I saw this book in the bookstore on Saturday. John Wooden, head basketball coach at UCLA from 1948 to 1975, died June 4, 2010, at the age of 99. He once defined success as the peace of mind “that comes from knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” In 1993, Wooden provided the authors of The Book of Lists: The 90s Edition, David Wallechinsky and Amy Wallace, with his list of rules to live by. We can all learn from these rules!
10 Rules to Live by John Wooden:
1. Read the Bible.
2. Make each day your masterpiece.
3. Drink deeply from good books.
4. Freedom from desire leads to inner peace .
5. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail. I will get ready and then, perhaps, my chance will come.
6. Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
7. Help others.
8. It is better to trust and be disappointed occasionally than to distrust and be miserable all the time.
9. Almost anyone can stand adversity, but to test a person’s character, give them power.
10. Be more interested in your character, which is what is what you really are, than in your reputation, which is what others perceive you to be.