Ridgewood High School Basketball
Ridgewood High School Basketball
Coach Wooden Quotes
~ CHARACTER- Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Character
is what you really are. Reputation is what people say you are.

SUCCESS- Peace of mind that is the direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did
your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.

BLAMING OTHERS- You can make mistakes, but you aren’t a failure until you start
blaming others for those mistakes.

PRESSURE- If you’re trying to live up to expectations put on you by the media, parents,
fans, etc., it is going to affect you adversely because it brings on worry and anxiety.

DETAILS CREATE SUCCESS- Attention to, and perfection of, tiny details that might
commonly be overlooked is the difference between champions and near champions.
These seemingly trivial matters, taken together and added to many, many other so-
called trivial matters build into something very big: namely, your success!

TEAM PLAYER- We all fit different niches. Each of us must make the effort to the best
of our ability according to our own individual talents. And then we put all the individual
talents together for the highest good of the group.

TEAM PLAYER- Understanding that the good of the group comes first is fundamental
to being a highly productive member of a TEAM.

CHARACTER vs. ‘CHARACTER’- A true athlete should have character, not be a
character. Sports don’t build character, they reveal it.

FAVORITISM- The general feeling is, if you don't treat everyone the same you're
showing partiality. To me, that's when you show the most partiality, when you treat
everyone the same. You must give each individual the treatment that you feel he earns
and deserves, recognizing at all times that you're imperfect and you're going to be
incorrect oftentimes in your judgment.

      2 SETS OF 3’s
~ Never Lie. ~ Don’t Whine.
~ Never Cheat. ~ Don’t Complain
~ Never Steal ~ No Excuses

~ “Be more interested in finding the best way, not in having your own way.”

~ “What is right is more important than who is right.”

~ "Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are
capable of becoming."

-Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts.
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