Climb John Wooden’s Pyramid Of Success – Take An Assessment.

Is there a prescriptive recipe for success? Is there a pattern to follow that will assure the big win?

Yes, there is. John Wooden’s offers his Pyramid of Success as prescriptive guidance for success.

by varshesh

“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable”  – John Wooden.

I used John Wooden pyramid as self test, an assessment. I tried to assess myself whether I follow proven practices for success or not. For each topic I’ve identified post I’ve published that relate. Assess yourself too. Are you on track?


  • Industriousness

“Success travels in the company of very hard work. There is no trick, no easy way”.

  • Friendship

“Strive to build a team filled with camaraderie and respect comrades-in-arms”

  • Loyalty

“Be true to yourself. Be true to those you lead.”

  • Cooperation

“Have utmost concern what’s right rather than who’s right”

  • Enthusiasm

“Your energy and enjoyment, drive and dedication will stimulate and greatly inspire others”

Second Level

  • Self-Control

“Control of your organization begins with control of yourself. Be disciplined.”

  • Alertness

“Constantly be aware and observing. Always seek to improve yourself and the team.”

  • Initiative

“Make a decision! Failure to act is often the biggest failure of all.”

  • Intentness

“Stay the course. When thwarted try again; harder, smarter. Persevere relentlessly”

Third Level

  • Condition

“Ability may get you to the top, but character keeps you there – mental, moral, and physical”

  • Skill

“What a leader learns after you’ve learned it all counts most of all.”

  • Team Spirit

“The star of the team is the team ‘We’ supersedes ‘me’.”

Fourth Level

  • Poise

“Be yourself. Don’t be thrown off be events whether good or bad.”

  • Confidence

“The strongest steel is well-founded self-belief. It is earned, not given.”


  • Competitive Greatness

“Perform at your best when your best is required. Your best is required each day.”

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  1. Interesting list – I like it. Good thing that it focuses on values and qualities rather than fluff and get-rich-quick “secrets.”

  2. Vered says:

    “Perform at your best when your best is required. Your best is required each day”.

    LOVE it. The latter part of the sentence – wow. It surprised me, yet inspired me.

  3. Marelisa says:

    Did you know that Benjamin Franklin made a list of 12 values he aspired to develop and he then proceeded to concentrate on one at a time until he felt he had mastered each one? That’s what this post reminds me of. What you list here would make a good list of values to aspire to.

  4. Alik –

    Awesome & crisp yet compelling post. This is a condensed one page tabulation of Nirvana from a life of doldrums.

    P.S. Smart way to get link love. :)
    I’m learning everyday.


  5. alik levin says:

    If you follow the link to the original source (it is PDF file) you will have nicer visual representation of the pyramid – the foundation and the levels to the peak. I like it is represented as a pyramid – it helps focusing.

    Funny – it is the part I loved most too. Just finished reading another book – the post is on its way. The author quotes a famous performer and it goes something like this “I practice every day. If I miss one day I notice it, if I miss two days the critics notice it. If I miss three days the audience it.”. Every day practice is key.

    Please share these 12 values! Looking forward to seeing in my reader new post on that one from you 😉

    We all learn everyday – practice is key ;). “That’s the difference Dan. You practice gymnastics. I practice everything.” – the Peaceful Warrior movie. I learned that making friends with A-List bloggers gets you closer to the tipping point. You showed it in practice.

  6. Marelisa says:

    Alik: I googled it to comply with your request :-) , and I found that it’s not 12 values, but 13 virtues. These are as follows:

    1. “TEMPERANCE. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.”

    2. “SILENCE. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.”

    3. “ORDER. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.”

    4. “RESOLUTION. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.”

    5. “FRUGALITY. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.”

    6. “INDUSTRY. Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.”

    7. “SINCERITY. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.”

    8. “JUSTICE. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.”

    9. “MODERATION. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.”

    10. “CLEANLINESS. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.”

    11. “TRANQUILLITY. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.”

    12. “CHASTITY. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.”

    13. “HUMILITY. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.”

  7. alik levin says:

    My favorite is
    2. “SILENCE. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.”

    Good stuff- thanks for sharing!

  8. lynn guerin says:

    for the comprehensive details on the pyramid of success,look at the full curriculae in the john r wooden course–developed personally with coach wooden

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