But never forget you’re no better than anybody, either.
The title and the first line are a quote from Joshua Wooden, the father of legendary basketball coach, John Wooden.
It is actually one element of “The Wisdom of Joshua Wooden.”
Yes, this is on the wall in my office.
No, I am not consistently applying this wisdom…but I continue to improve.
Yes, I am a student of John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success and the wisdom of his teachings. Honest, humble, willing to help…all the points in this picture. Read the story about how Joshua gave this to his sons when they graduated from grade school. This makes me think back to what I tried to pass on to my sons when they finished grade school. I don’t remember. But since they are doing very well, I will believe that something I said formed the foundation from which they have taken off.
100% parent pride!
The best thing we can give our kids are “strong roots and wings.”
I believe this is what leaders need to provide to their employees, too. Let’s consider the 7 point creed:
- Be true to yourself: you need to be who you are consistently. If you are moody, indecisive, etc. then how can you expect others to follow you or do what you ask? Care for yourself, show others you care (and are sometimes vulnerable) and be the best version of you everyday.
- Help others: You need to know how each person reacts to praise, correction and criticism. If someone doesn’t “get it” that is on the leader to help them get it or help them move on.
- Make each day your masterpiece: do your best when your best is needed. Your best is needed every day.
- Drink deeply from good books: There is so much to learn from classics, new thinking, fiction, biography, etc. You will not agree with everything – that is good. Do try and learn something from them. I keep notebooks where I write great insights or create something on my own so I can apply at the right time. This is about giving yourself a bigger and better toolbox.
- Make friendship a fine art: I am blessed to have many dear friends. Some from as far back as grade 2. Others that i have met more recently. If you are friendly to people, especially that sincere smile and “good morning” you can change a person’s day. My friends always change my day for the better.
- Build shelter against a rainy day: financially, spiritually and physically. How are you ensuring this shelter for yourself and your family? How are you creating shelter for your employees as we still fight through the COVID situation?
- Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings each day: My friend Nick almost died a couple decades ago. Thankfully he is still here. He told me that he starts every day by going outside and looking to the sky and giving thanks for a great day. After he told me this, I now do it every morning when walking Trappar (and previously with Trax) – Thank you Lord for another great and wonderful day! Do you thank your staff every day? Every day??? If not, why not?
Simple, yet not too simple. Fundamentals. If you master the fundamentals you can evolve and grow because of your strong foundation. And like a great football team, you always practice the fundamentals so that you know you can make adjustments to your game plan as necessary. Everything stems from fundamentals. Everything.
We live in a great country. We are all Canadians. We should all be proud of how great this country is. We are no better and no worse than anyone else.
We will be celebrating on July 1 with a family bbq. My little sister is glad I have to stay 6 feet away so I can’t bug her – I love you sis! I wonder if she will notice the whoopee cushion:)
To those south of the border – Happy 4th of July!
Happy Canada Day, eh!!!