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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (October 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743210964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743210966
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,748,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are a few basic qualities that can help folks of any age live a happier life: a sense of personal responsibility, good sportsmanship, willingness to share time and feelings, and the all-important trustworthiness. These basics can be easy to forget in our busy daily lives, and that's why Start Something is such a handy little book to share with friends and family members: it helps you remember what's important. Earl Woods, author of Training a Tiger, and his son Tiger have put together a wise and friendly manual for being a better friend, student, teacher, and community member, and it's so plainly written that middle schoolers can make as much use of it as their grandparents.

Kids starting a new activity or school will find help in pages labeled "It's Ok to Be Nervous" and "If You Don't Know the Answer, Ask for Help". Plenty of grownups can gain from checking out sections like "Control Your Anger" and "Don't Spread Rumors." Role models, both being one and finding one, are an important part of this book, and readers are encouraged to look beyond famous accomplishments to see personal characteristics--as Tiger says, "I don't consider other athletes to be my role models, although I admire them for their abilities. My role model is my dad." Each of the book's many sections are short and to the point; few run over two pages in length. Start Something is an easy read, one that can be shared aloud and discussed with children of all ages. --Jill Lightner

About the Author

Earl Woods is the bestselling author of Training A Tiger and Playing Through. As president of the Tiger Woods Foundation, he is an internationally sought-after motivational speaker who appears regularly before major corporations, government groups, and charities. A former teacher, he served two tours of duty as a Green Beret in Vietnam, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. As a college athlete, he was the first African-American baseball player in the Big Eight (now the Big Twelve) Conference. He lives in Cypress, California.

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The key message is that good habits make for a better life.
Donald Mitchell
Children who are looking for a hero can trust that this book will be an inspirtation to them.
Shirley H.
I bought this book to give to my daughter, who wants to work with at-risk kids.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Earl and Tiger Woods team up in this book to provide great advice for children on how to make the most of their lives. The book begins with an introduction by Tiger that talks about the importance of being a role model, and describes his Dad as his. From his Father, he learned to "share and care." He challenges young readers. "With your help, I believe that we can make a difference in the lives of others across the world. I challenge you to join me."
The rest of the book contains advice by Earl for young people, the same advice that he gave Tiger. At the end of many sections, Tiger adds a quote that endorses and amplifies how he internalized these messages. Although explicitly aimed at youngsters, this book is equally valuable as role model information for parents, especially Fathers.
The key message is that good habits make for a better life. The book has about 70 brief essays that detail these good habits. Space limitations here prevent listing them all, but I thought they were all well worth articulating. Here are 19 of my favorite sections:
Follow your passion, not the pack.
Did you help someone today?
Unload your past mistakes.
Shut down the jerk who teases you.
You can pick your friends, but not your brothers and sisters.
You are a leader.
You have to start somewhere.
Notice the kid everyone ignores.
Respect your body.
Take responsibility for yourself.
Complaining is for cowards.
Are you listening?
Say hello.
What are you proud of today?
Keep promises.
Say you're sorry.
Say thank you.
Ask others about themselves.
Read newspapers.
Tiger Woods fans will revel in some of the stories in the book. One of my favorites is about Tiger when he was five.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Now we know why Tiger Woods is such a winner--he believes that everyone can make a difference in the world, and this book shows how. Written by his dad (and clearly his best friend), this book has great ideas for kids/teens about how to get involved, make friends, be a team player, get along with parents, and be a bigger, better person. We especially liked the entries that addressed dealing with bullies and racism, and how to be a good winner and loser. Positive role models are so rare for kids, especially from the sports world. Tiger is a real treasure, and so is this book--it will be our #1 gift to give this year!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shirley H. on April 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I read the book and am planning to buy three more copies, one for our church library and one for my two oldest grandchildren. Children who are looking for a hero can trust that this book will be an inspirtation to them. The principles used by the Woods family while raising Tiger Woods are extremely admirable for people of all ages. It is easy reading and gives positive ideas on how to live our lives.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bonita L. Davis on July 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Parents and their children will love this great book where Earl Woods challenges young people to make a difference in their lives. As the father of champion golfer Eldrick "Tiger" Woods, Earl Woods shares his motivational philosophy of life for building character. He gives young people good solid advice in dealing with life's obstacles and coming out a winner.
Earl Woods lays down those old fashioned values of honesty, courage, integrity, respect and others that are essential in living in today's world. Each section begins with a question or comment that Earl explains and later has Tiger share his own thoughts about the subject. Thus you have a beautiful combination of father and son encouraging young people to achieve excellence in their lives. It is moving to read Tiger's sharing of his relationship with his father.
Get this book as a gift for that special young person in your life. Use it as a resource in motivating your students and raising your children to become responsible men and women. Our children are precious jewels. They will make a difference in this world.
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