Inspiring quotes by Coach John Wooden

Inspiring quotes by Coach John Wooden

This evening we were talking with our high school freshman about how one approaches studying matters as much if not more than how long one spends studying. She was nodding with that vacant look in her eye that all parents know means that the message isn't really getting processed.

(Grrrrrrr. But that's a topic/rant for another blog post.)

"Don't mistake activity for achievement." - Coach John Wooden

My husband brought out the quote from legendary basketball coach John Wooden. He summed up in five words what I had taken several minutes to formulate, and in an ineffective way.

And our teen appeared to understand a bit more.

This got me thinking about John Wooden, which seemed timely given that high school basketball season started here this weekend.

I looked up some quotes from him and it turns out that a lot of wisdom applies to every age, but it's particularly good for tweens and teens, especially as we head into finals season when they are busy, stressed and overwhelmed. Here are some of my favorites:

"Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming."

"Be quick, but don't hurry."

"Be prepared and be honest."

"If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?"

"If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes."

"Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be."

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."

"It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen." - Coach John Wooden

"Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are."

"Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts."

"Just try to be the best you can be; never cease trying to be the best you can be. That's in your power."


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