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: