Coach Jonny Wooden Speaks About Life, Success

Teacher, Coach, Mentor plays a very important role in every once life. Every parent wants to be an effective  Teacher, Coach, Mentor for their children.

Come let’s learn how to be an effective coach from the greatest basketball coach ever lived.

A quick intro about Coach Wooden, he is One of the most respected and admired coaches in the history of sports, Wooden was beloved by his former players, among them Lew Alcindor (later Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and Bill Walton.

This man is a molder of character.

He won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period as head coach at UCLA, including a record seven in a row. No other team has won more than three in a row in Division 1 college basketball.

I am fascinated to learn and share with you about the wisdom of Coach Wooden.

Coach Wooden lived his Life by the below 7 principles that his father gave him when he was young.

His father told him If you live your life by below principles you will never be broke.

7 Creed’s for life

1. Be True to yourself

2. Make Master Piece of yourself every day

3. Help Others

4. Think deeply from Good Books

5. Shelter yourself for a rainy day

6. Make Friendship of fine art

7. Pray for Guidance and give thanks for blessings every day


Below is the some the most important lessons that we can learn from the life of Coach Wooden

You should never try to be better than someone else, but you should never seize to try the very best you can be.

You can’t control how others think about you, you can control your behavior and who you are.

If you try to control things that you can’t control, you will lose control over things you have control.

You can’t control you win or lose, there is only one way you know you will win or lose by measuring yourself, did you given every ounce of yourself? that you can control.

If you give everything you have on the court most of the time you will win.


How to handle success or Failure?

Your Success or failure should not be determined by your attitude, you have to maintain the same attitude all the times, No excessive jubilation or excessive worry.

You should not be ashamed of failure; you should be ashamed when you failed to prepare properly when you had the opportunity.

How to prepare for a game?

You don’t have to scout others, you have to condition & prepare yourself for all kinds of opponents.

Repetition is the mother of all skills “Practice makes Permanent”. That’s how habits are formed.

Practice moderation in all things, eating, rest, habits.

Be precise & schedule your work

On Self Improvement

The Japanese word kaizen simply means “change for better”, with no inherent meaning of either “continuous” or “philosophy” in Japanese dictionaries or in everyday use. The word refers to any improvement, one-time or continuous, large or small, in the same sense as the English word “improvement”. … process kaizen.

You should never stand still, you either move up or another way, we cont expect to move up too quickly but we can surely slide down too quickly. Progress comes steadily if you prepare and improve continuously.

Remember anything worthwhile takes a very long time.

What is Failure or Adversity teaches you?

Adversity is what makes us better, you should not be afraid of adversity, it makes you mentally strong.

“it’s better to trust others and be disappointed sometimes and be distrust and be miserable all times” -Abraham Lincoln

How to treat everyone equal when Coaching?

The best way to treat everybody the same is, treat them what they deserve.

Wooden coin his definition of success:

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

On Failure:

Failure is knowing you don’t do things which you should have done. The individual is the only one who knows truly whether or not they are truly successful or not, Reputation is how others see you.

Who is a Coach?

A coach should be a teacher, helping his students make their most their individual abilities.

How did you know you did a good job?

I won’t know until 20 years, its how my students behave after they left my supervision.

How to handle disappointment?

You should know why you win or why failed.

In life, sometimes you will get unjustified criticism which you won’t like it & sometimes you will receive criticism which you deserve and you won’t like that even and sometimes in life you will get unjustified praise and credit you deserve it or not, you will like it.

Your absolute strength as an individual is how you are able to cope with both criticism and prise. Don’t let the good things go to your head and don’t let the bad things defeat you, there is always another day to improve.

Key Qualities from players:

“Be quick, but don’t hurry”

Quickness under control, you need to have balance. Balance both physical and emotional.

Never Criticize any player


Complement the one who passed

Never miss practice

Team Work / Unselfish Attitude


Wooden Pyramid of Success



Wooden’s Relationship advice

  1. Listen, just listen
  2. Communication
  3. Don’t keep things hidden

Most important lessons on life

Being considerate of others,

3 things that mankind crave most are Freedom, peace, and love


Real happiness/success comes from things that can’t be taken away from you and Material things can’t give you the lasting happiness, you will never lose love.

That’s it guys, I love this blog especially because it has such a profound impact on me and how I see life after I have learned about the wisdom of coach John Wooden.

Thank you and let us catch up on my next blog.


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