The Cornerstones of Success

Legendary basketball coach John Wooden thought about success. Not just a passing thought. He pondered. Tried out ideas. Discarded some, kept others.

He found two characteristics to be the cornerstones of the foundation of success.



We must work at what we wish to be good at. We can take breaks, of course. But, we must apply ourselves diligently to the tasks required for mastery.

At the same time, we do our work as though infused with spirit–God’s Spirit within us, giving us energy, positive outlook.

We don’t want to be that person. You know the type. Complains about everything and everyone. Someone else is always to blame for their lack of promotion or status.

The only impediment to industriousness and enthusiasm is the person we look at every few minutes in the mirror.

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