Tigers News · Thoughts from the AD … or in this case, John Wooden


To our athletes:

Do you invest your time and energy or … spend it?  John Wooden and other highly successful coaches and athletes no the value of “investing” your time and energy in to your quest to be as good as you can be.  I don’t believe he did not see value in getting rest and relaxation… or a few hours per week just being a kid, but he wanted his UCLA players to value their time. Read below Coach Wooden’s thoughts on this subject.  GH

Time lost is time lost. It’s gone forever.

Some people tell themselves that they will work twice as hard tomorrow to make up for what they did not do today. People should always do their best. If they work twice as hard tomorrow, then they should have also worked twice as hard today. That would have been their best.

The second is a story Wooden liked to tell:

Pretend every morning your bank account filled with $86,400, and every evening it emptied. What you don’t spend, you lose and never gain back. The next day, another $86,400 is dumped in, and so on. If this were true, what would you do with that money every day? You’d spend all of it, of course.

“You have such a bank account – it is called time,” Wooden says. “Every day it credits you with 86,400 seconds. A balance is not carried over to the next day, and you’re not allowed over-drafts. Each day the bank named ‘Time’ opens a new account with you. Each night it burns the records of the day.

“If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours.”

Wooden loved this, he said, because it helped him place a tangible value on his day. He accomplished more and wasted less in 24-hour increments. It made Wooden and his program into machines of efficiency.