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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Words of Wisdom

Bill Caswell in his most recent newsletter, quotes John Wooden, who coached UCLA basketball teams to 88 consecutive victories -- a winning streak unparalleled in sport. On evaluating his success, Wooden said: "Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to be the best of which you are capable. He offered a number of wisdoms related to his approach to, and attainment of, success, namely:

"Little things make big things happen."
"The star of the team is the team. 'We' supersedes 'me'."
"Be yourself. Don't be thrown off by events whether good or bad."
"Have utmost concern for what's right rather than who's right."
"Stay the course. When thwarted, try again; harder; smarter. Persevere relentlessly."
"Success travels in the company of very hard work. There is no trick, no easy way."

Caswell references Wooden's book, Wooden on Leadership, (2007).

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