John Wooden is arguably the most successful coach in the history of sports. His love for not only the game of basketball but for the development of character and consistent preparation are what he is most known for.
John Wooden used the following quote in a section titled Persistence is Stronger that Failure of his book, Wooden: A Life Time of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court.
Coach Wooden’s response is, “What is most wondrous of all is that persistence is a quality that we ourselves control. You, and only you, can decide whether you will stay the course.”
Yeah, I know, a lot of quotes. But those are some seriously dialed-in dudes from history.
Everyone knows the common saying, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” What Coach Wooden and President Coolidge are saying goes hand in hand in this classic saying. Ironically, both of these great men believe hard work will take you farther than if someone “more talented” decides to work hard!
The discipline and overall effort you put in to being “persistent” will ensure that not only are you more prepared than your competition, but likely to last much longer.
I find it very interesting that both Coach Wooden and President Coolidge believe persistence is a key to your success. It does not matter how great you are- especially if you are lazy and unmotivated. You control your persistence. You control your course.
So, how will you apply this simple, yet powerful “success” key to your day, week, and life?