John Wooden, RIP

He kept it strong and simple. The first thing he did was make sure his player had good socks. If you take care of the feet, he said, you take care of what’s most important. In basketball, of course, as in any court sport, foot work is the essence. Cuz, dude, if you can’t GET to the ball you got no game. Right?
Woodisms after the jump:

“Be prepared to be honest.”
“Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.”
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
“Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”
“It isn’t what you do, but how you do it.”
“It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.”

Here are more:
A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.
John Wooden

Ability is a poor man’s wealth.
John Wooden

Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.
John Wooden

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
John Wooden

Be prepared and be honest.
John Wooden

Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.
John Wooden

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
John Wooden

Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
John Wooden

Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
John Wooden

Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.
John Wooden

I’d rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent.
John Wooden

If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?
John Wooden

If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.
John Wooden

It isn’t what you do, but how you do it.
John Wooden

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