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Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2020
This is a book that everyone should read - John Wooden was not just an icon in men's college basketball having been the incomparable coach of many UCLA Men's Basketball teams, but also a philosopher of life. He taught his players about life off the court, which would translate to how they play the game on the court, where his wisdom of life transformed countless of his team players into men of character. Fortunately for the rest of us, we can indulge ourselves into John Wooden's philosophy of life with the stories and sayings he presented in his book, which are short and meaningful - a reader can pick any place in the book to read - you don't have to start from the beginning. Some of my favorite John Wooden sayings:

-Failing to prepare is preparing to fail...

-Sports do not build character, they reveal it...

-Be more concerned about your character than your reputation; your reputation is what people think you are - your character is who you really are...

I was the Coach of the US Maccabiah Masters Tennis Team for the Pan American Maccabiah Games that were held in Mexico City in July 2019, where I gave John Wooden's book to all of my tennis players to read. This book should be required reading for all athletes, all children who aspire to be athletes, parents, and students of philosophy courses - it has great meaning to anyone, both athletes and non-athletes. Sadly, we have lost this iconic role model to advance age, but his words of how he viewed and lived life live on in this book. A must read...
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