" 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
John Wooden
Basketball player & Coach

John Wooden Quotes on Life & Lessons:

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Motivating people is a custom process. What one team member may respond to is not what another will respond to.

If you’ve ever worked for a bad manager, you know how frustrating “Do as I say, not as I do” can feel.

Always be learning, acquiring knowledge, and seeking wisdom with a sense that you are immortal and that you will need much knowledge and wisdom for that long journey ahead. Know that when you are through learning, you are through.

When I worked with Steve on product design, there was kind of an approach we took, unconsciously, which I characterize in my mind as a “cauldron”

No one likes a dictator. Building consensus and getting buy in are key skills for a good manager.

But I want to live that life as if I were going to die tomorrow: with relish, immediacy, and the right priorities. I also will not waste even a minute.

Recover when needed: If the team really didn’t have it, recovering for a day helped them come back more focused and rested the next day.

"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out”

John Wooden Quotes on Life & Success:

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

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

 Make each day your masterpiece.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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



John Wooden was an American professional basketball player. He was also a head coach at the University of California, Los Angeles.

As a player Wooden won the Helms National Championship and Helms Player of the year title in 1932. He was NBL scoring leader in 1933.

Nicknamed “Wizard of Westwood”, he won ten NCAA Division Championships, seven times in a row and twelve NCAA Regional – Final Four as a coach. He also won the AP College Coach award five times and the prestigious Henry Iba Award seven times.

Wooden was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1960 and as a coach in 1973. In 2006, he was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

Thanks to Wooden’s legendary coaching career, he has created a legacy not only in the field of sports but also in organisational leadership, business and personal success. He won a Presidential Medal of Freedom in the year 2003. In 2009, The Sporting News named him as “Greatest Coach of All Time”.