14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2012
I had the chance to read Marc Trestman's book about a year ago after a friend had given it to me as a birthday present. After finishing it, what struck me the most was the general arc of the book: life always throws twists and turns at you, but that you are most defined by the ways you respond to them. This message stuck with me at a time in my life when I was suffering through chronic depression. As a former football player myself, the transition to a ''non-athlete'' was excruciatingly difficult after suffering a series of concussions. For about a year, I was in and out of the hospital and had to undergo long-term therapy to recover from the head injuries. My life had turned itself upside down and I had no idea what would await me. Reading through Mr. Trestman's book helped me realise that life doesn't always go exactly the way you want it to, but that you can shape your destiny by working hard and maintaining your goals in sight. This book is a must-read for all people, young and old alike, who often find themselves as the underdog in life.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2013
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"Perseverance Life Lessons on Leadership and Teamwork" is the perfect title for this book. Marc has learned it from every angle and is very candid in how these lessons have shaped his life, his attitude and his leadership qualities. Strangely, I started this book on his birthday and a day later he became the new head coach of the Chicago Bears.
I'm sure that it was largely the football fan that had me turning the pages so fast, also watching his early years with my Cleveland Browns that had me intrigued in the first place. Walking away from the book I know that I'm a better man and a better leader if I take the simple principals he writes of and apply them to my business and my employees. Getting people to see the best they have to offer and showing them how to "win the day", while never being bigger than the team, is the ultimate accomplishment in any setting. No matter your sports allegiance or where you are in life, this book is an inspiration to anyone that wants to persevere and rise to their greatest ability... and do it the right way.
Congratulations for all the good things that happen in your life Marc, you've earned them...
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2013
It's hard to be the lone disenting review but I have to be honest. I read this because I wanted to learn about who was taking over as the coach of the Bears. The book itself though is not nearly the classic that other reviewers would have you believe. It begins with several poorly written introductions by former players. From there Trestman begins a chapter by chapter resume of his football playing and coaching career (mostly coaching). And it really does read a bit like a resume, including a couple of letters of recommendation from coaches and players he's worked with included in each chapter that all sound so much alike one would suspect they were written from a template (i.e. Mark's so smart, he deserves to be a head coach in the NFL). He compliments them, they compliment him, repeat in next chapter. Each chapter has a short(half page or less) bumper sticker/cliche type comment on leadership and there are observations about other great coaches styles but nothing revolutionary. In each chapter Trestman moves to another city for another assistant coaching job, tells you who he works with, how the season goes, then he gets fired and the next chapter begins with the next city he moves to. And there are a lot of moves! Now, if you are a football coach who aspires to coach your entire life and hopes to climb the coaching ladder I would call this book a must read because it will definitely inform you about just how long a ladder you might be climbing. But aside from that audience I would not recommend it as a book on leadership or as a motivational book. He has persevered there's no doubt about that, I just didn't find his story motivating to me or well written. I'm not taking anything away from his long climb I'm just commenting on the book itself. It's important to remember that he is a coach, not a writer, and as long as he can do good things with the Bears this year that's all the matters to me.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2013
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I chose this book as even though I am a Packer fan, I had heard many admirable things about Coach Trestman. The reviews I read through you indicated as much, and the book did not disappoint. Coach Trestman is a remarkable human being who's life has made more twists and turns than all the roads listed on a map, but from every experience he took something positive and forgot the rest. He leaves you with a "roadmap" to do it yourself, that not only holds your attention, but that motivates you to want to be the best person you can be and to care for others. It is a guidebook for not only being a successful person, but a nice guy, even more importantly. It is a must read. Whoever you are, sports fan or not, it applies!
on July 14, 2010
I have turned the final page of your book. It chronicles your life story, and what an awesome story it is. I might even be tempted to call it an odyssey. I have taken many "nuggets" of wisdom and inspiration from it, enough to fill a treasure chest it seems. I will return to that chest often, lift the lid, and poke around inside to find the particular nugget I might be needing at the moment. The book is so well written, flowing...there is a little something of everything in it. And clearly, your words, thoughts, and memories have been drawn from the deep wellspring of your being. I like the introductions on leadership that set the stage for each chapter, and the bite-sized, highlighted inserts, many that have been contributed by other people. I am a visual person, someone who enjoys putting a face to a name, and so I really appreciate the photographs sprinkled liberally throughout the pages. There was much to learn, moments to laugh, to cry; I was inspired, moved, and often flat out amazed as I travelled through the pages of your book.
