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By Jeff Harjo, Partner and Financial Institutions Practice Lead at HoganTaylor

The end of March and beginning of April brings the NCAA basketball championships and opening day baseball.  For many of you, this also marks the end of reporting season and a much needed break from working nights and weekends.  Easter always brings hope and I am proud and appreciative of the inspirational thoughts and messages from friends and co-workers.

During March madness, I am always reminded and inspired by the late, legendary Coach John Wooden.  Coach Wooden led UCLA to an amazing 10 NCAA championships in 12 years, including 7 in a row.  If you are a coach or if you have athletes in your family, you have probably heard about Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success.  These teachings apply in sports, business or life in general.

Coach Wooden had several maxims, all worth reading.  One I related to my son earlier this year when his college baseball team was struggling.  To inspire each player, Coach Wooden would say: “You are no better than anyone else, and no one is better than you”.  Think of the strength of a team with each player believing that statement.  We could all learn from that one.

As I am writing this, there is still an Oklahoma team in the NCAA tournament (not my Oklahoma team mind you – my alma mater got a jump on the fishing season).

OK, Sooners, I’ll pull for you this one time. Go get ’em.  There is nobody better.

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