“Over the years, I [John Wooden] have written books about basketball, about leadership, about coaching, and about my life. But this may well be my most important work. While I made my living as a coach, I have lived my life to be a mentor– and to be mentored!–constantly.”
The man everyone simply calls “Coach” begins with chapters devoted to seven people who have mentored him, helping foster the values that have carried him through an incredibly successful and famously principled career: his father, Joshua Wooden; his grade school, high school, and college basketball coaches; Mother Teresa; Abraham Lincoln; and his beloved wife, Nellie. Then, seven of the many people Wooden has mentored over the years take the stage- from former players Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, and Andy Hill to coaches Roy Williams, Dale Brown, and Bob Vigars, ending appropriately with Wooden’s great-granddaughter Cori Nicholson. Recalling Wooden’s legendary maxims- “Never mistake activity for achievement,” “Be quick, but don’t hurry,” and many more- their memorable stories take readers inside the lessons Wooden has taught to generations, bringing out the very best in them as athletes, teachers, and human beings.
All in all, A Game Plan for Life is an inspiring primer on how to achieve success without sacrificing principles, and on how to build one of life’s most productive and rewarding relationships.