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Inside this Book – While it didn’t happen overnight, the wisdom of his words even- tually sunk in and became part of me. I gradually disciplined my- self and later the teams I taught, coached, and led—the Dayton, Kentucky, Greendevils, the South Bend Central Bears, the Indiana State Sycamores, and the UCLA Bruins—to focus on and worry about only those things we controlled, namely, getting as good as we could get, striving to reach the ultimate of our capabilities both mentally and physically. Whether that might, or did, result in outscoring our oppo- nent—“winning the race”—was something I didn’t lose much sleep over. I tried hard to teach those under my supervision to do the same, to understand that success was within their reach, regardless of the score, standings, or opinion of others (especially the opinion of others). Make no mistake: We all want to win the race. Whether in bas- ketball, business, or another competitive arena, victory can be glorious. Losing is painful—at times, most harsh. I still hurt when I think back to a loss our Martinsville high school team suffered during the last seconds of the finals of an Indiana State Basketball Tourna- ment. That was more than 75 years ago, and it still hurts when I recall it. But ultimately, to my way of thinking, losing is not the end of the world, nor does victory put me on top of it—not even a na- tional championship. There is something beyond, something even greater than winning the race.
Inside this book –Wooden on Leadership PDF Book by John Wooden – When I began coaching I picked up a little extra money playing basketball on weekends with a semipro team in In- diana, the Kautskys, run by a good and decent man named Frank Kautsky, a grocer. My pay was $50 a game. I was a good free throw shooter back then, and at one point over a period of many, many games sank 100 in a row. When I sank the one-hundredth free throw, Mr. Kautsky asked the officials to stop the game momentarily. Then he walked out onto the court and an- nounced to the crowd that he was rewarding me for making 100 straight free throws with a brand new one hundred dollar bill. Of course, the crowd loved it and so did Nellie Wooden, who was soon holding the money for safekeeping. Keep in mind that Mr. Kautsky had no obligation to pay me anything extra for making 100 or 1,000 straight free throws. It was not part of our agreement, nor did I expect even an extra penny for doing my job as best I could. He did it because that’s the kind of man Frank Kautsky was. A couple of years later I started the season playing for another team because it was based closer to home.
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