I have always loved John Wooden’s definition of success. By no means am I a basketball coach, player, or fan. But you don’t need to appreciate basketball to appreciate John Wooden. Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming. ~ John Wooden John Wooden was an American basketball player and head coach at the University of California at Los Angeles. Nicknamed the “Wizard of Westwood,” he won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period as head coach at UCLA, including a record seven in a row.