I was lucky enough to have gone to John Wooden’s basketball camps. I think he must have been around 65 at the time. I was 13 the first summer and 14 the next summer. Oh man, what kids need is his kind of guidance, wisdom, and experience, not for sport so much, but for manhood, personhood, citizenship. He is a true hero of  hero.

For young kids, a lot of his quotes won’t make full sense. They are like seeds of wisdom, that if you trust them, keep them close and refer back to them often, they unfold fully as your life matures.

 

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
John Wooden
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
John Wooden

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
John Wooden

If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?
John Wooden

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
John Wooden

You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
John Wooden

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.
John Wooden

If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.
John Wooden

Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.
John Wooden

Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.
John Wooden

Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are and that is all that matters.
John Wooden

It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
John Wooden

It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.
John Wooden

Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.
John Wooden

Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.
John Wooden

The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.
John Wooden

Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.
John Wooden

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

Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.
John Wooden

You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.
John Wooden

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