The Wisdom of Wooden

John Wooden, who was one of the best coaches of all time, was known for the way he treated his players and the words he chose to motivate his players. To this day he is still known for some of the best quotes of all time, whether you are a coach or not. Here are 15 of my favorite quotes, though there are many, many more…

  • Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
  • It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
  • It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.
  • Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
  • Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you their.
  • Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.
  • You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
  • If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over.
  • Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.
  • Never mistake activity for achievement.
  • Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.
  • The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no ones watching.
  • Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
  • Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
  • Listen if you want to be heard.

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