What is success?

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What is success? A year after John Wooden died, just short of his 100th birthday, his definition of success still lives on . . .

A few years ago I read a book about an American hero, John Wooden. I reviewed the book in Wineskins and I want to share that here.

Review of John Wooden’s and Jay Carty’s Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success: Building Blocks for a Better Life. ISBN: 0830736794. Price $17.99 136pp (Regal, February 2005).

Coach Wooden’s “Pyramid of Success” has been used and copied by tens of thousands of coaches over the years, but now he is offering something more in his book: an inside view into the faith behind the man, behind one of the greatest basketball coaches ever.

Wooden teams up with his former assistant coach at UCLA, Jay Carty, who mentored and personally trained Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr. (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) when he was a freshman.

Wooden draws from his forty years of coaching expertise and Carty from his twenty-five years of coaching and teaching in Christian camps and seminars to write this new clear, concise—and most importantly—biblically tested new book, Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success.

I read few success-oriented books, but Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success is not the typical success self-help book. Far from it. Continue reading