Tuesday, September 7, 2010

When you think of success do you look at your wins vs. your losses?

Look at this "Pyramid of Success" created by Coach Wooden. Where is the win block? Where is the losing block?

If you look at the cornerstones of the pyramid what are they, "industriousness and enthusiasm" and in between them forming the foundation of the pyramid are "friendship, loyalty and cooperation". Nothing about how many wins, points, touchdowns, or homeruns. On top of the foundation row is the mental row "self-control, alertness, initiative and intentness", followed by the physical row "condition, skill, and team spirit". These two rows Coach Wooden valued them most. This is where he coached "be quick but don't hurry. In the heart of the pyramid is skill. Coach Wooden always taught his players to think small during games and to concentrate on quick but proper execution. Right before the apex comes the spiritual row of "poise and confidence". This row can be thought of as Mr. Wooden's definition of success: peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable. Nothing about how many championships you won! At the apex of the pyramid is "competitive greatness". "Competitive Greatness" turns out to be a byproduct of what has gone before, and the so-called corny phrases that built the Pyramid turn out not to be words at all but the example set by all who want to become more than just a winner.