My Personal Best: Life Lessons from an All-American Journey

John Wooden Steve Jamison


My Personal Best: Life Lessons from an All-American Journey

My Personal Best: Life Lessons from an All-American Journey

  • Title: My Personal Best: Life Lessons from an All-American Journey
  • Author: John Wooden Steve Jamison
  • ISBN: 0639785415817
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Hardcover



NATIONAL BESTSELLER For John Wooden s millions of fans a heartfelt and revealing self portrait about the people and events that shaped his life Sports Illustrated declared There has never been a finer coach in American sports than John Wooden Nor a finer man ESPN selected him as the Greatest Coach of the 20th Century From his birth on an Indiana tenant farm, tNATIONAL BESTSELLER For John Wooden s millions of fans a heartfelt and revealing self portrait about the people and events that shaped his life Sports Illustrated declared There has never been a finer coach in American sports than John Wooden Nor a finer man ESPN selected him as the Greatest Coach of the 20th Century From his birth on an Indiana tenant farm, to All American honors at Purdue, to his historic record setting UCLA dynasty, John Wooden is a towering figure in 20th century sports, and his experience and wisdom an American treasure In My Personal Best, Coach Wooden tells how he did it and the lessons he learned on his remarkable journey Pairing never before seen photos from Coach Wooden s private collection with his personal stories and affirmations, this book encompasses the dramatic arc of Wooden s larger than life achievements and experiences As he did in his perpetual bestseller Wooden, Coach offers a wealth of biographical details, personal reflections, and a lifetime of lessons His millions of fans will cherish this definitive pictorial history of a living sports legend John Wooden is a living legend because he practiced what he preached the code of ethics which created America s strength Phil Jackson, head coach, Los Angeles Lakers Most of what I know, what s made me a smart man, has come from John Wooden Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer A man of John Wooden s accomplishments and integrity would stand out in any era, but now, almost three decades after he coached his last game, he is in some ways an even striking figure Bob Costas


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A great, quick, read by the great John Wooden. The book is an autobiography of Wooden's life, in which he weaves in his personal life philosophy and lessons learned throughout his life. We start with Wooden's childhood in Indiana, his playing career at Purdue, his initial coaching career, and his eventual move to California, where he achieved all time coaching status at UCLA. The core message of the book is that a central goal should be trying to do your personal best, regardless of the outcomes [...]

The book "My Personal Best" was the life story of John Wooden, a famous and successful basketball coach, from childhood to retirement. He tells his life story, along with the many guidelines he followed in his life. These include mentors he had growing up, poems he read, and little sayings that reminded him how to be the best person he could be his entire life. The entire book builds up through his childhood and career, to finish with the point that we can't be perfect, but we can do our persona [...]

First Checkpoint: #2The main character of this book is John Wooden, one of the greatest college basketball coaches to ever live. This book, My Personal Best, written by John Wooden with Steve Jamison, is a memoir of John’s life. As a result, the book goes in chronological order according to John’s life. So, at the beginning of the book, John is just a kid growing up on his Indiana farm, telling us about the people around him. I’m sure his views have changed since he was a boy, but I’m no [...]

“My Personal Best”, the story of John Wooden, his life and lessons learned along the way. John Wooden the famed UCLA basketball coach who won 10 National Championships writes this book telling about his life telling the things he learned throughout his life regarding basketball and just life in general. Using things learned from his dad as a child as well what he learned in his early coaching career to achieve what he did. With these things creating the “Pyramid of Success” with which he [...]

John Wooden, a basketball coaching legend, won 10 national championships in his 27 years at UCLA, but it was his honest and positive approach to life that won him a multitude of fans. This book chronicles some of the biggest moments of his life and how they influenced him, from his father reading poetry to he and his brothers to the death of his beloved Nell in 1985. He loved his family, respected others, and was always striving for success, on the court and off.Jason and I read this aloud to ea [...]

Prior to living in southern California, I didn't really know who John Wooden was, except that he was a basketball coach. Now I know he was much more than that; he is a legend. Coach Wooden discusses his life, from his early days playing basketball on an uneven dirt court with fruit baskets to shoot into, to the passing of his beloved wife. He talks about the great influence of his father and coaches who lovingly taught him to always do his best. He openly shares the mistakes he made, both as a p [...]

I specifically read this book because it was Father's Day. I was certainly looking for some fatherly and grandfatherly stories to draw some wisdom from.So reading a book written by John Wooden seemed like a great idea. I was not disappointed at all.Anyone who thinks that this is a book only about how to coach a basketball team would be pleasantly surprised. Yes, this is a book by a man considered by many to be the greatest college basketball in history. However, this is also a book about a man c [...]

Reads like a written in two weeks Reader's Digest or Edition. Too much always do your best/ practice makes perfect preaching. But any bio of the master is better than nothing.Good advice for coaches in player handling. Wooden's style was all about speed: fast break, full court press.Amazing that he kicked around UCLA since 1948 before the first championship in '64. For skeptics who think it was all about talent and giant centers, they won their first championship with a 6'5" center; and after W [...]

