Anyone who ever played for UCLA Basketball Coach John Wooden, one of the greatest coaches of all time, knew that he was more about building character than he was about winning basketball games—although he did both pretty well. His teams won ten championships during a 12-year period, the final one in his last year of coaching in 1975.
He was famous for his “pyramid of success,” fifteen different elements like “competitive greatness” and “teamwork.” But Wooden said one quality was more important than all the rest and made the rest possible: unselfish humility. Wooden would tell his players: “Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”
Be humble. Be grateful. Be careful. Sounds like he had the balance between ego and humility down pretty well . . .
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