- Coach John Wooden
Early on I came to believe that you should learn as if you were going to live forever, and live as if you were going to die tomorrow. What does this mean? In the simplest way, I would explain it like this.
Always be learning, acquiring knowledge, and seeking wisdom with a sense that you are immortal and that you will need much knowledge and wisdom for that long journey ahead. Know that when you are through learning, you are through.
But I want to live that life as if I were going to die tomorrow: with relish, immediacy, and the right priorities. I also will not waste even a minute.
Faults Are Fine
I probably have all the same faults anyone has, and so do you. There’s nothing wrong with that. Having faults means you’re human; you’re alive and breathing. There’s nothing wrong with having faults so long as you work conscientiously to correct them.
How hard you work at correcting your faults reveals your character.
Giving and Receiving
I’m old enough to remember when President Calvin Coolidge observed, “No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”
It was true back then and it’s still true today.