With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father’s wisdom.
ESPN ranks him as the greatest coach of all time, across all sports. Affectionately known as Coach, John Wooden led UCLA to record wins that are still unmatched in the world of basketball. Throughout his long life, he shared the values and life lessons he passed to his players, emphasizing success that’s about much more than winning.
“Study Together; Stay Together” presented during HP Northside Toastmasters meeting at Hewlett-Packard in Roseville, CA, July 22, 2010. Invited to be a guest speaker by Kevin Levine (VP Education).
If you don’t follow your passion, you end up hating your job, your wife and your life!
If you don’t follow your passion, you suck!
If you don’t follow your passion, you half-ass everything, and
that sucks for the people who have to work with you, and
that sucks for your boss, and
that sucks for the company, and
that sucks for the economy, and
that sucks for the country.
If you don’t follow your passion, that SUCKS FOR AMERICA!
Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address:
Truth be told, I never graduated from college.
I dropped out of Reed College after the first six months but then stayed around as a drop-in for another eighteen months or so before I really quit.
I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, and no idea of how college was going to help me figure it out, and here I was, spending all the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back, it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out, I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me and begin dropping in on the ones that looked far more interesting.
…much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on.
You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever – because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference.
I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love, and that is as true for work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle.
“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “no” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important thing I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life, because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice, heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
“Most people think they know what they are good at. They are usually wrong….And yet, a person can perform only from strength.”
– Peter Drucker
“… people have several times more potential for growth when they invest energy in developing their strengths instead of correcting their deficiencies.
“Our studies indicate that people who do have the opportunity to focus on their strengths every day are six times as likely to be engaged in their jobs and more than three times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life in general.”
Strengths Finder 2.0