OBSERVATION: John Wooden on Discipline

Even if there is a price to be paid, don’t be afraid to use appropriate discipline.  It may hurt in the short term, but it will pay dividends in the future.  I believe one of the big lessons of sports for dedicated individuals and teams is that it shows us how hard work, and I mean hard work, does pay dividends.  The dividend is not necessarily in outscoring an opponent.  The guaranteed dividend is the complete peace of mind gained in knowing you did everything within your power, physically, mentally, and emotionally, to bring forth your full potential.

— John Wooden, 1910-2010, celebrated UCLA men’s basketball coach

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