Monday Motivations: “Never Try to Be Better Than Everyone Else”

“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”

“Never mistake activity for achievement.”

“Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.”

“Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.”

“Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”

John Wooden, beloved coach, teacher, author and mentor had many successes in life: 10 ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period—seven in a row—as head coach at UCLA, an unprecedented feat. Although he was known for his prowess as a coach on the court, he was also known for his life lessons or “Woodisms” as they were affectionately called. These were things that he taught his students and players off the court that were full of wisdom and good common sense. Above are a few of his most famous sayings. He was asked to speak at TED later in his life and he chose to talk about success and what makes a person successful. It was a powerful presentation. I hope you enjoy it and find some motivation to start your week.


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