Coach John Wooden’s favorite maxims Part 2

April 17, 2012


Dear Friends,

Yesterday I posted John Wooden’s Favorite Maxims from his book, Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Learnings On and Off the Court. You can review part one by clicking here. Here is the rest of John Wooden’s Favorite Maxims.

Again, let me know which one spoke to you. Which one do you like the best? Which one challenge you? I would love to hear from you.


  • If we magnified blessings as mush as we magnify disappointments, we would be much happier.
  • The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
  • The worst thing you can do for those you love is the things they could and should do for themselves. (Abraham Lincoln)
  • It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely help another without helping himself. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • Do not permit what you cannot do to interfere with what you can do.
  • Be more concerned with your character that with your reputation. Character is what you really are; reputation is merely what you are perceived to be.
  • Love is the greatest of all words in our language.
  • Much can be accomplished by teamwork when no one is concerned about who gets credit.
  • Never make excuses. Your friends don’t need them and your foes won’t believe them.
  • Never be disagreeable just because you disagree.
  • Be slow to criticize and quick to commend.
  • Be more concerned with what you can do for others than what others can do for you. You’ll be surprised at the results.
  • The more concerned we become over the things we can’t control, the less we will do with the things we can control.
  • Don’t permit fear of failure to prevent effort. We are all imperfect and will fail on occasions, but fear of failure is the greatest failure of all.
  • Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.
  • The time to make friends is before you need them.
  • We are many, but are we much?
  • Nothing can give you greater joy than doing something for another.
  • Materials things are not gifts but apologies for gifts. The only true gift is a portion of thyself. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for another without thought of something in return.
  • Do not mistake activity for achievement.
  • You can do more good by being good than any other way.
  • Forget favors given; remember those received.
  • Make each day your masterpiece.
  • Make friendship a fine art.
  • Treat all people with dignity and respect.
  • Acquire peace of mind by making the effort to become the best of which you are capable.

Have a great day,

Pastor VG


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