Yesterday the 2016 version of March Madness kicked off.
College basketball is not my favorite sport, although spending 6 years in between supporters of the Louisville Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats, and now in my 21st year of ACC basketball craziness, I do get excited as the tournament rolls around in March.
My wife (who is actually the biggest sports fan in our house) and I do a bracket each year just to see who gets closest to the winner.
So as the tournament gets going in earnest, my thoughts are on…
John Wooden and his historic UCLA dynasty won 10 NCAA championships in 12 years, including 88 straight games. Named Coach of the Century by ESPN, his honors and milestones cover 2 pages.
But it’s not his basketball coaching skills that draw me in – it’s his philosophy of world-class leadership that takes place off the court.
Practicing character-based leadership before the term was invented, John Wooden consistently led his legendry teams to victory and has since taught countless business leaders his fundamentals for achieving and sustaining success.
Coach’s Pyramid of Success is one of the most popular and effective motivational tools around.
Corporations use it. Speakers laud it. Books have been written about it. Coach Wooden talked about it as often as he could. Many of his former players point to the Pyramid as the key to their personal success, both on and off the basketball court.
When Coach Wooden talked about the Pyramid, he always started at the cornerstones of industriousness and enthusiasm. He moved up the Pyramid one block at a time. Before reaching the top (success) he always talked about the mortar elements of faith and patience.
Sounds like a good plan for success to me.
The past is for reference; the future for dreamers. The present moment is where you create success: make it a masterpiece.