Wednesday, December 29, 2010

"What I've Learned" by John Wooden from Esquire

The Jan 2011 iteration of Esquire is it's annual "Meaning of Life" / "What I've Learned" issue and features a number of solid pieces by notable figures imparting their wisdom to the masses (at least the Esquire-reading masses).

What stood out to me above the rest was Coach John Wooden's missives from the "In Memoriam" section. The interview was done by Cal Fussman in 2000, published in this form July 2010 and then shortened a bit for this issue of Esquire.

Shortening even further, below are my favorite statements from this piece by Wooden...

- "You can do more good by being good than any other way."

- "Be more concerned with your character than your reputation."

- "If I am through learning, I am through."

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

True, this blog is more frequently about great writing in longer form, but if these aren't great words written down, I don't know what is.