March 20, 2017

11 Pearls of Wisdom from March Madness Legends

By chirosushi In Chiropractic Success, Motivation

John Wooden

“Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.”

Bobby Knight

“The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare.”

Jim Boeheim

“If you’re analytical, you have to be blunt. That’s by definition. You can’t analyze something and not be blunt about it. What would you rather hear if not the truth?”

Dean Smith

“The most important thing in good leadership is truly caring. The best leaders in any profession care about the people they lead, and the people who are being led know when the caring is genuine and when it’s faked or not there at all. I was a demanding coach, but my players knew that I cared for them and that my caring didn’t stop when they graduated and went off to their careers. (p. 4) If you develop a close relationship with a player, as we did, you don’t drop it just because the player’s eligibility is up. You don’t forget them. I wanted to stay in touch, and I’m always pleased, thrilled, and interested when our former players let me know what’s going on in their lives.”

Roy Williams

“We put our hands in and chant something my teams have been saying since I was North Carolina’s junior varsity coach: Hard work! It’s something I’ve believed in since I was a kid shoveling snow off the basketball court so I could practice or selling calendars or going right back out on the recruiting trail after winning a national title. The phrase is a reminder that nobody is going to outwork us. I think it pulls our guys together and gives them strength. It is what the players chant when they huddle for any timeout or any deadball. It’s a constant reminder: Hard work!”

Tom Izzo

“The relationship with your players and convincing them that you have their best interest in mind, not your program’s even. When you do that, and that’s what I had with great leaders (of the past), then you’re talking with them instead of down to them. I always use this line — a player-coached team is always better than a coach-coached team. If the players buy in, they’ll send a message. It’s hard to get that.”

Coach K

“The most fundamental thing about being a good leader is the ability to communicate in a trustworthy manner. You only establish that when you look each other in the eye and tell the truth. If you do that on a consistent basis, the element of trust is developed – which is the cornerstone on which every relationship or coach-athlete relationship should be built. And, that becomes part of your culture.”

Geno Auriemma

“There’s fear of doing what you think is right. I think too many times people are afraid to make that call because of the criticism they’re going to get.”

Bill Self

“I actually got a text today from my spouse (Cindy) reminding me I said, ‘Enjoy the process,’” Self said on his “Hawk Talk” radio show.

Jim Calhoun

“Talent determines what you can do in life. Motivation determines what you are willing to do. Attitude determines how well you will do it.”

Rick Pitino

“Humble people share the credit and wealth, remaining focused and hungry to continue the journey of success. Humility allows that true meaning of sharing credit toward others, preserving the inner dignity that we all need.”

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