Factually, Friday is one of the least productive days of the week. Men and women all over the world see the light of the weekend at the end of the tunnel and start to slow down and be lazy as it gets closer. I challenge all of us to run to the finish line. Today, we continue to talk about John Wooden’s book. Once again, I am really enjoying this. I am learning quickly exactly why he was the greatest college basketball coach of all time. He was also an incredible husband, person, and religious man. He lived a life of happiness. Here are some of the things I learned today:
1. Make a commitment and see it all the way through- he took this principle to a whole new level. John and his wife Nelly, were living in Indiana and decided it was time to take his basketball coaching career to a new level. He had two offers. One to UCLA and the other to the University of Minnesota. Him and his wife had decided to accept the job in Minnesota because they wanted to stay closer to home. When the athletic director from Minnesota called him to see what his decision was, John told him that him and Nelly were accepting the job to coach at Minnesota, but that he wanted to bring over his current coaching staff to work with him. The AD didn’t know if he liked that idea and asked John if he could have until 6:00 pm the next day to decide. 6:00 pm came around and there was no call, so John immediately jumped on the phone with UCLA and accepted their position. No more than one hour after the acceptance, the Athletic Director from Minnesota called and said he was ok with John bringing over his coaching staff. Turns out, Minnesota had a huge snow storm that day that made it impossible for the AD to call John at 6:00 pm. Without hesitation though, Mr. Wooden turned down the job at Minnesota.
Remember that Minnesota was truly the place that they wanted to be, but because Mr. Wooden had already gave his word, he was not going back. This story is very powerful to me. We fast forward many years and Coach Wooden is now known as the greatest college basketball player of all time. Who knows what would have happened with his career had he gone back on his commitment. I am sure it still would have been plenty successful. But John will tell you, committing to something, and then following through with it to the very end, was a HUGE reason for my success.
2. The secret to success is the little things done well- I will continue to preach this concept until the day that I die. Mostly because I have seen what it has done for my life. Because of my dedication to the small things, I have never had a better marriage, had a better relationship with my kids, been so financially free and spiritually alive, all while maintaining really good health. So first of all, you have to engage in doing the little things. Second, you have to really hone in on doing them well. A simple “I love you” text to your wife in the middle of a busy day. Making sure that you take the time to ask your kids how their day was. Learning the value of saving money and investing it. Increasing your conviction and love for God. Doing that extra Leg Press at the gym. Again, simple things done over and over until you do them well.
3. Build your days to build your life- this one can go along with the one above quite a bit. The success and outcome of your life will come from the compound effect. Your life will be an accumulation of simple decisions you make each day. So, make good decisions. Make the decision to do great things so that you can feel great and live great.
Life is good, Cram