Coach Wooden: The 7 Principles That Shaped His Life and Will Change Yours

Coach Wooden: The 7 Principles That Shaped His Life and Will Change Yours


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When Coach John Wooden graduated from eighth grade, his father gave him a handwritten card and said, "Son, try to live up to this." On the card, his father had written seven simple yet profound life principles:

Be true to yourself
Help others
Make friendship a fine art
Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible
Make each day your masterpiece
Build a shelter against a rainy day by the life you live
Give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day

These principles were the key to Coach Wooden's greatness—and his goodness. Through powerful stories and pithy advice, this book shares the wisdom that made Wooden happy and successful. This inspirational and conversational book, now in trade paper, will encourage, challenge, and motivate readers to build these principles into their own lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800721275
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 458,436
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Pat Williams retired as senior vice president of the NBA's Orlando Magic in May 2019 to head up an effort to bring major league baseball to Orlando. He has more than 50 years of professional sports experience, has written more than 100 books, including the popular Coach Wooden, Coach Wooden's Greatest Secret, and Character Carved in Stone. Find out more at

Jim Denney is a full-time freelance writer with more than 80 published books to his credit. His collaborative titles include Reggie White In the Trenches: the Autobiography; Undefeated, with father-son Super Bowl/Rose Bowl champs Bob and Brian Griese; A Model for a Better Future with Kim Alexis; and numerous books with Pat Williams, including Go for the Magic.

Table of Contents

Foreword Tony Dungy 9

Acknowledgments 13

Introduction: Well Done, Coach 15

1 A Common Man, a Leader's Leader 25

2 Be True to Yourself 43

3 Help Others 63

4 Make Each Day Your Masterpiece 83

5 Drink Deeply from Good Books, Especially the Bible 99

6 Make Friendship a Fine Art 117

7 Build a Shelter against a Rainy Day by the Life You Live 131

8 Pray for Guidance and Counsel, and Give Thanks for Your Blessings Each Day 151

Epilogue 165

Appendix 1 Coach Wooden's Legendary Record 171

Appendix 2 Woodenisms 177

Notes 181

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