Not too big or too small. He loves teaching by example. And if we let our emotions, rather than our reason, command the game we would not function effectively. Choices we make in our personal lives affect our professional lives. I have to admit, some of Coach Wooden's principles seem archaic and outdated. Interestingly, this book was recommended via a parenting podcast. At face value, it is an exceptional story about an exceptional coach and man.
He made the decision to go to Minnesota in his mind, but waited for the offer. It is okay to show intensity, but keep emotions under control. If you do not even play basketball you will like this book because whatever the sport you play, this book has something that you can apply to it. I spotted his autobiography on a friend's bookshelf and asked to borrow it. You can't miss with Wooden's thoughts, words and advice.
John Wooden thoroughly puts forth the principles that he practices in his life as a coach, former coach, and citizen. Coach Wooden's biggest concern was the fundamentals. After several years he came up with his definition of success and created a pyramid too. His coaching experience seems almost quaint in today's era of multi-million dollar coaching salaries. I have a soft spot in my heart for teachers, which is truly what he was.
For any national prospects such as Lew Alcindor, he let them come to him. Broadcasters thought it would be a miracle if they finished above. Another first level block, industriousness, is also very important. He was so successful, yet his style was so simple. Never alibi or make excuse. Still very interesting, I'd recommend it to any coach or teacher who seeks to be inspired to lead in a consistent, ethical way. My exposure to basketball is very limited I didn't even know who Abdul Kareem Jabbar is! Chapter 1 Summary and Analysis They Call Me Coach by John Wooden is a recount of the coach's most memorable coaching moments, the life lessons he learned and the ones he taught.
Quite a departure from the 365 day recruiting schedule of today's major college coach and assistants. And he has to battle himself to hold back all his feelings. Wooden had succinctly bestowed upon his audience in the talk. Overall this book was very insightful and entertaining. Worthwhile things come from hard work and careful planning. The book is great, his principles and concepts are interesting, but this book is written for someone who follows American college basket ball and is aware of basketball as a game.
I have to admit, some of Coach Wooden's principles seem archaic and outdated. Wooden may have been better choices for my first selection. I commend it to people who want to succeed at either--or both. Additionally, he recommends offering bits of praise when you criticize, and do it in such a way to soften the blow while delivering your message. There are no Antagonists in this book and the people who are featured in this book are in short talks about their experience with John.
My verdict - Do read this book, but you will enjoy it more if you know the American college basketball game. Initially he wanted to coach for Minnesota. If we believed in it, we would wear the opposition down and would eventually get to them. I thought that this book was a great piece of writing that inspires people to work hard no matter what. Coach Wooden outlines his pyramid for success, something all motivators of men should study. With worldly wisdom, Wooden offers a very personal history of an unforgettable time in college basketball, answering the most-asked questions about his life, his career, and the players who made his team unbeatable.
In praising employees, Wooden recommends to praise the superstars in private, but praise those with lesser roles in public. He is considered to be the greatest basketball coach that ever lived. One thing I personally did not like was that there was some content in the book that was unnecessary, and found myself kind of just skimming over it because it was not that interesting. In his late 20's Wooden coached and taught at South Bend Central high school and became really concerned with what success actually is. So this was interesting - and helpful in a lot of ways - people respond more to confidence and having a plan. There is a story in the book about socks. In a special question-and-answer section, Coach finally answers the most-asked questions about his life, career, players, and teams.
Coach Wooden was not only the most successful basketball coach of all time, but he was also the nicest coach out there. But no doubt his same qualities of technical genius and strong character would be just as successful in today's college basketball world. Yet if you like basketball you will love this book. . He is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player class of 1961 and as a coach class of 1973.
He shares a story about one man by the name of Keith Erickson. John Wooden is a legend for many reasons. More will be explained about the pyramid in later chapters, but feel free to reference the picture. Suffice it to say that I thought this book was the better of the two. A person must have enthusiasm, industriousness, alertness, intentness, and skill to start reaching to the true meaning of success. These little things establish a spirit of togetherness and consideration that help unite the team into a solid unit.