Even those who have never kept up with sports know who John Wooden was. The very successful basketball coach at UCLA was much more than just a great coach. He was a great man and a person who affected in a positive way the world around him. Coach Wooden, who died last month at the age of 99, has been described as one of the greatest coaches and humans of all time. The man, who won more national championships than any coach ever, came from a humble beginning. He never lost the common touch even though he became a living legend. The following are a few of the statements made by Coach Wooden:
• Never mistake activity for achievement.
• 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.
• Be prepared and be honest.
• You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.
• You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
• Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.
• Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
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