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John Wooden

Birthdate: 14. October 1910
Date of death: 4. June 2010

John Robert Wooden was an American basketball player and head coach at the University of California at Los Angeles. Nicknamed the "Wizard of Westwood," he won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period as head coach at UCLA, including a record seven in a row. No other team has won more than two in a row. Within this period, his teams won an NCAA men's basketball record 88 consecutive games. Wooden was named national coach of the year six times. He also won a Helms national championship at Purdue as a player 1931–1932 for a total of 11 national titles, a feat matched only by Geno Auriemma of NCAA women's basketball.

As a 5'10" guard, Wooden was the first to be named basketball All-American three times, and the 1932 Purdue team on which he played as a senior was retroactively recognized as the pre-NCAA Tournament national champion by the Helms Athletic Foundation and the Premo-Porretta Power Poll. Wooden was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and as a coach , the first person ever enshrined in both categories. Lenny Wilkens, Bill Sharman and Tommy Heinsohn are the only other basketball personalities who have since been accorded the same honors.

One of the most revered coaches in the history of sports, Wooden was beloved by his former players, among them Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton. Wooden was renowned for his short, simple inspirational messages to his players, including his "Pyramid of Success." These often were directed at how to be a success in life as well as in basketball. Wooden's 29-year coaching career and overwhelmingly positive critical acclaim have created a legacy of great interest in not only sports, but in business, personal success, and organizational leadership as well.

„If I were ever prosecuted for my religion, I truly hope there would be enough evidence to convict me.“

—  John Wooden

Source: Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court

„Worry more about your character than your reputation. Character is what you are, reputation merely what others think you are.“

—  John Wooden

Variant: 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.

„The man who is afraid to risk failure seldom has to face success.“

—  John Wooden

Source: Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court

„Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.“

—  John Wooden

Wooden only repeated a common aphorism (e.g. Interview on Charlie Rose, reported by Bill Walton), which was already in circulation as early as the 1920s, when he was a youth. http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&tbs=bks%3A1%2Ccdr%3A1%2Ccd_min%3AJan+1_2+1900%2Ccd_max%3ADec+31_2+1930&q=%22fail+to+prepare%22+%22prepare+to+fail%22
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„Failure is not fatal but failure to change might be.“

—  John Wooden

Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and Off the Court (1997)

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„You are not a failure until you start blaming others for your mistakes“

—  John Wooden

Source: Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organizaion

„The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.“

—  John Wooden

Source: Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court

„Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.“

—  John Wooden

Variant: Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

„Never make excuses. Your friends don't need them and your foes won't believe them.“

—  John Wooden

Source: Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court

„If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.“

—  John Wooden

Source: Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court

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„There is nothing stronger than gentleness.“

—  John Wooden

Source: Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court

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