Character From Wooden

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation,


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“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are” 

-John Wooden 

Last week’s post seemed to strike a chord as it was one of the most commented on this year.

As a follow on from it, the above quote is from one of the top rated coaches in US sports history. John Wooden was renowned for his focus on helping people on his teams become better people.

He encouraged work ethic, discipline, team-work, leadership – all of the traits that people need to succeed in life.

How you do things is more important than what you get in the long run. And how you do things is all about character. A well developed character generates it’s own success.

Yet it seems as if the world has become consumed with reputation at the expense of character.

It reminds me of that other quote by Wooden:

“The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no-one is watching.”

The easiest person to fool is ourselves. And we are the only ones who truly know the depth and strength of our character.

What area of your work of life can you develop your character this week?

Where can you put in the work that’s right, even if no-one is watching?



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