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From the Back Cover

What stands between you and your dream? Listed by Advertising Age as one of YouTube’s hottest brands, Dude Perfect has used its crazy basketball shots to reach and inspire hundreds of millions with a contagious Go Big philosophy. By leveraging the connected world, the Dude Perfect guys’ dream became a reality, and now, they want the same for you. Written by one of the dudes himself, Go Big tells their story and unveils their secret: five practical principles for taking your passions, skills, and dreams to the next level. Are you ready to Go Big?

About the Author

Cory Cotton, a graduate of Texas A&M University, is one of the founders of the five-man trick basketball shot team known as Dude Perfect. Since its appearance two years ago, Dude Perfect has garnered more than 47 million views of its online content and has been labeled as one of You Tube’s top 10 most in-demand brands. An experienced writer and speaker, Cory has been privileged to speak live in front of millions on several television shows, including Fox’s Studio B and CBS’s The Early Show. Alongside his brother, Coby, he performed and spoke in front of the 13,000 attendees of the Catalyst Conference, one of the world’s largest leadership events. Cory is involved in promoting several charities, including Compassion International and Visiting Orphans.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; First Ed 1st Printing edition (August 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414361378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414361376
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 7.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cory Cotton, a recent graduate of Texas A&M University, is one of the founders of the five-man trick basketball shot team known as Dude Perfect. Since its appearance two years ago, Dude Perfect has garnered more than 60 million views of their online content and has been labeled by Advertising Age as one of You Tube's hottest brands. Cory has spoken in front of millions on television programs such as Fox's Studio B and CBS's Early Show. Cory is involved in promoting several charities, including Compassion International and Visiting Orphans.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Madley93 on January 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I received this exciting and well written book from Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for an impartial review. When I opened the box and looked at the cover, my instinct was to say: "Oh, it's a kid's book", and "it's all about sports, looks like basketball". Wonderful! I know basically nothing about sports, and definitely nothing about basketball. What do I do now for my review?? I quickly flipped through the pages and saw pictures of guys throwing basketballs outside, inside, and upside down!

I eventually pulled back from my initial reaction and gave the book another check. And am I ever glad that I did! This book is all the things I mentioned above - but it is SO much more. What started as six university guys throwing basketballs in the backyard of their house, and challenging each other to "go forward"; as well as a few dares: "You'll never make this shot", has now turned into a strong motivational force with a web page, an on-line game app, group presentations, and of course, this book. In this social media world the "Go Big" Philosophy has reached to faraway places, and impacted many lives. And all this has happened in the last two years.

Although this book is written by just one of the "Go Big" guys, it is really a compilation of all their efforts to reach their highest goals. Over time the original six became five, as one member decided to follow another dream - a dream well understood and accepted by the team. Throughout the book we are introduced to all members of DudePerfect.com. We get to know each individual and what they bring to the team. For me, one of the brightest lights in this book is how the group shines as a team, how they work together and grow even stronger.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deacon Mike: An Itinerant Preacher on November 8, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This new work is published by Tyndale House Publishers and it is far from your typical self-help, make good type of book.

Author Cory Cotton shares that "the book you're holding is for people who want to go big... period.... This book is for those who want to pursue excellence, who want to blow it out of the water and chase down their dreams. This book is for those that want to go big- and who refuse to apologize for it."

When I read that I was taken thirty years to a business author I came to admire and enjoyed reading called Tom Peters. His breakthrough book was "In Search of Excellence" and in it he highlighted a number of companies that excelled at what they did because of what and how they did it.

Corry and the boys at Dude Perfect seem to have this same type of spirit about them except they are the ones pursuing their dream and they have succeeded in the new connected world by pursuing their passion and sharing it on YouTube.

In a nutshell these "dudes" have built a business around making seemingly impossible trick basketball shots. Out of their experiences they have developed the "Go Big Philosophy."

The book is filled with many well tried and proven clichés such as "Pay attention to your passions" but Cotton brings a new and fresh approach to the field of business self-help. They are also young- did I mention that. A quick look at the back cover of the book shows how young they are and a visit to their YouTube channel confirms that I likely have suits that are older than these guys.

As an old guy exploring the new world of the internet through my blog, I found this book a helpful "energy drink".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Bachik on October 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is an easy and enjoyable read for both me and my 11 year old son. He and I both LOVE their awesome trick shot videos! We have been fortunate enough to meet these guys in person and I can tell you they are the BEST. They make my son feel like he is a KING when he's with them. Great job, Dude Perfect!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carl on September 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was really excited about Cory Cotton's new book "Go Big" based upon his success with the "Dude Perfect" videos seem on You Tube. I went to Texas A&M with these guys, and actually was in a small group at church with the Cory himself. It's crazy to see how far he has come during the past couple of years, and I just wanted to see what he had to say.
I'm a business major, and like to keep things simple if possible, and therefore, I really liked Cory's "5 Key Principles" to "GO BIG:" get excited, own it, blink later, inspire others, give back. He elaborates on each of these points throughout the book.
This is an honest look into an ordinary guys life who found success in something he loved. It's a simple, enjoyable read, and I promise you will laugh multiple times during your read. If you're anything like me, it will be hard to put down once you start reading. This is a great book for someone who is in college or an entrepreneur looking for something to attain in life. This book is truly motivating! It shows us that we all have a God given talent, as different as they may be, that we can use to glorify God
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Zwieg on September 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Go Big, Make Your Shot Count in the Connected World, by Cory Cotton is a remarkable book! The journey they have taken is full of practical tips that you can apply in your own circumstances if you so desire. If you have the passion and the motivation, you can GO BIG too!

My Thoughts: Basketball. I hate basketball. I never liked it as a kid and I am not fond of it still. So needless to say, I was extremely skeptical of this book when I was given the chance to review it. The cover did not exactly catch my attention either...college kids jumping and having fun. I am an adult, I don't jump and rarely have fun...what in the world could I possibly have in common with what I am about to read?

I grudgingly opened the book and began reading and before I knew it, the entire afternoon slipped away and I had finished the entire book...I could not put it down! I was so awestruck with the passion, the honesty, the integrity of these guys that I felt honored to have been able to read their account of how they became Dude Perfect.

This is one of those books that I will save on the shelf for just the right time for my boys. Soon enough they will need to gather their thoughts and decide where they are going with their passion. The Dude Perfect gentlemen have blazed the trail already, the have asked the questions, they have understood the hard work that living your dreams can take! I am very impressed with this book and I am giving it five stars!

*I was given a complimentary book from Tyndale House Publishers, this did not effect the content of my review as they are my honest thoughts.
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