There are plenty of books written by and about Wooden that share his finer points and principles of success, but today, we wanted to highlight one of his more dynamic teachings that can benefit chiropractors – his Pyramid of Success.
Wooden believed that success wasn't luck, an accident, or based on natural talent, but there is a clear and interrelated hierarchy to achieving your goals in life, whatever they may be. His Pyramid of Success was featured in many of his books and became a living, breathing mantra for UCLA basketball players every day – even in their later lives.
How did Wooden define “success?” According to Wooden, “Success is a peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”
Things like friendship, loyalty, and cooperation were spelled out in the bottom, most fundamental tier, while self-control, initiative, and intensity were listed above. Adaptability, skill, and team spirit were critical to rising higher in the pyramid of success, with poise and confidence also important. Competitive greatness graced the higher echelon of the pyramid, but everything fell under the umbrella of faith and patience.
For chiropractors who are trying to achieve their own lofty goals, this Pyramid of Success can offer critical insight. Whether growing their practice, increasing profit, managing CAs and staff, having a smoother, more efficiently run office, or even improving your personal life or health, John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success is a valuable tool!