”—Information, Ideas, and More.”


55. “The goal in life is just the same as in basketball: make the effort to do the best you are capable of doing. in marriage, at your job, in the community, for your country. You may do it materially or with time, ideas, or work. Making the effort to contribute is what counts. The effort is what counts in everything.” – John Wooden


56. “First be the best and then be first”


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


58. “Just try to be the best you can be; never cease trying to be the best you can be. That’s in your power.” – John Wooden


59. “Make each day a masterpiece. Don’t think your best days are out there somewhere. Why not today? Why can’t today be a great day? It can if you believe it will.”


60. “Joy makes the longest journey too short.”. John Wooden


61. “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.” ~ John Wooden


62. “Make each day a masterpiece. Don’t think your best days are out there somewhere. Why not today? Why can’t today be a great day? It can if you believe it will.” ~ John Wooden


63. “Earn the right to be proud and confident.”


64. “Losing is only temporary and not all-encompassing. You must simply study it, learn from it, and try hard not to lose the same way again. Then you must have the self-control to forget about it.” – John Wooden


65. “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.” – Coach John Wooden


66. Never blame others for your mistakes.


67. “You are not a failure until you start blaming others for your mistakes.”. John Wooden


68. “Whatever you’re doing, you must have patience.”


69. “You’ve heard the expression ‘Politeness and courtesy are a small price to pay for the goodwill of others.’ In fact, I’ve used it myself from time to time even though I don’t really agree with it. . You get more than you give when you are polite and courteous. You don’t pay. You are paid.” – John Wooden


70. “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” – Coach John Wooden


71. “The two qualities of Friendship so important for a leader to possess and instill in team members are respect and camaraderie.”


72. “A player who makes a team great is better than a great player.”


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


74. You must be interested in finding the best way, not in having your own way.


75. “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” ~ John Wooden


76. “Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?”. John Wooden


77. Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of being. - John Wooden


78. “Earn the right to be proud and confident.” – John Wooden


79. “Young people need models, not critics.” ~ John Wooden


80. “There is a choice you have to make in everything you do. So keep in mind that in the end, the choice you make, makes you.”


81. “The teams that compete at the highest level love the thrill of the contest. They may have winning in their heads, but they have a love for the effort and struggle in their hearts.”


82. “What a leader learns after you’ve learned it all counts most of all.”


83. “Make sure that team members know they are working with you, not for you.”


84. Make each day your masterpiece.”– John Wooden


85. Always remember that a big thing is made out of the accumulation of smaller things.


86. “It is the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”


87. “We can have no progress without change, whether it be basketball or anything else.”


88. “Give me 100 percent. You can’t make up for a poor effort today by giving 110 percent tomorrow. You don’t have 110 percent. You only have 100 percent, and that’s what I want from you right now.”


89. “I do not want players who do not have a keen desire to win and do not play hard and aggressively to accomplish that objective.”


90. “A strong leader accepts blame and gives credit. A weak leader gives blame and accepts the credit.” – John Wooden


91. “Succeeding is performing at your best when your best is required”


92. “I don’t believe in fate.”


93. “Well. if you’re true to yourself you’re going to be true to everyone else.” – John Wooden


94. “If there’s anything you could point out where I was a little different, it was the fact that I never mentioned winning.”. John Wooden


95. Never be a weak leader by blaming others and pushing everyone around.


96. “Success is peace of mind in knowing you did your best.”


97. “You must be interested in finding the best way, not in having your own way.”


98. “If your word is nothing, you’re not much better.” - John Wooden’s dad


99. “The most important thing in the world is family and love.” ~ John Wooden


100. “The important things to me are your faith, your family, and your friends. If you have that, you have everything.”


101. “Things turn out the best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”– John Wooden


102. “Never cease trying to be the best you can be. That’s in your power.”


103. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”. John Wooden


104. You can do more good by being good than any other way. – John Wooden


105. “Good players can take coaching; great players can take coaching and learn.”


106. “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.” -John Wooden


107. “Don’t beat yourself. That’s the worst kind of defeat you’ll ever suffer.”


108. “Tell the truth. That way you don’t have to remember a story.”


109. “It’s not how big you are, it’s how big you play”


110. Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” – John Wooden


111. “Friendship is two-sided. . That’s a nice person. There’s friendship when you do for each other. It’s like marriage – it’s two-sided.” – John Wooden


112. “If I were a young coach today, I would be extremely careful in selecting assistants.”


113. “Well, if you’re true to yourself you’re going to be true to everyone else.”


114. “You can do more good by being good than any other way.”. John Wooden


115. “Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be.” – John Wooden


116. Be a lifelong learner. Do not stop learning as it stops your growth.


117. “Winning was never mentioned by him. For Coach Wooden it was, “Fellas, we’ve got to play at our best. Let’s do that.” That’s a lot different from saying, “Fellas, we’ve got to win.” A lot different.” - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


118. “Friendship is two-sided. It isn’t a friend just because someone’s doing something nice for you. That’s a nice person. There’s friendship when you do for each other. It’s like marriage – it’s two-sided.”


119. “You can lose when you outscore somebody in a game. And you can win when you’re outscored.”


120. Always explain to your teammates their importance. Talk to them about how their contributions are important to the success and welfare of the whole organization.


121. “Each member of the team is there for a reason, a reason that in some way contributes to the team’s success. If not, why on Earth are they on your team in the first place?” - John Wooden


122. “Do your best every day. Live each day as if it’s your masterpiece.” – John Wooden


123. “You will find that success and attention to detail, the smallest details, usually go hand in hand.”


124. “Never try to be better than somebody else. But most importantly, never cease trying to be the best you can be.”


125. “Love is the most important thing in the world


126. “Happiness is in many things. . It’s in sharing. But most of all, it’s in being at peace with yourself knowing that you are making the effort, the full effort, to do what is right.” – John Wooden


127. “Condition your team to love the struggle.” – John Wooden


128. Let your competition worry about you being a strong contender and lose sleep over it.


129. “Organizations Succeed When They Become More Than the Sum of Their Players. That’s one of the real tests of any leader, making the whole more than the sum of its parts. No team will consistently succeed unless the leader is able to achieve this critical goal.”


130. “Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.” – Coach John Wooden


131. “The greatest failure of all is the failure to act when action is needed”


132. 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.


133. “Before You Can Lead Others, You Must Be Able to Lead Yourself.”


134. “Personal greatness is not determined by the size of the job, but by the size of the effort one puts into the job. This applies to everyone on the team.”


135. “When you hurry you’re more apt to make mistakes. But you have to be quick. If you’re not quick, you can’t get things done.”


136. “IF YOU DON’T THINK OF YOUR TEAM AS A FAMILY, WHY SHOULD THE TEAM THINK OF YOU AS HEAD OF THE FAMILY?”


137. Remember to make your members understand the importance of sharing ideas, information, and more.


138. “Just try to be the best you can be; never cease trying to be the best you can be. That’s in your power”. – Coach John Wooden


139. “Never mistake activity for achievement.” ~ John Wooden


140. “Remember That a Great Quarter in Basketball or Business Starts with a Great Minute.”


141. “The best competition I have is against myself, to become better.”


142. Success is peace of mind which is an outcome of satisfaction that you find in yourself by knowing you made an effort to become the best of something you can.


143. I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession. John Wooden


144. “When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare.”


145. “Intensity makes you stronger. Emotionalism makes you weaker.” - John Wooden


146. “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you capable of becoming.” – John Wooden


147. “Coach John Wooden would not have asked, “Why is it so difficult to realize that others are more likely to listen to us if first we listen to them?”


148. “Decisions are more apt to be accepted when you’ve listened to suggestions first. I wanted them to see the reason behind what I asked of them, not to do things just because I said so.”


149. “Young people need models, not critics.”


150. “If you do enough small things right, big things can happen” ~ John Wooden


151. “It matters not the subject taught, nor all the books on all the shelves, What matters most, yes most of all, is what the teachers are themselves.” ~ John Wooden


152. “Make the best of what you’ve got; play the cards you are dealt. Walt Disney once said, “There is no education like adversity.” However, to gain this education you must be tough enough to overcome adversity rather than allowing adversity to overcome you.”


153. “As long as you try your best, you are never a failure. That is, unless you blame others.”


154. “It is important for us to see that our mentors are human and therefore fallible; it makes our own shortcomings more tenable.” ― John Wooden


155. “I don’t think I was a fine game coach. I’m trying to be honest. I think I was a good practice coach.” – John Wooden


156. “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” ―John Wooden


157. “Passion is momentary; love is enduring.”


