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Coach Wooden: The 7 Principles That Shaped His Life and Will Change Yours Paperback – November 1, 2011
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When John Wooden finished eighth grade, his father gave him a handwritten card and said, "Son, try to live up to this." On the card, his father had written seven simple yet profound life principles. These principles were the key to Coach Wooden's greatness. Through powerful stories and advice, this book shares the wisdom that made Wooden happy and successful, not just in his career but in life. This inspirational book will encourage, challenge, and motivate you to build these principles into your own life so that you can impact the lives of others.
"I only spent three years at UCLA while Coach Wooden was still coaching, but I received a lifetime of positive influence from being around him. I'm positive that you will find this wonderful book as valuable and powerful as I have."--Dick Vermeil, former Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, and Kansas City Chiefs head coach
"John Wooden not only taught his players about basketball, he taught them how to live and appreciate life. I respect John Wooden as a great coach but more importantly as a great man."--Tommy Lasorda, former Los Angeles Dodgers Hall-of-Fame manager
"Drop everything you're doing and start reading."--Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University head basketball coach
"This book is loaded with Wooden wisdom that will deeply impact all of us."--Bill Parcells, Miami Dolphins executive vice president of football operations
"Coach Wooden was a master of getting people to perform at their maximum. This text will define why he was the greatest leader ever to grace the sidelines."--Dick Vitale, ESPN college basketball analyst
Pat Williams retired as senior vice president of the NBA's Orlando Magic in May 2019 to head up an effort to bring major league baseball to Orlando. He has more than 50 years of professional sports experience, has written more than 100 books, including the popular Coach Wooden, Coach Wooden's Greatest Secret, and Character Carved in Stone. Find out more at www.patwilliams.com.
Jim Denney is a writer with more than eighty published books to his credit. His collaborative titles include Reggie White in the Trenches, Undefeated, A Model for a Better Future, and numerous books with Pat Williams, including Go for the Magic.
About the Author
Jim Denney is the author of Walt's Disneyland, Answers to Satisfy the Soul, Writing in Overdrive, and the Timebenders series for young readers. He has written many books with Pat Williams, including Coach Wooden, The Difference You Make, and The Sweet Spot for Success. Learn more at www.writinginoverdrive.com.
- Publisher : Revell; Reprint edition (November 1, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0800721276
- ISBN-13 : 978-0800721275
- Item Weight : 8.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.4 x 0.48 x 8.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #327,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I was pleasantly surprised and happy to find that Pat Williams has written exactly the book I wanted. I've read his work in the past and knew he was the perfect person to really get at the heart of these principles. Mr. Williams is an innate storyteller and has the kind of curiosity that allows him to ask all the right questions. He interviewed many people close to Wooden to fully understand the man who gave Coach Wooden the principles--his father, Joshua Hugh Wooden. When you know the story you'll see how important these principles become because of how the coach's father lived them.
The book then goes through each principle in detail and gives helpful tips on implementing them daily. It's so useful in this respect that it will probably be always on my desk and not on the shelf!
On the whole, I highly recommend this book. And don't worry--even though Coach Wooden coached basketball and Pat Williams is senior Vice President of the NBA team the Orlando Magic, this book is not about basketball. It's about life.
1. Have a VISION
2. Communicate your VISION
3. Possess People Skills
4. Understand that Character counts
5. Have Competence
6. Possess Boldness
7. Lead with A Serving Heart
Williams writes about the great influence Wooden had on all those around him, making it clear that his list was directly influenced by Wooden's 7 life-shaping principles:
1. Be True To Yourself
2. Help Others
3. Make Each Day Your Masterpiece
4. Drink Deeply from Good Books, Especially the Bible
5. Make Friendship a Fine Art
6. Build a Shelter against a Rainy Day by the Life You Life
7. Pray for Guidance and Counsel, and Give Thanks for Your Blessings Each Day
My favorite of the seven is to "make each day your masterpiece". While working in radio, I used to have a co-worker who would close each newscast with "make it a great day". It sounded odd to me years ago, but now I get it. It means `make each day your masterpiece'. Don't just passively `have a great day' but understand that the quality of your day depends on you, it's something you initiate.
Another most impressive take-away from Wooden is his relationship with his father, who is referenced at least 100 times in the book. Once Wooden was asked how he would like to be remembered at the end of his life and he answered without the slightest hesitation, "I would like to be remembered as a man who came as close as possible to being like my father." What an amazing legacy.
This easy-read will both challenge and inspire you, sports fan or not. I highly recommend it and leave you with some additional Woodenisms:
* The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.
* Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
* Discipline yourself and others won't need to.
* It is what you learn after you know it all that counts.
* Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts.
My favorite chapter is on "making each day your masterpiece". I had read that many times in the past but I just guess it rang truest as I had many opportunities to try and put it into action in the days after I read it that it has really struck a nerve.
The underlying theme is the fact that this man who has impacted so many lives was prepared to do so by his father, who was not famous, not honored, but true to his principles. I highly recommend this book.
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そのWooden コーチの生きざまのベースを作ったのは、父ヨシュアが幼きWoodenコーチに授けた7つの教えだったとのこと。この本は、その7つの教えをWooden コーチが生涯を通して如何に体現されたかを様々な角度から示し、自分自身の生きざまを内省する機会を与えてくれます。