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 • 714

  • Donny Dimes
    Donny Dimes  20 часов назад

    In summary: Reach YOUR true potential.

    • Mike A
      Mike A  20 часов 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 Chaszar
        Steve Chaszar  6 дней назад

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

        • Tom Smith
          Tom Smith  1 недель назад

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

          • Richard Allen
            Richard Allen  5 дней назад


        • Dana May
          Dana May  2 недель назад

          I like that mentality.

          • Gerhard moeller
            Gerhard moeller  2 недель назад

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

            • Elvia Giron
              Elvia Giron  2 недель 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

              • Elvia Giron
                Elvia Giron  2 недель 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  2 недель 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!

                  • Galahad Graves
                    Galahad Graves  2 недель назад

                    There was a time when coaches were icons of character. They focused on character. They portrayed it. They encouraged their players to have it. They ask you to own it. They ask you to share it. Their existence throughout life revolves around it. Good ones are character itself acting out through life. These special people are few. Most coaches are not real coaches. Those that are usually leave you with something that enriches you or at least they try to. The value is taken up by you.

                    Dear Wonnell. This is what I’ve always meant when I share with you. Love you man.

                    • downbntout
                      downbntout  2 недель назад

                      A rare vid of highest value.

                      • gagan hk
                        gagan hk  3 недель назад

                        TED = quality

                        • Bob Sly - Bigsly Media
                          Bob Sly - Bigsly Media  3 недель назад

                          For all who love John Wooden - and there are a lot - here’s the tribute video I edited after his passing:
                          A person to be treasured for all time.

                          • Echiya
                            Echiya  4 недель назад

                            The American Mr. Chips.

                            • 1pt21jigawatt
                              1pt21jigawatt  4 недель назад

                              Great coaches are great teachers and mold players into good people and citizens of their community and country. JW was the greatest coach of all time.

                              • rt rt
                                rt rt  4 недель назад

                                I guess, 3% (451 / 15,000) of the people visiting YouTube are really mentally ill and there is no way of pleasing them at all.
                                How can anyone give this terrific video a thumbs down???

                                • DopeInstaSwap
                                  DopeInstaSwap  4 недель назад

                                  This speech is an injustice. 17m to summarise all the values this man has followed and the experiences from his lifetime. So humble :)

                                  • Leonard Thomas
                                    Leonard Thomas  4 недель назад

                                    Thank you Mr Wooden Sir.

                                    • Dom A
                                      Dom A  1 месяцев назад

                                      The best ever by defying EVERY SINGLE coaching and teaching strategy. Instead, respect, values, and discipline through an example that never waivers.

                                      The best leader of young men who ever lived makes it embarrassingly simple, yet impossible to replicate, bc no coach or man before or since has been anything close to genuine. He is the greatest ever.

                                      • James Allen jr.
                                        James Allen jr.  1 месяцев назад

                                        So, that's how you ruin a generation... give 'em corrupt, degenerate, ignorant yet arrogant teachers. it won't matter what you teach the kids.

                                        • Born Again
                                          Born Again  1 месяцев назад

                                          a link to the pyramid should have been provided

                                          • Firmly Balanced
                                            Firmly Balanced  1 месяцев назад

                                            “If you make the effort to do the best of which you’re capable; trying to improve the situation that exists for you...that’s success...”. - John Wooden

                                            • cornel bacauanu
                                              cornel bacauanu  1 месяцев назад

                                              Great teacher .

                                              • Kofi Ofosu
                                                Kofi Ofosu  2 месяцев назад

                                                I wish he’d been my coach or teacher

                                                • William Gullett
                                                  William Gullett  2 месяцев назад

                                                  How hard is it to succeed in a conference that had no other good teams for decades andwas in California and the players were paid to come there by Sam Gilbert? I could have coached those teams and won just as much as Wooden. Wooden was overrated but since he was an old man he getss all this love. Bob Knight, as big a jerk as he was, did a more impressive job considering the much lesser talent and playing in a MUCH better basketball conference

                                                  • Brandon Mijdam
                                                    Brandon Mijdam  2 месяцев назад

                                                    Coming back here from the google ad 💯🏀👏

                                                    • will
                                                      will  2 месяцев назад

                                                      Who’s where from the google add

                                                      • omegapointil
                                                        omegapointil  2 месяцев назад

                                                        Always feel worse for the losers than happy for the winners.

                                                        • joeyatthebeach
                                                          joeyatthebeach  2 месяцев назад

                                                          Coach Wooden used to come to Campbell College basketball camp, IN Buies Creek NC, in the early 70's. I believe that he was looking for recruits in the tobacco road locations to look for exceptional players in the area where UNC, NC State, and eventually Duke players evolved. I actually was there and enjoyed the last day of the camp where Pete Maravich would come in to give a demonstration and make a few half court shots. Coach Wooden actually said to me during a exercise that " Son, you need to work with your left hand more"...….I'll take that to my grave as advice from a legend...

