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John Wooden
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A Dominican monk, Father Henri Didon, used it as a watchword for his pupils in sports at Arcueil College in Paris. Baron Pierre De Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympics, made it the Olympic Games ideal adopted at the Antwerp Games in 1920. I never mentioned winning to my players. I mentioned constantly that all I wanted them to do was the best they could. If they're good enough, the score will be to their liking; if they're not, it won't be but that's nothing to hang their head about. Sometimes the other fellow is just better than you are. John Wooden
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If we, as coaches, aren't teachers, we are nothing John Wooden
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Never try to be better than somebody else. But most importantly, never cease trying to be the best you can be. John Wooden
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Being true to ourselves doesn't make us people of integrity. Charles Manson was true to himself, and as a result, he rightly is spending the rest of his life in prison. Ultimately, being true to our Creator gives us the purest form of integrity. John Wooden
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You never want to confuse activity with accomplishment. John Wooden
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You'd like to see your team reasonably happy, but that's not your job. Gain their respect and get them to accept their roles John Wooden
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The best competition I have is against myself to become better John Wooden
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We will begin by learning how to tie our shoes. John Wooden
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There are no big things, only a logical accumulation of little things done at a very high standard of performance. John Wooden
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We are many, but are we much? John Wooden
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Make friendship a fine art. John Wooden
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Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books - especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day. John Wooden
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Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability. John Wooden
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I never yelled at my players much. That would have been artificial stimulation, which doesn't last very long. I think it's like love and passion. Passion won't last as long as love. When you are dependent on passion, you need more and more of it to make it work. It's the same with yelling. John Wooden
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Make your "yes" mean yes, and your "no" mean no. John Wooden
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Knowledge is not enough to get desired results. You must have the more elusive ability to teach and to motivate. This defines a leader; if you can't teach and you can't motivate, you can't lead. John Wooden
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When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur. John Wooden
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Every day was a good day at UCLA. John Wooden
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There is no substitute for hard work. If you're looking for the easy way, if you're looking for the trick, you might get by for a while, but you will not be developing the talents that lie within you. There is simply no substitute for work. John Wooden
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Big things are accomplished only through the perfection of minor details. John Wooden
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It is easier to reach our potential when we learn the value of including others in our quest. John Wooden
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Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating. Youngsters need good models more than they need critics. It's one of a parent's greatest responsibilities and opportunities. John Wooden
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You have to apply yourself each day to becoming a little better. By becoming a little better each and every day, over a period of time, you will become a lot better. John Wooden
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The time to prepare isn't after you have been given the opportunity. It's long before that opportunity arises. Once the opportunity arrives, it's too late to prepare. John Wooden
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Mentors are available at all stages of your leadership life - early, middle and late. Seek them out and listen; absorb their knowledge and use it. John Wooden
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Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful. John Wooden
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Make each day your masterpiece. John Wooden
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You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one. John Wooden
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I'd be satisfied just coaching in high school. I turned down a number of colleges when I was teaching in South Bend, Indiana, before I went into the service. I honestly believe that if I hadn't enlisted in the service, I would never have left high school teaching. I'm sure I would have never left. John Wooden
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Well, your greatest joy definitely comes from doing something for another, especially when it was done with no thought of something in return. John Wooden
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I seldom was ever off my seat on the bench during the game. John Wooden
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If you lose self-control everything will fall. John Wooden
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We can become great in the eyes of others, but we'll never become successful when we compromise our character and show disloyalty toward friends or teammates. The reverse is also true: No individual or team will become great without loyalty. John Wooden
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We do' have to be superstars or win championships.... All we have to do is learn to rise to every occasion, give our best effort, and make those around us better as we do it. John Wooden
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The coach must never forget that he is, first of all, a teacher. He must come (be present), see (diagnose), and conquer (correct). He must continuously be exploring for ways to improve himself in order that he may improve others and welcome every person and everything that maybe helpful to him. John Wooden
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Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you. Focus all your effort on what is in your power to control. John Wooden
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Success is mine when I work my hardest to become my best, and I alone determine whether I do so. John Wooden
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Having the courage to make decisions and take action. Never be afraid to fail. You have nothing to fear if you have prepared to the best of your ability. John Wooden
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One of the greatest motivating factors is the pat on the back, although with some individuals, you have to make the pat a little lower or a little harder. John Wooden
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Don't let the things you can't do get in the way of the things you can. John Wooden
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Not everyone is equipped to be a leader, but in a sense, everyone is a leader to someone, even though you're not equipped. I think parents are a leader to youngsters, teacher are leaders, coaches are leaders, businessmen are leaders. John Wooden
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Be at your best when your best is needed. John Wooden
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You haven't taught until they've learned. John Wooden
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It takes time to create excellence. If it could be done quickly, more people would do it. John Wooden
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Promise to think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best from yourself and others. John Wooden
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Rest when you need to, but never quit. John Wooden
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The true athlete should have character, not be a character John Wooden
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Listen if you want to be heard John Wooden
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Five years from now, you're the same person except for the people you've met and the books you've read. John Wooden
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If I were ever prosecuted for my religion, I truly hope there would be enough evidence to convict me. John Wooden
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Teamwork is not a preference, it is a requirement. John Wooden
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Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming. John Wooden
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If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over? John Wooden
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Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts. John Wooden
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Good judgment, common sense, and reason all fly out the window when emotions kick down your door. John Wooden
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Remember this your lifetime through: Tomorrow there will be more to do. And failure waits for all who stay With some success made yesterday. Tomorrow you must try once more, And even harder than before. John Wooden
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Never confuse activity with accomplishment. John Wooden
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Motivating through fear may work in the short term to get people to do something, but over the long run I believe personal pride is a much greater motivator. It produces far better results that last for a much longer time. John Wooden
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Perfection is impossibility but striving for perfection is not. Do the best you can. That is what counts. John Wooden
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Winning games, titles and championships isn't all it's cracked up to be, but getting there, the journey, is a lot more than it's cracked up to be. John Wooden
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A leader's most powerful ally is his or her own example. John Wooden
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Your energy and enjoyment, drive and dedication will stimulate and greatly inspire others. John Wooden
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Work without joy is drudgery. Drudgery does not produce champions, nor does it produce great organizations. John Wooden
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Many leaders don't listen, and it is one of the greatest methods we have of learning. You need to listen to those under your supervision and to those who are above you. John Wooden
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Generally speaking, individual performances don't win basketball games John Wooden
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Do not get so concerned with making a living that you forget to make a life. John Wooden
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A strong leader accepts blame and gives the credit. A weak leader gives blame and accepts the credit. John Wooden
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Character is more important than any other leadership trait. John Wooden
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What you are as a person is far more important that what you are as a basketball player. John Wooden
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Friendship is two-sided. It isn't a friend just because someone's doing something nice for you. That's a nice person. There's friendship when you do for each other. It's like marriage - it's two-sided. John Wooden
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