John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success

John Wooden wasn’t satisfied with Webster’s definition of success.
He felt like young people deserved a healthier definition,
and then laid out for them the ingredients of success
in this chart.

Success is peace of mind which is
a direct result of self-satisfaction
in knowing you made the effort to
become the best that you are
capable of becoming.”

(exact wording of his website’s version)

A giant, printable version is available at
Coach Wooden’s Site


John tweaked his Pyramid of Success over the years.
It’s interesting to hear him discuss the significance
that changing even just one word makes.

This is an earlier version,
which still has:
“Faith (through prayer)”


This version also has “FAITH (through prayer);”
though, it’s slightly different in other areas.

I couldn’t find a more legible photo of this version.

God bless!


My Favorite John Wooden Quotes

“No Hate,” Himself (John Wooden) Recognized as the Greatest Coach! Why?

John Wooden: A man who would NOT curse people — “Goodness Gracious Sakes Alive!”

John Wooden – An Intergalactic Treasure! “Be quick, but don’t hurry” — “Failure to prepare is preparing to fail” — “Happiness begins when selfishness ends” …

John Wooden at age-95: “Why I feel blessed” | His dad’s wisdom: “You’re never better than anybody else”

John Wooden: Love and Balance

John Wooden’s heavenly perspective: “I’d rather be unknown here and have my name up there.”

[2008] John Wooden on Success, Peace of Mind, Real Joy & Doing for Others

John Wooden [1910 – 2010] recites his poem about being with his Lord: “Don’t Look Back”

Coach John Wooden (at age-90) redefines ‘success’ AND John Wooden on ‘change’ we can believe in

[photo] John and Nellie Wooden

John Wooden in 7 words: “Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.”

[quote] John Wooden: “If something occurred to me that MIGHT help us, I implemented it.”

Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization

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