Coach John Wooden on Succeeding with Integrity

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You are standing at a critical crossroads in history.

Scroll through any news app and you’ll find slander, dishonesty and filth coming from the mouths of our current and future leaders. Take a look at the role models your children look up to and you’ll quickly notice patterns of loose standards, unrealistic expectations and unworthy pursuits. When your co-worker does something that violates your personal code of right versus wrong, you feel compelled to remain silent because of the pressure of office politics.

All this leaves you asking: Is success even possible in today’s world without sacrificing integrity or morals?

Yes. But you have to decide to take the path less traveled, and that can be tough. It’s rare to see those who develop and demonstrate integrity, self-discipline, loyalty and character because these qualities go against the crumbling decay of our current societal landscape.

Have you ever felt the pressure of knowing what was right but felt unable to stand up for what you believe? Have you ever had the desire to discover a better, more wholesome approach to success without having to sacrifice your integrity to do it? Have you ever wanted a mentor who could guide you along a more humble path to personal and professional achievement? Coach John Wooden, who led the UCLA men’s basketball team to 10 national championships, had answers to all of these quandaries.

Discover a framework responsible for building championship journeys—not just on the basketball court, where Wooden and his teams set numerous records, but in the game of life.

Sports legends such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bobby Bowden, Joe Torre, Bill Walton, Dick Vitale and others called Wooden their teacher, mentor and friend. But even they knew his legacy as a teacher wasn’t limited to basketball or athletics.

Wooden taught what he called the Pyramid of Success, a road map for individual and team excellence you can use to set goals, take action, overcome obstacles and achieve more in life. The Pyramid of Success was the core of the framework and success philosophy Wooden taught for more than 50 years.

This article was published in October 2016 and has been updated.

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  1. YASUSHI MORISHIMA on September 14, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    I am currently a public high school teacher in Japan.
    I have doubts about the efforts of many teachers in this section. Although it is enthusiastic about teaching the subject itself, the vision and purpose of “raising people through each subject” and “learning the behavior as a member of society” seem to be uninteresting. . This is obvious when you look at the degree of “growth as a person” of the students for three years. (Greetings, wording, manners, etiquette, organizing, morality, quality, norm consciousness, appreciation, aspiration, friendship, etc.)
    I think “students are teachers and mirrors”.
    I think that students who have the idea of ​​making the world better will not leave their school.
    I hope that the number of teachers facing the students will increase with John Woodun’s “pyramid” idea.
    I work tiredly every day with a group of teachers, teachers, and teachers who are not interested in students.

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