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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: BookLogix (July 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610053494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610053495
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Stan Beecham is a sport psychologist and leadership consultant based in Roswell, Georgia. Dr. Beecham has taken his wisdom into the business world as he develops and conducts leadership development programs for corporate clients as a speaker and presenter.

Legendary coach Vince Dooley gave Beecham his start as an undergraduate student at UGA allowing him to work with Kevin Butler, the professional kicker for the Chicago Bears. Dooley later hired Dr. Beecham to start the Sport Psychology Program for the Athletic Department. He was instrumental in helping UGA win numerous individual and team championships during his tenure.

Today, his work with collegiate, Olympic, and professional athletes from many sports has afforded him an insight into the minds of great competitors that only few have had the ability to gain.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A. Tackett on December 3, 2013
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I'm a pretty serious runner and have always felt that my mind is my biggest obstacle to improvement. I bought this book based on a recommendation from Greg McMillan - I've used many of his online tools with great success.

Got to say that this book was not a lot of practical help. Thought provoking, yes. I got the feeling that this was a collection of seminar speeches the author had given over time. I didn't find a great deal of practical ways to think through the suffering of athletic participation and competition. I felt that the book lacked a structure on how to approach training and competition after the reader had completed the book.

In fact, the author somewhat admits this - in the Epilogue he states "... all I had to do was turn on my laptop and just sit there attentively as the words appeared in my head and my fingers magically typed out the thoughts the spirit was speaking to me." This book would seem to be a good resource if you just wanted to pick up, read a chapter, and then noodle on it a bit.

I did find Chapter 15 helpful - "Be ... Do ...Have". I just think it would have served the reader better had it come much earlier in the book. And this concept of a Human Being vs. a Human Doer is a powerful one. I do believe that the author was trying to get at something very basic within ourselves. Much of the discussion on ego reminded me of Thomas Merton's False Self and True Self. But even in addressing these themes, the author seemed to be confused on when to ignore the ego and when to be driven by it.

For example, in Chapter 5 - "The Myth of 100%" - the author states "Performance - the result - is what ultimately gets recorded and becomes the metric that you will be measured by.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. R. Donaldson on January 26, 2014
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This book is getting a lot of buzz in Atlanta's running community, probably because Dr. Beecham is local, but it's certainly well-deserved. I picked it up after a run because I'd overheard one of my running buddies recommending it to someone else. She was the 3rd person I'd heard giving the book praise, so I decided to bite. First, it starts out very intense. There were times when I had to put the book down and just reflect. I felt convicted and inspired at the same time. As I continued reading, I not only felt compelled to give my best in running, but also at work. Before even reading that Dr. Beecham also does corporate training, I was thinking how I could apply so much of what he was saying to how I perform at work. I finished the book shortly after the new year (2014), right before returning to work where I was taking on a new role, completely different than what I'd been doing at my company. Let me tell you, the book and especially that Epilogue will have you on fire! I went into that first day with an attitude determined for success. I mean, more determined than ever. I've maintained that for these first few weeks and I'm constantly asking myself, did I give my best today? To see the change this has caused in my efforts on and off the pavement is truly amazing. Pick up this book and allow that fire to be awakened in you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 27, 2013
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Having had the privilege of hearing Dr. Beecham speak on multiple occasions, I am excited but not surprised to see that his written words have the same impact as those he speaks. In Elite Minds, Dr. Beecham challenges every reader to avoid settling and to strive for their best. He proves this, not just conceptually, but through numerous powerful stories and illustrations. You will be sharing the contents of this book with those you live with, work with, and care for. A must read for anyone who desires more and is willing to look within themselves to attain their best!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Iseman on January 9, 2014
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5 stars- absolutely loved the book! Hard to set it down, it'll break you down, but it's very motivational. Stan does such a great job (through his stories and advice) of guiding the reader to set higher expectations for themselves so that they might unlock more of their potential. The use of quotes to introduce every chapter are great, and the book is an easy read with Key Takeaways sprinkled throughout on every few pages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chantelle Cottren on December 3, 2013
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I decided to give this book a read based on Greg Macmillan's recommendation through his running site. I was very pleased with my choice. Stan hits on the mental psychology of performing below your best, and I think he is on the money for why we accept mediocrity. It would be a great read for any coach, college athlete, or any weekday runner that still has a few goals to achieve!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim McFarland on January 15, 2014
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Best Ever is a big statement, I know. Let's just leave it as a question mark knowing, for me, it will be one of the best ever's! Stan has "stayed a student" and puts forth compelling information about how we all can reach our potential. It's helping me re-start my journey to be my very best and be productive for those who I serve. I value this book so much that I have purchased 45 copies and given them as gifts to my clients and associates. I hope you might find the same value. Thank you Stan for putting forth what you have learned, what you believe. Invaluable!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bedeezy on August 29, 2013
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I have had the pleasure of calling Dr. Stan a friend since 2010, where he came to visit our elite running team in Flagstaff, Arizona. I was struck by his presence then and I am even more amazed now by his ability to put the science of the brain and the mind into words that make sense to the average person. Elite Minds is applicable to not only sports but life. Each chapter almost comes like a bucket of ice water to the face, an abrupt reminder of what you are doing and where you want to go. I kept stopping and thinking, "yes Erin, he is talking to you." Elite Minds is a great read for anyone who wants to be successful, period. Stan has reached an unlimited audience and has driven me to different levels of success in all aspects of my life. I look forward to what he puts out next!
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