The late UCLA basketball legend John Wooden enjoyed incredible success as a coach. He won ten championships in a twelve-year period and finished his career with an astonishing record of 664-162. A man of strong Christian conviction, Coach Wooden received his eternal promotion in 2010 at the age of 99.
He once wrote something that strikes me as a fitting lesson for parents as well as players and coaches.
Can you relate?
If I could go back and pick one single day in my life – in sports – to live over again, my choice might surprise you.
Here’s the day I would pick…
I would conduct one more day of practice in the gym. For each day of practice was, by far, the most fulfilling, exciting, and memorable thing I did as a coach – teaching those under my supervision how to achieve success as members of a team. “The journey is better than the inn…” for me. Cervantes had it right. My joy was in the journey.
How about for you?
Is the source of your own happiness – joy?
Is it in your journey or only in the prize, the inn?
– John Wooden