John Wooden was arguably the best coach in the history of college basketball. He developed the Pyramid of Success, a wonderful tool to succeed BIGG in any endeavor you choose.
So far, we’ve discussed the bottom two rows of his Pyramid. Industriousness, Friendship, Loyalty, Cooperation, and Enthusiasm form the foundation. The second row consists of Self-control, Alertness, Initiative, and Intentness.
Last time, we started the middle row with the block on the far left side – Condition.
Now we’ll move to the other side of the middle row, to the block that sits atop Initiative and Intentness.
This success building block sits in the heart of the Pyramid on the right hand side. It’s impossible for a team to succeed with a group of individuals. The individuals need to think and play as a group.
It doesn’t come from begrudgingly putting the team first. Wooden felt that the individuals needed to eagerly forfeit their self-interest for the good of the group. All for one and one for all, put into practice. Nobody cares who gets the credit as long as the team wins.
Team mates don’t necessarily have to like each other to play together in this manner. They do, however, have to respect one another and be considerate. Good team members are selfless, not selfish, always putting the needs of the team above their own.