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John Wooden and Tony part 2

John Wooden and Tony Robbins talk about finding peace and fulfillment

Being a good coach, whether in the world of sports or in life or business coaching, requires the right mindset. In part one of Tony’s podcast with legendary coach John Wooden, they discussed how John adopted the wisdom of his father, who taught him to not worry about what he couldn’t control and that adversity leads to success, a belief Tony also holds when he talks about viewing situations as either obstacles or opportunities

Make sure to listen to part one before diving into part two of the podcast, where Tony and John talk about the reality of giving 100%, finding peace of mind and always placing your focus on improvement.

The Legendary John Wooden (Part 2)

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John Wooden Interview Show Notes


[1:15] Mary Buckheit introduces part 2
[2:55] You can’t antagonize and get positive results
[3:40] Agility and attitude – two things to look for in a player
[5:15] John’s creed for his players
[6:45] How John created an incredible level of consistency
[8:15] Drawing inspiration from his own college coach
[8:55] Making each day a masterpiece
[9:15] Giving 100% all the time is not a reality
[10:15] Failure is not doing the things you know you should have done
[10:45] What success really is and why you are the only one who will know if you succeed
[12:00] Successful by cultural standards doesn’t guarantee happiness
[12:15] John’s advice to finding peace of mind
[1:15] We are not individuals – we are many and we are much
[14:15] What is a coach?
[15:45] How to know if you’ve done your job as a coach: who they become, how they play
[16:25] The score does not determine if you won or lost
[16:55] What a coach should be
[17:25] Dealing with disappointment: 16 years without victory
[18:15] How his desire to win ultimately stood in his way
[19:15] John’s advice to dealing with criticism
[20:05] Your strength as an individual is how you cope with criticism or praise
[20:35] How John dealt with disappointment himself
[21:45] Placing your focus on improvement
[22:45] Where his disappointments came from – failing a player or his family
[24:35] John’s Pyramid of Success
[26:35] The foundation: industriousness and enthusiasm – work hard and like what you do
[27:15] The other blocks to success
[28:45] Poise is when you are just being yourself
[29:10] Good things take time and faith that things will work out as they should
[29:40] How faith shaped John’s life
[30:35] What Kareem Abdul-Jabbar taught him
[31:45] Most people are good
[32:45] The trials Kareem underwent yet still faced criticism
[33:40] The power of tolerance
[34:00] The most difficult challenge – the loss of his wife
[34:45] Coping with the loss of his wife
[35:25] He no longer fears death
[36:15] His wife helped him overcome being shy
[36:45] Originally wanting to become a civil engineer, and overcoming the challenge of that not happening
[37:45] What made his wife special to him
[39:15] She provided a profound amount of certainty for him
[39:45] The power of listening and communication in a relationship
[40:05] John’s most treasured memories
[40:25] What he values most in his life now
[40:45] The most important lessons John has learned in his life
[41:15] Freedom, peace and love – you can’t have what you desire unless you give them to others
[42:10] You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for another without any thought of something in return
[42:35] Real success comes from the things that can’t be taken away from you

Coach Wooden talks in this interview about making each day a masterpiece. He stresses that this does not mean you have to give 100% every day – because that means being perfect. If you have the dangerous expectation of being perfect – or expecting anyone else to be perfect – you will always be disappointed. Making each day a masterpiece means just doing your best every day.

Finding peace of mind

As a highly successful coach and inspiration to millions, John Wooden knows that achievement is not the way to find peace of mind. Instead, he embraces the same belief that Tony does: that the secret to living is giving. He stresses that we are not individuals – we are many, we are much and we can do great things when we each do our part.

Most people are good

John has many inspirational stories from his coaching days. He remembers spending time with Kareem Abdul-Jabar and that people would often judge him and call him names. He stressed to Kareem that most people are good and that you cannot judge all by the actions of some. This empowering belief helped Kareem and hundreds of others who John coached, and enabled Kareem to sustain a mindset of abundance and gratitude.


Creating fulfilling relationships – If you want to have a truly magnificent relationship, the kind that is full of joy, passion and ecstasy, you first need to understand the psychology of the six human needs.

What makes a great coach – A great coach has the ability to lead – to make things happen, maximize resources and inspire – and possesses the skill and talent to influence and guide others towards in a positive way.

Presence over presents – By paring down your list and focusing on experiences and creating “magic moments”, you may find that giving your undivided attention, focus and energy to others is exactly what they need.

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