6 – The Pyramid Of Success – John Wooden

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The Pyramid, From The Ground Up

  • All buildings that stand the test of time are built on solid foundations
  • Just like a building, you must do the same with your life if success is to be more than fleeting
  • It begins with the cornerstones

First Tier

  1. Hard Work/Industriousness
    • Worthwhile results come from hard work and careful planning
      • Success travels in the company of very hard work
      • There is no trick, no easy way; there is no substitute for work
    • There is joy in working: in doing a job well and in accomplishing what you set out to do
      • Find the joy in your work by pushing yourself to your limit each and every day
  2. Friendship
    • Strive to build and affiliate with teams filled with camaraderie and respect, which come from:
      • Mutual esteem
      • Mutual respect
      • Shared devotion
    • Like marriage, friendships must not be taken for granted
      • The gift of friendship is earned
    • Friendships require a joint effort
      • Make your friends like family
      • Share with them and let them share with you
      • Respect your friends in all you do
  3. Loyalty
    • Be true to these people:
      • Yourself
      • Those you lead
      • The ones who depend on you
    • Keep your self-respect and maintain your respect with others
      • Neither trust nor loyalty can be built in a day
    • The more loyal the members of a group are toward the group, the more motivated the members are to achieve the group’s goals, and the higher the chance that the group will achieve its goals
  4. Cooperation
    • If you want to be incrementally better, be competitive; if you want to be exponentially better, be cooperative
    • Be most concerned for what’s right rather than who’s right
      • Be msot interested in finding the best way, not in having your own way
    • Get along with all levels of your co-workers
      • Listen if you want to be heard
      • Pay attention to the needs of others, and then act
  5. Enthusiasm
    • Enthusiasm for excellence is very contagious!
      • You can greatly inspire and stimulate others with your:
        • Energy
        • Enjoyment
        • Drive
        • Dedication
        • Joy
    • Your attitude brushes off those you come in contact with
      • You must truly enjoy what you are doing

To get to the second level, you need to also add:

  • Ambition targeted at noble goals
  • Sincerity, which keeps friends

Second Tier

  1.  Self-Control
    • Control of your organization begins with control of yourself
      • Be self-disciplined
      • Keep emotions under control
      • Use common sense
      • Practice good judgment
    • Intensity makes you stronger; emotionalism makes you weaker
      • If you let your emotions take over, you’ll be outdone
    • Self-control is most easily seen in daily choices we make
  2. Alertness
    • Pay close attention to others and yourself
      • Constantly be watchful
      • Always seek to improve yourself and the team
      • Be eager to learn and improve
    • Stay open-minded as you watch, learn to deconstruct your environment
  3. Initiative
    • Make a decision!
      • Cultivate the ability to make decisions and think alone
      • Failure to act is often the biggest failure of all
      • Do not be afraid of failure, but learn from it
    • Initiative is key
      • Anybody who wants to be somebody is going to work as hard as they can to fulfill that dream
    • Take action in trying something new or in finishing what you’ve started
  4. Intentness/Determination
    • Set a realistic goal
      • Concentrate on its achievement by:
        • Resisting all temptations
        • Being determined and persistent
    • Patiently understand that it takes more than one attempt to attain anything
      • Stay the course, when thwarted try again; harder; smarter;
      • Persevere relentlessly

To get to the third level, you need to also add:

  • Adaptability towards any situation
  • Honesty, in both thought and action

Third Tier

  1. Condition/Fitness
    • Ability may get you to the top, but character keeps you there
      • Mental
        • Practice focus and meditation
      • Moral
        • Learn and practice moderation
      • Physical
        • Rest, exercise and diet must be considered
    • Dissipation and excess must be eliminated
    • Be in top shape for everything that comes
  2. Skill
    • What a leader learns after you’ve learned it all counts most of all
      • You must have a the ability to quickly and properly execute the fundamentals
      • Be prepared and thoroughly cover every little detail
      • Improve yourself even better than what everyone else thinks is perfect
    • Focus on how you are doing and practice, practice, practice
  3. Team Spirit
    • The star of the team is the team
      • “We” supersedes “Me”
      • The team must have an eagerness to sacrifice personal interests of glory for the welfare of all
    • Cheer others on; nobody can do it all on their own

To get to the fourth level, you need:

  • Resourcefulness to carry out proper judgment
  • Integrity, which will speak for itself when your character is questioned

Fourth Tier

  1. Poise
    • Be yourself
      • Be at ease in any situation, and never fight with yourself
      • Don’t be thrown off by events, whether good or bad
    • Learn to appreciate your gifts and talents, including the ones not tied to your goals
  2. Confidence
    • The strongest steel is well-founded self-belief
      • It is earned, not given
      • This may come from being prepared and keeping everything in its proper perspective
    • To be certain of success, put forth your best effort and have confidence in what you have done

To get to the fifth level, you need:

  • Fight, which is effort and hustle
  • Reliability, where others depend on you

Fifth Tier

  1. Competitive Greatness
    • Perform at your best when your best is needed
      • Your best is required each day
      • When the going gets tough, the tough get going
      • Develop a real love of a hard battle

To truly succeed in a lasting way, you need:

  • Faith, through devoted prayer
  • Patience, since good things take time

12 Lessons In Leadership

  1. Good values attract good people
  2. Love is the most powerful four-letter word
  3. Call yourself a teacher
  4. Emotion is your enemy
  5. It takes 10 hands to make a basket
  6. Little things make big things happen
  7. Make each day your masterpiece
  8. The carrot is mightier than the stick
  9. Make greatness attainable by all
  10. Seek significant change
  11. Don’t look at the scoreboard
  12. Adversity is your asset