- Be True To Yourself This is number 1 in Coach Wooden’s 7-point creed that was passed down from his father. We will look at them all among this list, but this one is first for a reason. Before we can become leaders of others, we must first understand ourselves. We need to distinguish our talents and strengths, as well as our weaknesses, and use each to their maximum benefit. Stay true to what you are best suited for and do not compromise your values.
- Always Keep Moving A former player of Coach Wooden said that he was always shouting, “Move, move, move!” He was not only referring to basketball, but to life in general. We must take action and we must always be progressing. Building upon success and learning from failure. We must think and we must always be in motion. Coach Wooden would say, “Be quick, but don’t hurry.”
- Make Each Day Your Masterpiece Carpe diem. Seize the day. We are all familiar with this logic. However, we as a society tend to take the advice in selfish manners. We seize what benefits ourselves most. The intent, and Coach’s intent, was to spend each and every day using your abilities to their maximum value for the good of others. This is a great life lesson, because it is so easily misunderstood. In the words of Coach Wooden, “Perform at your best when your best is required, and your best is required each day.”
- Help Others Develop a compassionate and understanding heart. As we move forward, we need to lift others up with us as well. When we are only out for ourselves, we will eventually gain what we set out to achieve. A lonely and singular existence. If the goal is a well-rounded successful life, then it is not possible by following only individual desires. Give wholly of yourself for the benefit of others to learn and follow.
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