John Wooden: The Pyramid Of Success

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John Wooden was born on his parents' farm near Centerville, Indiana. Life was difficult for the Wooden’s. Their farm had neither running water nor electricity and money was often in short supply. In later years, Coach Wooden credited his success to the habits of discipline and hard work he learned on the farm. Rural America did not share in the prosperity enjoyed by large cities in the 1920s. In 1924, the Wooden’s, like many farm families, went bankrupt and lost their farm. The family moved to Martinsville, a small town which, like so many in Indiana, took great pride in the performance of its high school basketball teams. Wooden, who had shown a gift for the game from grade school days, soon became a star player on his high school team. The…show more content…
(2)” These influences helped Wooden coin his definition of success: “Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming." The definition satisfied Wooden for a short while, but he quickly realized it was insufficient. He needed something more concrete – more visual. So he spent the next 14 years identifying 25 behaviors he believed were necessary to achieve his idea of success. This search culminated in a simple but profound diagram Wooden called "The Pyramid of Success", which he completed in 1948. Nearly six decades later these foundational behaviors have weathered the test of time - unchanged, full of wisdom, as rock-solid as the first day Coach established the cornerstones of Industriousness and Enthusiasm. References 1. Johnson, Neville L. The John Wooden Pyramid of Success: The Biography, Oral History, Philosophy and Ultimate Guide to Life, Leadership, Friendship and Love of the Greatest Coach in the History of Sports. Los Angeles: Cool Titles, 2004. Print. 2. "The Philosophy Behind Coach John Wooden's Pyramid of Success." Squidoo. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Oct. 2012.

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