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Coach John Wooden - "love isn't love until you give it away"


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Coach John Wooden died yesterday.  When he started out as a young man, he thought the University of Minnesota would be the perfect place to coach college basketball.  But as Proverbs 16:9 says:"In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps."   Apparently Coach Wooden's Creator thought UCLA would be a better fit. 

It was there that  Coach Wooden lead the Bruins to 10 NCAA championships - a feat that put him in the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach. 

This is a man who gave his life away to cultivate both excellence and humility in the souls of others.  An artesian well of homilies springing from the influence of his father and his Christian faith, all his players learned his "pyramid of success".  Coach Wooden's character required him to be as diligent in the practice of this code as he expected his players to be.  Wooden's lessons in leadership migrated into the business world along with his players. 

Upon graduation from grammar school, his Dad gave him a Seven Point Creed and suggested he try and live by it.  

Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books — especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day."    

Yesterday, his Dad must have been saying, "well done, son - well done."

To learn more about Coach Wooden's pyramid of success and other maxims to live by, visit his web site by clicking here.


  • Alden Marshall, Knoxville Religion and Spiritualit 5 years ago

    He was a great coach, and much more importantly, a Godly Christian. His devotion to his wife who preceded him in death should be an inspiration to all couples.

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