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    John Wooden Quote #12

    April 2, 2010

    Adversity often produces the unexpected opportunity. Look for it. Appreciate it and utilize it. This is difficult to do if you’re feeling sorry for yourself because you’re faced with the adversity.

    If you don’t know what this post/series is about, see the John Wooden tag and specifically the first quote I posted.

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    John Wooden Quote #11

    March 21, 2010

    Winners makes the most mistakes. The doer makes mistakes. Coach Lambert taught me that mistakes come from doing, but so does success.

    The individual who is mistake-free is also probably sitting around doing nothing. And that’s a very big mistake.

    The “coach Lambert” mentioned in this quote is Piggy Lambert, who coached at Purdue when John Wooden was a player there.

    If you don’t know what this post/series is about, see the John Wooden tag and specifically the first quote I posted.

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    John Wooden Quote #10

    March 7, 2010

    It is best not to drink too deeply from a cup full of fame. It can be very intoxicating, and intoxicated people often do foolish things.

    Back when I was a TV sportscaster in small town Idaho, the local kids would occasionally come up to me and ask for an autograph when I was out covering some event. I politely declined to sign anything for them, telling them that I wasn’t famous and my autograph would never be worth anything. When I told this story not long ago to a couple friends, they said I was being a jerk. I don’t think so; I was just being realistic about fame and trying not to get intoxicated by the kids’ attention.

    Last October at a U2 academic conference, I was asked to sign about 10 copies of my book. My wife told me in advance that I wasn’t allowed to say “no” to those requests. She was right – it would’ve been really bad form to do that. And I have to confess that I got a bit drunk on the attention. Thankfully, that was a short trip and coming back home put me right back where I belonged!

    If you don’t know what this post/series is about, see the John Wooden tag and specifically the first quote I posted.

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    John Wooden Quote #9

    February 27, 2010

    If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.

    Tomorrow on this blog, I’m going to post about a very intense and recent disappointment we’ve faced at Casa McGee. So this quote is especially relevant tonight. My mom’s most oft-repeated quote to me as a child was, “Count your blessings.” That’s what I’m doing. Life’s too short and too good to dwell on negatives and disappointments.

    If you don’t know what this post/series is about, see the John Wooden tag and specifically the first quote I posted.

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    John Wooden Quote #8

    February 22, 2010

    When you see a successful individual, a champion, a “winner,” you can be very sure that you are looking at an individual who pays great attention to the perfection of minor details.

    If you don’t know what this post/series is about, see the John Wooden tag and specifically the first quote I posted.

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    John Wooden Quote #7

    February 12, 2010

    You can make mistakes, but you aren’t a failure until you start blaming others for those mistakes.

    No excuses. I used to struggle with this many, many years ago — especially when I worked in TV/radio sports. It was never my fault when a newscast or radio show went south, or when we missed a big story, or when the ratings weren’t very good. But that, of course, wasn’t true. I think I’m better now at not making excuses and blaming others. It doesn’t accomplish anything.

    If you don’t know what this post/series is about, see the John Wooden tag and specifically the first quote I posted.