Leafing through a old February 2000 Esquire magazine last night, I came across a “John Wooden: What I’ve Learned” article. Here are ten short observations on life from the legendary basketball coach. He was 89 when he gave this interview:
- You can do more good by being good than any other way.
- Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.
- If I am through learning, I am through.
- Discipline yourself and others won’t need to.
- Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life.
- I don’t believe in praying to win.
- I had three rules for my players: No profanity. Don’t criticize a teammate. Never be late.
- If a player’s not doing the things he should, put him on the bench. He’ll come around.
- Never let your emotions overrule your head.
- Passion is momentary; love is enduring.
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