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John Wooden’s secret to success

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As a boy, college basketball coaching legend John Wooden learned a leadership lesson from his father:

“Don’t worry about whether you’re better than somebody else,” the elder Wooden told his son, “but never cease trying to be the best you can become. You have control over that. The other, you don’t.”

Result: the kind of selfless competitiveness that led Wooden and his UCLA teams to an unprecedented 10 national championships, including seven in a row from 1967 through 1973.

—Adapted from Wooden on Leadership, John Wooden, McGraw-Hill.

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