Yesterday I encouraged you to intentionally invest in the leadership development of someone on your team. I hope you did.
Today, I challenge you to take it a step further by investing in someone who cannot repay your act of kindness. You might even consider doing something in secret.
Basketball coaching legend, John Wooden once said, “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”
Being a coach you would think a perfect day would be defined by a comeback win, a thrilling victory in a championship game, or an upset over a rival.
Not for Wooden. The coach who won the most NCAA Championships (10) in history understood that some things matter more than whether you win or lose. In fact, if the old coach were still with us, he would say you can lose a game and still have a great day. All it takes is the humility to put someone else’s needs before your own – someone who can’t even repay you. This philosophy is what made his teams so hard to defeat.
If you want to take your team to the next level, create a culture that embraces Wooden’s philosophy.
Remember, “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”
Leadership Begins at Home,
Do you agree with Wooden’s philosophy? Why or why not?
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