Coach Jim Johnson

Lessons learned and gifts received from John Wooden

What gifts have you received?

Last week, I gave you some gifts that I received to improve my life from fellow professional speaker, Jim Rohn.  This week in the #CJJblog I will do the same for the late UCLA men’s college basketball coach, John Wooden.  He is arguably the greatest coach of all time and one of the most influential individuals to those he interacted with.  Here are the gifts he gave me and how I implement them in my daily life.  Enjoy.

  • Make each day your masterpiece. One of these gifts, he actually passed along from his father, who gave him and his brothers a card when they graduated elementary school.  Wooden labeled this the “Seven-Point Creed” and making each day your masterpiece was the focal point.  How are you maximizing each day?
  • How do you define success? We can define success in many different ways.  Your definition of success can go a long ways in helping to become satisfied with life.
  • Pyramid of success. This gift is something you can use each day.  Having a great work ethic and enthusiasm can help you be the best you can be and love what you do.
  • You work with me. The gift of togetherness is something I focus on when being a leader.  Even if you are a coach or superior to someone, get them to feel you are working in conjunction with one another.  Do your peers work with you or for you?
  • Discipline yourself. So others don’t have to.  Look in the mirror and take accountability for your actions.  What are your daily disciplines?
  • Never mistake activity for achievement. Daily actions and spinning your wheels can often interfere with success.  How do you prioritize your important actions that will ultimately lead to greatness?
  • Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Preparation is the key to success.  How do you prepare?

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson spoke to a local group of basketball coaches at a BOCES event to help them build a successful program.  Reach out if you think he can help your group.

Life Tip #62:  Quantity of time at home, quality of time at work

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