Sunday, May 10, 2009

John Wooden - on teaching, coaching and the meaning of success

Coach Wooden has inspiration for us all. He talks fast (surely a lot to say in a limited time). There's a lot of good stuff here. If you have 17 minutes, watch the video. If not, save it for later, and enjoy this gem from his talk:

The Road Ahead, or The Road Behind
by George Moriarty

Sometimes I think the Fates must grin
as we denounce them and insist
the only reason we can't win,
is the Fates themselves have missed.

Yet there lives on the ancient claim: we win or lose within ourselves.
The shining trophies on our shelves
can never win tomorrow's game.
You and I know deeper down,
there's always a chance to win the crown.
But when we fail to give our best,
we simply haven't met the test,
of giving all and saving none
until the game is really won,
of showing what is meant by grit,
of playing through when others quit,
of playing through, not letting up.

It's bearing down that wins the cup.
Of dreaming there's a goal ahead.
Of hoping when our dreams are dead.
Of praying when our hopes have fled.
Yet losing, not afraid to fall,
if bravely we have given all.
For who can ask more of a man
than giving all within his span.

Giving all, it seems to me,
is not so far from victory.
And so the fates are seldom wrong,
no matter how they twist and wind.
It's you and I who make our fates
-- we open up or close the gates
on the road ahead or the road behind.

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  1. Be sure to check out These cards encourage and celebrate success on and off the court!

  2. WOW! Thank you for finding that! And, thank you for sharing.

  3. Jim was lucky enough to have John Wooden come and speak to one of his classes in high school(Santa Monica)because the teacher knew the coach personally:) He's one of a kind!


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