Who Said It? Jim Rohn or John Wooden

Who Said It? Jim Rohn or John Wooden

If you like Jim Rohn, you’ll like John Wooden. It sounds like an Amazon shopping cart suggestion but it holds true when you consider the messages these two great men shared with others.

The two men were contemporaries in the 1960s and 1970s, offering similar teachings and philosophies, albeit from very different places. Rohn took the podium, speaking to thousands of people a year about the simple yet overlooked keys to a successful life. Wooden took to the basketball court, teaching the game of life and mentoring his young players and all others who sought his guidance.

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Here are 8 great quotes by John Wooden and Jim Rohn that show the parallel thoughts and principles of these two legendary men.

On the Definition of Success

“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.” —Jim Rohn

“Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” —John Wooden

On Reading

“The only thing worse than not reading a book in the last ninety days is not reading a book in the last ninety days and thinking that it doesn’t matter.” —Jim Rohn

“The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.” —John Wooden

Related: Coach John Wooden Quote Archive

On Change

“For things to change, you have to change.”—Jim Rohn

“Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”—John Wooden

On Work

“Work on yourself more than you do on your job.” —Jim Rohn

“Nothing will work unless you do.” —John Wooden

Related: 19 More Motivational Quotes From Coach Wooden


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