People Who Inspire

Earlier this week I heard a replay of an interview with an inspiring legend in the world of college basketball, who passed away earlier this year.  As this year is coming to a close, I thought that this would be a good time to post some of the gems of wisdom that he lived by and talked about in this interview.  We will all be evaluating last year, and thinking of how to improve this next year and it’s good to know that we don’t have to reinvent the wheel; we can learn from others who have lived a successful and meaningful life.

All of the insight below came straight from legendary basketball coach John Wooden who had great success on the court and in life.  If you don’t follow basketball, it’s okay…keep reading!  John Wooden was someone who invested in the lives of others and was an inspiration to many, and he talks about some of the principles he lived by.  Principles we are lucky that he shared and should be honored to incorporate in our own lives.

“Four  things a man must learn to do, if he would make his life more true:

To think without confusion clearly,

To love his fellow man sincerely,

To act from honest motives purely,

To trust in God and heaven securely.”         -Henry Van Dyke

Seven Point Creed to Live By (written by Wooden’s father)

  1. Be true to yourself.
  2. Help others.
  3. Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
  4. Make friendship a fine art.
  5. Make each day your masterpiece – do the best you can do.
  6. Build a shelter against a rainy day.
  7. Never forget to give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.

A careful man I must always be;
A little fellow follows me.
I know I dare not go astray
For fear he’ll go the self same way.

I cannot once escape his eyes,
Whate’er he sees me do, he tries.
Like me he says he’s going to be;
The little chap who follows me.
He thinks that I am good and fine,
Believes in every word of mine.
The base in me he must not see;
The little chap who follows me.

I must be careful as I go
Through summer’s sun and winter’s snow,
Because I’m building for the years to be;
This little chap who follows me

Unless you live on a desert island, you are a walking example to those around you and have the ability to impact others no matter what your position in life is!  Let’s remember this fact as we head into a great New Year!

**I included the link to the actual interview with John Wooden.  It’s worth hearing.

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