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Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2011
Every so often, a great man or woman walks the Earth. Many times we don't realize or understand how great they were until they are gone. Such was the case with John Wooden. There have been many books written about John Wooden. This one ranks as one of the best--not just because it was the last one written before he died but because of the topic he addresses--the power of mentoring.

We are just starting to realize how important mentors are in the lives of our young people. The research and evidence regarding the power of mentors to help children break through poverty barriers is staggering.

The book covers seven people that were mentors in his life, and seven people that he mentored. His mentors include Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa, and his father who gave him this advice when he was young that he tried to live by his whole life:

1. Be true to yourself.

2. Make each day your masterpiece.

3. Help others.

4. Drink deeply from good books.

5. Make a friendship with fine art.

6. Build a shelter against a rainy day.

7. Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.

John Wooden was faithful, consistent, and committed. His priorities were in order, and he never deviated from those priorities. In this day and age when a new thing comes along every 60 seconds and gets our attention off the main thing, it is nice to see an example of someone who kept their "hands on the plow" and achieved things in his field that are still unmatched. There are no shortcuts. Achieving greatness in any field takes time, effort, and persistence.
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