John Wooden: The difference between winning and succeeding – a few take-aways

Here are a few take-aways from the talk (below). I found it extremely inspiring, coming from an exprienced person who knows a thing or two about life.

” The parents of the children in my class all wanted their youngsters to get As and Bs, because Cs were ok only for the neighbours kids, as the neighbours kids are all average”

(” The average person thinks he isn’t”  – Father Larry Lorenzoni )

“Never try to be better than someone else, always learn from others; and never cease trying to be the best you can be, that is under your control…  and if you get too involved and engrossed and concerned with the things over which you have no control, it will adversely affect the things over which you have control”

Or, beautifully written in poetry:

At God’s footstool, to confess,
A poor soul knelt and bowed his head.
“I failed,” he cried. The master said,
“Thou didst thy best. That is success.”
Author Unknown

“Success is peace of mind, attained only through self satisfaction of knowing that you did the best of which you are capable of. If you make an effort to improve your situation, to do the best you are capable of, that is success”

“Your reputation is what you are perceived to be; your character is what you really are…  And the character is much more important than what you are perceived to be”

” I’m not what i could’ve been, and i am not what i should’ve been…  But i am better than i would’ve been had i not encountered a few things… ”  like the following :

“No written word nor spoken plea can teach young minds what they should be, not all the books on all the shelves but what the teachers are themselves.” -Elbert Hubbard

” Someone asked a lady teacher why she taught… And after a while, she replied:

They ask me why I teach
And I reply, “Where could I find more splendid company?”

There sits a statesman,
Strong, unbiased, wise,
Another later Webster
And there a doctor
Whose quick, steady hand
Can mend a bone or stem the lifeblood’s flow.
A builder sits beside him —
Upward rise the arches of that church he builds wherein
That minister will speak the word of God,
And lead a stumbling soul to touch the Christ.
And all about
A lesser gathering
Of farmers, merchants, teachers,
Laborers, men
Who work and vote and build
And plan and pray into a great tomorrow.
And, I say,
“I may not see the church,
Or hear the word,
Or eat the food their hands will grow.”
And yet — I may.
And later I may say,
“I knew the lad, and he was strong,
Or weak, or kind, or proud
Or bold or gay.
I knew him once,
But then he was a boy.”

I guess that is why my parents are teachers ;)

Also, a snapshot from an inspiring poem:

… Giving all, it seems to me
Is not so far from victory….

The Road Ahead or The Road Behind
by George Joseph Moriarty ) 

Don’t whine, don’t complain and don’t look for excuses… Whatever you are doing, do it the best way you can”

” If you do your best, the results will  be what they should…  not what you would want them to be, but what they should be… ”

Yep, just a few take-aways :)



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