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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business; Reprint edition (March 2, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767901320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767901321
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wildly successful hoops coach Rick Pitino takes a time-out from the rigors of the NBA to outline his approach and techniques for motivating individuals. The paperback edition contains an all-new foreword written since Pitino's departure from the Kentucky Wildcats and the 1997 national championship season. His plan for excellence in all aspects of life, including sports and business, is more than goal achievement; this is the guidebook for goal overachievement! Pitino presents 10 crucial steps for success, drawing examples from his 20-plus years in the basketball trenches to inspire readers.

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When Rick Pitino became the coach of the Kentucky Wildcats, he took them from NCAA probation to four spectacular Final Four appearances, including the championship in 1996 and an incredible return to the NCAA Finals in 1997. Under Pitino's leadership, the Wildcats garnered a 70 percent winning record. Now the head coach of the Boston Celtics, Pitino has clearly become a master at molding great players and great teams. What's his secret to success?



Pitino's method--and the reason he's both a peerless basketball coach and one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in the country--is built on a strategy of overachievement. He simply doesn't believe in shortcuts.



Success Is a Choice draws on Pitino's 17 years as a college and professional coach. In a friendly, one-on-one style, using anecdotes from his superstar career to drive home his message, Pitino presents a concrete, 10-point program for achieving success in every aspect of life, including:



How to make winning seem inevitableHow to achieve things that even you don't think are possibleHow to subordinate your own ego and individual agenda for the common goodHow to get people to work as a team

LI>How to thrive on pressureHow to feel better about yourself--and improve the way you relate to others



Pitino's winning techniques appeal to everyone from corporate managers to educators to parents. Based on the same proven methods that have earned him and his teams legendary status, Pitino's plan of attack will help anyone become a winner.

Customer Reviews

Book is well organized and easy to read.
Erik1988
Through reading it and choosing to closely follow its principles, your life and the lives of those around you REALLY CAN dramatically change for the better.
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I highly recommend this book for anyone feeling like they need a boost in life.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Thaddeus Marcum on May 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
Did you know Rick Pitino beat up the starting point guard while he was at UMass in practice? A few weeks later, he got into a fight with the backup point guard and thought, "Now that these two guys are out of the way, I'll be a starter."

His coach suspended him a few moments later.

Such is an example from Pitino's guide to success. He's honest and shows us a glimpse of what exactly goes on in that tenacious mind of his. His methods are similar to most, but his examples and life lessons are quite intriguing, including how he was forced to take a step back after the death of one of his children while he was coaching Providence. Pitino is selling no gimmicks. He's offering a taste of what it was that made him successful, and upon reading this book, you'll see how he scarcely took no for an answer and outworked everyone else while you ask yourself, "Success might be a choice, but it will cost me greatly." Once at the top, he stresses a changing in methodology in an effort to keep ahead of those who would otherwise mimic your success. He also hones in on the importance of communication and the ability to admit failure and move on.

Perhaps more than any other point was the idea of not embracing success. Pitino says this happens to far too many individuals upon realization of their goals, and they then tend to loaf and take it easy.

I enjoyed Pitino's book and have employed a few steps of what he has to say. His views on time management, organization, communication, and decisiveness make for worthwhile reading.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Carey VINE VOICE on May 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
Rick Pitino is a coaching legend in basketball. He led the University of Kentucky Wildcats to an NCAA championship in 1996 and he has the distinction of being the only coach in college history to take three different schools to the Final Four in playoff competition: Providence, Kentucky, and Louisville. He has also served as head coach of the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics in the NBA where he helped to rebuild the programs at these two professional basketball franchises.

Pitino wrote this book in 1997, following the national championship season with the University of Kentucky Wildcats. He wrote this as a self- help guide intended to help individuals overachieve and reach levels of success they never thought imaginable. He lays out his plan in a ten step process, emphasizing the fundamentals that must be in place if one has any hope of achieving lofty goals.

Most of what Pitino talks about in this guide is common sense and it's the type of motivational material we have all heard countless times before. We all know, for instance, that a positive attitude and sound communication skills are critical on the path to success. We also know that persistence and learning from mistakes are important components of success and that anyone who fails in these two endeavors isn't likely to make it very far.

Self- help and motivational guides are usually very dry and ordinary, but while some of Pitino's words certainly fall under this designation, other things he advises are more unique and offer a fresh perspective. I haven't read a large number of self- help guides, but certain parts of Pitino's advice do manage to step outside the box. One thing that stands out the more than any others is Pitino's advice (warning is more like it) not to readily embrace success.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 16, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I read this book about 6 months ago and saw it again here on Amazon. I will give credit to Pitino for giving some no-nonsense good advice and some very interesting anecdotes, but he says them over and over again without really getting into much detail. In a couple chapters I found the EXACT same paragraph written twice. It looked like he had cut & pasted from a previous chapter. He also gives little detail about what he says. For example, he says we need to learn how to get in "the zone" (a term used by basketball players which refers to when an average player plays like an All-American without any effort) more often. NO KIDDING RICK! Players have tried a million different ways to get into the zone. It's not that simple. If you want a self help program, get Anthony Robbins' Personal Power II. It's second to none.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1999
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Rick Pitino is a genius at getting the maximum effectiveness from people regardless of obstacles. Having his exact philosophies on my home bookshelf is a joy and provides instant motivation on days where I feel lazy, unmotivated or unfocused. Everyone occassionally needs a jump start and Coach Pitino is a walking kick in the butt. But what's important is that he conveys the "Why's" of his messages, meaning that there is purpose to his ideas and that is what makes you remember each step because they really do provide the framework for deserving success. Lots of people like to think they know everything it takes to be truly successful, but ironically very few of us actually are. This honest, gut-checking book will definitely be a constant reminder and functional compass to make sure any reader is pointed in the right direction. I can't recommend it highly enough. Now I'm going out to get the CD!!!!!!!!!!!!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Lawrence on September 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
Rick Pitino's book on how to overachieve in the business world is nothing that anybody with any common sense hasn't heard before. The book was written because Pitino is trying to tell his story of his basketball career. He will make a germane point with the first paragraph at the beginning of the chapter, and then will belabor the simple point into 20 pages. This is a good book to read, buy you don't need to read the whole thing, you need to read the first few points of the chapter, where Pitino makes his point, and the summary of the main points at the end of the chapter, and you will learn just as much as somebody who read the whole book. It is a decent piece of literature, but combined with a biography of Pitino's career makes the entire work way to redundant.
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