Leaving a Legacy

John Wooden lived to be 99 years old and his legacy lives on through the multitude of people whose lives he touched as one of the greatest collegiate basketball coaches in history. He exuded intelligence and class, and worked tirelessly to instill the concepts of teamwork, honesty, and fairness into those around him. He had three simple rules for his players at UCLA:

1.     No profanity
2.     Be on time
3.     Never criticize your teammates

The young men who played for him were molded by his influence and became direct reflections of Wooden’s mentoring. As for himself, John Wooden never used profanity, never drank, never smoked, and never caroused with other coaches on the road. He never answered a ringing phone if he was talking to you. He paid attention to the person in front of him, spending more time listening than talking about himself. People who remember him fondly say that he was as unpretentious as a human being could be- a letter from Mother Theresa hung on his wall right next to his granddaughter’s kindergarten report card.

It wasn’t just a set of principles that John Wooden hammered into his team and those around him. He was able to shape the lives of many through who he was. Having a dynamic vision and chiseling a code of conduct into the wall for your people to live by simply isn’t enough. Living your vision and demonstrating your principles through your daily interaction with those around you can make you much more than a figurehead- it will transform you into a beacon for them to set their personal compass by.

Monday Morning Perspective:

“Nothing will work unless you do.”John Wooden

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”John Wooden

Ask yourself these simple questions:

1.    Do I live up to my own standards and are they high enough?

2.    Do I set the example I’d like to see in others?

3.    What would people say about me if I were gone tomorrow?

Tomorrow isn’t promised. Be your best today!

Have a wonderful week!

ISSN: 2158-1355

© Crystal Dyer 2010. All Rights Reserved.

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