158. Make the best of what you are given with now and play the cards you are dealt.


159. “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”. John Wooden


160. “Make a decision! Failure to act is often the biggest failure of all.”


161. “Make each day your masterpiece.” — John Wooden, American basketball player


162. “I do not judge success based on championships; rather, I judge it on how close we came to realizing our potential”


163. Remember to never steal, lie and cheat. These people do not make good leaders.


164. The first step to becoming a leader is to perceive the context for what it is and acknowledge your independence.


165. Things turn out the best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” – John Wooden


166. “The best competition I have is against myself to become better.”


167. “Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life.”


168. “What it comes down to, I believe, is that mentoring often involves telling people what they need to hear, rather than what they want to hear. When you are able to be humbly honest with someone about a situation with which you have personal experience-even if you risk angering or hurting that person-you are offering the most valuable gift of all.” - John Wooden


169. “The man who is afraid to risk failure seldom has to face success.”


170. “There’s a quicker way to gain the information experience provides, namely, ask somebody who already has it.” - John Wooden


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


172. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – Coach John Wooden


173. “Never mistake activity for achievement.”


174. “All of life is peaks and valleys. Don’t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low.”


175. “It’s always about focusing not on the mistakes but on the lessons learned from them.”


176. “I seldom was ever off my seat on the bench during the game.”. John Wooden


177. “If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.” —John Wooden


178. “A player who is working hard and productively for the group shouldn’t receive the same treatment as someone who is offering less. And while each and every person on your team fills a role and performs a function, some of those roles and functions are filled by people much harder to replace than others. It would be naïve to suggest that a superstar in your organization—a top producer—won’t receive some accommodations not afforded others. This is not a double standard but rather a fact of life. Those small accommodations, however, must not apply in areas of your basic principles and values or they will soon be replaced by the perception that favoritism and special treatment are the norm.”


179. If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. - John Wooden


180. “I don’t think I was a fine game coach. . I think I was a good practice coach.” – John Wooden


181. “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do” – John Wooden


182. “Have utmost concern for what’s right rather than who’s right.”


183. “When it’s over, I want your head up. And there’s only one way your heads can be up - that’s to give it your best out there, everything you have.” - John Wooden


184. “Perfection is impossibility but striving for perfection is not. Do the best you can. That is what counts.”


185. “Teaching players during practices was what coaching was all about to me.” – John Wooden


186. “If you stay intent and your ability warrants it, you will eventually reach the top of the mountain.”. John Wooden


187. “If you stay intent and your ability warrants it, you will eventually reach the top of the mountain.”


188. “Things turn out best for those who make the best of how things turn out.”- John Wooden


189. “You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.” —John Wooden


190. “I don’t believe in praying to win.” – John Wooden


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


192. “A strong leader accepts blame and gives the credit. A weak leader gives blame and accepts the credit.” ~ John Wooden


193. “Why is that person in our organization if he or she is not contributing? What is the impact of a negligible producer on other team members? What can we do to enhance that person’s contribution? Do we move him to another “position,” restructure his current job, or make other fundamental changes that would amplify that person’s contributions? Should that person be removed from our team?”


194. “Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.”


195. “Friendship is two-sided. It isn’t a friend just because someone’s doing something nice for you. That’s a nice person. There’s friendship when you do for each other. It’s like marriage – it’s two-sided.” —John Wooden


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


197. “there are no big things, only a logical accumulation of little things done at a very high standard of performance.”


198. “Whether in basketball or business, you must be able to perform all aspects of your job, not just part of it. You must be able to “get open” and “shoot.” One without the other makes you a partial performer, someone who can be replaced because your skills are incomplete.”


199. “The most important thing in the world is family and love.” - John Wooden.


200. Nancy on Your Story: You May Start Slow…


201. “Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.” - John Wooden


202. The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.


203. “Good values are like a magnet, they attract good people.”


204. Building a team culture where the best ideas win – Ray Dalio radical transparency


205. “Set a realistic goal. Concentrate on its achievement by resisting all temptations and being determined and persistent.”


206. “When you see a successful individual, a champion, you can be very sure that you are looking at an individual who pays great attention to the perfection of minor details.”


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


208. “Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.”


209. You will find that success and attention to details, the smallest details, usually go hand in hand.


210. “Success is never final, failure is never fatal, and it’s courage that counts.”


211. “A leader in sports, business, or any other field of endeavor should possess and provide the same qualities inherent in a good parent: character, consistency, dependability, accountability, knowledge, good judgment, selflessness, respect, courage, discipline, fairness, and structure.”


212. “Make each day your masterpiece.”


213. Do what is the absolute best for you and which you are skilled enough to do. But remember to set your standards higher because it will push you to become better.


214. “An effective leader allows exceptions to the rule for exceptional results or when circumstance demands.” - John Wooden


215. “I eventually became adept at wearing many different hats: teacher, of course, but also disciplinarian, demonstrator, counselor, role model, psychologist, motivator, timekeeper, quality control expert, talent judge, referee, organizer, and more.”


216. “It isn’t what you do, but how you do it.” – John Wooden


217. “Happiness begins where selfishness ends.”. John Wooden


218. “In the end, it’s about the teaching, and what I always loved about coaching was the practices. Not the games, not the tournaments, not the alumni stuff. But teaching the players during practice was what coaching was all about to me.”


219. “Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.” – John Wooden


220. “It begins by trying to make each day count and knowing you can never make up for a lost day. . If you have it within your power to work twice as hard, why aren’t you doing it now?” – John Wooden


221. “You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one.” – John Wooden


222. Respect and camaraderie are very important qualities for a good leader to possess.


223. "Do not let making a living prevent you from making a life” – John Wooden


224. “Make each day your masterpiece.” —John Wooden


225. “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” – John Wooden


226. “A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.”


227. “SEEK THOSE WITH A FIRE-IN-THE-BELLY ENTHUSIASM FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION”


228. “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” —John Wooden


229. “how I conveyed information was often as important as the information itself.”


230. “The best leaders are lifelong learners; they take measures to create organizations that foster and inspire learning throughout. The most effective leaders are those who realize it’s what you learn after you know it all that counts most.”


231. “Laziness is a euphemism for sloppiness.” - John Wooden


232. “I think that in any group activity – whether it be business, sports, or family – there has to be leadership or it won’t be successful.”


233. “Remember, results aren’t the criteria for success — it’s the effort made for achievement that is most important.”. John Wooden


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


235. “If I were ever prosecuted for my religion, I truly hope there would be enough evidence to convict me.”


236. “I had three rules for my players: No profanity. Don’t criticize a teammate. Never be late.” – John Wooden


237. “The most important thing in the world is family and love.” (John Wooden)


238. “Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.” ~ John Wooden


239. “Tell the truth


240. “Be prepared and be honest.”. John Wooden


241. “Make each day your masterpiece.” ―John Wooden


242. “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”―John Wooden


243. “Success is the peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made an effort to become the best of which you are capable.” – John Wooden


244. "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” – John Wooden


245. “I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.”


246. “If you’re true to yourself, you’re going to be true to everyone else.” – John Wooden


247. “I am not as good as I ought to be. I am not as good as I want to be. I am not as good as I’m going to be. But I am thankful that I am better than I used to be.”


248. “DON’T MISTAKE ACTIVITY FOR ACHIEVEMENT”


249. “I’d rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent.”. John Wooden


250. “My eyesight is not nearly as good. . My memory is slipping too. But I’m still around.” – John Wooden


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


252. “…a player who is more concerned with his or her own statistics rather than those of the team is a player I welcome on the opponent’s side of the court. The presence of such an individual weakens the team and makes it vulnerable during competition to a disciplined group filled with Team Spirit.” - John Wooden


253. “If you are afraid to fail, you will never do the things you are capable of doing.”. John Wooden


254. The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.


255. “Young people need models, not critics.” – John Wooden


256. Always make individuals feel valued because that will be the reason why they would perform better than before.


257. "Do not let making a living prevent you from making a life.. — John Wooden


258. “A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.”


259. “Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – John Wooden


260. “Those of us who have been blessed with worldly success have an even greater responsibility to make an impact with our time, talents, and resources.”. John Wooden


261. “Next to love, balance is the most important thing.”


