Horizon Physical Therapy - November 2019

physical therapy and rehabilitation November 2019

3600 Miller Road, Flint, MI 48503 • 810-620-8042 • horizonptflint.com

THE BEST BOOK I ’VE EVER READ For Greatness When I was younger, I used to fill my free time with books about any number of topics. To this day, the best book I’ve ever read was John Wooden’s “Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court.” For my readers who don’t know basketball, JohnWooden was the head basketball coach at the University of California, Los Angeles for almost 30 years. He was nicknamed the “Wizard of Westwood” because he won 10 NCAA championships over a 12-year period, including a record seven-win streak. For context, no other team has won more than four championships in a row. I read “Wooden” when I was 16 years old, after attending a college basketball camp. One of the coaches at the camp was Don Meyer, a very successful college basketball coach. I’d never heard of Coach Wooden or his book before, but Coach Meyer said everyone should read “Wooden,” so I did. That book really stuck with me. CoachWooden wrote several books over his lifetime, but “Wooden” is his best, in my opinion. The book covers lessons he learned over his long career, with advice I believe is applicable to anyone in any stage of their own lives. Even today, I find myself reflecting on some of the quotes.

I’m glad I was introduced to CoachWooden’s book at such a young age. They say we’re most like the five people we spend the most time with. This is why we should choose our friends carefully and why we should be careful about what we choose to consume. If we want to be successful in life, we have to surround ourselves with successful people. I was never going to have the opportunity to sit down with CoachWooden, but reading his book was the next best thing. I’ve modeled a lot of my own success through my deep reading and studying of successful individuals. WhenWooden came on as head coach, the basketball team at UCLA had little support and played in a cramped gym. By the time he retired, he’d transformed UCLA into a basketball powerhouse. When asked how he did it, CoachWooden replied, “I am just a common man who is true to his beliefs.” Even if you don’t play basketball or aren’t interested in basketball at all, I highly encourage everyone to read this book. It really is a reflection of a great man. “Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court” taught me to always strive for greatness.

“Failure is not fatal, but failure to change may be.”

“Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.”

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”

Of all the quotes in “Wooden,” the one I take most to heart is, “Make each day your masterpiece.” From the time I was a teenager, I have aimed to do just that. We only have one today, and one chance to make today worthwhile. By trying to make each day a masterpiece, I have been able to grow as a person almost every day of my life. I work hard, challenge myself, and look back at a life I am proud to have led.

-Dr. Jerome Adams



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