It’s been quite a run for Villanova Men’s Basketball Coach, Jay Wright.
- In 2016, he won the NCAA Championship
- In 2018, he won the NCAA Championship
- Earlier this summer, he was one of the coaches for the USA Men’s team that an Olympic Gold medal
- A month ago he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame
You can imagine the demands on his time, yet he still finds the time every Fall to speak to our freshmen business students about the culture of Villanova basketball and the importance of having the right attitude.
Here is the tweet he posted shortly after this year’s event, which was held earlier this evening:
I have written once before about this event, when he shared the story of the stonecutter.
It’s a great story, and since this was a new audience, he told the story again.
Coach Wright had a few more words of wisdom that I thought I would share:
- Don’t drink the perfume. After winning a national championship or experiencing a moment of succeess, it might be natural for a 20-year old to bask in the adulation that is sure to follow. Coach tells the players it’s ok to take a whiff of that perfume, but not to drink it. Doing so could be poisonous.
- There are two types of people. Those who are humble and those who are about to be. A great reminder to maintain your sense of humility.
- Don’t tell your problems to the world. 80% don’t care and 20% are happy you have them. Learn to manage the highs and lows that we all experience. Rely on those around you to get you through those tough times.
- Surround yourself with those on the same mission as you. Relevant not only in the world of sports, but business and life as well. Build a strong network. As they say, it takes a village.
So thank you once again, Coach Wright, for taking the time to share your words of wisdom. I wish you continued success.