Nothing will work unless you do.

John Wooden on attitude
260

Don't mistake activity for achievement.

John Wooden on success
200

Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference.

John Wooden on opportunities
129

The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.

John Wooden on tool
126

Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.

John Wooden on character
80

If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything.

I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes.

John Wooden on mistakes
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Don't let what you can't do stop you from doing what you can do.

Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.

John Wooden on determination
39

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

John Wooden on feelings
37

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

John Wooden on ability
28

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.

John Wooden on ability
25

Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.

John Wooden on planning
25

Sports do not build character. They reveal it.

John Wooden on sports
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If you're not making mistakes then you're not doing anything.

About John Wooden

Name John Wooden
Quotes 100 quotes
Nationality American
Profession Coach
Birthday October 16
About John Robert Wooden is a retired American basketball coach. He is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (class of 1961) and as a coach (class of 1973). He was the first person ever enshrined in both categories; only Lenny Wilkens and Bill Sharman have since been so honored.
Top topics failure, success, important, players, mind

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

John Wooden on success
21

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

John Wooden on interfere
20

It isn't what you do, but how you do it.

John Wooden on excellence
20

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

John Wooden on failure
20

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

John Wooden on satisfaction
19

It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.

John Wooden on things
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Don't let what you can't do stop you from doing what you can do.

A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.

John Wooden on causing
17

Never mistake activity for achievement.

John Wooden on success
15

Young people need models, not critics...

John Wooden on youth
14

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 on capable
12

I'd rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent.

John Wooden on talent
9

It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.

John Wooden on persistence
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When opportunity comes, it is too late to prepare.

You can lose when you outscore somebody in a game. And you can win when you're outscored.

John Wooden on success
8

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 on success
7

There are many things that are essential to arriving at true peace of mind, and one of the most important is faith, which cannot be acquired without prayer.

John Wooden on prayer
6

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 on character
5

Although I wanted my players to work to win, I tried to convince them they had always won when they had done their best.

John Wooden on winning
5

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

John Wooden on acquainted
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Don't let yesterday take up too much of today.

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.

John Wooden on learning
3

Failure isn't fatal, but failure to change might be.

John Wooden on change
2

Stubborness we deprecate,Firmness we condone,The former is our neighbors trait,The latter is our own.

John Wooden on stubbornness
1

It is most difficult, in my mind, to separate any success, whether it be in your profession, your family, or as in my case, in basketball, from religion.

John Wooden on success
1

Be prepared and be honest.

John Wooden on honesty
1

I'm glad I was a teacher.

John Wooden on teacher
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A coach is someone who can give correction without resentment.

I'm no wizard, and I don't like being thought of in that light at all.

I think of a wizard as being some sort of magician or something, doing something on the sly or something, and I don't want to be thought of in that way.

John Wooden on light
0

Just try to be the best you can be; never cease trying to be the best you can be. That's in your power.

John Wooden on power
0

If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

John Wooden on time
0

I think permitting the game to become too physical takes away a little bit of the beauty.

John Wooden on beauty
0

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

John Wooden on team
0

Earn the right to be proud and confident.

John Wooden on proud
0

Passion is momentary; love is enduring.

John Wooden on love
0

Success is peace of mind, a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming, and not just in a physical way: seek ye first the kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be yours as well.

John Wooden on success
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There's as much crookedness as you want to find.

There was something Abraham Lincoln said - he'd rather trust and be disappointed than distrust and be miserable all the time. Maybe I trusted too much.

John Wooden on time
0

I think that in any group activity - whether it be business, sports, or family - there has to be leadership or it won't be successful.

John Wooden on family
0

Don't give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.

John Wooden on dreams
0

I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.

John Wooden on teacher
0

I always tried to make clear that basketball is not the ultimate.

It is of small importance in comparison to the total life we live. There is only one kind of life that truly wins, and that is the one that places faith in the hands of the Savior. Until that is done, we are on an aimless course that runs in circles and goes nowhere.

John Wooden on passion
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I seldom was ever off my seat on the bench during the game.

John Wooden on game
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