Lessons from John Wooden


John Wooden died on June 4, 2010 at the age of 99.  Coach Wooden will always be remembered for winning 10 NCAA championships in 12 years at UCLA.  I grew up in a house where Coach Wooden’s Pyramid for Success http://www.erhoops.org/pdfs/John%20Woodens%20pyramid%20of%20success.pdf was always on the wall where anyone who entered our house could see it.  Not until years later did I read it and come to realize how brilliant it truly is. 

I saw the following leadership tidbits on www.buildingforministry.com and thought I would pass them on.  I thought they did a nice job of applying five of Coach Woodens’ leadership principles to today’s church. 

  1. “The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old one.” Don’t forget that Christ and the Word must be at the center of all you do.
  2. “Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are and that is all that matters.” There are far more important measures than attendance, buildings and cash.
  3. “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.” Have the courage to kill fading programs and launch new, creative solutions.
  4. “The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.” Today, people want to be the church, not simply go to church.
  5. “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” To be credible, the church must be a living sacrifice outside its own walls.

I love sports and athletics because there is so much we can learn while playing sports that will apply to our lives forever.  I trust you are building your pyramid for success.

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