This is the second in my series of posts on life and career lessons from John Wooden. They say Coach Wooden’s highest annual salary at UCLA was $36,000. It is hard to imagine that today.

Recently I posted a blog What is Success: Listen to John Wooden. As you might recall Coach Wooden said:

Success is the peace of mind which is the direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing that you made the effort to become the best at what you are capable of becoming.

Coach Wooden loved to tell the story of Bill Walton’s hair.

Coach had a rule that hair could be no longer than two inches and there could be no facial hair. Walton, the star of the team showed up for the first practice one year  with long hair and a beard and announced it was his right to have long hair. Wooden agreed and said:

“That’s good Bill. I admire people who have strong beliefs and stick by them, I really do. We’re going to miss you.”

Walton raced to a barber shop to get his hair cut and beard shaved. I loved watching this video of the story.

When I went back to Coach Wooden’s webpage, I found a tribute from Bill Walton. Walton said:

I thank Coach Wooden every day for all his selfless gifts, his lessons, his time, his vison and especially his patience.

That seemed fitting because one of Coach Wooden’s famous quotes was:

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

I can now look back and remember some perfect days, those days when I helped someone who I knew could never repay me.

This really leaves two questions for you to ponder:

  1. Are you making the effort to become the best you are capable of becoming?
  2. When was the last time you lived a perfect day, doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you?