262. In a drastically dynamic world, a learner always keeps adapting and getting better.


263. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden


264. “Never lie, never cheat, never steal.” – John Wooden


265. “…mental readiness: “Be ready and your chance may come. If you’re not read, it may not come again.” - Doug McIntosh


266. “Happiness begins when selfishness ends.”


267. “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.” ― John Wooden


268. “Don’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.” – John Wooden


269. “Work without joy is drudgery. Drudgery does not produce champions, nor does it produce great organizations.”


270. “Make no mistake: We all want to win the race.” - John Wooden


271. "Things turn out the best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” — John Wooden


272. “You have to apply yourself each day to becoming a little better. By becoming a little better each and every day, over a period of time, you will become a lot better.” – John Wooden


273. “The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.” – John Wooden


274. “No one can really honestly be the very best, no one.”


275. “I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.”- John Wooden


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


277. “The uphill climb is slow,but the downhill road is fast.”


278. “Five years from now, you’re the same person except for the people you’ve met and the books you’ve read.”. John Wooden


279. “The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move.”


280. “The start of every team is the team.” - John Wooden


281. “Be quick without hurrying.”


282. “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.” – John Wooden


283. You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one. - John Wooden


284. “Condition comes from hard work during practice and proper mental and moral conduct between practices.”


285. “In classic times, the courageous struggle for a noble cause was considered a success in itself. . But it is well worth remembering.” – John Wooden


286. “Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.” – John Wooden


287. “Perfection is what you are striving for, but perfection is an impossibility. However, striving for perfection is not an impossibility. Do the best you can under the conditions that exist. That is what counts.”


288. “And that, in my opinion, is the first goal of leadership—namely, getting the very best out of the people in your organization, whether they have talent to spare or are spare on talent.”


289. “Remember, results aren’t the criteria for success it’s the effort made for achievement that is most important.”


290. “Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.” – John Wooden


291. “I pushed harder and talked louder. Harder and louder were my teaching techniques. When that didn’t work, I started complaining to others about the players’ problems, lack of progress, and inability to learn what I was teaching.” - John Wooden


292. “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”


293. “Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.” – Coach John Wooden


294. Organizational Culture Change Example – Alan Mulally Ford Turnaround Story


295. “Measure yourself by…what you have accomplished with your ability”


296. “A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.” – John Wooden


297. If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. – John Wooden


298. “Having the courage to make decisions and take action. Never be afraid to fail. You have nothing to fear if you have prepared to the best of your ability.” ~ John Wooden


299. “Write down the tasks, initiatives, and actions that each member of your team needed do to perform at his or her peak level.” - John Wooden


300. “Strive to accomplish the very best you are capable of. Nothing less than your best effort will suffice.”


301. “Measure yourself by…what you have accomplished with your ability.”. John Wooden


302. “People want to believe you are sincerely interested in them as a person, not just what they can do for you.” – John Wooden Tweet: People want to believe you are sincerely interested in them as a person, not just what they can do for you. - John Wooden


303. “Make each day your masterpiece.” ~ John Wooden


304. “Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.”


305. The most important thing in the world is family and love.” ― John Wooden


306. “It’s important to keep trying to do what you think is right no matter how hard it is or how often you fail. . I’m still trying.” – John Wooden


307. “It is important for us to see that our mentors are human and therefore fallible; it makes our own shortcomings more tenable.”


308. “Five years from now, you’re the same person except for the people you’ve met and the books you’ve read.”


309. “The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”. John Wooden


310. “Be at your best when your best is needed.”


311. A mistake is valuable if you do four things with it: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.


312. True leaders stand up for what is right and own up to their mistakes.


313. All of life is peaks and valleys. Don’t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low.” —John Wooden


314. “There is no substitute for work. Worthwhile results come from hard work and careful planning.”


315. “Reputation is what others perceive you as being, and their opinion may be right or wrong. Character, however, is what you really are, and nobody truly knows that but you. But you are what matters most.”


316. “The heights by great men reached and kept, Were not attained by sudden flight. But they, while their companions slept, Were toiling upward in the night.” –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow”


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


318. “Perform at your best when your best is required. Your best is required each day.”


319. “Don’t be afraid to fail. The greatest failure of all is not to act when action is needed.”


320. “Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.”


321. “The leader has to command the respect of all those under his supervision – and he must be open to those under his supervision. Effective leadership means having a lot of people working toward a common goal. And when you have that with no one caring who gets the credit, you’re going to accomplish a lot. If you have those just wanting the credit for themselves, you’re not going to get as much accomplished.”


322. “Remember, results aren’t the criteria for success — it’s the effort made for achievement that is most important.”


323. “I seldom was ever off my seat on the bench during the game.”


324. “I’d be satisfied just coaching in high school. . I honestly believe that if I hadn’t enlisted in the service, I would never have left high school teaching. I’m sure I would have never left.” – John Wooden


325. “All we’ve worked so hard to accomplish on the court today can be torn down quickly, in a matter of minutes, if you make the wrong choices between now and our next practice.” - John Wooden


326. Bill Pence on Your Story: You May Start Slow…


327. “Things turn out the best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”- John Wooden


328. “The importance of repetition until automaticity cannot be overstated


329. “We can give without loving, but we can’t love without giving. In fact, love is nothing unless we give it to someone.”


330. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”


331. “To win once you must have talent, but to win again you must have character.”


332. “Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.”. John Wooden


333. “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. ”


334. “Be prepared and be honest.”


335. “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.”. John Wooden


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


337. “Minor details—like pennies—add up. A good banker isn’t careless with pennies; a good leader isn’t sloppy about details.”


338. “Sometime you can do everything right and still lose. It’s all a journey. You do your best, and then you have to let it go. Lots of people preach that, but come crunch time—oops, not so easy to do.”


339. “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” -John Wooden


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


341. It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it. – John Wooden


342. “You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.” – John Wooden


343. Always believe in yourself that you are tough enough to get over any adversity that comes your way instead of letting the adversity get to you.


344. “Never lie, never cheat, never steal.”


345. “The more concerned we become over the things we can’t control, the less we will do with the things we can control”


346. “I don’t believe in fate.”. John Wooden


347. “don’t worry about whether you’re better than somebody else, but never cease trying to be the best you can become. You have control over that; the other you don’t.”


348. “Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference.”


349. “Seek Players Who Will Make the Best Team Rather Than the Best Players.”


350. “Promise to wear a cheerful appearance at all times and give every person you meet a smile.”


351. “You can never make up for a lost day. Don’t think you can make up for it by working twice as hard tomorrow. If you have it within your power to work twice as hard, why aren’t you doing it now?”


352. “Everything we know, we learned from someone else!”


353. “Be true to yourself. . Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day.” – John Wooden


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


355. “Loyalty is very important when things get a little tough, as they often do when the challenge is great. Loyalty is a powerful force in producing one’s individual best and more so in producing a team’s best.”


356. Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. - John Wooden


357. “The important things to me are your faith, your family and your friends. If you have that, you have everything.”


358. “Don’t worry about whether you’re better than somebody else, but never cease trying to be the best you can become. You have control over that; the other you don’t.” - John Wooden’s dad


359. “Just try to be the best you can be; never cease trying to be the best you can be


360. “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” – John Wooden


361. “I had three rules for my players: no profanity, don’t criticize a teammate, never be late.”


362. “I prize intensity and fear emotionalism. Consistency in high performance and production is a trademark of effective and successful organizations and those who lead them. Emotionalism destroys consistency. A leader who is ruled by emotions, whose temperament is mercurial, produces a team whose trademark is the roller coaster—ups and downs in performance; unpredictability and un-dependability in effort and concentration; one day good, the next day bad.”


363. “If I am through learning, I am through.”. John Wooden


364. “You must have respect, which is a part of love, for those under your supervision. Then they will do what you ask and more.”


365. “It’s what you learn, after you know it all, that counts.” ― John Wooden


366. “It is important for us to see that our mentors are human and therefore fallible; it makes our own shortcomings more tenable.”. John Wooden


367. “When you hurry you’re more apt to make mistakes. . If you’re not quick you can’t get things done.” – John Wooden


368. “UCLA basketball coach John Wooden told players who scored to give a smile, wink, or nod to the player who gave them a good pass. “What if he’s not looking?” asked a team member. Wooden replied, “I guarantee he’ll look.” Everyone values encouragement and looks for it.”


369. “Acquire peace of mind by making the effort to become the best of which you are capable.”


370. “The most important thing in the world is family and love.”- John Wooden


371. “Happiness begins where selfishness ends.”


