June 20, 2010

I’m not interested in sports – not at all. Just ask anyone who knows me. Read my stories about the NCAA basketball championship and World Cup of Football (soccer to Americans). You’ll find those stories in Keep Your Donors: The Guide to Better Communications and Stronger Relationships.

Despite my lack of interest in sports, I’m pretty impressed with former UCLA coach John Wooden‘s pyramid of success. First, his definition of success is quite marvelous: “Success is a peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”

Then there’s the pyramid itself, incorporating such concepts as industriousness, enthusiasm, condition, skill, and more. Check out Wooden’s pyramid, developed over years of reflection and experience.

Wooden died this month, June 2010. One of the winning-est coaches in the history of U.S. basketball, lauded by his former players and colleagues. By the way, his pyramid of successdoesn’t mention winning.

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About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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