• Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success

  • Building Blocks for a Better Life
  • By: John Wooden, Jay Carty
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (719 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Legendary college basketball coach John Wooden and Jay Carty know that when it comes down to it, success is an equal opportunity player. Anyone can create it in his or her career, family and beyond. Based on John Wooden’s own method to victory, Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success reveals that success is built block by block, where each block is a crucial principle contributing to life-long achievement in every area of life.

Each of these 32 daily readings takes an in-depth look at a single block of the pyramid, which when combined with the other blocks forms the structure of the pyramid of success. Join John Wooden and Jay Carty to discover the building blocks and key values - from confidence to faith - that have brought Coach to the pinnacle of success as a leader, a teacher, and a follower of God.

©2009 John Wooden (P)2010 christianaudio.com

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This really could have been a pamphlet

Really thought I was going to hear more words of wisdom from the Wizard but that was not the case. Yes you hear a little of what the Wiz says about each of his blocks then you hear a bunch of scripture and the actually passages. Not against the bible but that is not what I was expecting. The narrator gives each passage number as well. As famous as the Bible is I was not interested in hearing the narrator give how the passage fits the building block and the mortar. Made the book dry and less interesting.

Only gave it 3 stars because at least the blocks are given out with a bit of a reason as to why from the Wiz. Very tempted to have given it just 2 stars

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NOT about Wooden’s Pyramid

Very disappointed in this book. I wanted to learn more about John Wooden, his approach to practice planning, basketball, and how he helped shape and mentor lives. If you are looking for that as well, then you should continue looking for another book. This book is about religion. Quoting scripture more often than anything related to basketball, coaching or anything of the like. It’s one of my worst purchases on Audible.

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Misleading book...

Would you try another book from John Wooden and Jay Carty and/or Sean Runnette?

I love the principles of John Wooden

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

His success principles are fantastic

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Story is well told.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Easy to listen to

Any additional comments?

I wasn't expecting to be ambushed with Christian propaganda when I purchased this book. I can handle a little but I was completely thrown off with statements like Woodens priciples have stood the test of time like the bible. Woodens may have stood the test of time but the bible has been proven many times to contain untruths and immoral statements about things like slavery and revenge. Comparing the 2 is off putting.

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They Call Him "Coach"!

As a student athlete back in the 70's when Coach Wooden was at his peak, I had the pleasure to play against Coach Wooden's teams and watch far across the court as he masterfully coached his teams to excellence.

He had such a knack for communicating to his teams what he expected on and off the court.

I have befriended several UCLA coached players from that era, and every single one of them have nothing but glowing praises to heap upon the man they all call "Coach".

This is an excellent book, not only about basketball, but more importantly about Life!

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Good Old-School Advice from a Great Source

Listen to this if you like:
The Bible and Christian tenets
Old school thinking
UCLA and/or Basketball
Basic tenets of success
Success being a representation of your inner values
Sports-centric examples
Narration that fits the material very well
Solid character-building thoughts
The author having an indisputable and widely acknowledged track record of success

Don't listen to this if you don't like:
A lack of concrete examples of tactics you can use
Christian-focused and biblical references
A slow folksy delivery
Thoughts you're fairly certain you've heard before
The concept of character-building as the key to personal success

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4 hour sermon by Jay Carty

Any additional comments?

I though this was going to be about John Wooden's coaching. It was more of a sermon from one of his grand kids. Thanks. I'll continue to look for a book about John Wooden.

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For Christians only

Would you try another book from John Wooden and Jay Carty and/or Sean Runnette?

as a non religious person, I was very annoyed with floods of quotes from bible.
but, if you are a christian, this book can help you alot.
for me, I got too distracted to continue.
I'd like a refund.

Would you recommend Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommand it only to christians

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Heavy on scripture

Starts out pretty good but goes almost completely off track into scripture within the first hour

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Really Enjoyed this book. Simply amazing book.

I really enjoyed this book and feel as if I'm a better person after reading it!!!!

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A challenge for each of us to be the best

What made the experience of listening to Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success the most enjoyable?

Hearing Coach Wooden personally explain his building blocks and mortar qualities.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success?

Hearing about so many of basketball's superstars who were greatly influenced by this amazing man and as a result are successful men as well as successful athletes.

What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

Clear and reasonable pace.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I couldn't wait listen to the next chapter.

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  • Adams
  • 06-30-16

Religious book, very few wisdoms from John Wooden.

Very disappointing book. This is a religious book trying to promote christianism. Chapter 28-29 is even an attempt to promote Christianity above other religions. Very little wisdom from John Wooden about achievement. Extremely disappointing

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  • Markus Infanger
  • 07-13-21

Religious Propaganda

Interesting book if you are deep into religion. If you have a more agnostic view on religion I don’t see how this book is of any value.

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  • Liam W.
  • 10-03-20

great respect for john wooden.

too much relegious content not enough tactical content. great respect for coach john wooden legend

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  • Botty
  • 04-02-22

Good book tying Woden's philosophy with the Bible

The narrator is the same as the one from Paulo Cuello's the pilgrimage, which also has some religious elements.

This book is much more backed up with Biblical references and does have the voice of a preacher.

Biblical lovers will appreciate it. I respect the role of the Bible in all self help literature and even for me the book is quite close to a sermon.

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  • Anthony G.
  • 09-15-21

Book on Religion NOT succes

As a great sports coach writing a book on success, I expected a book on success with some focus on sport. But the overarching theme is god and I had to stop listening. This is a shame because there may be vast wisdom in John Woodens success pyramid.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-20

Bible

Coach Wooden’s section are informative and detailed.
However the book is 50/50 his story then Bible narration.
Should be better explained in the sample before purchasing

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  • Wedzerai
  • 08-28-19

great great great book

this is book has become one of my all time favourite books. the way it is written and the Bible references just give me so much more.
I love the definition of success by Coach John Wooden!! he is truly a Legend!
thanks fo writing this and putting it out for the rest of us ☺️👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👌🏿✊🏿

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  • Merlene Hodgson
  • 02-01-19

Food for Thought

This book is pure gold. It has given me so much to think about and learn from. I am eager to put into practice each building block and to secure the building blocks with each aspect of ‘mortar’. Coach Wooden has reminded me of who I am in Christ and to strive to be the best I can be to reach that success that is His peace that surpasses all understanding. Thank you Coach Wooden. Timeless lessons beautifully taught.

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  • Nick Howell
  • 04-11-18

Good tips

Narrator spoke well, good content, lots of Christian references. Would recommend as a life guidance tool

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  • Chris Brady
  • 02-26-17

excellent

a great overview off how to live a life well lived. Coach Wooden is superb