When I was in High School, my buddies and I listened to a new, up-and-coming, cocky sports talk radio guy, Jim Rome. He constantly played his verbal trump card against people critiquing successful players/teams. He would simply respond by saying, “Scoreboard!”
Does anyone have a better scoreboard than John Wooden? The best coach in sport. Scoreboard? 10 national championships at UCLA. But, why do I love and respect and listen to the man? Because of how he won. Coach Wooden came to mind today because of a conversation with another guy who’s the “best” at his sport, my friend David Howell, a facility CEO for The Ensign Group in southern California. In my opinion, Howell’s one of the best SNF EDs in the country. It’s almost unbelievable to see what he’s built out of his small SNF in a very blue-collar neighborhood. His facility won Ensign’s highest total quality award today and he shared with me what he was planning on saying at the ceremony … Wooden, “C.S. Wooden” 😉
I want to share these two thoughts from a talk Coach Wooden gave and that Howell shared today as well. But, you really ought to watch the whole talk below.
Winning is not in the definition of success. Here’s what C.S. Wooden said success is: “Peace of mind attained only through self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you’re capable. I believe that’s true. If you make the effort to do the best of which you’re capable, trying to improve the situation that exists for you, I think that’s success, and I don’t think others can judge that; it’s like character and reputation — your reputation is what you’re perceived to be; your character is what you really are. And I think that character is much more important than what you are perceived to be. You’d hope they’d both be good, but they won’t necessarily be the same. Well, that was my idea that I was going to try to get across to the youngsters.”
This. Poem by George Moriarty, called “The Road Ahead, Or The Road Behind.”
“Sometimes I think the Fates must grin as we denounce them and insist the only reason we can’t win, is the Fates themselves have missed.
Yet there lives on the ancient claim: we win or lose within ourselves. The shining trophies on our shelves can never win tomorrow’s game.
You and I know deeper down, there’s always a chance to win the crown. But when we fail to give our best, we simply haven’t met the test, of giving all and saving none until the game is really won;
of showing what is meant by grit; of playing through when others quit; of playing through, not letting up. It’s bearing down that wins the cup.
Of dreaming there’s a goal ahead; of hoping when our dreams are dead; of praying when our hopes have fled; yet losing, not afraid to fall, if, bravely, we have given all.
For who can ask more of a man than giving all within his span. Giving all, it seems to me, is not so far from victory. And so the Fates are seldom wrong, no matter how they twist and wind.
It’s you and I who make our fates — we open up or close the gates on the road ahead or the road behind.”
Congratulations to David, Lito, and the entire Brookfield team. You’ve been a stunning SUCCESS for many years before winning the Flag today.