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National best seller

"I am just a common man who is true to his beliefs." (John Wooden)

Evoking days gone by when coaches were respected as much for their off-court performances as for their success on the court, Wooden presents the timeless wisdom of legendary basketball coach John Wooden.

In honest and telling passages about virtually every aspect of life, Coach shares his personal philosophy on family, achievement, success, and excellence. Raised on a small farm in south-central Indiana, he offers lessons and wisdom learned throughout his career at UCLA, and life as a dedicated husband, father, and teacher.

These lessons, along with personal letters from Bill Walton, Denny Crum, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Bob Costas, among others, have made Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and off the Court an inspirational classic.

©1997 John Wooden (P)2004 McGraw-Hill Education

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Pure gold.

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Life Coach!

Beside the Bible, I have listened/read this book more than any other in my Library. I bought two copies of the audio CD version so I could lend it out to my friends. I have the hard copy and now the Audible copy. My Doctor listened to it and described it as life changing! My boss told me his children could not get enough when they traveled on vacation. It is so foundational that it should be required reading for every parent, grandparent, teenager, supervisor, employee, teacher, student, coach, athlete, Social Worker, Counselor, Law Enforcement Officer, Fire Fighter, Soldier, Airman, Sailor, Marine, Guardsman... everyone! It puts into words all those things that we know to be true (like the Book of Proverbs). As Coach Wooden states, "I am not as good as I ought to be, but I am better than I used to be." Enjoy and be joyful!

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Great personal insight into the beliefs of JW

Personal insight into how John Wooden's beliefs were formed and how he shaped UCLA Basketball abs the young men around him!

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inspiring and instructive<br />

if you ever felt like your leadership was needing a shot in the arm this is the book for you

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Gold

Like Jesus, John Wooden knew that the Secret of Life was measuring YourSelf against Eternal Spiritual Standards/Principles...rather than "worrying" or focusing on other people (99.9% of whom are lost and all watching eachother for answers)

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great book on character

excellent book on character and the traits that made coach great. I highly recommend this read to all business owners

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Worth reading over and over again!

Absolutely love the book. Wooden is a true man of character and has provided a great tool to help others follow.

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Inspirational and Entertaining!

Israel had King Solomon. America had Coach Wooden. I will listen to this book again and again.

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How to be a better person

I enjoyed this book. Wooden’s objective in writing this book seems to be less about basketball and much more about how to be a better human.

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John Wooden Life Lessons

Loved it! Need to hear it again and again until it is engraved into my being. Building your character and who you ought to be can be found here.