Tonight brought word that 99 year-old former UCLA Coach John Wooden had died. I stopped and reflected upon my reading about him over the years. My shelves hold several of his books. In my memorabilia is a picture Coach Wooden signed “best wishes” to me. I posted a blog in January, 2009 about the man on a flight into Pensacola who called Coach Wooden when we landed and let me speak with him. He was one classy champion.
I learned many leadership principles from the Coach. Below are my favorites.
EIGHT SUGGESTIONS FOR SUCCEEDING
1. Fear no opponent. Respect every opponent.
2. Remember, it’s the perfection of the smallest details that make big things happen.
3. Keep in mind that hustle makes up for many a mistake.
4. Be more interested in character than reputation.
5. Be quick, but don’t hurry (my favorite quote from the coach).
6. Understand the harder you work, the more luck you will have.
7. Know that valid self-analysis is crucial for improvement.
8. Remember there is no substitute for hard work and careful planning. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.
The Wizard of Westwood will be missed.