The difference between winning and succeeding | John Wooden

  • Опубликовано: 26 марта 2009
  • With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father's wisdom.

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Комментарии • 760

  • Joe Renta
    Joe Renta  2 дней назад

    Anyone who gives this a thumbs down is a sad individual. This man spoke wisdom.
    Player after player speak of Coach in almost reverential terms. All consider their time with him as instrumental in the success they achieved in life.

    • HH Ito
      HH Ito  1 недель назад

      Met him, by chance...UCLA, he nodded, he knew I was awed , he smiled Oh so slightly, reminded me so much of my father. He’s a good reason I went to UCLA, ... others... Jackie Robinson, Arthur Ashe, Rafer Johnson, Willard Libby, Dr. Birdsell, Albert Hoxie, many, many others... but HE was such a great teacher... I keep his writings next to my every night before turning off the light.

      • Ali Qazilbash
        Ali Qazilbash  2 недель назад

        The difference between winning and succeeding has to do more with the nature of your situation; either a competition or an endeavour.
        Much of my personal strives for winning is fuelled by the unease that I've had to face because of a third person's incompetence, coupled with the lack of an ability to make up for what wrong they have done. Their continued interference in personal business matters, and much much more of what could be, at the very least, described as an utter nuisance and inconvenience. The sheer magnitude of frustration alone has crippled personal progress for days on end. Furthermore, there consistent attempts to misdirect other offers for assistance in lieu of their bs interest or to alter my surroundings in a way as to keep revisiting an older premise of an argument has left me with an extensive desire to express myself by altering their own facial geometry.

        • Jarrett Shaw
          Jarrett Shaw  2 недель назад

          Imagine Wooden being your English teacher in HS lmao

          • Tom Washington Jr
            Tom Washington Jr  2 недель назад

            Great stuff... tremendous wisdom from a fantastic gentleman❤️

            • Paul Warren
              Paul Warren  3 недель назад


              • EyeWitnessChina
                EyeWitnessChina  3 недель назад

                A more pleasant man you will not find anywhere.

                • Jeff Holt
                  Jeff Holt  3 недель назад

                  College sports can pay what kid the most money, not get caught, and pull it off with the most BS. a load of crap, just pay the kids outright.

                  • Jeff Holt
                    Jeff Holt  3 недель назад

                    Winning the best players in the country the most money....then become philosophical

                    • Shamus McShane
                      Shamus McShane  3 недель назад

                      He taught character through the game of basketball

                      • Rob Taylor
                        Rob Taylor  4 недель назад

                        Epic and moving

                        • Kiernan1230
                          Kiernan1230  4 недель назад

                          Its absolutely amazing how astute and clear speaking Mr. Wooden is at this time in his life. I’m utterly amazed, and that much more impressed by him as a whole. He is the GOAT of coaches!

                          • Deborah Turner
                            Deborah Turner  4 недель назад


                            • Philip Alumbo
                              Philip Alumbo  4 недель назад

                              One of the RARE individuals that I very truly respect and admire and look up to.

                              • Caleb Symmonds
                                Caleb Symmonds  4 недель назад

                                Goodness gracious sakes alive!

                                • chad0219
                                  chad0219  1 месяцев назад

                                  Too bad he had to be a part of the most corrupt basketball program of all time...

                                  • Douglas Dorman
                                    Douglas Dorman  1 месяцев назад

                                    fortunate enough to spend 2-3 weeks a year with this man, for 4 or 5 years...Enough said...when in his presence, a humble caring soul....very well times with him, I listened, and listened. ..why a coach, his principles a re a constant reminder of real successs....I am very fortunate. ...

                                    • 15 DurangoRT
                                      15 DurangoRT  1 месяцев назад

                                      A man of wisdom and character. I could listen to this man for hours on end!

                                      • Joshua Woodward
                                        Joshua Woodward  2 месяцев назад

                                        The written word and spoken plea verse mentioned is from the poem "Education" by Arthur Guiterman 1935 in case anyone is wondering. :-) I love the internet!

                                        • Elias TLC Thomas
                                          Elias TLC Thomas  2 месяцев назад

                                          I probably watched this about 100 times by now, it’s 2019 and the year is almost over. I’m sure I’m still gonna watch it, I love the humility and discipline he portrays. Every time I had an interview or test, I would watch this to gain motivation and confidence, to always do my best and not compare my self to others but yet learn from others. “The road ahead or the road behind”

                                          • Ed McCaffrey
                                            Ed McCaffrey  2 месяцев назад

                                            The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.

                                            • Ryan Nixon
                                              Ryan Nixon  2 месяцев назад

                                              Wow this man is wise.

                                              • Lisa
                                                Lisa  2 месяцев назад

                                                Biggest stories to the highest bidder...

                                                • Juan Negro
                                                  Juan Negro  2 месяцев назад


                                                  • Rusoviet Tovarich
                                                    Rusoviet Tovarich  2 месяцев назад

                                                    .....and no mention of Sam Gilbert...why is that?

