Skip to main content

The difference between winning and succeeding - John Wooden


8,408 Questions Answered

TED Talk

Let’s Begin…

With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father's wisdom.

Additional Resources for you to Explore

Learn more about Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success at What does Wooden include among the building blocks, and what does he place at the top of his pyramid? Develop your own visual representation of success, and be prepared to explain how your thinking dovetails with and/or diverges from Wooden’s description.
Wooden’s remarks reveal a belief that teachers can—and should—care about more than their students’ academic performance. Is this an antiquated idea, or do you think that some educators still subscribe to this belief? Explore what motivates your teachers. Why did they choose their profession? What are their hopes for you? What do they expect from you?
Coach John Wooden
Los Angeles Times: John Wooden dies at 99: UCLA basketball coach won 10 national titles
TED: Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation
TED: Richard St. John’s 8 secrets of success

About TED Talk Lessons

TED Talk Lessons are created by TED-Ed using phenomenal TED Talks. Do you have an idea for a lesson? Create it now using any video from YouTube »

Meet The Creators

  • Speaker John Wooden

More from The Way We Think