Your life has indeed been richly blessed. The early, heartwarming memories you share of your deeply-planted roots, growing up in Minneapolis with wonderful, caring parents provide some insights as to why you have become the person you are today. Your wife, Cindy, is a wise and loving, supportive life partner, and your family is complete and full with two lovely daughters. As well, there have been numerous other significant people who have crossed your path over the years; people who have been instrumental on the diverse roads you have travelled - contacts, coaches, players, life-long friends. One of these people who has impressed me so much is Bud Grant, legendary coach of the Minnesota Vikings, and your boyhood coaching hero. A "master of observation" he was...of people and the game. A man of few words, yet he possessed a colorful array of life lessons that he was able to teach so effectively. I was moved by the stories of the monarch butterfly, a red fox lying on the football field, and deer at the window. How important he felt it was to make a conscious effort to slow down, to be "aware in the moment"; to take time to notice the beauty of nature, and appreciate its often fleeting presence in our lives...a vital life lesson that you now always try to 'pay forward'.
And so, the future shrouded in swirling mists of the unknown, it was to Montreal, Canada, and the Alouettes' camp you came, armed with a wealth of experience, a 7-step vision, and a few key words in hand...respect - for each member of the organization, the game, opponents, the National Anthem; discipline, humility, perseverance, trust, accountability, and a catch phrase that anyone can take to heart, and make their personal mantra..."win the day". Under your wise and strong leadership, the warp and weft of it woven together with threads of the highest values and standards, the team has flourished and gelled into a highly skilled, tightly knit, caring unit...a family, a place where I believe love abides. Two poignant incidents stand out for me, and they center around game balls. Tony Proudfoot, a former Alouette, is indeed a fine and brilliant man. I am well aware of his terrible battle with ALS, and the courageous decision he has made to walk through it in such a public manner. Understanding that he still had so much to contribute to the game of football, and to his old team, you invited him to be guest coach at training camp...and presented him with the game ball after winning the 2008 Eastern Conference Final. Then there was the ball for Jacques, the assistant equipment man. On that occasion you also used the moment to teach a 'locker room' life lesson. Sitting here at home, I cried along with all those size-large, ruff 'n tuff football players.
To relive the final minutes of that surreal 2009 Grey Cup game was awesome. Through your words, the emotions came flooding back as if it happened only moments ago. With 0 time remaining on the clock, and as though it had been heavenly ordained, kicker Damon Duval was given a reprieve, a second chance to split the goal posts...and the Grey Cup would be ours. As he lined up with holder Ben Cahoon, a nation, on the edge of their seats held its collective breath, surely many unable to look (like me!). It was several days before I was able to wind down from the emotion of that game. And so, Marc...for as long as you remain in Montreal, I am, and always will be, so grateful for all that you are doing to enrich this city, and our Alouettes football team.
Thank you for coming into my mind and heart with the gift of your story. It has been an incredible journey.
on January 22, 2014
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This book chronicles Marc Trestman's long, strange football trip, from player to QB coach to offensive coordinator on a variety of NFL teams. He finally made his mark as a head coach with two Canadian Football League championships and is currently the coach of my team, the Chicago Bears. Along the way, his specialty has been preparing quarterbacks to take their game to the next level, including Bernie Kosar, Steve Young and Rich Gannon. And over the course of this past season, the proof was in the pudding: As a Bears fan, I have seen a marked improvement in Jay Cutler's demeanor both on the field and in front of the reporters' microphones. Truth be told -- I bought the book back in August when I heard Cutler say he had read it, and it appears he has bought in to Trestman's system. If you've followed the NFL for the past 30 years, you'll know dozens of the coaches and players Trestman mentions, with insights into what went well (and not well) on the teams he was with. If you're a football fan, this one is well worth picking up.