John Wooden’s ‘Pyramid of Success’

This is the first of a series of posts on John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success. Wooden, of course, was the former head basketball coach of UCLA. He is a legend not only for his record of wins, but also for his integrity. He developed his ‘Pyramid’ and required all his players to memorize it.

I have a copy at home with John Wooden’s signature that reads, ‘For Tavis – John Wooden, UCLA’. My dad had taken me to a UCLA basketball camp and I got to walk up to Wooden and ask him to sign my personal copy of the Pyramid. It has, ever since, been a source of inspiration to me.

Starting from the bottom left of the Pyramid and working my way up to the top, I intend to blog each part of it with a relevant citation from Scripture beneath. At the end of the series, I’ll post a pic of the signed copy.

To start the series, I’ll begin with Wooden’s definition of success as printed on the Pyramid:

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.


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