Wooden by John Wooden

BECOMING A LITTLE BETTER EVERY DAY

First thing you should do is fully understand yourself – what drives you, what gets you out of bed and excited. The second thing is get a little better at it each day.

GIVING THANKS FOR OUR BLESSINGS

Gratitude is the easiest way, most scientifically effective ways to boost our happiness. Who / what are some things that you are grateful for? Write it out each week.

THE GUIDING STAR OF PERFECTION

You can’t strive for perfection, but you can strive to become perfect.

THE REALISTIC OPTIMIST

When you (or someone) sets a goal that is too far out there, you get anxious and depressed, however, if you set one in which your ability is far greater than the challenge, you get bored.

THE FUNDAMENTALS OF SUCCESS

Understand what the fundamentals are for you to become successful and constantly strive for perfection. *This is a key idea for me right now as I am trying to figure out what the one skill / concept is for each thing I want to be the best at.

WOODEN’S DEFINITION OF SUCCESS

True success (and happiness) is when you beat your personal best – everything else is a byproduct (be it medals, fame, wealth etc)

IMPROVING THE TEAM BY IMPROVING OURSELVES

At the end of the day, you can only control what you do – if everyone improved themselves, the team will improve

My Thoughts

Based off the PN, this book has done a great job focusing in on the key things to remember when striving for excellence. The first step is to truly find your definition of success. Using that as your guiding star, find out what the fundamentals are for that goal and create a timeline with stretch goals that make you seriously question yourself. From there, it’s all about chipping at it day in, day out – ignoring all the noise while you move through all the noise from everyone else.

I really like how Wooden talked about fundamentals as this is something I’ve been focused on finding my own answers for my goals. I also really like how he framed the realistic optimist as I feel like my goals either don’t scare me or I just don’t have the drive to achieve it even though I know that the work needs to be done. This brings me to the last part of this entry…. will I buy this book? I think so. Creating stretch goals and finding ways to figure out the fundamentals of success are two huge things that I am trying to work towards so if Wooden will talk more about the two gaps I have, I will gladly pay for his wisdom. If you are also interested in the book, please buy it through my affiliate link. (please note that I will be getting a small amount from Amazon, though it does not affect how much you pay – Amazon just makes less money than if you were to go onto the website yourself). I also suggest you check out the actual Philosopher’s Notes (note they even have courses that consolidate many of the concepts in the books that Brian Joshnson covers and puts them into videos that are really easy to digest). This is the first program that I’ve signed up for and am definitely getting my money’s worth!

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