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About the Author

Dr. Jason Selk is the bestselling author of 10-Minute Toughness, director of mental training for the St. Louis Cardinals, and an executive coach.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (November 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071786783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071786782
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Chancellor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent self-coaching book with great content. I think the title and sub-title do not fully convey the value and message of the book - in my view it is more about how to actually achieve your goals. I think the title might lead the potential reader to think the book is only/primarily for executives. I believe the book can be a very valuable resource for anyone interested in achieving their goals.

Dr. Jason Selk, the author, is an executive coach and a "mental toughness" coach for many world class athletes including the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. He draws on his vast experience of executive and sports coaching to write a very engaging and entertaining book. But the real value is the well laid out principles and exercises he gives. These are the exercises and examples he uses in coaching very high level executives. So this book gives you some very valuable lessons in personal achievement at a very reasonable price.

The book presents 10 mental toughness concepts, with a separate chapter devoted to each concept. The concepts are grouped into four major categories: The foundation - defining your specific goals and who you are. The second category deals with the process of achievement, setting priorities and how to hold yourself accountable. The third major category covers focus, improving execution and consistency. Here Dr. Selk gives lessons on controlling your emotions, scripting your presentations and the 100 second mental workout. The final category is about overcoming obstacles. Here he introduces the concept of "Relentless Solution Focus" - focusing on the solution rather than the problems. He also introduces us to "Gable Discipline" - a wrestler and now wrestler coach who is a master at discipline.
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Format: Hardcover
"The fundamentals presented in this book have worked for every one of my clients who has made the commitment to using them over the past 15 years. When I say every client, I don't mean most clients. I literally mean every client." Dr. Jason Selk, page XV of the Preface.

The author made a bold and confident statement to begin this book. You will see why after reading this entertaining, informative and highly instructional work. This book will force you to consider something that many of us refuse to recognize: We alone are the masters of our destiny.

Short Organized Format

There are four parts with ten concise chapters (totaling less than 200 pages) accompanied by a lengthy introduction, a concise notes section and detailed index. The author's writing style is motivational and supportive. It is as if he is talking directly to you during a one-on-one session. Dr. Selk also provides a great number of anecdotes from clients, such as the St. Louis Cardinals, who have benefited from his advice. This format provides actual case studies for you to study and learn.

Innovative Features

There is a "Choose to Be Great" synopsis at the end of each chapter to reinforce key points. Another feature that I liked was that the author asks you to do things as you read the book. For example, on page 25, "My purpose of life is..." Dr. Selk makes you write down specific goals and objectives. He gives you charts, fill-in-the blank lists (such as the Success Log) and urges you to use electronic schedulers to stay on the course. If you don't like to challenge yourself, exceed expectations and perform self-evaluation, you probably will not like this book. It is a call to action. One that most of us will be pleased to answer.
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This is a terrific resource for successful executives. Applying the principles of athletic training and toughness to my business have helped me reach my goals with less stress, more focus and greater self discipline. This book has been a life changer for me.
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I give this book three stars because for me the material is very basic and review and for me personally there was not much to gain.

This book could be beneficial to those that want direction in life and their career. It is set up with sections in the book where you can actually write down your goals, self image, identity statement and other activities. This book might be interesting for the following people: those don't know what their purpose and priorities in life are, those who haven't set personal goals before and those who want a guide to achieve direction in life and or their career.

I think that people that have already determined what their self image is, who have defined their top three priorities in life and those who know how to create and obtain goals already will be disappointed with this book. If you are a seasoned professional, a leader or a person who has achieved personal and career goals this book may be dull read.
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This book was good enough I read it twice and went to Jason's seminar. His teaching has taken me from focusing (unknowingly) on negative to a more positive daily focus. I feel better, I'm happier, and I'm more confident thanks to Jason's teachings.

I would recommend this book to anyone who doesn't normally understand business coaches and sports psychologists who use big words that the normal person doesn't understand. Jason makes it easy to understand with his use of analogies and stories of others he's helped.
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