John Wooden on Chasing Your Destiny

John Wooden, legendary former UCLA basketball coach, did a TEDtalk before he passed away about how to find success. Here is a summary of what he said:

  • Forget what everyone thinks and wants for you.One of the greatest freedoms is simply not caring what everyone else thinks of you.
  • Sometimes you need to step outside, get some air, and remind yourself of who you are and what you want to be.
  • The best thing you can do is follow your heart. That does not mean blindly follow anything your heart desires.
  • Too many people chase one dream after another and quit before that dream materializes.
    Take risks.
  • Do not just accept the safe and easy choices because you’re afraid of what others will think, or afraid of what might happen. If you do, nothing will ever happen.
  • Do not let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big.
    They are not.

Watch the great coach say it himself here:

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As a Leadership Coach at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, James Leath teaches athletes from the professional ranks all the way down to elementary school about character and leadership of self, team, coaches and critics. His widely read blog at is a top resource that educates athletes, coaches, and parents in sport psychology and personal development. James is currently finishing a graduate degree in Performance Psychology.