Thursday, October 15, 2009

Happy 99th Birthday John Wooden! The Pyramid of Success

Forget John's previous occupation. He is a wise man. I said is because he is still alive proving wrong the saying 'only the good die young. ' Please also check out the audio file attached here in Multiply. Also check out the single page pdf file of the Pyramid of Success. One of John Wooden's most visible disciples talks about him on this blessed day for a blessed man. What I find heartwarming and reassuring is that Wooden after all this time considers himself and projects himself as a teacher. Something I wish I could internalize more. Thanks for all the faithful readers that have been giving me chance after chance to put something into your lives.

God Bless you John Wooden!


Included in the Multiply post:

a) pdf attachment of the Pyramid of Success

b) Bill Walton talks about John Wooden and his impact on lives.

Please go to

A Philosophy That Produced Extraordinary Results

After taking a position teaching high school English at the age of 24, John Wooden soon grew frustrated with the grading system he was required to use and felt compelled to help his students better understand success as a result of effort. He thought of his father's advice, that he should, "Never try to be better than anyone else, but never stop trying to be the best you can be." He remembered his high school math teacher, Mr. Scheidler, and his essay challenge to define success. Then Wooden recalled a verse of poetry he had recently read:

At God's footstool to confess,
A poor soul knelt and bowed his head.
I failed, he cried. The Master said,
Thou didst thy best, that is success.

A Definition Coined
These influences helped Wooden coin his definition of success:

"Success is 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 that you are capable of becoming."

A Pyramid Created
The definition satisfied Wooden for a short while, but he quickly realized it was insufficient. He needed something more concrete and more visual. So he spent the next 14 years identifying 25 behaviors he believed were necessary to achieve his idea of success. This search culminated in a simple but profound diagram Wooden called "The Pyramid of Success", which he completed in 1948. Nearly six decades later these foundational behaviors have weathered the test of time - unchanged, full of wisdom, as rock-solid as the first day Coach established the cornerstones of Industriousness and Enthusiasm.;_ylt=Ar.k.BwjXMQ5tZRrsuwpdU05nYcB?urn=ncaab,195898

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