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The Pyramid of Success


“Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” ~Coach John Wooden

What is success? How do you define it? Henry and Martin get DEEP into the subject of SUCCESS. What is it really? And, crazier still, how do YOU define it!?

Don’t think it’s important? This about this: It’s a given that 100% of people want to become a “success”. Yet, the large majority of people haven’t even taken the time to define what success means.

Do you have your own definition of success? Have you refined it and studied it?

Remember, it’s very difficult to hit a target that you can’t see!

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Other definitions of success are explored: Earl Nightingale’s “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.”

And, Thoreau’s “If one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams and endeavors to live the life they imagine, they will meet with a success in common hours.”

It took Coach Wooden many years to find his correct formula. In 1934 he decided on the cornerstones, Industriousness and Enthusiasm, the two most important building blocks of the pyramid. Completing the foundation of the Pyramid are Friendship, Loyalty and Cooperation.

As the years went by, Coach Wooden built his Pyramid upon 14 building blocks of essential virtues (habits), leading to the apex, the final, 15th building block – Competitive Greatness.

On both sides of the Pyramid, in essence holding it together, are 10 words, including Ambition, Honesty and Integrity, once again all leading to the top, where Faith and Patience watch over Competitive Greatness.

Coach Wooden completed his ‘Pyramid of Success’ in the spring of 1948, and the original Pyramid drawing was on his office wall after he accepted the men’s basketball head coaching position at UCLA that same spring.

Some classic Wooden quotes:
“The best way to improve the team is to improve ourself.”

“Goals achieved with little effort are seldom worthwhile or lasting.”

“As long as you try your best, you are never a failure. That is, unless you blame others.”

“Much can be accomplished by teamwork when no one is concerned about who gets the credit.”

Great books by and about the legend!

My personal Best

Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court

Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success

Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success Playbook

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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 19: How Life Expands!

“Life shrinks or expands according to one’s courage.” Anais Nin

If we’re not growing we’re probably slowly dying. Sounds like a painful cliche but there is ample truth to the statement. The root or foundation of growth in personal all development can be traced to what Aristotle deemed the “mother” of all virtues—courage.

We have reviewed courage many times on this podcast. And, it’s important to remember that any virtue is simply a habit long sustained. Nobody is born virtuous and therefore we know that courage habit can be cultivated like any other habit and ultimately become a virtue.

But how and where can we apply Anais’ quote to our lives?

Martin poses questions like this:

If you learned a new skill would that make life expand or contract? Would that take courage?

If you volunteered for a leadership position at work or at a local non-profit would that make life expand or shrink? Would that take courage?

If you set and went after your big, improbably goal? Do you think life would expand? Would that take courage?

So, the question for you to ponder is, “Where (what aspect of your life) can you be more courageous?”

“Courage is the mother of all virtues because without it, you cannot consistently perform the others.” ~Aristotle

Check it out — listen to today’s episode and see how changing your dialogue with yourself changes your attitude and your output!

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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 11: Be Like Ben


“I hope, therefore, that some of my descendants may
follow the example and reap the benefit.” ~Benjamin Franklin

When it comes to personal development very few know that the great grandfather or the great, great grandfather of PD is Benjamin Franklin.

It’s hard to find a more prolific American than Benjamin Franklin yet most people don’t know that at a young age Ben believed himself to be abrasive, brash and argumentative and wrote about this in his autobiography.

He outlined thirteen virtues he hoped to assume as he matured. He was determined to start tracking each virtue, one per week, and would move to the next virtue rotating through all thirteen throughout the course of each year.
1. Temperance.
2. Silence.
3. Order.
4. Resolution.
5. Frugality.
6. INDUSTRY.
7. Sincerity.
8. Justice.
9. Moderation.
10. Cleanliness.
11. Tranquillity.
12. Chastity.
13. Humility.

YES! The path to virtue is via HABIT and this story got Martin thinking a lot about the similarity of tracking habits to achieve goals and Ben’s process of tracking habits to develop and refine his virtues.

Aristotle shared that Virtue is long-standing habit.

Martin shares this story to prove to ANYONE (who is committed) that they have within them the capacity AND a proven process to improve themselves.

Martin ends the episode with some of his favorite Ben Franklin quotes:

“Your net worth to the world is what you get when you subtract your bad habits form your good ones”

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”

“A penny saved is a penny earned.”

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”

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S02-INT09: Eric Kaufmann: The Making of the Hero’s Journey

“Really, what moved me to write this is, what does it take to exist within a well-lived life?”

Eric Kaufmann has coached and counseled executives since 1999. He has identified common themes and patterns that underlie what he’s identified as “Leadership as a Hero’s Journey.” The essential four traits that he’s written extensively about include:

1) FOCUS
2) COURAGE
3) GRIT
4) FAITH

“Focus is what am I creating… what I create is somewhat related to my focus and somewhat related to ‘stuff’…”

In this engaging interview, Martin and Eric discuss the philosophy that underlies much of Eric’s thinking and writing these days—particularly the four virtues as outlined in his book. The two kick things off as they exchange some fun anecdotes about family life with two daughters of the same ages (13 and 15).

Eric’s book is being re-released by a new publisher under a slightly different name, “The Four Virtues of a Leader.”

In this episode, Eric covers:

  • How he defines a HERO
  • The three things each hero is called to do
  • Who a hero really is and the essential traits
  • How he defines each of the FOUR essential virtues
  • Where to put your attention and focus
  • What co-creation really is
  • The essence of responsibility
  • Why leaving the comfort zone is essential
  • The 3 things, according to EK, that everyone fears
  • The highest form of maturity and why a leader is always one who relies on allies
  • The essence of GRIT and what constitutes GRIT
  • The fundamental impermanence of life
  • The significance of shedding past traits, habits and identities to make room for new roles and identities
  • How he defines “success” (Here’s a hint, see Earl Nightengale)
  • His most important habits
  • How he coaches and cultivates his personal mindset during “tough days”
  • The great Hebrew saying, “When you change your spot you change your perspective”
  • Why ephemerality could be the theme of the episode
  • The ability to shed old habits, skills and identities and why it’s critical for growth
  • And so much more!

“If I am buying into my boss is a jerk, then I am now participating in that narrative.”

“Real leaders work with and through others.”

Eric’s diverse and varied life is a commitment to understanding and teaching wisdom. The crucible of Eric’s journey contains 13 years of leadership consulting, management at Fortune 100 firms, degrees in business and psychology, a quarter century of Zen practice, living in Israel and South Africa, teaching as a Master Scuba Diving instructor, and working as a certified hypnotherapist. Connect with Eric Kaufmann on LinkedIn.

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