                                                    • C- M_n_y 2020 Woo!
                                                      C- M_n_y 2020 Woo!  2 месяцев назад

                                                      Happy Belated Birthday to the Wizard of Westwood the late John Robert Wooden.10-14-1910.IN

                                                      • Anshul Rai
                                                        Anshul Rai  2 месяцев назад

                                                        This man spits pure truth

                                                        • Matthew Curiel
                                                          Matthew Curiel  2 месяцев назад

                                                          Ive always thought the same way too bad society thinks different

                                                          • Robert Scaddan
                                                            Robert Scaddan  2 месяцев назад

                                                            What an astounding and inspirational individual....and I stumbled upon him by accident.

                                                            Simple goals, simple ideas, simple rules for life....

                                                            • kulkarni Singh
                                                              kulkarni Singh  2 месяцев назад

                                                              thanks tedx thats amazing

                                                              • Home Services
                                                                Home Services  2 месяцев назад

                                                                Good information thank you

                                                                • Terry Humes
                                                                  Terry Humes  2 месяцев назад

                                                                  There should be a required course in everyone's required curriculum on John Wooden. This man is incredible.

                                                                  • Chad Aitken
                                                                    Chad Aitken  3 месяцев назад

                                                                    How his mind is so sharp and how fast his thoughts come out? No hesitation! Bc it came from the heart? Might make a great coach.

                                                                    • Stinkmeaner
                                                                      Stinkmeaner  3 месяцев назад

                                                                      An absolute legend.

                                                                      • Musa Bajwa
                                                                        Musa Bajwa  3 месяцев назад

                                                                        Such Magnificence

                                                                        • nick name
                                                                          nick name  3 месяцев назад

                                                                          Needed words in today's world, but alas unheeded...

                                                                          • SuperVince93
                                                                            SuperVince93  3 месяцев назад

                                                                            Mr. Wooden was sharp as a tac until his last breath. R.I.P.

                                                                            • The Jimmy Hasselhoff
                                                                              The Jimmy Hasselhoff  3 месяцев назад

                                                                              Nobody would care what John Wooden had to say if Sam Gilbert hadn't bought him the best players while John looked the other way.

                                                                              • Rol Tol
                                                                                Rol Tol  3 месяцев назад

                                                                                Succeeding is when you learn to loose.

                                                                                • WhyCatholic
                                                                                  WhyCatholic  4 месяцев назад

                                                                                  John Wooden is one of the wisest men I have ever met. A major reason Coach Wooden was so successful was that he coached "the youngsters" whole self, the game was almost secondary.

                                                                                  • Mike A
                                                                                    Mike A  4 месяцев назад

                                                                                    I love this guy but this speech is so hard to follow. It’s like one damn long run on sentence. Wished he paused once in a while.

                                                                                    • Steve Chandler
                                                                                      Steve Chandler  4 месяцев назад

                                                                                      timing is proving to others you have respect for them... in my opinion.

                                                                                      • Tom Smith
                                                                                        Tom Smith  4 месяцев назад

                                                                                        Can you imagine coach Wooden having to deal with some of today's baggy pants athletes.

                                                                                        • Richard Allen
                                                                                          Richard Allen  4 месяцев назад

                                                                                          YES, FOR HIM THEY WOULD GLADLY PULL THEM UP .

                                                                                      • Dana May
                                                                                        Dana May  4 месяцев назад

                                                                                        I like that mentality.

                                                                                        • Gerhard moeller
                                                                                          Gerhard moeller  4 месяцев назад

                                                                                          John Wooden was / is the epitome of a coach.....and the epitome of a MAN! GOD BLESS!

                                                                                          • Jehova cuida su hija Jesus guia y su profeta l
                                                                                            Jehova cuida su hija Jesus guia y su profeta l  4 месяцев назад

                                                                                            A ver quien es el que ama y diga la verdad de lo que pose y que NO ES DE EL O DE ELLA

                                                                                            • Jehova cuida su hija Jesus guia y su profeta l
                                                                                              Jehova cuida su hija Jesus guia y su profeta l  4 месяцев назад

                                                                                              Son nichos de la verdad y también mucho que se alegra CON poser lo ajeno creado y lo creado tiene nombre y tiene títulos

                                                                                              • Thomas Purtzer
                                                                                                Thomas Purtzer  4 месяцев назад

                                                                                                We can all be like Coach Wooden! I bet he would agree with that. Follow his 3 rules, study how he lived and thought and emulate him. He said that we must have FAITH AND PATIENCE. He was a Saint of God and a man of faith. If I do the best I can to be a man of faith and work hard to develop my character then I too can be successful as Coach Wooden said. I have profound respect for this man who would roll up his program when the game was in hand. He never yelled, acted poorly and respected everyone. What a guy. Thanks Coach Wooden!