John Wooden – “Win Never Spoken” – Famous UCLA Basketball Coach “Wizard of Westwood” Success Leadership

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Arguably the “Winningest” Coach in History is John Wooden: “you Never heard me mention Winning.”

Won 10 National Titles in just 12 Years! Won 88 games in a Row (winning regular season and into tournament … imagine Not Losing for close to 3 years straight) … In 25 years Wooden Never had a Losing Season!

John Wooden never talked about Winning. He Intentionally Never mentioned the Word “Win” to any of his players at any time. He said: “if you Maximize your Potential, then you have succeeded. That’s when you get Peace Of Mind.”

His greatest Challenge was to keep his Player’s Minds “Off Of Winning.” He said that if you could get them to focus on “The Process” … the hour to hour, day by day … “that little Itty-Bitty improvement that you make every day” … that that is the best way to Ultimately Win.

“My opponents will tell you — you Never heard me mention Winning. Never Mention Winning. My idea is that you can Lose when you outscore somebody, and you can Win when you’re outscored.”

“I just wanted them to be able to hold their Head Up after a game. I used to say that when a game is over, and you see somebody on our team and not aware of the outcome, I hope that you couldn’t tell by Our Actions whether we Outscored an opponent or the opponent Outscored Us.”

“I wanted the score of a game to be the By-Product of these other things, and Not the end itself.“

Wooden does Not pretend to be an innovative thinker. He likes to do things By Rote. He says, “Repetition is the last Law of Learning.” The final law. The ultimate law.

He makes very few adjustments during games. The Major Part of his success is that he’s very, very Basic.

Another coach once said, “It doesn’t pay to scout Wooden’s teams. What they do is Terribly Predictable. The difficulty is, they do It So Well.”

Wooden shared, “my dad tried to teach me and my brothers that you should Never try to be better than Someone Else. Always Learn from Others.”

“Never stop trying to be the best you can be — because that is Under Your Control. If you get too engrossed or involved or concerned in regard to the things over which you have No Control, it will adversely affect the things over which You Do Have Control Of.”

“Coach Wooden’s words were always the same: ‘Don’t Panic, Keep Your Poise, the other guy Will Break.’ They did, too.”

Wooden: “We want to keep Constant Pressure until we Get to The Emotions of the Other Team.”

“Other teams have Emotions, which is their Achilles’ heel, Weak Spots to be Exploited.” His teams have No Emotions, at least None that are Visible.

“I try to Prevent the team from getting Too High or Too Low. I Practice It Myself. I do Not allow myself to be elated or depressed. All I ask is that the players give Their Best Effort, and win or lose, they Hold Their Heads Up After the game.”

“Feelings must be Kept in Check, otherwise you Do Unreasonable Things.”

“There is something almost unreal about Wooden, in his dedication to the team.”

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