I read a book on mentoring/influencing by the legendary coach, John Wooden (his ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period while at UCLA are unmatched by any other college basketball coach). He was known for more than basketball skill, but living a truly exceptional life. In fact, he repeatedly said that his primary job was making great men of his players–that their great lifestyles were the key to their success.
Here are five of his many, many powerful quotes–statements he lived day after day and repeated over and over:
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
Don’t mistake activity with achievement.
Nothing will work unless you do.
The worst things you can do for the ones you love are the things they could and should do for themselves.
If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?
By the way, the book–which I highly recommend–is A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring http://www.amazon.com/Game-Plan-Life-Power-Mentoring/dp/1596917016/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345201291&sr=8-1&keywords=john+wooden+mentor