John Wooden, The Meaning Of Success

March 20, 2010 by  
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I really love John’s talk.  He says: “Reputation is what others perceive of you.  Character is what you are.  And character is always more important than reputation.”

John Wooden, affectionately known as Coach, led UCLA to record wins that are still unmatched in the world of basketball.

With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father’s wisdom. John Wooden is 99.

Wooden met his future wife, Nell Riley, at a carnival in July 1926.  John and his wife had a son, James Hugh Wooden, and a daughter, Nancy Anne Muehlhausen. Nell died on March 21, 1985 from cancer.

Wooden has remained devoted to Nell, even decades after her death. Since her death, he has kept to a monthly ritual (health permitting)—on the 21st, he visits her grave, and then writes a love letter to her. After completing the letter, he places it in an envelope and adds it to a stack of similar letters that has accumulated over the years on the pillow she slept on during their life together.

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