As a UCLA Alumni, John Wooden holds a special place in my heart. He was an amazing coach, teacher, and family man and his legacy will live on. Those I was never privileged enough to meet him in person, Coach Wooden was kind enough to give me an endorsement for my book “Getting There! 9 Ways to Help Your Kids Learn What Matters Most in Life.” He said: “Since I consider parenting to be the most important profession in the world, and family the foundation for the future, I strongly recommend that all parents and those who expect to be parents read and re-read Lissa Coffey’s “Getting There!””
It seems John Wooden’s wisdom and philosophy was learned at an early age. Upon his graduation from grammar school, his father, Joshua, gave him this “Seven Point Creed,” which he lived by always:
– Be true to yourself.
– Make each day your masterpiece.
– Help others.
– Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
– Make friendship a fine art.
– Build a shelter against a rainy day.
– Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.
Coach Wooden authored several books, including one about the Pyramid of Success, which consists of philosophical building blocks for winning at basketball and at life.
Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success: Building blocks for a Better Life