Sage Advice From John Wooden!

An Electronic Mental Health Newsletter from Joel I. Kimmel, Ph.D., P.A. & Associates
                                                    Volume 17, Number 7

Since we are in vacation season, this month’s e-Letter takes a different format. Rather than presenting our “What To Know… What to do” format, we decided to present inspirational thoughts that can be guideposts in our everyday lives.

Recently, we came across words from John Wooden, the former coach of the UCLA basketball team. He won 88 consecutive games and 10 National Championships in 12 years. He also developed the Pyramid of Success containing 12 lessons in leadership.

Mr. Wooden defines success as the peace of mind that comes from doing one’s best. His Pyramid of Success provides a roadmap to individuals and teams for achieving success in whatever one undertakes.

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Success is peace of mind obtained only through self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you are capable … John Wooden

The following are only 20 of Wooden’s many inspirational sayings. We encourage you to give them some thought and if you agree, to incorporate them into your life and your work.


  • Happiness begins where selfishness ends.
  • Discipline yourself and others won’t need to.
  • Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
  • The smallest good deed is better than the best intention.
  • The man who is afraid to risk failure seldom has to face success.
  • Goals achieved with little effort are seldom worthwhile or lasting.
  • What is right is more important than who is right.
  • Tell the truth. That way you don’t have to remember a story.
  • Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life.
  • If I am through learning, I am through.
  • The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
  • Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Character is what you really are; reputation is merely what you are perceived to be.
  • Be slow to criticize and quick to commend.
  • Don’t permit fear of failure to prevent effort. We are all imperfect and will fail on occasions, but fear of failure is the greatest failure of all.
  • Nothing can give you greater joy than doing something for another.
  • Do not mistake activity for achievement.
  • The time to make friends is before you need them.
  • Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.
  • Time spent getting even would be better spent trying to get ahead.
  • Make each day your masterpiece.

If you are experiencing any unhappiness, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, grief, or are stuck in an unhappy work or life situation…

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Till August…

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