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John Wooden A Great Man! Entrepreneurs Take Notice!

I want to devote this blog to the passing of a great basketball coach and a true leader of people.

I grew up in the era of UCLA and its’ incredible basketball teams. I think most of the team members would agree their success was due largely because of John Wooden and his ability to get the most out of people.

How does this relate to entrepreneurship? There is much that Mr. Wooden coached that is applicable to the entrepreneur.

I want to offer a few quotes of Mr. Woodens and discuss how they can relate to today’s entrepreneur.

 “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are”.   John Wooden

As an entrepreneur your character is everything. If you do not live with integrity, loyalty, and honor your reputation won’t either. People will eventually find you out.  Success will only last a short while because your character, or lack, rise to the surface like day old fish. People will discontinue buying from you. So make sure you developand keep good character.

Don’t worry about your reputation.

 “Never mistake activity for achievement”.   John Wooden

I have seen more than my fair share of entrepreneurs mistake activity for achievement. People who too often seem scurrying around and always busy but have no goals are only fooling themselves.  Activity without goals is a waste of energy.  Be sure you write your goals, review your goals and adjust your goals accordingly.

Achievers with goals create activity. Activity without goals means you keep going in circles.

 “Success is never final,  failure is never fatal.  It’s courage that counts”.   John Wooden

I had a boss once tell me that when you have a success write it down or put a clipping in a file so you can refer back to it when times get tough. That was some of the best advice I received.  Because the truth is whatever success you are having now will pass. Whatever failure you are experiencing now it too shall pass. What counts is the courage you show in getting to your final destination… a successful business.

Entrepreneurs face many challenges.  Some they succeed at some they don’t but the only true fact is tht things change.  Successful entrepreneurs find the courage to stay the course.

I speak from some experience. I have won a few and lost many.  But what I do know is that you breathe, you learn and then you move forward.

Readers of this blog if you have some spare time consider reading a book about John Wooden or by John Wooden. You will find in it much to help you in your quest to become an entrepreneur.

 Thanks Mr. Wooden!




June 8, 2010 - Posted by | Entrepreneur | , , , , , ,


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