John Wooden Leadership Quotes

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John Wooden QuotesHere are some great John Wooden leadership quotes.  Wooden is known as the legendary coach of UCLA and NCAA basketball teams:

  • “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.”
  • “You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.”
  • “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”
  • “Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.”
  • “Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.”
  • “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”
  • “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”
  • “It isn’t what you do, but how you do it.”
  • “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”
  • “I deeply believed that the teacher and coach who has the ability to properly plan… from both the daily and the long-range point of view together with the ability to devise the necessary drills to meet his particular needs for maximum efficiency, has tremendously increased his possibility of success.”
  • “Never mistake activity for achievement.”
  • “I would spend almost as much time planning a practice as conducting it. Everything was planned out each day.”
  • “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”
  • “A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.”
  • “Men, I’ve done my job, the rest is up to you.” – (At the beginning of every pre-game locker room speech)
  • “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.”
  • “Learn as if you were to live forever; live as it you were to die tomorrow.”
  • “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”
  • “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”
  • “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”
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