John R. Wooden’s Eight Suggestions for Succeeding

Whether you’re looking for a way to succeed in a leadership role or want to succeed as a team, John R. Wooden can help. Taken straight from his book, Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court, the following are eight suggestions that can help you to succeed:

  1. Fear no opponent. Respect every opponent.
  2. Remember it’s the perfection of the smallest details that make big things happen.
  3. Keep in mind that hustle makes up for many a mistake.
  4. Be more interested in character than reputation.
  5. Be quick, but don’t hurry.
  6. Understand that the harder you work, the more luck you will have.
  7. Know that valid self-analysis is crucial for improvement.
  8. Remember that there is no substitute for hard work and careful planning. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

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The Man and the Reason Behind The Wooden Course

John R Wooden

A Brief History

John R. Wooden was born in Indiana in 1910. Wooden was raised on a farm which helped him develop a strong work ethic. However, when he wasn’t working, Wooden enjoyed playing basketball with his brothers.

In high school, he became a star basketball player, leading his school to the Indiana State championship. He then went on to earn multiple All-American selections as a guard at Purdue University. He graduated from Purdue with a degree in English and with honors as well as the title of the College Basketball Player of the Year Award.

After college, Wooden became a Kentucky high school English teacher as well as coach for multiple athletic teams at the school. He later moved back to Indiana where he taught English and coached basketball, baseball, and tennis. During this time, he began developing the principles of his “Pyramid of Success” teaching model with the goal of inspiring his students and teams to achieve their potential.

In World War II, Wooden served as a Navy lieutenant, then returned home and became the athletic director and basketball and baseball coach at Indiana State Teachers College. He then later took over as the basketball coach of UCLA in 1948.Twenty-seven years later in 1975, he coached his final game at UCLA, and won his 10th NCAA Championship – the stuff of legends.

Wooden’s real work had just begun. For the next 35 years, Wooden’s principles, values, and wisdom spread worldwide. Even after his passing in 2010, his importance as a coach, teacher, and mentor continues to grow for everyone at every level of society who seeks to do their best and be their best. Wooden shows the Way.

Some of our Favorite John R. Wooden Quotes

  • Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
  • Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
  • Make each day your masterpiece
  • Don’t mistake activity for achievement
  • Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.

Applying Wooden’s Philosophies

At The John R. Wooden Course, we offer The Wooden Way Success Workshop which is a professional leadership development program for individuals, teams, schools, and corporations with the goals of bettering themselves and instilling the values, principles, wisdom, and life lessons of coach John R. Wooden.

See how you, your team, company, or class can benefit from our programs. Contact us today to learn more about The John R. Wooden Course.

Team Success Assessment


UCLA coach and teacher, John R. Wooden, developed an assessment for corporations and organizations to analyze the performance of their teams. The Wooden Course Team Success Assessment is a 100-question online survey designed on the 25 core success behaviors defined in the legendary Pyramid of Success. You’ll be able to gain real insight into your team’s performance and behavior with data displayed in four dimensions;

  • How team members assess their own performance
  • How they see the performance and behavior of their teammates and peers
  • How they view the quality, character and integrity of the organization
  • How they perceive and evaluate the quality, consistency and performance of leadership

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The Pyramid of Success


“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 R. Wooden

What is the Pyramid of Success?

Retired coach and English teacher, John R. Wooden, spent 14 years identifying 25 behaviors necessary to achieve his definition of success. He finished developing his Pyramid of Success in 1948, which has remained reliable and unchanged for nearly 70 years now. What started as something he used to help teach and guide his students and players has become a proven method for many others to reach success.

If you’re ready to begin your journey to success, you can take the wooden course. Visit to find out more information.

How to Help Your Team Achieve More

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From Slump to Success

If you’re looking for that boost to help your team of employees better succeed and reach higher, The John R. Wooden Course is exactly what you need. Using the teaching methods of John R. Wooden, legendary UCLA basketball coach, we help your team recognize their potential and achieve success.

The Wooden Course

Our John R. Wooden Course is based on 15 core development qualities and 10-character building behaviors derived from the Pyramid of Success. Using self-assessment methods based on core values and development qualities, we can help your employees achieve and sustain full potential through our team camps. Visit to begin strengthening your team and to contact us today.