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John Wooden

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What We Don’t Know About Greatness

We know that massive effort in any field can lead to greatness. What we don’t know is why some people are willing to work hard and others are not.

Jordan Spieth’s Huge Problem

In this digital age, we have new ways of measuring fame. Example: To Google Jordan Spieth, you need type in only a “J” and his name will pop up. That’s what happens when you win the Masters in runaway fashion, tying the record held by Tigers Woods. Now Spieth has a big problem. He must […]

The Genius of Detail

There is genius in attention to detail. Little things make big things happen.

Daily Impossible

John Wooden, who coached UCLA to 10 NCAA basketball titles, used one secret. Make his secret your secret and you can do the impossible.

A Habit That Will Change Your Destiny

It’s not every day that a story lives up to the headline. In this case it does. This article is called “The Most Powerful Habit You Can Imagine,” and if you read it and try to live it, your life will change. This habit involves saying just one sentence: “Be generous and expert, trustworthy and […]

What Coaching Is All About

The more I coach, the more I realize that sports is about giving. Athletes give their time, effort and attention. Coaches give encouragement, hope, and even love. It’s not perfect. Nothing in life is. Better to try than not to try. “Give what you have,” said Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “To someone it may be better […]

How Coach Wooden Coached

If you want to be the best, you learn from the best. When it comes to college basketball, John Wooden was the best. That’s why two researchers — Ronald Gallimore and Roland Tharp — made a study of Wooden during practice. They paid particular attention to what Wooden, the longtime UCLA basketball coach, said and […]

Perspective and Jeremy Lin

Football Hall of Famer Joe Namath wrote a book called “I Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow ‘Cause I Get Better-Looking Every Day.” Now there’s another New York sensation, and we can only wonder what tomorrow will look like for Jeremy Lin. Lin owns Broadway right now. He’s led the New York Knicks to six straight wins, […]

Preparing for a Great 2012

“Only you can control your future.” — Dr. Seuss Last night we went to a Japanese restaurant, the kind where the chef puts on a show while cooking your dinner right in front of you. His showmanship was one thing, but what really impressed me was the preparation. Great care had gone into cutting the […]

The Deal You Make Every Day

On this date 92 years ago, the Boston Red Sox sent the contract of Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees for $100,000. Boston owner Harry Frazee needed money to get out of debt. So he made the deal. We all know how the deal turned out. Ruth became a Hall of Famer, the Yankees […]