I recently watched a Ted Talk with Coach John Wooden–which was really inspiring (Did you know?  The word inspire comes from a Latin word which means to breathe ~Source: dictionary.com) .  Coach Wooden’s speech is filled with his old-fashioned notion of values, which is peppered throughout with stories from his own life.

During his talk, he mentions his Pyramid of Success (they have a printable download on the Coach John Wooden site).  Here’s Coach Wooden’s definition of success:

“SUCCESS
IS PEACE OF
MIND WHICH IS A
DIRECT RESULT OF
SELF-SATISFACTION IN
KNOWING YOU MADE THE
EFFORT TO BECOME THE BEST YOU
ARE CAPABLE OF BECOMING.”

– John Wooden

John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success was meant for his players, but it can be used in life as well.  There are 15 building blocks, with faith and patience holding up the pyramid on the sides.  The blocks are:

industriousness friendship loyalty
cooperation enthusiasm self-control
alertness initiative intentness
condition skill team spirit
poise confidence competitive greatness

 

Photo Credit:  www.CoachJohnWooden.com

Photo Credit: www.CoachJohnWooden.com

While it is obvious the Pyramid is meant for a team, it can also be applied toward families, marriages, and the work place.  How can you apply some of these traits to your own life?  I think one of the cornerstones of marriage is commitment (which isn’t on here), but a marriage can also benefit from enthusiasm, cooperation, loyalty, and friendship.  What traits would you put on your pyramid of success for marriage (or partnership)?  What are the traits for a great family life?  Do you live your vision?  Do you have a vision?

At the bottom of the Pyramid of Success are his 12 Lessons in Leadership–again geared toward a team, but these can also be translated into your real-life relationships–personal and professional.   For example:  #1.  Good values attract good people.  #7.  Make each day your masterpiece.  #9.  Make greatness attainable by all.

This week, think about how you exist in the world–what your important values are and how you’re being guided by them.  Do you know what your values are for relationships, for family, or for work?