372. The best competition I have is against myself to become better.


373. “Don’t permit fear of failure to prevent effort. We are all imperfect and will fail on occasions, but fear of failure is the greatest failure of all.” ~ John Wooden


374. “Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”


375. “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”


376. “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”. John Wooden


377. Never stick to who is right but to what is right. This will turn you into a sincere leader.


378. “We can agree to disagree, but we don’t need to be disagreeable.”


379. “A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group, that’s teamwork.”


380. “We can have no progress without change, whether it be basketball or anything else.” – John Wooden


381. “Confidence comes from being prepared.”


382. “Things turn out the best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” – John Wooden


383. “You’d like to see your team reasonably happy, but that’s not your job. Gain their respect and get them to accept their roles”


384. “I don’t believe in praying to win.”. John Wooden


385. “You are not a failure until you start blaming others for your mistakes”


386. “The time to prepare isn’t after you have been given the opportunity. It’s long before that opportunity arises. Once the opportunity arrives, it’s too late to prepare.”


387. “Drawing up plans such as these diagrams is the easy part. I did it thousands of times. Creating a successful organization with people who execute the plans at a level of Competitive Greatness—now, that’s the challenge of leadership.”


388. “Never try to be better than someone else. . Success is the by-product of that preparation.” – John Wooden


389. “Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.”. John Wooden


390. You can lose when you outscore somebody in a game. And you can win when you’re outscored.


391. “When you choose to become part of a team, you cease to exist as an individual.”


392. “Hustle makes up for many a mistake.”


393. You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.


394. “A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player.” – John Wooden


395. “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” ~ John Wooden


396. “The telephone operator and all others who may perform less “important” tasks will not feel important unless you, the leader, teach that them they are valued and explain how their contribution helps the company as a whole. Individuals who feel they don’t matter will perform their jobs as if they don’t count.”


397. When you stop blaming others for your mistakes, you stop being a failure.


398. “The most important thing in the world is family and love.”. John Wooden


399. “Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.” –John Wooden


400. “Young people need models, not critics.”. John Wooden


401. “The two hardest things to handle in life are failure and success.”


402. “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.”


403. “You can’t make good decisions that are going to be meaningful, productive when you lose control, and you have to maintain mental control, emotional control and to be able to perform physically up to your own particular level of competency, you have to keep your emotions under control.”


404. People want to believe you are sincerely interested in them as persons, not just for what they can do for you.


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


406. “You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.”


407. “Don’t permit fear of failure to prevent effort. We are all imperfect and will fail on occasions, but fear of failure is the greatest failure of all.” – John Wooden


408. “Defense is a definite part of the game, and a great part of defense is learning to play it without fouling.”


409. “Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.” – John Wooden


410. “Condition Your Team to Love the Struggle.”


411. “You should never try to be better than someone else, you should always be learning from others. But you should never cease trying to be the best you could be because that’s under your control and the other isn’t.”


412. “Your reputation is what you’re perceived to be, your character is what you really are.” – John Wooden


413. “A mistake is valuable if you do four things with it: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it” ~ John Wooden


414. “The surest way not to win 94 games in a row )or even two games in a row) is to start thinking about it - to be looking up at the scoreboard and out into the future.” - John Wooden


415. “Flexibility is the key to stability.” - John Wooden


416. Always define success as making the complete effort to maximize your skills, potential, and ability in whatever circumstances may exist.


417. “Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden


418. “Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”


419. “Earn the right to be proud and confident.”. John Wooden


420. “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.” – Coach John Wooden


421. “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”


422. “When You Start Having All the Right Answers, You Will Stop Asking All the Right Questions. The path to success lies in the realization that there is always more to learn.”


423. “Don’t be afraid to fail


424. “Don’t think that you can make up for it by working twice as hard tomorrow. If you have it within your power to work twice as hard, why aren’t you doing it now?”


425. “Make each day your masterpiece. Life is now. Life is not later on.”


426. “EXPLAIN TO EACH TEAM MEMBER PRECISELY HOW HIS OR HER CONTRIBUTIONS CONNECT TO THE WELFARE AND SUCCESS OF THE ENTIRE ORGANIZATION”


427. “Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference.” ~ John Wooden


428. “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”


429. “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” – John Wooden


430. “A leader truly dedicated to the team’s welfare doesn’t make himself irreplaceable.” - John Wooden


431. “Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day.”—John Wooden


432. “Apply what not to do as rigorously as what to do.” - John Wooden


433. When you treat everyone the same, it is very unfair and partial. Not everyone has earned the same level of respect.


434. Teach your whole team to appreciate and accept the struggle happily.


435. “We’re not all equal as far as intelligence is concerned. We’re not equal as far as size. We’re not all equal as far as appearance. We do not all have the same opportunities. We’re not born in the same environments, but we’re all absolutely equal in having the opportunity to make the most of what we have and not comparing or worrying about what others have.” ~ John Wooden


436. “If I am through learning, I am through.”


437. “Real happiness comes from the things that can not be taken away from you.”


438. The best leaders are the ones who know that it is what you learn after you know is all that counts most.


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


440. “The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.” — John Wooden


441. You must remember that there are no big things. There is only a logical buildup of smaller things that are done at a high level of performance.


442. Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts. - John Wooden


443. ‎”Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.”


444. “We can have no progress without change, whether it be basketball or anything else.”. John Wooden


445. “Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.” – John Wooden


446. “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”. John Wooden


447. If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?


448. “If you’re making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.”- John Wooden


449. “Success travels in the company of very hard work. There is no trick, no easy way.”


450. “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”


451. “Success is never final. Failure is never fatal, and it’s courage that counts.”


452. Be a strong leader and learn to give credits to others and take the blame on yourself.


453. “The ego gets in the way of your eyes and ears.” - John Wooden


454. Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.


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


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


457. “Constantly be aware and observing. Always seek to improve yourself and the team.”


458. “You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.” – Coach John Wooden


459. “Passion is momentary; love is enduring.” – John Wooden


460. "Make each day your masterpiece.” —John Wooden"


461. “Big things are accomplished only through the perfection of minor details.”


462. “It takes time to create excellence. If it could be done quickly, more people would do it.”


463. “Give me 100 percent. You can’t make up for a poor effort today by giving 110 percent tomorrow. You don’t have 110 percent. You only have 100 percent, and that’s what I want from you right now.” ~ John Wooden


464. “The true athlete should have character, not be a character”


465. “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” —John Wooden


466. “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” – Coach John Wooden


467. “I had three rules for my players: No profanity. . Never be late.” – John Wooden


468. “I worry that business leaders are more interested in material gain than they are in having the patience to build up a strong organization, and a strong organization starts with caring for their people.” – John Wooden


469. “There are many things that are essential to arriving at true peace of mind, and one of the most important is faith, which cannot be acquired without prayer.”


470. “Big things are accomplished only through the perfection of minor details.” – John Wooden Tweet: Big things are accomplished only through the perfection of minor details. – John Wooden


471. “The aim is not to make new friends but to do what is best for the team without carelessly damaging its members in the process.” - John Wooden


472. “Perfection is what you are striving for, but perfection is an impossibility. . Do the best you can under the conditions that exist. That is what counts.” – John Wooden


473. “A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.” – John Wooden


474. “Nothing will work unless you do.”. John Wooden


475. “The problem with new is you don’t have time for the old ones.”


476. “Some of my greatest pleasures have come from finding ways to overcome obstacles.”


477. “Although there is no progress without change, not all change is progress.”


478. Poor Leadership Behaviors & its Collateral Damage


479. “I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.” – John Wooden


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


481. “I think that in any group activity—whether it be business, sports or family—there has to be leadership or it won’t be successful.”


482. “Talent is God-given. . Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” – John Wooden


483. “The most important thing in the world is family and love.”


484. “Doing the best you are capable of doing is victory in itself, and less than that is defeat.”


485. The most important thing in the world is family and love.” – John Wooden


486. “I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.”. John Wooden


487. “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”. John Wooden


488. “For the strength of the pack is the wolf; and the strength of the wolf is the pack.” —Rudyard Kipling”


489. “The most important thing in the world is family and love.” –John Wooden


490. It takes time to create excellence. If it could be done quickly, more people would do it.


491. “I’m no wizard, and I don’t like being thought of in that light at all


492. “Success is never final. failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.” – John Wooden


493. “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”


494. “A mentor must always guide, never push


495. “There is no education like adversity.” However, to gain this education you must be tough enough to overcome adversity rather than allowing adversity to overcome you.”


