What would be the use of immortality to a person who cannot use well a half an hour?
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
The ability to motivate others flows from the importance that we attach to today. What can we do today?
John Wooden was the most successful college basketball coach of all time. His UCLA teams won 10 national championships in a 12-year time span. Wooden created a major portion of his coaching and living philosophy from one thought—a single sentence passed on to him by his father when Wooden was a little boy: “Make each day your masterpiece.”
While other coaches would try to gear their players toward important games in the future, Wooden always focused on today. His practice sessions at UCLA were every bit as important ...