March 8, 2002, Newsletter Issue #48: PYRAMID OF SUCCESS

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If you have never studied Coach John Wooden`s "Pyramid of Success," it is important that you do so. Coach says, "True success is attained only through the satisfaction of knowing you did everything within the limits of your ability to become the very best that you are capable of being. Success is not perfection. You can never attain perfection as I understand it. Nevertheless, it is the goal. Success is giving 100 percent of your effort, body, mind, and soul, to the struggle. That you can attain. That is success. It seems to me that it is possible to win and be outscored, or to lose even when you outscored an opponent."
Now, that may seem a little strange to you. You might not comprehend its true meaning if that was all that was said, However, my Dad always added the following. "Always try to be the very best that you can be. Learn from others, yes. But don`t just try to be better than they are. You have no control over that. Instead try, and try very hard, to be the best that you can be. That you have control over. Maybe you`ll be better than someone else and maybe you won`t. That part of it will take care of itself."
Coach Wooden, winner of 12 national championships at UCLA, has developed this as his definition of success, "Success is peace of mind that is the direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming."
I am 100% certain he is right.

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