Other definitions of success are explored: Earl Nightingale's "Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal."
And, Thoreau's "If one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams and endeavors to live the life they imagine, they will meet with a success in common hours."
It took Coach Wooden many years to find his correct formula. In 1934 he decided on the cornerstones, Industriousness and Enthusiasm, the two most important building blocks of the pyramid. Completing the foundation of the Pyramid are Friendship, Loyalty and Cooperation.
As the years went by, Coach Wooden built his Pyramid upon 14 building blocks of essential virtues (habits), leading to the apex, the final, 15th building block - Competitive Greatness.
On both sides of the Pyramid, in essence holding it together, are 10 words, including Ambition, Honesty and Integrity, once again all leading to the top, where Faith and Patience watch over Competitive Greatness.
Coach Wooden completed his 'Pyramid of Success' in the spring of 1948, and the original Pyramid drawing was on his office wall after he accepted the men's basketball head coaching position at UCLA that same spring.
Some classic Wooden quotes: "The best way to improve the team is to improve ourself."
"Goals achieved with little effort are seldom worthwhile or lasting."
"As long as you try your best, you are never a failure. That is, unless you blame others."
"Much can be accomplished by teamwork when no one is concerned about who gets the credit."