From the legendary coach Mr. John Wooden, here are his favorite principles or maxims:
Happiness begins where selfishness ends.
Earn the right to be proud and confident.
The best way to improve the team is to improve ourself.
Big things are accomplished only through the perfection of minor details.
Discipline yourself and others won’t need to.
Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
I will get ready and then, perhaps, my chance will come.
If I am through learning, I am through.
If you do not have the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?
The smallest good deed is better than the best intention.
The man who is afraid to risk failure seldom has to face success.
Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.
Time spent getting even would be better spent trying to get ahead.
It is what you learn after you know it all that counts.
Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.
There is nothing stronger than gentleness.
You discipline those under your supervision to correct, to help, to improve – not to punish.
Goals achieved with little effort are seldom worthwhile or lasting.
Make sure the team members know they’re working with you, not for you.
Be most interested in finding the best way, not in having your own way.
What is right is more important than who is right.
You handle things. You work with people.
As long as you try your best, you are never a failure. That is, unless you blame others.
Tell the truth. That way you don’t have to remember a story.
Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life.
If I were ever prosecuted for my religion, I truly hope there would be enough evidence to convict me.
Although there is no progress without change, not all change is progress.
If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.
The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
The worst thing you can do for those who you love is the things they could and should do for themselves. (Abraham Lincoln).
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely help another without helping himself. (Ralph Waldo Emerson).