496. “I think permitting the game to become too physical takes away a little bit of the beauty.”. John Wooden


497. “We must be challenged to improve, and adversity is the challenger.”


498. “There’s as much crookedness as you want to find. There was something Abraham Lincoln said – he’d rather trust and be disappointed than distrust and be miserable all the time. Maybe I trusted too much.”


499. "Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” – John Wooden


500. “You have to apply yourself each day to becoming a little better. By applying yourself to the task of becoming a little better each and every day over a period of time, you will become a lot better.”


501. “Long-Term Success Requires Short-Term Focus.”


502. “It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.”


503. “Never lie, never cheat, never steal.”. John Wooden


504. “I want a hustling, fighting team that never had time to crab or complain to anyone about anything.” - John Wooden


505. Losing is only temporary and not all encompassing. You must simply study it, learn from it, and try hard not to lose the same way again. Then you must have the self-control to forget about it. - John Wooden


506. “The coach is first of all a teacher.”


507. "Things work out the best for those who make the best of how things work out” – John Wooden


508. “My eyesight is not nearly as good. My hearing is probably going away. My memory is slipping too. But I’m still around.”


509. “Mentors are available at all stages of your leadership life – early, middle and late. Seek them out and listen; absorb their knowledge and use it.” — John Wooden


510. “If I were a young coach today, I would be extremely careful in selecting assistants.”. John Wooden


511. “Don’t mistake activity with achievement.”


512. “If you let your emotions take over you’ll be outplayed.” – John Wooden


513. “A mentor must always guide, never push. It was my job to listen to them, offer my perspective, and encourage them to pursue the ideals they believed to be true.”


514. “Most of all I attempted to demonstrate in my behavior - on and off the court - those qualities I hold so dear, the values within the Pyramid.” - John Wooden


515. “Without proper self-evaluation, failure is inevitable.” – John Wooden


516. “Promise yourself to make all your friends know there is something in them that is special and that you value.”


517. “Never life; never cheat; never steal. Don’t whine; don’t complain; don’t make excuses.” - John Wooden


518. “Ability is a poor man’s wealth.”. John Wooden


519. “…team members wouldn’t be treated the same or alike; rather, each one would receive the treatment they earned or deserved.” - John Wooden


520. “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”. John Wooden


521. “Be quick, but don’t hurry.”. John Wooden


522. “Never make excuses


523. “If I were a young coach today, I would be extremely careful in selecting assistants.” – John Wooden


524. “I am not as good as I ought to be. I am not as good as I want to be. I am not as good as I’m going to be. But I am thankful that I am better than I used to be.” – John Wooden


525. “I thought treating everyone the same was being fair and impartial. Gradually I began to suspect that it was neither fair nor impartial. In fact, it was just the opposite. That’s when I began announcing that team members wouldn’t be treated the same or alike; rather, each one would receive the treatment they earned and deserved.”


526. “When you hurry you’re more apt to make mistakes. But you have to be quick. If you’re not quick you can’t get things done.”


527. “Knowledge is not enough to get desired results. You must have the more elusive ability to teach and to motivate. This defines a leader; if you can’t teach and you can’t motivate, you can’t lead.” ~ John Wooden


528. Always stand up for your principles.


529. Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” —John Wooden


530. “It’s always about focusing not on the mistakes but on the lessons learned from them.”. John Wooden


531. “It’s important to keep trying to do what you think is right no matter how hard it is or how often you fail. You never stop trying. I’m still trying.”


532. Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life.” – John Wooden


533. “The best competition I have is against myself to become better.” – John Wooden


534. “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.” ~ John Wooden


535. “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” – John Wooden


536. “Today is the only day. Yesterday is gone.” – John Wooden


537. “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.”. John Wooden


538. “The true leader isn’t really looking for leadership. He’s trying to set an example and be in the proper way to get the most productive results and don’t realize it. When the followers get something done, if the leader has been what he should, they’ll feel like they did it, not him. That’s the way it should be.”


539. We can have no progress without change, whether it be basketball or anything else.” – John Wooden


540. “The best competition I have is against myself to become better.” – Coach John Wooden


541. “Don’t permit fear of failure to prevent effort. We are all imperfect and will fail on occasions, but fear of failure is the greatest failure of all.”


542. When you give your best with every effort you have, the result will never make you a loser. And when you do less than required, it is obvious that you will not be turning into a winner magically somehow.


543. “Do the best you can. No one can do more than that.” ―John Wooden


544. “Promise yourself you will talk health, happiness, and prosperity as often as possible. Promise to think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best in yourself and others. Promise to forget the mistakes of the past and press on to greater achievements in the future.” ~ John Wooden


545. “Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out.” – John Wooden


546. “How hard you work at correcting your faults reveals your character.”


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


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


549. “I talked to the players and tried to make them aware of what was good and bad, but I didn’t try to run their lives.”. John Wooden


550. “Each member of your team has the potential for personal greatness; the leader’s job is to help them achieve it.” – John Wooden


551. “Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.― John Wooden


552. “The time to prepare isn’t after you have been given the opportunity. It’s long before that opportunity arises. Once the opportunity arrives, it’s too late to prepare.” ~ John Wooden


553. “Ability is a poor man’s wealth.”


554. “Don’t lie, don’t cheat, don’t steal; never whine, never complain, never make excuses.”


555. Always try and become the best version of yourself instead of focusing on who is better than you.


556. "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.” — John Wooden


557. “Many athletes have tremendous God-given gifts, but they don’t focus on the development of those gifts. . It’s true in sports and it’s true everywhere in life. Hard work is the difference. Very hard work.” – John Wooden


558. “Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” – John Wooden


559. “We must be challenged to improve, and adversity is the challenger.” – John Wooden


560. “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” ~ John Wooden


561. “When opportunity knocks, it’s too late to prepare.”. John Wooden


562. “Teaching players during practices was what coaching was all about to me.”


563. “Go Out of Your Way to Praise Those “Quiet” Performers Who Make Things Happen.”


564. “Little things make the big things happen”


565. “Whether you know it or not, whether you like it or not, the habits you are developing now will be with you for the rest of your life.”


566. “Never cease trying to be the best you can be.”


567. “Promise to wear a cheerful appearance at all times and give every person you meet a smile.” ~ John Wooden


568. “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden


569. “The eight laws of learning are explanation, demonstration, imitation, repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition.” ~ John Wooden


570. A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.


571. “Alertness, the ability to be constantly observing, absorbing, and learning from what’s going on around you, is a critical component for the individual in charge, the leader who strives for continuous improvement. You must constantly be awake, alive, and alert in evaluating yourself as well as the strengths and weaknesses of your organization and your competitors.”


572. “There is nothing stronger than gentleness.”


573. “I am not as good as I ought to be. I am not as good as I want to be. I am not as good as I’m going to be. But I am thankful that I am better than I used to be.” ~ John Wooden


574. “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.”


575. “So often we fail to acknowledge what we have because we’re so concerned about what we want


576. Don’t mistake activity with achievement.


577. “Respect every opponent, but fear none.”


578. “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of being” John Wooden


579. “The goal in life is just the same as in basketball: make the effort to do the best you are capable of doing”


580. “If there’s anything you could point out where I was a little different, it was the fact that I never mentioned winning.”


581. “Passion is momentary; love is enduring.”. John Wooden


582. “Today is the only day. Yesterday is gone.”


583. Always remember that drudgery is not the right way to work.


584. “There is a choice you have to make in everything you do. So keep in mind that in the end, the choice you make makes you.”


585. “Listen if you want to be heard.”. John Wooden


586. “The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team ” – John Wooden, American basketball coach


587. “I talked to the players and tried to make them aware of what was good and bad, but I didn’t try to run their lives.”


588. “A strong leader accepts blame and gives the credit. A weak leader gives blame and accepts the credit.” - John Wooden


589. “There are no big things, only an accumulation of many little things. Remove enough rivets and the wing falls off. However, it is up to you, the leader, to identify the correct rivets and determine how much attention each will be given. Do this correctly and your organization will survive flying through even the most turbulent competitive storm.”


590. “It takes time to create excellence. If it could be done quickly, more people would do it.” – John Wooden


591. “I don’t believe in praying to win.”


592. “Siempre ganamos cuando nos esforzamos al máximo en hacer lo mejor que podemos”. —John Wooden”


593. “Winning takes talent. To repeat takes character.”


