John Wooden and UCLA basketball will always be associated with one another. Under Coach Wooden, UCLA had the greatest success in the history of college basketball and possibly all of sports. His teams won the NCAA championship 10 times in 12 years, 88 games in a row, and 4 undefeated seasons. He is inducted into the College Hall of Fame both as a player and a coach.
For all of his success in the world of basketball, he has had more impact outside of basketball. He taught life lessons to young men that translates well into lessons for all. His lessons on being prepared are simple yet unparalleled in their effectiveness. Start with the fundamentals, be true to yourself, and do the right thing are some of his credo’s.
Some of my favorite quotes from Coach Wooden:
Be quick, but don’t hurry
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.
Below is the famed John Wooden Pyramid of Success. It should be a model for all to follow.
John Wooden is a true American hero. Thank you Coach.
Charlie Wilson is the CEO of DB Technology located in Clark, NJ. DB Technology is a provider of document management solutions, including document imaging, workflow and electronic forms.