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Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court Hardcover – April 22, 1997
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Coach Wooden's remarkable 10 national basketball championships in 12 years at UCLA speak for themselves. In Wooden, the coach--quiet, thoughtful, and introspective throughout his distinguished career--finally speaks forhimself, and he's well worth hearing. Wooden is a modern chapbook of inspiration and good sense that reveals the hard-court philosopher behind it as a man of character, conviction, decency, and straightforwardness. There are no complex ideas, just little beams of light filtered through anecdotes that project the kinds of simple, immutable truths that in the end touch nothing but net.
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As stated in the introduction, this book is "neither a conventional narrative, a biography, nor a how-to book on basketball." It is instead a compilation of the tenets and teachings of arguably the greatest basketball coach of all time. Wooden's codes are of the traditional kind, centering on family, faith, friends off the court and organization, dedication, and preparation on the hardwood. Still, he is not stuck in the past. His observation that basketball is first and foremost a game of quickness revolutionized the tactical approach to the sport. The former UCLA coach is above all a teacher, and the lessons he imparts here are derived from a lifetime of learning and achievement. Recommended for adult and young adult collections.?William H. Hoffman, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., Ft. Myers, Fla.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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At the same time, I'd say that this is the biggest drawback of his book. Since the book is divided into small sections, sometimes I feel that he abruptly changes from one topic to another. This short transitions killed my pacing when I was reading the book. I found myself wishing for each passage to be much longer to make it more enjoyable and smooth. However, I do feel that Wooden supplies enough information to prove his point in those sections. Whether it's about his definition of success, knowing you did everything within your limits of doing the very best you can do or making sure your shoes and socks fit perfectly to your feet without any creases, he makes sure to complete his thoughts and reasons for the things he states. But I don't believe that this flaw, compared to the vast insight given in this book, is enough to deduct any points of 5 stars.
Overall, this book is phenomenal. I feel that everyone is able to reap benefits and learn something new by reading this book because he emphasis the importance of strong character. It's not just about basketball, in fact, many of his students say the same thing: he coached basketball, but he also coached skills that applied after basketball. The things he says and asks always makes me rethink about what I can improve in my own life, and I'm sure that it will affect the readers who are wiling to learn. Thus, I recommend this book to anyone of any age who is willing to change their perspective on the very journey to success.
I take notes when I read and have never written so many quotes from one book. It almost gets to the point that I'm just rewriting the entire book.
I've used many of the quotes at work as different situations arise and almost every time, a higher value, more ethical decision is made. I recently received a promotion and I know that John Wooden's words are a big part of that.
By the way, if anyone ever has a hard time feeling gratitude, just think how great it is that so many high character men and women have come along and put their experience, expertise, perceptions and advise down on paper. We can then have it shipped to our door and immerse ourselves in their wisdom for only a few dollars. What a great time we live in!