594. “Learn as if you were going to live forever, and live as if you were going to die tomorrow.”


595. “Aristotle said: ‘We are what we repeatedly do.’ He was referring to character - the values and habits of our daily behavior that reveal who and what we are.” - John Wooden


596. “You can do more good by being good than any other way.” – John Wooden


597. Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out. -John Wooden


598. “Next to love, balance is the most important thing.”. John Wooden


599. “Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.”


600. “The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.” – Coach John Wooden


601. “It comes when those you lead see and experience that your concern for their interests and welfare goes beyond simply calculating what they can do for you…”


602. “Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life.” ~ John Wooden


603. “Seek opportunities to show you care


604. “The four laws of learning are: the first is demonstration of what you want. The second is the criticism of the demonstration. The third is the imitation of the correct model, and the fourth is repetition, over and over until it becomes habit where is you don’t think about it.” ~ John Wooden


605. “Knowledge is not enough to get desired results. You must have the more elusive ability to teach and to motivate. This defines a leader. If you can’t teach and you can’t motivate, you can’t lead.”


606. Fairness is giving all people the treatment they earn and deserve. It doesn't mean treating everyone alike. That's unfair, because everyone doesn't earn the same treatment."


607. Do not become a partial performer because that will make you replaceable, as your skills will remain incomplete.


608. “You can’t let praise or criticism get to you


609. “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” – John Wooden


610. “I think you have to be what you are. Don’t try to be.”


611. “Make today your masterpiece.” —John Wooden. Know someone who always says the best things? With these Kamala Harris quotes, we feel that exact same way!


612. Always work hard to bring out your best and do the necessary things.


613. “Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.” – Coach John Wooden


614. Never compare your own self to others and always try to be someone that you actually are.


615. “Well, if you’re true to yourself you’re going to be true to everyone else.”. John Wooden


616. “Apply yourself everyday to just becoming a little bit better.”


617. “Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” – Coach John Wooden


618. “If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.” – John Wooden


619. Lead yourself first, before trying to help and lead others.


620. You can never make up for a lost day... Don't think you can make up for it by working twice as hard tomorrow. If you have it within your power to work twice as hard, why aren't you doing it now?"


621. “Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.” – John Wooden


622. Always teach your whole team to do the right thing.


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


624. Never forget that the star of the team is the whole team combined. It is everyone’s collective effort that makes the team the best.


625. “As former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden said, “Things turn out the best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”


626. I think the teaching profession contributes more to our society than any other single profession. - John Wooden


627. If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes. Wooden


628. “We can agree to disagree, but we don’t need to be disagreeable.”. John Wooden


629. “Make each day your masterpiece“


630. “Learn to master The Four P’s. The Four P’s are planning, preparation, practice, and performance.” - John Wooden


631. “Knowledge is not enough to get desired results. You must have the more elusive ability to teach and to motivate. This defines a leader; if you can’t teach and you can’t motivate, you can’t lead.”


632. "Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden


633. “It isn’t what you do, but how you do it.”. John Wooden


634. “The best competition I have is against myself to become better.”. John Wooden


635. If you are afraid to fail, you will never do the things you are capable of doing.


636. “I don’t think I was a fine game coach. I’m trying to be honest. I think I was a good practice coach.”


637. “I am just a common man who is true to his beliefs.”. John Wooden


638. It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen. - John Wooden


639. “You have to apply yourself each day to becoming a little better. By becoming a little better each and every day, over a period of time, you will become a lot better.” — John Wooden


640. “A strong leader accepts blame and gives credit


641. “Most often, however, a leader resorts to punishment because he lacks an understanding of its limitations as well as the skills necessary to create motivation based on pride rather than fear.” - John Wooden


642. Tell the truth. That way you don’t have to remember a story.


643. “Promise yourself you will talk health, happiness, and prosperity as often as possible. Promise to think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best in yourself and others. Promise to forget the mistakes of the past and press on to greater achievements in the future.”


644. Working without enjoying it does not produce leaders. It does not produce great organizations either.


645. “Today is the only day. Yesterday’s gone.”


646. “Being late showed disrespect for me, disrespect for the members of our team, and perhaps worst of all, disrespect for time itself.” - John Wooden


647. “Just do the best you can. No one can do more than that.” ~ John Wooden


648. “Nothing will work unless you do.” – John Wooden


649. “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.” ~ John Wooden, John Wooden quotes on success


650. ¨Nothing will work unless you do.¨ – John Wooden


651. “Promise to think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best from yourself and others.”


652. “Champions never complain, they are too busy getting better” ~ John Wooden


653. “When the opportunity comes it is too late to prepare.” – John Wooden


654. “Our land is everything to us…. I will tell you one of the things we remember on our land. We remember that our grandfathers paid for it – with their lives.”


655. “Be true to yourself. help others. make each day your masterpiece. make friendship a fine art. drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible. build a shelter against a rainy day. give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.” – John Wooden


656. Nothing will work unless you do.


657. “Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day.”– John Wooden


658. “Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece.”


659. “Don’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.” — John Wooden


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


661. “If we fail to adapt, we fail to move forward.”


662. Learn as if you were going to live forever, and live as if you were going to die tomorrow.


663. “It’s important to keep trying to do what you think is right no matter how hard it is or how often you fail. You never stop trying. I’m still trying.” – John Wooden


664. “Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”


665. “Make today your masterpiece.” —John Wooden


666. Never work on something that does not bring you joy.


667. “A leader’s most powerful ally is his or her own example.”


668. “Don’t whine, don’t complain, don’t make excuses. You get out there and whatever your doing, do to the best of your ability. And no one can do more than that.” – John Wooden


669. Always have control over your need to compare yourself to others. Remember to compete with yourself.


670. “Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.”


671. “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” – John Wooden


672. “If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.”. John Wooden


673. “there is one similarity between a prison guard and a leader: Both have the final word. When a decision is made, it must be accepted by those on your team, or they must be encouraged to find another team.”


674. “Ultimately, I believe that’s what leadership is all about: helping others to achieve their own greatness by helping the organization to succeed.”


675. “Teamwork is not a preference, it is a requirement.”


676. “Goals achieved with little effort are seldom worthwhile or lasting.”


677. “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.” ― John Wooden


678. “Enjoy the thrill of a tough battle.” - John Wooden


679. “Remember this, the choices you make in life, make you.”


680. “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.”


681. “A person who values winning above anything will do anything to win. And such people are threats to their organizations.”


682. “Good values attract good people.” – John Wooden


683. “We are many, but are we much?”


684. “Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord because He knows what we really are, and that is all that matters.”


685. "Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do” – John Wooden


686. “Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.” John Wooden


687. “Discipline of others isn’t punishment. You discipline to help, to improve, to correct, to prevent, not to punish, humiliate, or retaliate.”


688. “I think that is the tendency of people who choke under pressure


689. You are not a failure until you start blaming others for your mistakes.


690. “A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group – that’s teamwork.” ~ John Wooden, John Wooden quotes on teamwork


691. “The leader has to command the respect of all those under his supervision, and he must be open to those under his supervision. Effective leadership means having a lot of people working toward a common goal. And when you have that with no one caring who gets the credit, you’re going to accomplish a lot. If you have those just wanting the credit for themselves, you’re not going to get as much accomplished.”


692. Do not worry and lose sleep over thinking about the competition. Just work on yourself.


693. “Make sure that team members know they are working with you, not for you.” ~ John Wooden


694. “I think permitting the game to become too physical takes away a little bit of the beauty.”


695. “It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.


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


697. “Just do the best you can


698. Mistakes come from doing, but so does success. – John Wooden


699. “Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life.”. John Wooden


700. “It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.


701. You have to higher the morale of people around you with lesser jobs than you and make them feel equally important.


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


703. You have to remember to treat everyone the way he/she deserves to be treated.


704. “If you do enough small things right, big things can happen”


705. “You must define success as making the complete effort to maximize your ability, skills, and potential in whatever circumstances—good or bad—may exist.”


706. You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.


707. “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.” - John Wooden


708. “Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.” – Coach John Wooden


709. “Make sure that team members know they are working with you, not for you.” ― John Wooden


710. “In the end, it’s about the teaching, and what I always loved about coaching was the practices. . But teaching the players during practice was what coaching was all about to me.” – John Wooden


711. Good leaders always foster and inspire everyone around them.


712. “Nothing will work unless you do.” ― John Wooden


713. “As a leader you must be sincerely committed to what’s right rather than who’s right.”