If I could give this book more stars, I would! I bought this book for John for Fathers' Day after seeing a vignette on ESPN after John Wooden's recent passing. I knew it would be the kind of thing that John would like. The book sat on the back of our toilet, so I picked it up and read it over the course of a few days. THis is a remarkable little book. Truly wise and inspiring! I know very little about basketball, but the principles he used to guide his team and his own life are universal and tim [...]

This was so much more than just a book on basketball and coaching. It was a great parenting and leadership book. John Wooden was the coach for the UCLA Bruins and won 10 of 12 NCAA championships between 1964 and 1976. I found it fascinating to read for many reasons, one of which was that I wanted to be a coach and my major in college was just that for three years until I changed it. There are many great quotes in this book. My favorite was "Talent is god given; be humble, Fame is man given; be t [...]

I'm on page 208 of 208 and this was one of the best books i have ever read in my life (so far). At first John wooden as a young boy was kinda cranky and annoyed because of his parents raising him in such a strict way But then later on John wooden thanked his parents for raising him in such a strict. The way that John Wooden was raised (strict) led to him in my opinion being the best coach ever along side Phil Jackson. Everyone in the world i have to tell you something READ THIS BOOK!!!!!

He had a great philosophy about life and coaching basketball. He was more concerned with his players being good people and offering up their "personal best" and good team members than winning games. He had many sound and solid words to live by and it is no wonder he became one of the best coaches ever. I love his qoute: Talent is God-given: be humble Fame is man-given: be thankful Conceit is self-given: be careful

My mom gave this to me for my birthday in 2006. I read it in two nights. You have to have a ton of respect for this man and what he accomplished. He knew what he wanted to do and how he wanted to do it. Few people knew it took him many years to win his first NCAA tournament. His perserverence and meticulus attention to detail makes you wonder what you can do to improve your systems and processes.

Great advice from a great coach and person. Wooden shares advice based on his experience's in life. He freely gives credit to the people who shaped him and humbly admits his mistakes. Building on the Wooden's "Pyramid of Success" should help most people succeed, not just on the basketball court, but also in life.

This is a fantastic autobiography by perhaps the greatest basketball (and maybe any sport) coach ever. It outlines the important people and events in his life, and the significant life lessons that he learned from each. While it is a great book for college basketball fans, I think the lessons that Wooden emphasizes are important for people from all walks of life.

Wooden was a man of immense character and integrity! His book is inspirational and easy to read, with plenty of interesting photographs. I don't love watching basketball but I still enjoyed the descriptions of the earlier era of the sport. This is a must-read for any pre-teen or teen sports oriented boy or girl!!

Amazing man with lessons for lifele things make big things happen, no player is bigger or better than the team, little things done well is probably the greatest secret to success, failing to prepare is preparing to fail, patience is a most valuable asset for a leader many lessons from the basketball court and life. People like John do not come around that oftenad and grow.

I loved this book. I would recommend reading this book before Mind Gym and combining their principles. Its all about doing the best you can do and feeling satisfied with your efforts. You don't need a trophy to know you did your personal best.

Solid book about leadership. I used it to help my AVID students think about leadership and found that I learned just as much. Wooden has such great advice for success and tells his story well. This isn't a long text, but you get a good look at how Wooden became such a success.

I wish this book had gone into a little more detail about his life but it was a great book. I loved all the mottos he lived his life by. Very inspirational! One of my favorite quotes is, "The best way to improve your team is to improve yourself."

Learning about Coach Wooden's life was an eye opening experience. I have the utmost respect for the choices he's made and way he has lived his life. The chapter on meeting his wife, Nell, is truly touching.

A more in-depth look at Coach John Wooden's life. I'd read "Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court" in college, so this was a bit of a refresher with more details about his personal life and less about his teachings. Would definitely recommend & reread!

This was a well written book and a quick read. I liked how John Wooden told his life story and intermingled it with things when and how he learned lifes lessons. He was an amazing coach but more important he is a great man.

If you're a fan of John Wooden, basketball, or self-improvement, then this is a great read. The book is a quick read but it takes you through John Wooden's life, his take on success, and his thoughts on his couching and his teams throughout the years. A very worthwhile read.

I loved this book. I would recommend reading this book before Mind Gym and combining their principles. Its all about doing the best you can do and feeling satisfied with your efforts. You don't need a trophy to know you did your personal best.

Another great book for coaches.

Straight forward autobiography about John Wooden former coach of the UCLA Bruins basketball team. Recommended to me by Barb's brother. Although he was a legend, the book ain't so much so.

A must read for any aspiring coach; his approach clearly worked well in basketball and can be applied to many other coaching/mentoring environments.

What an amazing coach and man. He was raised with such great values and he passed those on to all those he encountered.

I think we need more heroes like John Wooden. Great man with lots of great words of wisdom.


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