Help others reach the top
There’s room up there.
I’m a huge fan of John Wooden. In an interview with one of his star players from the 1960s, Kareem-Abdul Jabbar talked about what he thought made Wooden so brilliant.
As I mentioned earlier, preparation wasKareem-Abdul Jabbar from Bruin Blue, Spring 2017
everythingwithCoach Wooden and he taught us how to prepare for all the teamsthatwould come at us. That level of preparation imbued us with enoughconfidencethat we believed we could beat any team that came at us. But healsotaught us that sports isn’treal life. In sports, there’s room at the top foronlyone team, but in lifethere’s plenty of room for others and we shoulddoeverything we can to help those others reach the top. That’s what madetheman so brilliant.
This is the part I got the most from:
life there’s plenty of room for others and we should do everything we can to help those others reach the top.”
A rising tide lifts all boats.
Sure, you might say it’s easy for him to say because he’s already at the top. But I would argue that it is exactly that which makes it even more poignant that he says it because he doesn’t have to. He’s already there. He could look down on the rest of us and turn away.
But he doesn’t.
If you ever get a chance to read anything by John Wooden (or Kareem for that matter), take the time to do so.
Your “game” will be elevated.