714. “Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are and that is all that matters.”


715. “Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”. John Wooden


716. “I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.” John Wooden


717. “Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day.”


718. “Remember That Success Can Take Months—or Years—to Achieve but Can Be Undone in Minutes.”


719. “Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life.” – John Wooden


720. “Communication is essential in sports. Are you a good communicator?” - John Wooden


721. “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.”


722. “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” ~ John Wooden


723. “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out. ” – John Wooden


724. “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.”


725. “As Hall of Fame basketball coach John Wooden said, “When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare.”


726. “The most important thing in the world is family and love.” – John Wooden


727. “If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.”


728. “Achievement will continue at the same or a greater level only if you do not permit the infection of success to take hold of you and your organization. The symptom of that infection is called complacency. Contentment with past accomplishments or acceptance of the status quo can derail an organization quickly. In sports or business, getting to the top is difficult. One of the reasons staying there is so rare is because the infection sets in.”


729. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.


730. “A strong secure leader accepts blame and gives credit. A weak insecure leader gives blame and takes credit.” - John Wooden, Basketball Coach


731. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” — John Wooden


732. Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out. ~John Wooden


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


734. “If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.” ~ John Wooden


735. “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”. John Wooden


736. “I never met a person from whom I did not learn something.”


737. “The most important thing in the world is family and love.” — John Wooden


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


739. If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.


740. “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” – Coach John Wooden


741. “Flexibility is the key to stability.”


742. “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”Best John Wooden Quotes


743. “Some of those under your supervision will catch on quickly, others not. Understanding that patience is an integral part of good teaching and effective leadership allowed me to accept the varying speeds at which people learn and to accommodate, within reason, those differences. Patience became an asset for me rather than a liability. I came to understand that good things take time.”


744. “Parenting is the most important profession in the world.”


745. “Well, your greatest joy definitely comes from doing something for another, especially when it was done with no thought of something in return.”


746. “I did not want a person on our team who was reluctant to sacrifice for the good of the team. I prized the individual who was eager to sacrifice for our common good.” – John Wooden


747. “An effective leader develops the ability to correctly identify the pertinent detail or details – incidentals in a market, industry or sport that might create an incremental advantage.”


748. “Things turn out the best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” — John Wooden


749. “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” John Wooden


750. “Does worrying about it, complaining about it, change it? Nope, it just wastes your time. . Nothing is gained by wasting all of that time.” – John Wooden


751. “Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating…too often fathers neglect it because they get so caught up in making a living they forget to make a life.”. John Wooden


752. Good coaching is about leadership and instilling respect in your players. Dictators lead through fear - good coaches do not. - Author: John Wooden


753. “Promise yourself that you will talk health, happiness, and prosperity as often as possible.”


754. “Just try to be the best you can be; never cease trying to be the best you can be. That’s in your power.”


755. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden


756. “Make each day your masterpiece.” – Coach John Wooden


757. “Team spirit means you are willing to sacrifice personal considerations for the welfare of all. That defines a team player.”


758. “Envy, jealousy, and criticism can become cancerous


759. “If you sacrifice principle trying to please everyone, you end up pleasing no one.”


760. The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.'—John Wooden


761. “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” – John Wooden


762. “Listen if you want to be heard”


763. “I think you have to be what you are. . You have to be yourself at all times.” – John Wooden


764. “Results matter. They matter a great deal. But if this is an organization’s singular purpose, then the people who sign on are often doing it for the wrong reasons.”


765. “No one can really honestly be the very best, no one.”. John Wooden


766. “Carelessness, like sloppiness, is not a characteristic seen in successful organizations.” - John Wooden


767. “You haven’t taught until they’ve learned.” ~ John Wooden


768. “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.” – John Wooden


769. “The importance of repetition until automaticity cannot be overstated. Repetition is the key to learning.”


770. ¨ Selfishness is the greatest challenge for a coach. Most players are more concerned with making themselves better than the team. ¨ – John Wooden


771. Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.


772. “Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admiers then.” – John Wooden


773. “Did I win? Did I lose? Those are the wrong questions. . The rest of it just gets in the way.” – John Wooden


774. “Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.” —John Wooden


775. The team will not achieve success unless you, the leader, are able to achieve critical goals.


776. “A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.” – John Wooden Tweet: A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment. - John Wooden


777. “More than thirty years ago I memorized a quote that has shaped the way I live: “My potential is God’s gift to me. What I do with my potential is my gift to Him.” I believe I am accountable to God, others, and myself for every gift, talent, resource, and opportunity I have in life. If I give less than my best, then I am shirking my responsibility. I believe UCLA coach John Wooden was speaking to this idea when he said, “Make every day your masterpiece.” If we give our very best all the time, we can make our lives into something special. And that will overflow into the lives of others.”


778. “Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.” – Coach John Wooden


779. “No one can really honestly be the very best, no one.” – John Wooden


780. “Earn the right to be proud and confident.” – John Wooden


781. “Be quick, but don’t hurry.”


782. “Team Spirit—an eagerness to sacrifice personal interests or glory for the welfare of all—is a tangible driving force that transforms individuals who are “doing their jobs correctly” into an organization whose members are totally committed to working at their highest levels for the good of the group. Members of such an organization are unselfish, considerate, and put the goals of the organization above their own, even at the expense of their own personal desires. When this happens—and the leader is the one who makes it happen—the result is almost magical.”


783. “Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.”. John Wooden


784. “Surround yourself with people strong enough to change your mind.”


785. “The praise and criticism I wanted to have meaning and positive impact was that which came from me and my assistant coaches.” - John Wooden


786. “It is most difficult, in my mind, to separate any success, whether it be in your profession, your family, or as in my case, in basketball, from religion.”


787. “You can do more good by being good than any other way.”


788. “I worry that business leaders are more interested in material gain than they are in having the patience to build up a strong organization, and a strong organization starts with caring for their people.”. John Wooden


789. “Good values are like a magnet they attract good people.”


790. “Many leaders don’t listen, and it is one of the greatest methods we have of learning. You need to listen to those under your supervision and to those who are above you.”


791. “It isn’t about what you do, but how you do it”


792. “If a player’s not doing the things he should, put him on the bench. He’ll come around.” – John Wooden


793. “It isn’t what you do, but how you do it.”


794. Do not let making a living prevent you from making a life. — John Wooden


795. “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” – John Wooden


796. “I’m no wizard, and I don’t like being thought of in that light at all. I think of a wizard as being some sort of magician or something, doing something on the sly or something, and I don’t want to be thought of in that way.”


797. “Be true to yourself. help others. make each day your masterpiece. make friendship a fine art. drink deeply from good books…” – John Wooden


798. “A mentor must always guide, never push. It was my job to listen to them, offer my perspective, and encourage them to pursue the ideals they believed to be true.” ~ John Wooden


799. All of life is peaks and valleys. Don’t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low. – John Wooden


800. Make each day your masterpiece.” —John Wooden


801. Success will take forever to be achieved, but it can be turned around in a few minutes by a few reckless actions in no time.


802. “I think you have to be what you are. Don’t try to be somebody else. You have to be yourself at all times.”


803. “When you start having all of the right answers, you will stop asking all the right questions.” - John Wooden


804. “I like to spend time in the past, with the things that have been important to me.”


805. “Getting your people to think “Team First” is vital. It starts when you teach each member of the group how she or he contributes to the organization, when you make each one feel connected to the team’s efforts, productivity, and ultimate success.”


806. “Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books—especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.”


807. “Mistakes come from doing, but so does success.”. John Wooden


808. Do not pick the best players. Always focus on picking the members that will work hard enough to make your team the best.


809. “Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.”. John Wooden


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


811. Always try to instill good qualities into yourself and others around you.


812. “Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization” by John Wooden is an inspiring book about his acclaimed Pyramid of Success.


813. “The man who is afraid to risk failure seldom has to face success.”. John Wooden


814. “I believed and taught that a steam lacking self-control will get outplayed and, usually, outscored.” - John Wooden


815. Make each day your masterpiece. - John Wooden


816. “I believe one of my strengths is my ability to keep negative thoughts out. I am an optimist.” – John Wooden


817. “Champions never complain, they are too busy getting better.” – John Wooden


818. “Things turn out best for those who make best of how things turn out.”


819. “Not everyone is equipped to be a leader, but in a sense, everyone is a leader to someone, even though you’re not equipped. I think parents are a leader to youngsters, teacher are leaders, coaches are leaders, businessmen are leaders.”


