Brian Biro's best-selling book is rooted in the conviction that there is untapped greatness in all of us. In order to actualize our true potential and access greater meaning in our lives, we need to shift our paradigm of success and adopt 15 character traits essential to developing our internal leadership skills. These 15 "secrets of a winning life" are inspired by the teachings of John Wooden, the legendary coach of the UCLA Bruins and most widely admired coach in college basketball history.

When growing up, we all learned the hard way about the pain and fear that came from an external focus on success. According to coach Wooden, success is not determined by external circumstances. Instead, it is the internal satisfaction that comes from knowing we've done the best of which we are capable. Success is determined not by what others think, but rather by what you know to be true in your heart. It's not about being the greatest, it is about being the best of yourself, and it starts with never comparing yourself to others, which is directing your focus toward something you cannot control.

At first glance, the "Pyramid of Success" seems somewhat basic and obvious. I felt pretty familiar with the value and benefits of industriousness, enthusiasm, initiative, loyalty, team spirit, alertness and confidence. Upon further reading, it became clear how the 15 traits still challenge many cultural belief systems that prevent people from being their best. Moreover, Biro brings Wooden's "secrets of success" to life through compelling stories, personal experience and team-building activities, and from there he articulates powerful principles and practical strategies for developing effective leadership and coaching skills.

Some little gems of timeless wisdom from the world's most winning coach:

"Never permit yourself to become overly involved with things you can't control, as that will adversely affect the things you can control."

"It's amazing what gets accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit."

"If people are to continually improve, perhaps no quality is more important to instill than enthusiasm for learning."

"As we communicate our expectations of others, we influence their expectations of themselves. What you look for in other and yourself, you will find."

"Self control and repetition must be applied holistically, in all facets of your life, if you are to achieve the transformation from deliberate, conscious focus to automatic, subconscious peace of mind."

If you want to bring out the best in people and discover what they are truly capable of in your business, at home or in school, if you would like to find the inner satisfaction and peace of mind that lie beyond success, if you believe in creating a more balanced life, let this bible of coaching be your roadmap.

Paperback, 346 pages, $24.00; Pygmalion Press, 1995.