Learn as if you were to live forever: Live as if you were to die tomorrow

A few years ago I posted an article on The CompanyOfficer.com (now TheFireOfficer.com) entitled: Your Capabilities and Future Success. It was about the legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden. Coach Wooden passed away at the age of 99 on June 4, 2010, but his legacy has extended well beyond.

Aside from his extraordinary career accomplishments on the court, he is best known for the simple life lessons he was able to identify with and convey. His “Pyramid of Success”  remains a must-read book for all aspiring or current company or command officers. 

 Of Coach Wooden’s many quotes, one quote stood out that reflects highly on all company and command officers that I considered important enough to share here.

The excerpt goes like this; Even with his staggering accomplishments, he remained humble and gracious. Wooden stated he tried to live by the advice from his father : “Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art drink deeply from good books-especially the Bible, build a shelter for a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance  every day.”

John Wooden also expressed the following that I find compelling. It was a simple statement that has the power of wisdom and insight. Learn as if you were to live forever: Live as if you were to die tomorrow.”    

Take the time to learn more about Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success and look to apply these principles in your current or future positions of responsibility within your organization. The principles and methodologies of the Pyramid of Success have direct relationships and applicability to the Fire Service in numerous areas. Take the time to read his 12 Lessons on Leadership.

Two(2) Must have books for your professional Library by John Wooden include: Wooden On Leadership and John Wooden’s The Pyramid of Success

Check out some previous ESPN’s great posts HERE

The Wizard’s wisdom: “Woodenisms” 

Take the time to look at the information available at a number of various web locations; HERE, HERE , HERE and HERE, HERE and HERE

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