John Wooden TED talk

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How did I miss this?  I hadn’t seen this TEDtalk until recently.  You all know how much of a John Wooden fan I am…I’ve written about him extensively.  There are many quality nuggets in this talk, check it out:

The difference between winning and succeeding

I’ve never done this before, but I’m going to leave it at that.  The talk is so interesting and he’s so amazing, just sitting there speaking without notes and absolutely killing it.  The video is just over seventeen minutes…well worth it!  Over the next couple of days, I’ll break down some cool themes from his talk:

  • Reputation vs. character
  • His definition of success
  • The three rules he had for his teams
  • On why he never talked about winning
  • Are your players reaching their full potential?



Coach Wooden is a treasure and those of us who follow in his footsteps would do well to listen to what he has to say.

The John Wooden series:

Leading With Integrity
Wooden’s Three Team Rules
The Pressure Of Winning
When Will You Feel Successful As A Coach?