John Wooden is one of greatest coaches of all time. Not in any particular sport — just of all coaches, period.
Wooden won 664 of the 826 basketball games he coached. 10 of those wins made his teams, the UCLA Bruins Men’s Basketball team, National Champions.
Between 1970 and 1973, Wooden’s teams won 89 out of the 90 games they played (!!!). They won the championship in all three of those seasons.
College sports differ from the pros in that players cycle out on their way into the “real world,” NBA or otherwise. So in college sports, the quality of a program is attributed more to the coach than to the players, since the players are constantly changing.
So it was mildly surprising that, when he was once asked what made his UCLA teams so great, Wooden offered the tongue-in-cheek response, “have the best players.”
He was joking and serious at the same time. And he was right.
The equation goes both ways.
The best coach in the world can’t win if he has no talent to work with. Phil Jackson won 11 rings coaching in the NBA — one good reason was that he coached guys named MJ, Scottie, Kobe, and Shaq.
If you’re a business coach or life coach, your coaching resume won’t look too great if all your clients are lazy and don’t implement what you teach.
A coach can only be as good as the “players” you’re working with. So, be careful who you decide to work with. A great coach will not turn a trashy client into a success story.A coach can only be as good as the “players” you’re working with. So, be careful who you decide to work with. A great coach will not turn a trashy client into a success story. Click To Tweet
Good players can make any coach look better than that coach actually may be.
Steve Kerr has been an NBA coach for six years. His first five seasons, Kerr’s Golden State Warriors reached the NBA Finals all five times, winning three and, arguably, only losing the other two because of suspension or injury.
Is Kerr really that great of a coach? He’d probably tell you himself that he isn’t.
Minus multiple superstar players this season (pre-coronavirus), the Warriors had the worst record in the whole league.
Kerr is probably not that bad of a coach, either.
What this all comes down to: choosing wisely. Smart choices are just as important, if not more important, than hard work.Smart choices are just as important, if not more important, than hard work. Click To Tweet
Work really hard for a bad boss at a dead-end job, and no one will care.
Perform at a mediocre level for a great boss at a winning organization, and you may get rich. That bullet on your resume will get you any job you want for the rest of your life.Perform at a mediocre level for a great boss at a winning organization, and you may get rich. That bullet on your resume will get you any job you want for the rest of your life. Click To Tweet
John Wooden chose his players at UCLA. Phil Jackson and Steve Kerr chose to take the coaching jobs with the talent-stacked teams.
Your coach is only as good as you are.
Good players make good coaches.
Trash players get coaches fired.Your coach is only as good as you are. Good players make good coaches. Trash players get coaches fired. Click To Tweet
What often looks like miracle work is actually some skill, mixed with a healthy dose of wise choosing.
Set yourself up to win by working on your choosing game.
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