820. True leaders do not complain, whine or make excuses.


821. “Do not let making a living prevent you from making a life” – John Wooden


822. “I didn’t place a wall between my professional and personal life, and at appropriate times I invited players and coaches to our home.” - John Wooden


823. Succeeding is performing at your best when your best is required. – John Wooden


824. “A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.”. John Wooden


825. “Good things take time, as they should. We shouldn’t expect good things to happen overnight. Actually, getting something too easily or too soon can cheapen the outcome.”


826. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”– John Wooden


827. “There is choice you have to make, in everything you do. So keep in mind that in the end, the choice you make, makes you.” - Anon


828. “The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”


829. “Acknowledging top producers does not always have to be done publicly. It is often more effective for a leader to praise their outstanding performance when others are not around. It gives the “superstar” deserved recognition without creating envy or resentment. Conversely, praise for those in lesser roles is often maximized by doing it in a more public manner.” - John Wooden


830. “Adversity often produces an unexpected opportunity. Look for it!” – John Wooden


831. “The team is the star, never an individual player.”


832. “‘Does anybody here remember who was the runner-up in last year’s national championship?’ Nobody raised his hand. That’s as close as he ever got to a pep talk.” - Gail Goodrich


833. “The Star of the Team Is the Team.”


834. “I’d be satisfied just coaching in high school. I turned down a number of colleges when I was teaching in South Bend, Indiana, before I went into the service. I honestly believe that if I hadn’t enlisted in the service, I would never have left high school teaching. I’m sure I would have never left.”


835. “An effective leader allows exceptions to the rule for exceptional results or when circumstance demands.”


836. “Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.”. John Wooden


837. "Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” —John Wooden"


838. “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” — John Wooden


839. Never make excuses. Your friends don’t need them and your foes won’t believe them.


840. “Respect a man, and he will do all the more.”


841. “You can’t make good decisions that are going to be meaningful, productive, when you lose control, and you have to maintain mental control, emotional control and to be able to perform physically up to your own particular level of competency; you have to keep your emotions under control.”


842. “Just do the best you can. No one can do more than that.”


843. “Love is the most important thing in the world. Hate, we should remove from the dictionary.”


844. “You may be better than the rest, but you are not a success until you have made the effort to become the best you can be.”


845. “It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.” – John Wooden


846. Stay focused on participating and being a part of the running instead of stressing about winning the race.


847. “I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of society than any other single profession.” – John Wooden


848. “Be more concerned with what you can do for others than what others can do for you. You’ll be surprised at the results.” ~ John Wooden


849. “I like to spend time in the past, with the things that have been important to me.”. John Wooden


850. “You have to apply yourself each day to becoming a little better. By becoming a little better each and every day. over a period of time. you will become a lot better.”- John Wooden


851. “I worry that business leaders are more interested in material gain than they are in having the patience to build up a strong organization, and a strong organization starts with caring for their people.”


852. “I think that in any group activity. whether it be business, sports, or family. there has to be leadership or it won’t be successful.”. John Wooden


853. “Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.”


854. “Nothing will work unless you do.”


855. “Coach Wooden didn’t treat everybody the same; he treated people the way they deserved to be treated.”. John Wooden


856. “I believe effective leaders are, first and foremost, good teachers. We are in the education business. Whether in class or on the court, my job was the same: to effectively teach those under my supervision how they could perform to the best of their ability in ways that best served the goals of our team. I believe the same is true for productive leaders in any organization.”


857. “If you are afraid to fail, you will never do the things you are capable of doing.”


858. “Well, if you’re true to yourself, you’re going to be true to everyone else.”


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


860. “Stay the course. When thwarted, try again, harder, smarter. Persevere relentlessly.”


861. “Somebody asked me – you know, how come it took you so long to win a national championship? And I said, ‘I’m a slow learner; but you notice when I learn something, I have it down pretty good.”


862. “Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.”. John Wooden


863. “First and foremost, you are their leader, not their buddy.” - John Wooden


864. “A leader with character attracts talent with the same.” - John Wooden


865. “There are no big things, only a logical accumulation of little things done at a very high standard of performance.” - John Wooden


866. “Don’t get discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens up the lock.” – John Wooden


867. “Make your values visible.” - John Wooden


868. “When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur. When you improve conditioning a little each day, eventually you have a big improvement in conditioning. 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.” ~ John Wooden


869. “To my way of thinking, when you give your total effort—everything you have—the score can never make you a loser. And when you do less, it can’t somehow magically turn you into a winner.”


870. “I believe one of the requirements of good leadership is the ability to listen – really listen – to those in your organization. An effective leader is very good at listening, and it’s difficult to listen when you are talking.”


871. “…when you give your total effort - everything you have - the score can never make you a loser. And when you do less, it can’t somehow magically turn you into a winner.” - John Wooden


872. “You can’t let praise or criticisms get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.” – John Wooden


873. “The better conditioned team will probably win in the long run.”


874. “When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur.”


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


876. “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”


877. “Never lie; never cheat; never steal. Don’t whine; don’t complain; don’t make excuses.”


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


879. “If you spend too much time learning the ‘tricks’ of the trade, you may not learn the trade. There are no shortcuts. If you’re working on finding a short cut, the easy way, you’re not working hard enough on the fundamentals. You may get away with it for a spell, but there is no substitute for the basics. And the first basic is good, old fashioned hard work.” ~ John Wooden


880. “There is no more powerful leadership tool than your own personal example.” ~ John Wooden, John Wooden quotes on leadership


881. “I’d rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent.”


882. “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”. John Wooden


883. “Approval is a great motivator. Use the pat on the back”, especially after severe criticism.” - John Wooden


884. “Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?”


885. “Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.”- John Wooden


886. “In my opinion, being an effective leader requires being an effective listener. The most productive leaders are usually those who are consistently willing to listen and learn.”


887. “When opportunity comes it is too late to prepare.”


888. “Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord because He knows what we really are and that is all that matters.”. John Wooden


889. “Set your standards high; namely, do the absolute best of which you are capable. Focus on running the race rather than winning it. Do those things necessary to bring forth your personal best and don’t lose sleep worrying about the competition. Let the competition lose sleep worrying about you. Teach your organization to do the same.”


890. “Laws of learning: explanation, demonstration, imitation, correction when necessary, then repetition.” - John Wooden


891. Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.


892. “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” – John Wooden


893. “Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden


894. “Make each day your masterpiece“ – John Wooden


895. “What you do in practice is going to determine your level of success. I used to tell my players, ‘You have to give 100 percent every day. Whatever you don’t give, you can’t make up for tomorrow. If you give only 75 percent today, you can’t give 125 percent tomorrow to make up for it.’” – John Wooden


896. “Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.”


897. “Don’t whine, complain, or make excuses.”


898. “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” – John Wooden


899. “Succeeding is performing at your best when your best is required.”. John Wooden


900. “You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.” John Wooden


901. “Success is never final, failure is never fatal


902. “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” – John Wooden


903. “Listen if you want to be heard.”


904. “Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.” - John Wooden


905. “Leadership is the ability to get individuals to work together for the common good and the best possible results while at the same time letting them know they did it themselves.”


906. “Build shelter against a rainy day.”


907. “Don’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.”


908. “Make each day your masterpiece.” - John Wooden


909. “Winning takes talent; to repeat takes character.” ~ John Wooden


910. “It’s the little details that are vital


911. “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” ~ John Wooden


912. “Build shelter against a rainy day.” ― John Wooden


913. “How did he do it? how did he set all those records? Here is the answer: Coach Wooden taught good habits. That’s it - that’s the answer.” - Steve Jamison


914. “I rarely, if ever, even uttered the word win…” - John Wooden


915. “Don’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.”. John Wooden


916. “By the second week of practice at UCLA I was just totally hooked on how he did things - the progression of skills he had us work on and then putting it all together as a team.” - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


917. “It is most difficult in my mind, to separate success, whether it be in your profession, your family, or as in my case, in basketball, from religion.” – John Wooden


918. “A strong leader accepts blame and gives the credit. A weak leader gives blame and accepts the credit.”


919. “The individual who is mistake-free is also probably sitting around doing nothing. And that is a very big mistake.”


920. “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.” – John Wooden


921. “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.” ~ John Wooden


922. “Defense is a definite part of the game, and a great part of defence is learning to play it without fouling.”. John Wooden


923. “The more concerned we become over the things we can’t control, the less we will do with the things we can control” ~ John Wooden

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