With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father's wisdom.
John Wooden, affectionately known as Coach, led UCLA to record wins that are still unmatched in the world of basketball. Throughout his long life, he shared the values and life lessons he passed to his players, emphasizing success that’s about much more than winning.
Who is John Wooden?
Here are some great quotes from Leadership for Dummies by Marshall Loeb and Stephen Kindel.
“Recognizing your leadership potential is the first step toward leading others. (page 9)
“Leaders have the ability to inspire people to go beyond what they think they are capable of doing, making it possible for a group to attain a goal that was previously thought unattainable. Leaders carry their followers along by
- Inspiring their trust.
- Acting consistently.
- Motivating them by words and deeds.” (page 10)
“You can’t be a leader if you are afraid of responsibility and accountability.” (page 10) Read more
Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade. In this provocative talk, Jay says that just because marriage, work and kids are happening later in life, doesn’t mean you can’t start planning now. She gives 3 pieces of advice for how twentysomethings can re-claim adulthood in the defining decade of their lives.
In her book "The Defining Decade," Meg Jay suggests that many twentysomethings feel trivialized during what is actually the most transformative — and defining — period of our adult lives.
The video below is well worth your time if you are a twentysomething or you know one!
Are you for real?
Have you ever come across a fake? There is nothing like engaging someone who is not what they appear. The New Zealand Post Group put it this way:
“Trying to be something you’re not will make your leadership journey difficult. Sure, you will have to moderate certain behaviors to be effective during your career however, not being authentic to yourself will just be perceived as insincerity.
§ Above all else, I think that to be a leader you have to be yourself, be genuine. You don’t need to put on a special “leadership” façade
§ Always be genuine, be yourself
§ Be genuine and honest about what you do and how you present yourself. People can easily see a facade Read more
“The aggressive attitude reacts to circumstances with blame. We blame ourselves or someone else, or God, or if we can't find a tangible scapegoat, we blame “fate.” What an absolute waste! We blame ourselves, we multiply our guilt, we rivet ourselves to the past…… and we decrease our already low self-esteem. If we choose to blame God, we cut off our single source of power. Doubt replaces trust, and we put down roots of bitterness that can make a cynical. If we blame others, we enlarge the distance between us and them. We alienate. We poison the relationship. We settle for something much less than God ever intended. And on top of all that we do not find really!
Blame member firms, it assaults.
Blame never restores, it wounds.
Blame never solves, it complicates.
Blame never unites, it separates.
Blame never smiles, it frowns.
Blame never forgives, it rejects.
Blame never forgets, it remembers.
Blame never builds, it destroys.” (page 213)
Strengthening Your Grip by Charles Swindoll