The Pamela Positive: “Remember That Success Is Not Defined by Victories”

“Remember that success is not defined by victories.”  John Wooden’s definition of success is “peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.”

John Robert Wooden (October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010) was an American basketball coach. He is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (inducted in 1961) and as a coach (inducted in 1973). He was the first person ever enshrined in both categories. His ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period while at UCLA are unmatched by any other college basketball coach.  He was married to Nellie Riley for 53 years, and they had two children.  After Nellie’s death, John had a monthly ritual until his own death 25 years later, of visiting her grave and writing her a love letter.

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