“If you want to win Championships, you must take care of the smallest of the details.”  Coach John Wooden – a legend.

One of the most revered coaches in the history of sports. (Not that I give a crasshat about sports.)

Except that he coached life. Not just a game.

  • Be the best you can.
  • Be on time. 
  • No profanity.
  • Reach your full potential.
  • Don’t criticize.
  • Don’t let your limits limit you.
  • Failure is not fatal.
  • Success is peace of mind.
  • Keep splendid company.
  • Manage your emotions.
  • Lead by example.
  • The sum of the whole is more than the parts.

Plus hundreds of other lessons. Each one as simple. All as profound. Focusing on the importance of the little things in preparation for the bigger things.


“Take off your socks and shoes,” he’d tell his players the first day of practice.

They’d look at him in disbelief.

He’d wait.

Then explain, “When you pull on your sock make sure your heel is full seated in the heel of the sock. Run your hand over the toes and make sure to smooth out any bumpy areas. I don’t want any sign of a wrinkle or gap.”

He picked up an athletic shoe.

“Lace ’em up tight,” he said. “You want to make sure there isn’t any room for the shoe to rub or the sock to bunch up. Tightly laced and tied sneakers give you a strong, solid base.”

“That’s your first lesson,” he concluded.

The players were silent. Why would he possibly start the season showing them how to put on their shoes and socks?

“You see,” he turned with a glint in his eye. “If there are wrinkles in your socks or your shoes aren’t tied properly, you will develop blisters. If you get blisters or if your shoes become untied, I may have to take you out of practice. Miss practice and you won’t play. And if you don’t play, we cannot win.”

He taught his players how to win at basketball. And the world how to win at life.

Get back to the basics. Say hello. We’re on the same team.