John Wooden is considered by many to be the greatest coach of all time – not just in college basketball, but in all of sports. It is hard to argue with his stats. As the coach of the UCLA Bruins, he led them to 10 National Championships in 12 years, had four undefeated seasons, and at one point won 88 consecutive games! Those are pretty impressive accomplishments and hard for most any other coach to match.
Beyond winning games, Wooden is known for being a leader who cared deeply about his players’ success both on and off the court. His goal was to develop men of character and would often give his players words of advice, including the following infamous quotes:
“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think of you.”
“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”
“Nothing will work unless you do.”
Wooden went on to create his “Pyramid of Success” – which lists the 25 behaviors he believed created a successful person. The Pyramid is used today by sports teams, non-profit organizations and corporations alike as a means to providing people with the tools needed to excel in one’s job and life. John Wooden truly left a legacy that is matched by few.
The reason we at Indelible Cards appreciate John Wooden is because he believed in the handwritten letter, particularly the love letter, but probably not the type that would typically come to mind. You see, John Wooden actually wrote love letters to his wife after she passed away. On the 21st of every month, Wooden would sit down and write a love letter to Nellie, the only girl he ever dated or kissed. He would seal the envelope and then place it lovingly on the pillow she used to sleep on every night. He did this 300 times, as Nellie died about 25 years prior to his passing in 2010. No one has ever read the letters, but you can imagine the heart and passion that went into writing each note.
We believe that handwritten letters impact and strengthen all kinds of relationships, and that they have an effect on the receiver and writer of the card. When you take the time to put the feelings you have toward someone on paper, you grow in your appreciation of them and the relationship you have built. John Wooden didn’t believe that his wife would actually ever read his letters, but he understood that by remembering and writing to his wife he could hold on to their connection and memories.
Spend time writing letters to those who mean most to you, and you might be surprised how much good it will do.
As always, if Indelible Cards can help make writing your letters easier, we are here to help.