Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success

The Principles of Success are the same for any endeavor. Here's a great example (visit his memorial website! It's awesome!)


John Robert Wooden (October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010) was an American basketball coach. He was one of the most revered coaches and beloved by his former players including Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Bill Walton. He was nicknamed the Wizard of Westwood.

As a coach, he won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period — including seven in a row — while at UCLA which is a feat unmatched by any other college basketball coach. Within this period his team won 88 consecutive games. He was named national coach of the year six times. As a player Wooden was the first to be named basketball All-American three times and he won a national championship at Purdue. Wooden was named a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (inducted in 1961) and as a coach (inducted in 1973). He was the first person ever enshrined in both categories. Only Lenny Wilkens and Bill Sharman have since had the same honor.

Wooden was also renowned for his short, simple inspirational messages to his players, including his "Pyramid of Success". These often were directed at how to be a success in life as well as in basketball.



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