The Pyramid of Success

The Building Blocks

There are 15 inner-blocks in the Pyramid of Success. We call these the building blocks. Starting from the bottom, here are the names of each block with a short definition.

The Foundation


There is no substitute for work. Worthwhile results come from hard work and careful planning.


Comes from mutual esteem, respect and devotion. Like marriage, it must not be taken for granted but requires a joint effort.


To yourself and to all those depending upon you. Keep your self-respect.


With all levels of your co-workers. Listen if you want to be heard. Be interested in finding the best way, not having your own way.


Brushes off upon those with whom you come in contact. You must truly enjoy what you are doing.


The Second Tier


Practices self-discipline and keep emotions under control. Good judgment and common sense are essential.


Be observing constantly. Stay open-minded. Be eager to learn and improve.


Cultivate the ability to make decisions and think alone. Do not be afraid of failure but learn from it.


Set a realistic goal. Concentrate on its achievement by resisting all temptations and being determined and persistent.

The Heart of the Pyramid


Mental-moral-physical. Rest, exercise, and diet must be considered. Moderation must be practiced. Dissipation must be eliminated.


A knowledge of and the ability to properly and quickly execute the fundamentals. Be prepared and cover every little detail.

Team Spirit

A genuine consideration to others. An eagerness to sacrifice personal interests of glory for the welfare of others.

Nearing the Peak


Just being yourself. Being at ease in any situation. Never fighting yourself.


Respect without fear. May come from being prepared and keeping all things in proper perspective.

The Pinnacle

Competitive Greatness

Be at your best when your best is needed. Enjoyment of a difficult challenge.

To the left and right of the Pyramid of Success there are 10 more blocks that Coach Wooden called “The Mortar” – with five blocks on each side. See the next section to learn about these.