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Inspirational John Wooden Quotes and Sayings

Written by QuotesLyfe | Updated on: September 14, 2021


Inspirational John Wooden Quotes and Sayings

In this article, we present to you some of the famous John Wooden Quotes on Success, Winning, Team, Hardwork, Competition, Leadership, Life, Marriage and More with their meaning.

Below are some of the famous John Wooden Quotes.

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.

Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who'll argue with you.

Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.

Succeeding is not in our hands but giving our best shot is. You can only become the best version of yourself and not anyone else's. We are only capable of giving our best, and that is important to know you succeeded.

Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts.

You will not always be at the top, things will not always be good, so it's better to prepare yourself to fall as well. Similarly, on the other hand, you won't always fail. There will be a time when things will go your way. You just have to be patient, keep working hard and have the courage to deal with whatever is thrown your way.

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. 

Often you won't have opportunities knocking on your door, but you will have to search for them and make the best of them. You cannot wait for things to be served to you on a platter. Instead, go out and make your own opportunities. 

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

Often, you are good at certain things and not at few. It is important to know your strength and weaknesses to use them to your benefit. Don't let the doubt of not knowing a certain thing in the way of your skills. 

The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.

New might be silver, but old is always gold. Often the obsession with reading new books might deter us from reading the ones who introduced us to the fantastic life of books. Books are the best friends we always deserved, once we get in touch with them it opens up a whole wide world for the reader, and just like it is important to make new friends it is as much important not to forget the old ones.

Make each day your masterpiece.

Drops of water fill up to make the ocean and not the other way round, hence in a journey to success, it is important to make every day count, make every day worth looking back to. It is also important to live every day to the fullest because you never know it may be your last.

Young people need models, not critics.

Youngsters nowadays don't need a lot of criticism coming their way. Instead, they need someone to look up to, to motivate them, to advise them. Who better to look up to than a role model? Role models positively influence generations. Hence we need more role models to look up to than critics.

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If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

Just doing things for the sake of it makes you mediocre in your work. Therefore it is important to complete your work to the last detail and utmost perfection. So doing your work correctly the very first time will save you time from redoing it again and again.

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.

People talk a lot of things about you that aren't necessarily true, but those so-called rumours comprise your reputation, but what you have achieved for yourself says a lot about your character. So it's not very difficult to choose the more important aspect.

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.

There is no age to start learning. Also, you can never stop learning. There would always be something you don't know. Once you learn everything from someone or somewhere and then use your own brain to add to that knowledge, then that knowledge is your greatest asset that you obtained on your own and not the one you inherited from someone.

Today is the only day. Yesterday is gone.

Dwelling in the past only distracts you from the present. Only thinking about your past mistakes all the time will only sidetrack you from not preventing them and continue to do them. So let us stop living in our past mistakes, correct them, continue making new mistakes, and learn from them instead of regretting over past mistakes.

Never mistake activity for achievement.

Activities are something that you do in your pastime for the sake of enjoyment with a lot of leniencies, but achievements need you to go through various toils and troubles. It asks for hard work, perseverance and a lot of time to invest. Hence the two of them should never be mistaken as one another.

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Don't let making a living prevent you from making a life.

People often get so engaged in making a living for themselves that they forget to actually live their lives. A lot of people are just surviving mechanically, holding on to their breaths instead of living life to the fullest with warmth and happiness.

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

Often, in our pride, we forget that our accomplishments are not just the work of our hard work but also the little yet important contributions of many people. Hence our achievements shouldn't be measured by accomplishments that aren't exactly ours but by those we truly have achieved by our own will.

If you're true to yourself, you're going to be true to everyone else.

There is no point pretending to be a righteous person when you know it's all a façade. Even if you are an honest person and no one knows, it is fine because you know you are a good person at heart, but being somebody you are not when your heart knows you are just putting up a false narrative will only malign your image in your mind.

You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.

It is important to give back to the world the blessings you receive. You never become poor by giving. Altruism is a good way of living. But giving or doing something for someone without expecting anything in return leads to an ideal way of life.

You must be interested in finding the best way, not in having your own way.

Often, people think their way of doing certain things is the best way, and they fail to comprehend other's perspective and take any suggestion or input and completely disregards them. In such times people need to understand that being humans, they are bound to make mistakes and that no one is perfect. We all must take other's advice or inputs and find the most appropriate way to complete the task.

You will find that success and attention to details, the smallest details, usually go hand in hand.

Perfecting your job to the last detail is very important. Doing your task just for the sake of it leads to being mediocre and will influence you to live a mundane life. Once you get into the habit of perfection, there is no going back because even the smallest of mistakes can deter you from the success you deserve.


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