John Wooden was one of America’s greatest coaches.

He built a sports dynasty coaching the UCLA Bruins winning 10 national championships,7 in a row, from 1967 – 1973.

He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003.

And six years later The Sporting News selected him the greatest coach in American sports history.

John passed away this year, but in this Charlie Rose interview, John shares what I think is one of the best definitions of success I have ever heard.

Success is piece of mind attained only through self satisfaction and knowing you made the effort.
Do the best of which you are capable.

Don’t try and be better than someone else.
Just make the effort to be the best you can.

Don’t expect to make tremendous improvements each day.
Make a little each day.

Make each day your masterpiece.

That’s what my dad always taught me: “Just to do your best.”
Take comfort in knowing you gave it your all because at the end of the day, what else can you do?

While looking for more John Wooden perls of wisdom I came across this TED video.

Here’s another poem that helped John form his philosophy towards life, coaching, and teaching.

No written word,
No spoken plea,
Can teach our youth what they should be.
Nor all the books on all the shelves,
It’s what the teachers are themselves.

This world was a better place for John Wooden. He will be sorely missed.