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Success Building Blocks: Alertness

By Bigg Success Staff

Timeless Principles


John Wooden was arguably the best coach in the history of college basketball. He developed the Pyramid of Success[pdf], a wonderful tool to succeed bigg in any endeavor you choose.

So far, we’ve looked at the five blocks that form the foundation of the Pyramid – from left to right – 843 Industriousness], Friendship, Loyalty, Cooperation, and 879 Enthusiasm]. Then, we started the second row and have looked at the two outer blocks – 1011 Self-control] on the far left and 1032 Intentness] on the far right.

Now we’ll look at the middle-left block of the second row, sitting above Friendship and Loyalty.


You have to constantly pay attention to what’s going on around you. Be on the lookout for new paradigms which help you understand changes and take advantage of them.

Wooden talks about being quick to spot weaknesses – in yourself and in your competition. If it’s your own weakness, eradicate it rapidly. If your competition exhibits a weakness, move swiftly to take advantage of it.

Observe successful people and figure out how to emulate them. If you constantly look for ways to improve yourself, you’ll continually grow. That’s how you find meaning in what you’re doing, which makes you feel more alive.

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