I am a huge fan of John Wooden. Not because of his winning record at UCLA but for his approach to living life.
At least once a year, I peruse through his writings. I recently listened to The Art of Manliness Podcast recent episode which featured Steve Jamison, who coauthored John Wooden’s books.
Steve reflected on the books he wrote with John Wooden and the wonderful man he was. One such book was Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court.
While many of Wooden’s books are about leadership this book is about life. It tugs at my heart, inspires me to put forth my best effort, and gives me perspective on life.
This is a timeless book that resonates with my values and I see myself reading and rereading this book and sharing its lessons with my girls.
John Wooden’s definition of success is worth the price of the book:
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 you are capable of becoming.
For Wooden, success isn’t the final score. It’s not achieving power, fortune, or fame but from the pursuit of winning and competing that we find success. It’s in the preparation.
Winning is a result of staying present with the process and we often neglect staying present with the process when we are impatient to win or afraid to lose.
The two biggest obstacles to winning are impatience and fear.