Lessons about excellence


Today morning, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to be primed to work by the best by Coach Wooden.

His philosophy has long been my favorite. Basketball has been my favorite sport for some reason, and because of that I’ve also found coach Wooden’s philosophy on life. Around those times I did not read so many books, and it certainly didn’t occur to me later on that he might’ve left something to read for us… Not until last week Friday I got a recommended reading list from my boss, where I saw this book titled: Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court.

It’s the same book that primed my mind to greatness this morning. There are really useful questions to develop thinking process, such as asking why is it easier to be negative than positive?

Thought that stick with me today the most had to do with the way I think about me and everybody else. The advice Wooden received from his dad was to think that he was as good as everyone else, not better or worse, as good. This simple yet powerful thought struck a chord within me, apparently some kind of missing piece clicked together in my head. Indeed we all are as good as everyone else.

Another thing that  I find to be a great guideline is for living and doing your best. Doing the best is good enough. Here I would like to add a bit what I learned from Ajahn Brahn yesterday: live guilt free. If you are not able to do it, do not bear guilt over it.

So no-one is better than anyone else, we are all as good. Yet we all have to try our best, to be our best and that’s enough. Anything that we cannot do is not in our control and we should not feel guilty about it.

Have a great weekend!


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