12 John Wooden Quotes for Leadership Success

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Hall of Fame basketball player and legendary coach John Wooden turns 99 today. Best known for coaching the UCLA Bruins through 27 winning seasons, Wooden mastered the tenets of leading successfully. Below are 12 John Wooden quotes that will inspire leadership success, regardless of field:

1. Never mistake activity for achievement.

2. A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.

3. Ability is a poor man’s wealth.

4. Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.

5. Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

6. I’d rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent.

7. Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.

8. It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.

9. It isn’t what you do, but how you do it.

10. It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.

11. Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.

12. Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.

(Source: BrainyQuote)

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  1. Quotes by John Wooden's Gravatar Comment by Quotes by John Wooden on March 12th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    I think if you were to apply the above principles with the pyramid of success, your business would prosper and you would have great personal satisfaction. Coach Wooden thought it out so well that we have only to follow his teachings to have great success in life. It has meant a lot to me personally.

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