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Compete, Play, Win: Finding Your Best Competitive Self Hardcover – October 13, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160239718X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602397187
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,700,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Apostolico is the author of several books on poker, which he plays professionally. Having also been through law school and worked on Wall Street, he is an expert on competition. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.

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I love a good book whether it is a terrific work of fiction, an historical biography or a current non-fiction book. I'm a fan of many genres. Lately, I have really enjoyed the works of Malcolm Gladwell. Both The Tipping Point and Outliers really resonated with me. The books challenged some of my beliefs and were eye opening in their relevations. Gladwell is a master of tackling cutting edge concepts and presenting them in an oh so easy to read style.

In my latest book Compete, Play, Win: Finding Your Best Competitve Self, I hope to do for competition what Gladwell did for marketing in The Tipping Point. I want the reader to look to discover a few things about him or herself as to why and how they compete and how they can harness that innate instinct for maximum gain in today's strategic world. How we're wired has not changed in thousands of years but how we need to channel that competitive drive productively has changed dramatically. Just about all of us will, at times, let our competitiveness get the better of us and lead us down a path of self destruction rather than production. Recognizing that tendency and knowing how to combat it is critical to achieving success. I want people to become results oriented rather than focused on winning little battles that accomplish nothing more than satisfying the ego.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By alb2931 on July 26, 2011
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This book has some points but is very, very redundant. I think once you read about the three types of competitors you've gotten everything useful and interesting in this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sally on December 12, 2009
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This book caught my eye and I picked it up this week. I quickly learned that it is a must read for my three twenty-something children. In these competitive times and poor economy we all need a competitive edge. And, it is an enjoyable read as well. The author shares some amusing tales of his childhood and formative years. I highly recommend Compete, Play, Win!
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By The Emperor on April 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
For a free download this was worth a read.

It is quite well written and much of the content was quite interesting. Nothing particularly earth shattering is revealed but it was quite useful at times.

The author uses a framework of categorising competitive behaviour as being either a belligerent (has to defeat opponents no matter what), emulators ( as to do better than others), Strivers ( do the best possible in the long run).

There were some pretty interesting anecdotes though it would have been good to have had more actual analysis. It is a quick and easy read.

This was quite well done and was quite useful.
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By heath on November 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
product came in very good condition.was a good and easy read. i liked this book very much and it makes a good addition to my poker book collection.
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