Your Capabilities and Future Success

JohnWooden_1061(1)“Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”

John Wooden

John Wooden coached the basketball team at UCLA for 27 years. Under his leadership, the Bruins won 620 games and lost just 147. They won ten NCAA championships, and went undefeated through four different complete seasons — 1963-64, 1966-67, 1971-72, and 1972-73. Wooden’s Bruins established a still-standing record 88-game winning streak, before losing on 19 January 1974 at Notre Dame, 71-70.

Coach Wooden is renowned for the development of his Pyramid of Success. The principles and methodologies of the Pyramid of Success have direct relationships and applicability to the Fire Service in numerous areas.  His building blocks for success included:

  • Industriousness

  • Enthusiasm

  • Friendship

  • Loyalty

  • Cooperation

  • Self-control

  • Alertness

  • Initiative

  • Intentness

  • Condition

  • Skill

  • Team Spirit

  • Poise

  • Confidence

  • Competitive Greatness

ENTHUSIASM: Brushes Off Upon Those With Whom You Come In Contact. You Must Truly Enjoy What You Are Doing. Your Heart Must Be In Your Work.

INDUSTRIOUSNESS: There Is No Substitute For Work.  Worth While Things Come From Hard Work and Careful Planning.

FRIENDSHIP: Comes from Mutual Esteem, Respect, and Devotion; Like Marriage It Must Not Be Taken For Granted But Requires A Joint Effort

LOYALTY: To Yourself and To All Those Dependent upon You. Keep Your Self-Respect

COOPERATION: With All Levels of Your Co-Workers;  Listen If You Want To Be Heard.  Be Interested In Finding the Best Way. Not In Having Your Way.

SELF-CONTROL: Practice Self-discipline and  Keep Emotions Under Control. Keep Judgment And Common Sense.

ALERTNESS: Be Observing Constantly. Stay Open-Minded.  Be Eager To Learn And Improve. Be Quick to Spot a Weakness And Correct It or Use It.

INITIATIVE: Cultivate the Ability To Make Decisions And Think Alone. Desire to Excel.  Do Not Be Afraid Of Failure, But Learn From It.

INTENTNESS: Set A Realistic Goal.  Concentrate On Its Achievement By Resisting All Temptations And Being Determined And Persistent.

CONDITION: Mental – Moral – Physical Rest, Exercise, and Diet Must Be Considered. Moderation Must Be Practiced Eliminate Dissipation

SKILL: A Knowledge Of and The Ability to Properly And Quickly Execute The Fundamentals. Be Prepared. Cover Every Detail

TEAM SPIRIT: A Genuine Consideration for Others. An Eagerness to Sacrifice Personal Interest Or Glory For The Welfare of All.

POISE: Just Being Yourself; Being At Ease in Any Situation.

CONFIDENCE: Respect, Without Fear. Confident; Not Cocky. May Come From Being Prepared And Keeping All Things In Proper Perspective.

COMPETITIVE GREATNESS: “When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Gets Going” Be At Your Best When Your Best Is Needed.  Enjoyment of Difficult Challenge


You can download a copy of his Pyramid of Success directly from his site. Take the time to go to his site and learn more about this concept and how it can help you as a company officer achieve greater success in your pursuits and endeavors. John Wooden also developed what he called his mortar blocks that consisted of;

  • Ambition
  • Sincerity
  • Adaptability
  • Honesty
  • Resourcefulness
  • Reliability
  • Fight
  • Integrity
  • Patience
  • Faith

Take the time to look at the information available at a number of various web locations; HERE, HERE , HERE and HERE.

Two(2) Must have books for your professional Library by John Wooden include: Wooden On Leadership and John Wooden’s The Pyramid of Success

 As an aspiring, new or seasoned company officer, this is a must read and integration of these concepts, principles, values and philosophy into your work practice and way of life. More on Wooden and this Pyramid of Success in future postings.


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