Sunday, February 21, 2010

Wisdom -

" No matter what has happened, always behave as if nothing has happened. "


This reminds me of the legendary UCLA basketball coach, Bill Wooden.  This classic sentence, I believe could have easily been penned by Mr. Wooden.

Years ago I remember seeing a TV interview of one of his great centers, Dave Meyers. Dave was replying to a question by the interviewer of how the team, almost to the last man was ALWAYS cool and calm and no matter how dire the circumstances were, the poise you saw was so admirable, almost like you were watching a movie . . . and then, just like a movie, they would make that last second steal or shot that won the game . . . and the team showed just a little enthusiasm when they would squeak by . . it was as if they KNEW what the ending was going to be.

This phenomena happened because The coach had drilled it into the player's brain, that no matter how the game ended, he told the team that when they trotted off the court, NO ONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO TELL IF UCLA WON OR IF THEY LOST by their actions or the expression on their faces !

Of course it was hard to do, but man, that's what I call classic poise . . . if you can do it.

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