Christian Long

John Wooden: The Difference Between Winning and Success

In TED Talks on May 26, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Extra credit reflection by DANIEL L.

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John Wooden:  The Difference Between Winning and Success

When thinking about success I think of the greatest coach to ever coach college basketball, John Wooden. John Wooden has won 7 National Championships in 7 consecutive years. He was the first person to ever be inducted in the hall of fame as a player and a coach. He has had so much success in his life and the things he has achieved are incredible.

John Wooden lived his life with the mentality that he would do everything to the best of his ability. He has a famous quote which says, “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best that you are capable of being.” This is an unbelievable quote and it can be used in so many circumstances. John Wooden talked about how in a basketball game, if you go as hard as you possibly can then it wont matter what the score is because you will have that self satisfaction, knowing that you gave it everything you had to win the game and that you left nothing on the court.

John Wooden felt that if you lived life like that then you will truly have great success. John Wooden created a pyramid of success. This pyramid had all the words on it that John Wooden thought equaled success. Words like enthusiasm, confidence, and poise. John Wooden felt that if you are able to live your life by these words then you will have success in whatever you do. The word at the top of the pyramid was competitive greatness. Competitive greatness is that drive you have to have to want to be the best, and to be the best you have to work as hard as you possibly can and do things to the best of your ability, and that’s where true success will come.


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