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Success Building Blocks: Industriousness

By Bigg Success Staff
06-05-08

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John Wooden was arguably the best coach in the history of college basketball. However, in our opinion, he has made an even bigger contribution in his ideas about personal success, irrespective of whether or not you ever touch a basketball.

He developed the Pyramid of Success. In the coming weeks, we’ll look at each of the blocks of his pyramid, one at a time.

Industriousness
All buildings that stand the test of time are built on solid foundations. Just like a building, you must do the same with your life if success is to be more than fleeting. It begins with the cornerstones. One cornerstone of Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success is Industriousness.

Most people who succeed don’t do it instantly. It takes a lot of work! All else equal, the person who works the hardest will get ahead.

So if you’re not willing to work hard, don’t expect to be successful! If you expect it to be easy, you’re expecting too much!

There is joy in working. In doing a job well. In accomplishing what you set out to do. Find the joy in your work by pushing yourself to your limit each and every day. That’s part of Coach Wooden’s 6 definition of success]. Doing all you can to be all you can be. 

So according to Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success, you have to develop a good work ethic. It is one of the two traits upon which all the other success characteristics will be built. Next week, we’ll talk about the other cornerstone.

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Building a Winning Team – Lessons from Two Great Coaches

Here in the United States, March Madness is winding down. The Final Four NCAA basketball teams will play tomorrow with the winners meeting Monday for the championship.

That got us thinking about how great coaches build winning teams. So we decided to compare the style of two of the greatest – Bobby Knight and John Wooden.

Bobby Knight spent most of his career at Indiana and recently retired from Texas Tech. He won more games than any other coach in the history of college basketball. He also made more NCAA tournament appearances than anyone else. He won three championships (tied for third) and was selected the coach of the year four times.

John Wooden, the Wizard of Westwood, spent most of his career at UCLA. While there he won a record ten championships, including an amazing seven in a row. He holds the record for most games won in a row (88) and most undefeated seasons (4).

Bobby Knight’s way – Build your playbook and recruit the best talent for it.
Bobby Knight was known for his “motion offense” and aggressive man-to-man defense. Knight only recruited players that fit his model. He had a system; his players had to mold themselves to it. This is the most common way to build your team.

Design your playbook. Determine the duties of each position and recruit people to fill it. Then hold them accountable.

John Wooden’s way – Find the best talent and build your playbook around them.
Wooden played the game based on who he had. Some years, that meant great guards; at other times, he built around a big man in the middle. Sometimes he played man-to-man; sometimes he played zone – it all depended on his players.

This isn’t as commonly practiced in business as Knight’s strategy. In basketball, you have seasons. In business, you don’t. But you do have phases.

In each phase, you’re trying to accomplish certain things so you can move on to the next phase. That’s where Wooden’s strategy works – think about what you need to accomplish in this phase and who would best help you accomplish it. Then go get your players!

440 Jake’s Take] – Top 5 reasons your team didn’t make the Final Four

#5 – Your players stayed up too late catching the midnight showing of "Horton Hears a Who."

#4 – Your coach went a little too far with the motivational tools he picked up at Guantanamo Bay.

#3 – Your team was too pre-occupied with midterms and grad school applications to focus on silly things like sports.

#2
– They did the right thing by losing and thus avoiding the inevitable riots and on-campus arson incidents that happen when teams win the national championship.

#1 – At least by losing, they can finally get those cheerleaders and the pep band to shut the heck up.

Our bigg quote today is by Jean-Claude Kelly:

“The best and fastest way to learn a sport is to watch and imitate a champion.”

So learn from these champions to build your winning team.

Next time, we’ll discuss a key component that gets people to buy into your personal brand. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

 

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John Wooden’s Pyramid Of Success

By Bigg Success Staff
November, 25 2007

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On a previous post, in The Bigg Success Show, we discussed 6 definitions of success.] We said that our favorite definition is by John Wooden. He was named ESPN’s coach of the twentieth century. Believe it or not, we think that honor doesn’t begin to fully recognize his accomplishments:

  • 88 consecutive wins (the longest winning streak in college basketball)
  • 10 NCAA championships, including seven in a row (the all-time record)
  • 38 consecutive NCAA tournament victories
  • 4 undefeated full seasons

Can you say “best coach ever”? No offense to all the great coaches, but the man they called The Wizard of Westwood sets the bar very high.

You don’t have to be a basketball fan, or even a sports fan in general, to benefit from Coach Wooden’s wisdom. You see, he has written extensively on success and leadership. We recommend that you acquaint yourself with his books, including
They Call Me Coach, which we discussed in the show referenced above. It’s a great book, full of inspiration and great quotes.

You can also download a free copy of his Pyramid of Success directly from his site. We can’t possibly do it justice here. You have to see it for yourself. His building blocks for success are:

  • Industriousness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Friendship
  • Loyalty
  • Cooperation
  • Self-control
  • Alertness
  • Initiative
  • Intentness
  • Condition
  • Skill
  • Team Spirit
  • Poise
  • Confidence
  • Competitive Greatness

This downloadable copy also includes Coach Wooden’s “12 Lessons in Leadership” and his definition of success. So you’ll have an incredible free resource written by a man who, to this day, practices what he preaches.

What he calls his mortar blocks are not on this downloadable copy. They are:

  • Ambition
  • Sincerity
  • Adaptability
  • Honesty
  • Resourcefulness
  • Reliability
  • Fight
  • Integrity
  • Patience
  • Faith

All of these blocks lead to the apex, success. If you like what you see, you can purchase Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success: Building Blocks for a Better Life, written with Jay Carty.

