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John Wooden Quotes From “Pyramid of Success”

[This is part of a John Wooden Leadership Series I'm doing celebrating his 100th year of life]

The following is excerpted from John Wooden’s amazing book The Pyramid of Success.

He begins with this overall quote:

“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”

And here are Wooden’s 15 “Building Blocks” of the Pyramid of Success along with quotes on each:

1) Industriousness — “There is no substitute for hard work. Worthwhile results come from hard work and careful planning.”

2) Enthusiasm — “Enthusiasm brushes off upon those with whom you come in contact. You must truly enjoy what you are doing.”

3) Friendship — “Friendship comes from mutual esteem, respect and devotion. Like marriage, it must not be taken for granted but requires a joint effort.”

4) Cooperation — “Cooperate with all levels of your co-workers. Listen if you want to be heard. Be interested in finding the best way, not in having your way.”

5) Loyalty — “Loyalty to yourself and to all those depending upon you. Keep your self-respect.”

6) Self-Control — “Practice self-discipline and keep emotions under control. Good judgment and common sense are essential.”

7) Alertness — “Be observing constantly. Stay open-minded. Be eager to learn and improve.”

8) Initiative — “Cultivate the ability to make decisions and think alone. Do not be afraid of failure, but learn from it.”

9) Intentness — “Set a realistic goal. Concentrate on its achievement by resisting all temptations and being determined and persistent.”

10) Condition — “Mental-Moral-Physical. Rest, exercise and diet must be considered. Moderation must be practiced. Dissipation must be eliminated.”

11) Skill — “A knowledge of and the ability to properly and quickly execute the fundamentals. Be prepared and cover every little detail.”

12) Team Spirit — “A genuine consideration for others. An eagerness to sacrifice personal interests of glory for the welfare of all.”

13) Poise — “Just being yourself. Being at ease in any situation. Never fighting yourself.”

14) Confidence — “Respect without fear. May come from being prepared and keeping all things in proper perspective.”

15) Competitive Greatness — “Be at your best when your best is needed. Enjoyment of a difficult challenge. “

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  • http://www.EfficientLeader.com EfficientLeader Executive

    This is my favorite -> Alertness — “Be observing constantly. Stay open-minded. Be eager to learn and improve.”

    See more quotes by visiting http://www.EfficientLeader.com/Quotes

  • Mmaddox4

    I just watched a program on HBO about this wonderful man who so happened to be a coach. I loved It!!!! So I had to come and google him. I was sadden to read that he passed away. WOW what a wonderful,uplifting, spiritual MAN

  • http://www.motivationalblog.net/ tkumarr

    Beautiful Quotes by John wooden , thnx to share it..I hv been reading it for first time !!

  • http://www.quotesbyjohnwooden.com Coach Wooden fan

    My favorite one is “Be quick but Don’t Hurry.” When you are well prepared and well coached, you can do things quicly without going to fast and being sloppy.