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Coach Wooden: The 7 Principles That Shaped His Life and Will Change Yours by [Williams, Pat, Denney, James]
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From the Inside Flap

Legends aren't born. They're made.

When John Wooden graduated from eighth grade his father gave him a handwritten card and said, "Son, try to live up to this." On the card, his father had written seven simple yet profound life principles:

Be true to yourself
Help others
Make friendship a fine art
Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible
Make each day your masterpiece
Build a shelter against a rainy day by the life you live
Give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day

These principles were the key to Coach Wooden's greatness--and his goodness. Through powerful stories and advice, this book shares the wisdom that made Wooden happy and successful, not just in his career but in life. This inspirational and conversational book will encourage, challenge, and motivate you to build these principles into your own life so that you can impact the lives of others.

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Legends aren't born. They're made.

When John Wooden finished eighth grade, his father gave him a handwritten card and said, "Son, try to live up to this." On the card, his father had written seven simple yet profound life principles. These principles were the key to Coach Wooden's greatness. Through powerful stories and advice, this book shares the wisdom that made Wooden happy and successful, not just in his career but in life. This inspirational book will encourage, challenge, and motivate you to build these principles into your own life so that you can impact the lives of others.

"I only spent three years at UCLA while Coach Wooden was still coaching, but I received a lifetime of positive influence from being around him. I'm positive that you will find this wonderful book as valuable and powerful as I have."--Dick Vermeil, former Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, and Kansas City Chiefs head coach

"John Wooden not only taught his players about basketball, he taught them how to live and appreciate life. I respect John Wooden as a great coach but more importantly as a great man."--Tommy Lasorda, former Los Angeles Dodgers Hall-of-Fame manager

"Drop everything you're doing and start reading."--Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University head basketball coach

"This book is loaded with Wooden wisdom that will deeply impact all of us."--Bill Parcells, Miami Dolphins executive vice president of football operations

"Coach Wooden was a master of getting people to perform at their maximum. This text will define why he was the greatest leader ever to grace the sidelines."--Dick Vitale, ESPN college basketball analyst


Pat Williams is senior vice president of the NBA's Orlando Magic. He has almost fifty years of professional sports experience, has written seventy books, and is one of America's most sought-after motivational speakers.

Jim Denney is a writer with more than eighty published books to his credit. His collaborative titles include Reggie White in the Trenches, Undefeated, A Model for a Better Future, and numerous books with Pat Williams, including Go for the Magic.

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  • File Size: 705 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Reprint edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EPYPZS
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By Sophfronia Scott on May 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
When Coach Wooden passed away last year I read about the card he kept in his pocket listing the 7 principles his father taught him. I was intrigued. I copied the list and carried it around but I felt something was missing--I wanted to know more about these principles and how to live them in my life.

I was pleasantly surprised and happy to find that Pat Williams has written exactly the book I wanted. I've read his work in the past and knew he was the perfect person to really get at the heart of these principles. Mr. Williams is an innate storyteller and has the kind of curiosity that allows him to ask all the right questions. He interviewed many people close to Wooden to fully understand the man who gave Coach Wooden the principles--his father, Joshua Hugh Wooden. When you know the story you'll see how important these principles become because of how the coach's father lived them.

The book then goes through each principle in detail and gives helpful tips on implementing them daily. It's so useful in this respect that it will probably be always on my desk and not on the shelf!

On the whole, I highly recommend this book. And don't worry--even though Coach Wooden coached basketball and Pat Williams is senior Vice President of the NBA team the Orlando Magic, this book is not about basketball. It's about life.
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I've read more than one of Pat William's books, and I'm never disappointed. This latest, a tribute to Coach John Wooden is no exception. It's full of anecdotes from former players, coaches, and friends of the late UCLA legend.

But in reality, this book is a tribute to Coach Wooden's father. On virtually every page Williams relates how the coach would talk about his father and how he wanted to be the kind of person his Dad was. Coach Wooden learned 7 principles that shaped his life..all from his father.

A moving and inspirational read, highly recommended!
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Having such a great relationship with my father, this book really puts in perspective how importnat it is to take with you the knowledege that you learn form fathers/mothers growing up as a child. I could tell by the book that this man and his father had the relationship that was very special. John Wooden through Pat williams--really came to life for me. I have seen first hand what a father and son relationship can be when love, kindess, courage, and strength are shown from a father to a son. It is up to the child to grow off of that wisdom and that is what John Wooden did. This book is beyond one learning to grow. This is about sharing with others. Coach did that his whole life, and he has proven that success comes in all walks of life. Basketball was the route he took, but so many young men and women are out there, ready to recieve his guidance. This book explains how to lead and communicate with people of all walks of life. For any person, any age this book will deliver exactly what you expect it will. Great author whom I have read many books, and one of the greatest basketball coaches. What a great combination. Read this book; the wisdom is out there, grab it, and run with it.
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I am 74 years old. I bought the book for my 14-year old grandson. I bought the book after I read a newspaper article in which Seahawks Coach Pete Carol said he has followed Coach Wooden's personal approach to coaching by treating his players in a respectful manner. That is how Coach Carol treats his players. After receiving the book, I read the first several pages of the book, and almost could not put it down. Then I started feeling guilty about not giving it to my Grandson to read so I gave it to him. I believe every person on the planet could benefit from reading this book; especially those callous and brutish men that call themselves coaches and "coach" pee wee football by yelling and demeaning those very young minds that are so vulnerable to emotional abuse.
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Our Family LOVES Basketball or rather I should say...." We Love to WATCH Basketball." So, When I learned of the opportunity to read & review a book about the life of One of the Greatest Basketball Coaches EVER, John Wooden, I was beyond excited!

As I read the story of John Wooden and learned more about this amazing Man and unbelievable Coach, I realized what a humble and gentle person he truly was. He lived his life every single day the same way whether he was on the court teaching those men the game or at home beside his beloved wife and children. There are many books and tributes to Coach Wooden but this particular book shares more on Coach Wooden's foundation. A foundation built on a farm with a loving and gentle father-Joshua Hugh Wooden- who taught John and his brothers some very important values and principles on life.

Coach Wooden says of his father "Joshua Hugh Wooden was a farmer ~ honest, hard-working, and fair. I never heard him speak an unkind word about another person, even though on those occasions when he had every reason to. Dad came as close to living the golden rule as anyone I've ever known. He was strong enough to bend a thick iron bar with his bare hands, but he was also a very gentle man who read poetry to his four sons at night. He loved his family deeply." (pg.31)

John Wooden was given a piece of paper from his Father that shared 7 basic principles in which he could live by:
1. Be True to yourself.
2. Help Others.
3. Make Each Day your Masterpiece.
4. Drink Deeply from Good Books, especially the Bible
5. Make Friendship a Fine Art
6. Build a Shelter against a Rainy Day, by the Life you Live
7.
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