John Wooden’s Teachings

John Wooden

John Wooden's 7 point creed:

Be true to yourself.
Make each day your masterpiece.
Help others.
Drink deeply from good books.
Make friendship a fine art.
Build a shelter against a rainy day.
Give thanks for your blessings every day.

John Wooden was the first college basketball player to be named basketball All-American three times and he won a national championship at Purdue in 1928. He was the basketball coach at UCLA from 1948 to 1975. His teams had four perfect 30-0 seasons, 88 consecutive victories, 38 straight NCAA tournament victories, 20 PAC 10 championships, and 10 national championships, including seven in a row.


Understanding Life

It's quite true what philosophy says, that life must be understood backwards.  But one then forgets the other principle, that it must be lived forwards.  A principle which, the more one thinks it through, precisely leads to the conclusion that life in time can never be properly understood, just because no moment can acquire the complete stillness needed to orient oneself backward.

Soren Kierkegaard