The Wooden Effect
The life principles
summarized in the Pyramid of Success had no explicit reference to
basketball or athletics. The coach's diagram was simply a roadmap to
being a better person.
The building blocks of Wooden's
Pyramid of Success
- Industriousness: There is no
substitute for work. Worthwhile results come from hard work and
- Loyalty: To yourself and to all those
depending upon you. Keep your self-respect.
- Alertness: Be observing constantly.
Stay open-minded. Be eager to learn and improve.
- Initiative: Cultivate the ability to
make decisions and think alone. Do not be afraid of failure, but
learn from it.
- Enthusiasm: Brushes off upon those
with whom you come in contact. You must truly enjoy what you are
- Self-Control: Practice self-discipline
and keep emotions under control. Good judgment and common sense
- Friendship: Comes from mutual esteem,
respect and devotion. Like marriage, it must not be taken for
granted but requires joint effort.
- Cooperation: With all levels of your
co-workers. Listen if you want to be heard. Be interested in
finding the best way, not in having your own way.
- Intentness: Set a realistic goal.
Concentrate on its achieve ment by resisting all temptations and
being determined and persistent.
- Confidence: Respect without fear. May
come from being prepared and keeping all things in proper
- Skill: A knowledge of and the ability
to properly and quickly execute the fundamentals. Be prepared
and cover every little detail.
- Team-Spirit: A genuine consideration
for others. An eagerness to sacrifice personal interests of
glory for the welfare of all.
- Poise: Just being yourself. Being at
ease in any situation. Never fighting yourself.
- Condition: Mental-Moral-Physical.
Rest, exercise and diet must be considered. Moderation must be
practiced. Dissipation must be eliminated.
- Competitive Greatness: Be at your best
when your best is needed. Enjoyment of a difficult challenge.