Wooden – A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court
With the theme of this month’s newsletter – “Back to School” I could not think of a better choice for a book review than Wooden. So many of the agents and loan officers we work with have sought out coaches to help them in business. Our firm has also looked to coaches to help make us better in business. I recently heard a life/business coach indicate that her industry developed from sports coaching which makes sense. Wooden is the coach of coaches. So much of the coaching I have been exposed to in business seems to borrow from John Wooden’s philosophies and strategies.
Sports coaches are famous most often for winning. John Wooden, my all-time favorite coach, is famous for not only winning but for teaching and developing his players into great people. While, he won 10 national college basketball championships in 12 years, at heart he was a teacher. This book is a summary of his philosophies and suggestions for what to focus on to become the best version of you. As I reread the book for this article I was reminded just how influential John Wooden can still be as a coach.
The book is a collection of short essays, paragraphs and even poetry which are broken down into four parts: I. Families, Values, Virtues, II. Success, Achievement, Competition, III. Coaching, Teaching and Leading, IV. Putting it All Together: My Pyramid of Success. This book has something for everyone and at each stage in a person’s career and life.
Section 1 is for all of us. My favorite advice in this section was to make each day your masterpiece. His words –
“Too often we get distracted by what we can’t control. You can’t do anything about yesterday. The door to the past has been shut and the key thrown away. You can do nothing about tomorrow. It is yet to come. However, tomorrow is in large part determined by what you do today. So make today a masterpiece. You have control over that.”
And with that small quote is the foundation for the book and the philosophy that each and every day we need to attempt to become a little better and if we do, over time we’ll become a lot better.
In this book, Mr. Wooden “coaches” you in so many areas, and if you listen to his words, reflect on them and attempt to apply them, you will likely see that improvement you’re seeking. Sure you may already have a coach for your industry (albeit one you are likely paying hundreds of dollars monthly) but who better to seek coaching from then the winningest coach of all time who defines success as so much more than wins and losses. Success to John Wooden, is the “peace of mind that is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.”
At heart John Wooden was a teacher and this is your opportunity to learn from the best!