Tuesday, July 30, 2013

John Wooden: His Personal Mission Statement

As leaders, if we haven’t won our personal battles, we’ll never be able to lead other people to victories in their battles.

John Wooden was a legendary coach, considered by many to be the best coach, college or pro, in the history of basketball.  He understood that a key to success is having discipline over you're own life first, then providing discipline for the guys you coach. 

When Coach Wooden was 12, his father gave him a simple creed, written on a tattered piece of paper, that he kept in his wallet.  Those words, which I have shared below, served as his guidepost for the rest of his life.

-  Be true to yourself.
-  Make each day your masterpiece.
-  Help others.
-  Drink deeply from good books.
-  Make friendship a fine art.
-  Build shelter against a rainy day.
-  Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.

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