Rules of sports and how it relates to life...John Wooden.

Cordell Davenport

I am huge basketball fan.  Having had the privilege of playing in college on a scholarship, I realize that because of sports, it has helped molded my mentality as a grown man.  The best college basketball coach ever is John Wooden.  He won 10 championships in 12 years.  Here are some quotes of his notice how they relate to life…enjoy!


  1. Happiness begins where selfishness ends.
  2. Earn the right to be proud and confident.
  3. The best way to improve the team is to improve yourself.
  4. Big things are accomplished only through the perfection of minor details.
  5. Discipline yourself and others won’t need to.
  6. Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
  7. I will get ready and then, perhaps, my chance will come.
  8. I am through learning, I am through.
  9. If you do not have the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?
  10. The smallest good deed is better than the best intention.
  11. The man who is afraid to risk failure seldom has to face success.
  12. Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.
  13. Time spent getting even would be better spent trying to get ahead.
  14. It is what you learn after you know it all that counts.
  15. Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.
  16. You discipline those under your supervision to correct, to help, to improve- not to punish.
  17. Goals achieved with little effort are seldom worthwhile or lasting.
  18. Make sure the team members know they're working with you, not for you.
  19. Be most interested in finding the best way not in having your own way.
  20. What is right is more important than who is right
  21. As long as you try your best, you are never a failure.  That is, unless you blame others.
  22. Tell the truth.  That way you don't have to remember a story.
  23. Don't let making a living prevent you from make a life.
  24. If I were ever prosecuted for my religion, I truly hope there would be enough evidence to convict me.
  25. Although there is no progress without change, not all change is progress.
  26. Do not permit what you cannot do to interfere with what you can do.
  27. Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation.  Character is what you really are;  reputation is merely what you are perceived to be.
  28. Love is the greatest of all words in our language.
  29. Much can be accomplished by teamwork when no one is concerned about who gets credit.
  30. Never make excuses.  Your friends don't need them and your foes won’t believe them.
  31. Be slow to criticize and quick to commend.
  32. Be more concerned with what you can do for others than what others can do for you.  You will be surprised at the results.
  33. The more concerned we become over the things we can't control, the less we will do with the things we can control.
  34. Don’t permit fear of failure to prevent effort.  We are all imperfect and will fail on occasions, but fear of failure is the greatest failure of all.
  35. Being average means you are a as close to the bottom as you are to the top.
  36. The time to make friends is before you need them.
  37. Do not mistake activity for achievement.
  38. You can do more good by being good than any other way.
  39. Forget favors given; remember those received.


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