Short and sweet book. John Wooden was one of the best basketball coaches of all time. His teachings transcend the basketball court.
- Throughout the book was an old-timey integrity. He liked poems a lot. He liked doing the right thing even more. It’s inspiring to see someone hold up their integrity that much.
- It’s amazing how limitations can lead to success. When Karem Abdul-Jabbar couldn’t dunk, he developed a new technique to get around it. You can apply the same principle elsewhere. An offspinner could pretend theyre’re not allowed to bowl the offspinner and see if they can get wickets with straight balls and flicked leggies.
- The three priorities: studies, basketball and then social stuff. I think that’s about right.
- Positivity! Wooden was quoted in other books as having a fifty-fifty ratio of positive to negative feedback. That’s pretty good for sports. In corporate life it should be much more than fifty-fifty. When you’re giving feedback, you want to be as positive as you can as much as you can.
- Marriage and relationships are work, and if you’re not putting in the work, then they’ll fall apart. John was big on that.
- Move fast, but don’t hurry. It’s kind of what I’ve done with deadlines; move fast, but if I hurried then I would have made mistakes. George Leonard in Mastery says something similar. If you’re seeking mastery, you can’t hurry. Paradoxically, if you seek mastery and take the time to get it right, tasks often go quicker than if you are hurried and rushed.
- The definition of success is irrespective of if you actually win or lose. **If you have tried your hardest and prepared to the best of your ability then you have succeeded. **It’s nothing about how good the opposition are or if you have won or lost.
- Hard work is the most important prerequisite for success. Problem is, how do you know if you’re working hard enough? One view is if you have to ask that question, then you’re not working hard enough. That could be right. But you have to do it sustainably.
- There’s really so much in this book. Go through it again in a year and you’ll take out a completely different set of lessons. I could read this six times, I think.