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11 Awesome John Wooden Quotes

June 12, 2010

John Wooden at a ceremony on Oct. 14, the coac...

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Here are my favorite quotes by legendary NCAA basketball coach John Wooden from a recent article titled “The Wizard’s Wisdom: Woodenisms”.

1. “Never mistake activity for achievement.”

2. “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

3. “Winning takes talent; to repeat takes character.”

4. “A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.”

5. “I’d rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent.”

6. “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”

7. “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.”

8. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

9. “Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.”

10. “It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.”

11. “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”

You can check out the full article here.

Which quote is your favorite?  Feel free to leave a comment through the comment link below.


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  1. carriemeghan permalink

    First one’s, by far, my favorite. Although, they’re all pretty good. Who’s this guy again? 😉

  2. josephwesley permalink

    He happens to be the greatest college basketball coach of all time. In a 12 year period in the 60’s and 70’s he won ten championships in twelve. Not too bad if you ask me. Maybe I should work a short bio into the beginning of this post. Thanks for stopping by and checking out the blog! 🙂

  3. #9, for this week! (Midterms!)

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