What I Learned While Working For Coach John Wooden

By: Aaron Locks, for Franchising.com

My first job out of college was working as Coach John Wooden’s assistant, demonstrator, and driver. During our many hours together, I gained valuable insights into achieving lasting success and fulfillment. He emphasized redefining success by valuing effort over mere results. Personal growth, learning, and ongoing progress, according to Wooden, form the essence of true success.

Starting something new can be daunting. Coach stressed the importance of overcoming fear and procrastination. He believed that taking action despite uncertainties was pivotal. Adequate preparation, readiness for opportunities, and avoiding hasty decisions contribute significantly to achieving positive outcomes. He famously said, “Be quick but don’t hurry.”

Improvement was a recurring theme in Wooden’s teachings. He emphasized continuous self-improvement and making a positive impact on others. Tracking personal progress, setting attainable goals, and surrounding oneself with like-minded individuals are key steps toward ongoing growth and success…Read more