Although (*spoiler alert!*) there are no sexy food porn shots. (That's for a later post.) These pictures evoked a more G-rated memory. They remind me of my father's idol, John Wooden, UCLA's greatest basketball coach.
Raised by hard working Indiana farmers, Wooden recalls that every night, his father read him and his brothers poetry. Since the farmhouse didn't have electricity, his father read near a gas-lit lamp. From a young age, Wooden appreciated the lyricism and enjoyed reading poems all his life. When asked, how he felt watching his players win each Saturday, the great coach often quoted Cervantes, the writer of Don Quiote, who reminds us that "the journey is better than the inn." Meaning that the hard work that paves our way is the best part of the adventure. It's is the scary side that no one likes to talk about until it's over. But, when I'm struggling, I remember John Wooden's words and what Steve Jobs said to a graduating class at Stanford University, "Stay hungry. Stay foolish." So just have faith in yourself. The struggles, or the journey, as Wooden and Cervantes calls it, is what we'll remember most fondly. One day, we'll brag to the next generation not about our successes, but of barriers we overcame. After all, everyone loves an adventure with a happy ending. So, here's to ours!
John Wooden believed everyone possesses different strengths and abilities. He redefined the word, itself, by always saying that: “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you are capable.”
Watch John Wooden's 2001 TEDTalk below:
Watch Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech below: