Wisdom From John Wooden

Even though I am not a sports fan and hardly know any sports figures, I do know a couple of them, including John Wooden, an American basketball player and coach.

I know about Wooden, not because he is a famous basketball player and coach (Wooden was the first to be named basketball All-American three times, he was named a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player (inducted in 1961) and as a coach (in 1973), the first person ever enshrined in both categories. He is considered as one of the most revered coaches in the history of sports), I know him because he is a great leader. His name, his words and his books are often mentioned and quoted in other books and talks.

The first time I heard Wooden’s name was on a Faith 900 AM radio show. The guest talked about Wooden’s love for books. Wooden is the author of several books about basketball and life. His Seven Point Creed, given to him by his father Joshua upon his graduation from grammar school, were often quoted by others:

  • Be true to yourself.
  • Make each day your masterpiece.
  • Help others.
  • Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
  • Make friendship a fine art.
  • Build a shelter against a rainy day.
  • Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.

I love this quote:

“Talent is God given. Be humble.

Fame is man-given. Be grateful.

Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”

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