A full chapter is devoted to each of these blocks in this wonderful book. If you’re trying to put your life together, this book will help. If you’re striving for the next level of success, you’ll find answers. If you’re going through a life transition, you’ll be inspired.

Before you buy it, we want to make sure you know that there is a spiritual element to this particular book. What we call spiritual, you may call religious (Christianity specifically). Whether that knowledge makes you more or less likely to check out this book is up to you.

We believe that you’ll benefit greatly from John Wooden’s wisdom. That’s why we highly recommend these books. For that matter, you can’t go wrong with any book Coach Wooden writes.

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John Wooden's Pyramid Of Success

By Bigg Success Staff
November, 25 2007

Timeless Principles

book_cover 

On a previous post, in The Bigg Success Show, we discussed 6 definitions of success.] We said that our favorite definition is by John Wooden. He was named ESPN’s coach of the twentieth century. Believe it or not, we think that honor doesn’t begin to fully recognize his accomplishments:

  • 88 consecutive wins (the longest winning streak in college basketball)
  • 10 NCAA championships, including seven in a row (the all-time record)
  • 38 consecutive NCAA tournament victories
  • 4 undefeated full seasons

Can you say “best coach ever”? No offense to all the great coaches, but the man they called The Wizard of Westwood sets the bar very high.

You don’t have to be a basketball fan, or even a sports fan in general, to benefit from Coach Wooden’s wisdom. You see, he has written extensively on success and leadership. We recommend that you acquaint yourself with his books, including
They Call Me Coach, which we discussed in the show referenced above. It’s a great book, full of inspiration and great quotes.

You can also download a free copy of his Pyramid of Success directly from his site. We can’t possibly do it justice here. You have to see it for yourself. His building blocks for success are:

  • Industriousness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Friendship
  • Loyalty
  • Cooperation
  • Self-control
  • Alertness
  • Initiative
  • Intentness
  • Condition
  • Skill
  • Team Spirit
  • Poise
  • Confidence
  • Competitive Greatness

This downloadable copy also includes Coach Wooden’s “12 Lessons in Leadership” and his definition of success. So you’ll have an incredible free resource written by a man who, to this day, practices what he preaches.

What he calls his mortar blocks are not on this downloadable copy. They are:

  • Ambition
  • Sincerity
  • Adaptability
  • Honesty
  • Resourcefulness
  • Reliability
  • Fight
  • Integrity
  • Patience
  • Faith

All of these blocks lead to the apex, success. If you like what you see, you can purchase Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success: Building Blocks for a Better Life, written with Jay Carty.

A full chapter is devoted to each of these blocks in this wonderful book. If you’re trying to put your life together, this book will help. If you’re striving for the next level of success, you’ll find answers. If you’re going through a life transition, you’ll be inspired.

Before you buy it, we want to make sure you know that there is a spiritual element to this particular book. What we call spiritual, you may call religious (Christianity specifically). Whether that knowledge makes you more or less likely to check out this book is up to you.

We believe that you’ll benefit greatly from John Wooden’s wisdom. That’s why we highly recommend these books. For that matter, you can’t go wrong with any book Coach Wooden writes.

Hear today's lesson and laugh on The Bigg Success Show. 

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Destination Peace of Mind: These 4 Things Insure Success

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Yesterday, we discussed our favorite definition of success. It came from the book
They Call Me Coach by the great John Wooden. To paraphrase:

Success is peace of mind which is the result
of giving your all to reach your full potential.

Today we’ll look at the four things you must do daily for your peace of mind.

  1. Always value your values.
    We almost didn’t include this, because it seems so obvious. It should be an unstated assumption, right? Then, we remembered what happens when you assume. Remember that old saying?

If your actions conflict with your core values, you definitely won’t have peace of mind! You have to respect the person you see in the mirror.

  1. Get over today tomorrow.
    If you feel good about today, congratulations! Revel in it … tonight. If you feel lousy about today, lick your wounds … tonight.

But when you wake up in the morning, it’s a new day! So wipe the slate clean and get on getting on to all you know you can become.

  1. All you can do is all you can do, but all you can do is what you must do.
    Let’s dissect this sentence. The first half is your comfort. The second half is your challenge.

Take comfort even if you fell short of your mark. You can’t possibly give more than “all”. You should feel good about your effort. But wait!

The challenge is giving your “all” because success does comes with a price. “All” is a pretty high bar! Only you know if you truly did give everything. The worst person to lie to is yourself. That’s a recipe for perpetual failure.

Did you give your all today? If the answer is yes, congratulations. If no, tomorrow is a new day. You get to try again.

  1. Take it to the limit.
    Most of us have an inherent desire to grow. Otherwise, we get bored. Growth occurs at the point where what you know intersects with what you don’t know. As you push yourself beyond that point, you grow. And with growth comes meaning. You feel fulfilled. You are at peace.

Our quote today is by the legendary baseball player George Moriarty.

“Who can ask more of a man, than giving all within his span?
Giving all, it seems to me, is not so far from victory.”

So give your all today, for your peace of mind.

By the way, if you listen to today’s show, you’ll hear our friend “Ted” reading this quote. We think you’ll find success quotes are much more fun this way. You may even want to get in on the act! Check out our BIGG Quotes page for details.

In our next blog, we’ll take a new approach to finding your dream. It’s a two-part series that will take you back to the past, and then look forward to your future.

Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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