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Wooden Book Review

John Wooden is a legendary college basketball coach from UCLA that is recognized as the best college basketball coach of all time. So naturally, when I saw his book on the shelf, I had to pick it up and read it.

What I love about this book so much is how simple it is. And that is exactly what John Wooden was about, simplicity. This book is all about his wisdom and life philosophies. It actually doesn't talk that much about basketball, but more about the relationship he had with his players.

This book is set up in four different parts. The first one is called families, values, virtues. The second part is called success, achievement, competition. The third part is called coaching, teaching, leading. And finally, the fourth part is called putting it all together: my pyramid of success.

He talks about his dad and where he learned his philosophy that nothing is stronger than gentleness. I've read that a lot of people said that he is one of the nicest people they've ever met. It's funny because normally any coach I've dealt with is anything but gentle, they tend to be very hard-nosed coaches and they try to spread that personality on their players.

I love his quick little stories of past relationships with others. He was very disciplined in the way he ran his basketball teams, and had a set of values and rules that he would not break for anyone. One part that stuck with me is when superstar player Bill Walton showed up to practice with facial hair after the winter break. Wooden had a rule that every player had to be clean shaven, and Walton didn't want to shave. Wooden was willing to dismiss Walton from the team if he didn't shave, and this was shocking to Walton because he couldn't believe that his coach would let him walk away from the team for breaking such a seemingly small rule. But Wooden wouldn't budge, and he commented that if he would have let Walton get away with having a beard, his team would have fell apart and lost respect for him down the line.

Despite Wooden's insane success (10 NCAA national basketball championships in 12 years, 88 consecutive victories, to name a few), he always stayed humble and wanted to stay away from the limelight as much as possible. He was quick to praise guys who were bench players a lot more than he would praise someone like Bill Walton because he believed that every man on the team was equally important. He also believed in getting the most of his players. Some players had more God-given talent, but if he could get someone to get as close to their potential as possible, then he was as proud of them as he was of a star player.

Wooden emphasizes preparation and going over the most minute details in order to set up for success. He kept notebooks of every single practice, and not one minute was ever wasted. His attention to detail is really what made his teams so successful. "Failing to prepare is preparing to fail", that was one of his favorite sayings.

"Wooden" was truly a fantastic book and I enjoyed reading it. I recommend it for anyone, regardless if you are a sports fan or not. It teaches a lot about life and how to succeed, whether it's sports, business, or just life in general. John Wooden is one of the most extraordinary people that have ever lived, and I definitely encourage anyone and everyone to read his book.

10/10


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Kymee  

Great job. Thank you ; O)

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  about 9 years ago

Check out the book!

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  about 9 years ago
Anna Ware  

Good article, makes me want to read that book.

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  about 9 years ago
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