John Wooden


John Wooden was born on October 14 of 1910.

He passed away on June 4th of 2010 when he was 99 years old.

He was an American basketball player and coach. He was named the best coach in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) history.

His career as a basketball player starts when he was a child. He used to live in a farm with his family with no water or electricity and money often in short supply. In the 1920’s they lost their farm, so they had to move to a small town. In that small town there was a high school with a good basketball team. He started to play for the team in 1967. A few years later he started to work as a coach of the same team.

In 2009 he made a lecture about the difference between win and success.

In this lecture he said a quote that says: “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result o self satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best that you are capable of being.”

Furthermore, in the lecture he talked about how in a basketball game, if you go as hard as you possibly can then it won’t matter what the score is because you will have that self satisfaction, knowing that you gave it everything you had to win the game and that you left nothing on the court.

He said that in your life you must have patient and faith to achieve what you want.

He also said: “Don’t try to be better than the others, try to be better than you have been.”


If you make an effort to do the best you can regularly, the result will be what they should be. Not necessary what you would want them to be.
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