Today would have been John Wooden's 100th birthday.
Today, Oct. 14, would have been John Wooden's 100th birthday. The UCLA coaching icon was a 10-time national title winner. But to me, he represented more than basketball; Coach Wooden was one of America's wisest men and most respected elders at the time of his death on June 4. And he left behind a legacy of words to live by:
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."
"Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful."
"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."
"Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability."
"Failing to prepare is preparing to fail."
"Your greatest strength is your greatest weakness."
"The carrot is mightier than the stick."
"Ability is a poor man’s wealth."
"The worst thing you can do for someone is to do something for them they can and should do for themselves."
"Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
"If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes."
"Don’t look at the scoreboard."
"It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts."
"It’s not so important who starts the game, but who finishes it."
"You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you."
"Don’t be afraid to fail. The greatest failure of all is failure to act when action is needed."
"It isn’t what you do, but how you do it."
"Make each day your masterpiece."