                                                          • Baroque Obama
                                                            Baroque Obama  2 месяцев назад

                                                            Rest In Peace
                                                            John Robert Wooden

                                                            • Gilmore Underwood
                                                              Gilmore Underwood  2 месяцев назад

                                                              I have been a UCLA BASKETBALL FAN sicne I was 10 YEARS OLD and am STILL one. COACH JOHN ' THE WIZARD OF WESTWOOD ' no t only had some of the GREATEST PLAYERS to PLAY for him ,he had GREST PHILOSOPHICAL though in LIFE as well .Most unless PLAYED SPORTS at that LEVEL even HIGN SCHOOL do not UNDERSTAND how IMPORTANT to have GOOD INDIVIDUALS in these POSITIONS in LIFE . For not responding nnly are they TEACHERS of a GAME there are the SHAPERS and MOLDERS of the YOUNG MEN and WOMEN whom PLAY for them as MEN and WOMEN in LIFE . There are GUYS I know whom PLAYED only in HIGN SCHOOL but the COACHES they had they RESPECTED all their LIVES . Some where even MORE RESPECTED they MOM and DADDY . He was a GREAT INNOVATOR on the GAME he COACHED PLUS a PRETTY DAMN GOOD PLAYER .He's in the NCAA HALL FAME TWICE as a PLAYER at INDIANA and as a COACH at UCLA .His BOOK about his LIFE hthe as TITTLE at PAULEY PAVILION is GREAT READINGS and has FOOD for THOUGHT about LIFE itself one of the BETTER ONES I had READ.

                                                              • BronxBoy
                                                                BronxBoy  3 месяцев назад

                                                                Even at an “advanced” age this man was quick and sharp. He rattled off wisdom at light speed.

                                                                • Elvia Giron
                                                                  Elvia Giron  3 месяцев назад

                                                                  Habla hijo cuenta la verdad de tu fraude CON trump

                                                                  • Kanye James
                                                                    Kanye James  3 месяцев назад

                                                                    Basketball Legend

                                                                    • Dexter Reid
                                                                      Dexter Reid  3 месяцев назад

                                                                      Many of todays coaches say that they looked up to him. I guess they meant according to wins, not values.

                                                                      • Steve Chaszar
                                                                        Steve Chaszar  3 месяцев назад

                                                                        love is simple... achieve is the key perhaps

                                                                        • Sean Wright
                                                                          Sean Wright  3 месяцев назад

                                                                          This man had a profound message and measure of wisdom that went deep into immutable principles. No wonder he coached so many successful players (that I can account for)

                                                                          • Alfonso Gutierrez
                                                                            Alfonso Gutierrez  3 месяцев назад

                                                                            A total effort is a complete victory

                                                                            • Garry Watts
                                                                              Garry Watts  3 месяцев назад

                                                                              Coach Wooden.

                                                                              • I pee in my sink I'm afraid to come out my room

                                                                                but can you play where they put the pipi on the can ?

                                                                                • randy greenfield
                                                                                  randy greenfield  3 месяцев назад

                                                                                  We ALL must pay Homage .

                                                                                  • S. Robinson
                                                                                    S. Robinson  3 месяцев назад


                                                                                    • M. J. Golden
                                                                                      M. J. Golden  3 месяцев назад

                                                                                      Why can't we have a president like him?

                                                                                      • pari thrush
                                                                                        pari thrush  3 месяцев назад

                                                                                        I'm thinking the same thing.

                                                                                    • Steve Canoy
                                                                                      Steve Canoy  3 месяцев назад

                                                                                      Always a gentleman and encourager. I must strive for that more often. Thanks for the reminder, Coach Wooden.

                                                                                      • Salvadore Liberto
                                                                                        Salvadore Liberto  3 месяцев назад

                                                                                        John Wooden was a great, great man.

                                                                                        • NutritionalBlockbusters
                                                                                          NutritionalBlockbusters  3 месяцев назад

                                                                                          I just love and respect this guy. He's truly an inspiration and annointed to coach and lead others into winning. I literally cried from just listening to him talk. God bless him.

                                                                                          • Kearifamous C
                                                                                            Kearifamous C  3 месяцев назад

                                                                                            Sir because succeeding comes from winning !??

                                                                                            • Andre Smith
                                                                                              Andre Smith  3 месяцев назад

                                                                                              The unfortunate task today in AMERIKKKA is for experienced, educated, wise and dedicated servants that attempt to introduce and impart impactful knowledge on confused social misfits masquerading as free, modern-day , independent thinkers who regularly reject and disrespect historical truths due to systematic exploitation and indoctrination of the Oppressor and Willie Lynch Syndrome. Habits are not conducive with changing of the mindset today in society. Ignorance is an acceptable practice and excuse for uneducated and misguided plantation modern-day Slaves in AMERIKKKA and globally. The Word of Yahweh is entirely devalued due to an underlying emphasis on the accumulation of devalued Dead Presidents. Present day Adults are failing the younger generation in record numbers due to negative decision making. Morals and values are not being taught consistently in the Church and households today. Elders are disrespected and rejected by stubborn and confused modern-day misfits who adhere to ideologies that espouse and contribute to self-destructive attitudes and behaviors. Unfortunately, the demise of human existence is occurring more rapidly globally. Yahweh return is inevitable and no one will escape his judgment. Father, have mercy on our wretched and deranged souls.