Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court

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McGraw Hill Professional, Apr 22, 1997 - Sports & Recreation - 240 pages
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"I am just a common man who is true to his beliefs."--John Wooden

Evoking days gone by when coaches were respected as much for their off-court performances as for their success on the court, Wooden presents the timeless wisdom of legendary basketball coach John Wooden.

In honest and telling passages about virtually every aspect of life, Coach shares his personal philosophy on family, achievement, success, and excellence. Raised on a small farm in south-central Indiana, he offers lessons and wisdom learned throughout his career at UCLA, and life as a dedicated husband, father, and teacher.

These lessons, along with personal letters from Bill Walton, Denny Crum, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Bob Costas, among others, have made Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and off the Court an inspirational classic.


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My name is ChyAnne. I'm going in to 7th grade at Yulee Middle School. (On summer break now) My 3rd Period teacher (John Ball) started reading this book, Wooden: A lifetime of Observations & Reflections On & Off the Court, He called it "Quote of the Day." He'd read a paragraph to us (depending on the size) right after lunch. These quotes really got me thinking. After the quote he'd explain it to us, give us examples, put reality in our head. This book is really good. The quotes are amazing, Mr. Wooden was very smart. His quotes don't just talk about basketball or being on the or something like that. They talk about life itself.
So long story short, it won't hurt you to buy this book. It's worth the money. This book is absolutely AMAZING!

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Page 105 - Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
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Page 93 - You can stir up the water galore, But stop, and you'll find in a minute, That it looks quite the same as before. The moral in this quaint example Is do just the best that you can Be proud of yourself, but remember, There is no indispensable man.
Page 92 - Sometime, when you're feeling important, Sometime, when your ego's in bloom, Sometime when you take it for granted, You're the best qualified in the room.
Page 13 - The Holy Supper is kept, indeed, In whatso we share with another's need; Not what we give, but what we share, ! For the gift without the giver is bare; Who gives himself with his alms feeds three, Himself, his hungering neighbor, and me.
Page 11 - FOUR things a man must learn to do If he would make his record true: To think without confusion clearly; To love his fellow-men sincerely; To act from honest motives purely; To trust in God and Heaven securely.
Page 92 - Sometime When You're Feeling Important, Sometime When Your Ego's In Bloom, Sometime When You Take It For Granted, You're the Best Qualified In the Room. Sometime When You Feel That Your Going Would Leave An Unfillable Hole, Just Follow This Simple Instruction And See How It Humbles Your Soul.

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John Wooden (1910-2010), guided the UCLA Bruins to ten NCAA basketball championships over a 12-year period, including four perfect seasons and an 88-game winning streak. He was named ESPN’s “Greatest Coach of the 20th Century” and voted “#1 Coach of All Time” by The Sporting News. Sports Illustrated said it best when they said: “There’s never been a finer man in American sports than John Wooden, or a finer coach.” In 2003 John Wooden was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Steve Jamison is America's foremost author and authority on the life and philosophy of John Wooden. Mr. Jamison is a consultant to the UCLA Anderson Scool of Business’ John Wooden Global Leadership Program. He has collaborated with Coach Wooden on an award-winning PBS presentation as well as several books, including his final book, The Wisdom of Wooden: My Century On and Off the Court.

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