Coach John Wooden, was one of American’s most respected and revered basketball players and coaches. Nicknamed the “Wizard of Westwood,” he led the UCLA men’s basketball team to ten national championships in a 12-year period, including an unprecedented seven in a row. Within this period, his teams won a men’s record 88 consecutive games.
When I stop and admire the accomplishments of people before me, from famous athletes, to CEO’s, to coaches, to philanthropists, to poets and / or artists, I’m reminded that success leaves clues.
Coach Wooden’s unprecedented success is something I deeply admire! His TED Talk, “The Difference between Winning and Succeeding,” has been viewed over 3.8 million times. In it, Mr. Wooden shares stories about his childhood, his life as a coach, and the beliefs that shaped his success!
Wooden’s definition of success truly resonates with me. He states that, “success is a peace of mind which is a direct result of self satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.”
Early in my childhood, my parents would encourage me to “do my best” at everything I embarked on. At the time, I thought it was a nice gentle way of getting me to do the things they believed were important to me, such as securing A grades or keeping my first job.
The actual advice is what helped me get to where I am and what continues to drive me. The truth is, you can’t bullshit yourself … maybe you believe you can BS others but no one can BS themselves.
Try this, the next time you have a presentation or pitch with a prospective client, ask yourself this simple question: