John Wooden, legendary U.C.L.A basketball coach, has passed away at age 99. Below is his inspirational 2001 TED Talk, his famous "Pyramid of Success", and thoughts on Wooden from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. As a former college basketball player myself, I loved Wooden's ability to to connect basketball to life off the court. He will be missed dearly.

Kareem on Wooden:

He always told us basketball was a simple game, but his ability to make the game simple was part of his genius... there was no ranting and raving, no histrionics or theatrics... To lead the way Coach Wooden led takes a tremendous amount of faith. He was almost mystical in his approach, yet that approach only strengthened our confidence. Coach Wooden enjoyed winning, but he did not put winning above everything. He was more concerned that we became successful as human beings, that we earned our degrees, that we learned to make the right choices as adults and as parents... In essence, he was preparing us for life.

Here is Wooden's famous "Wooden on Leadership: Pyramid of Success" (click here to enlarge)


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