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The Only Way to Win: How Building Character Drives Higher Achievement and Greater Fulfilment in Business and Life Paperback – September 6, 2012
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From his more than 30 years of experience and applied research, Dr. Loehr believes the single most important factor in successful acheivement, personal fulfilment and life satisfaction is the strength of one's character. He strongly contends that character strength can be built in the same way that muscle strength is built throught energy investment.
Jim Loehr is also well known for his individual work with top-flight athletes and Olympians. A sampling of his elite clients from the world of sport include: golfers Mark O'Meara and Justin Rose; tennis players Jim Courier, Monica Seles, and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario; boxer Ray Mancini; hockey players Eric Lindros and Mike Richter; and Olympic gold medal speed skater Dan Jansen.
Dr. Loehr has a masters and doctorate in psychology, serves on several scientific boards, and is a full member of the American Psychological Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology.
Top Customer Reviews
I like this book because it's based on thorough research and first-hand experience. Dr. Loehr's ideas are articulated well and supported with fascinating research and examples. I'm not a CEO, Navy Seal, or a professional athlete but I appreciate the mental, physical, emotional and ethical challenges these folks address on a daily basis. There is no shortage of bad behavior out there, but Dr. Loehr provides remarkable examples of the good, too. The book breaks down the biggest human challenges and provides a solid roadmap for creating a meaningful and rich life that is rooted in individual values and beliefs. The ideas in this book apply to everyone. Recommending "The Only Way to Win" is a no brainer. It's worth reading.
I am a business coach and I will use the powerful questions and scorecard in this book in my coaching starting tomorrow!
It is filled with real-life stories that are moving. It also offers practical ways to evaluate and teach yourself and those around you about moral character strengths, performance character strengths, how to tell the difference and why that's important.
Sadly, most folks dismiss the discussion of moral values as too idealistic and unrealistic, despite the overwhelming evidence that they are the only enduring legacy anyone ever leaves. Most of us cannot recognize that every daily difficulty is an opportunity to build something of value in our lives. Most of us have no clue that our character really is our destiny.
This book should be required reading for every member of Congress, every chief executive officer of a business and every parent.
Moral leadership is the strongest kind of all, but the one most missing in our political and business arenas. Teaching moral character to children is the most important parental job, yet the most neglected.
Building one's own character is the key to life fulfillment, yet most of us seek happiness everywhere else first.
This book is for everyone of us in life who is struggling with great life and death challenges. Really, who isn't?
But, there is a strongly worded message in Chapter 10, page 216. It comes from a sign on the hospital door of a seriously wounded Navy SEAL and echos the message of this book.Read more ›
Arthur Ashe personally told me in the early 1980's sincerly and directly that Jim Loehr was the most important person in the development of the game of tennis and for that matter sports. Jim has softly disclosed that fear based processes don't have long lasting fuel for success in life nor contribute to longevity of consistent performances. He never mentions the biggest epidemic of our time ,escapism ,enmeshment issues and lack of authentic pedigrees because of this.. I honor his insights in that he doesn't alarm or frighten us, but teachs that the fuel to a complete fulfilling life comes from the human condition deep within our psyche and souls and all true long lasting champions have had this value system in one way or another.. !!!
My Hat is off to You Jim.. your maker would say Job well done... This is the most increduible sports book of the 21st Century.. for damm sure!!John Wooden would have proclaimed you the Best Coach of our time as well...
Thomas J. Monahan
Independent Financial Group LLC
Del Mar , California
From the time we’re young and trying to make a sports team or gain acceptance into college, we’re under tremendous pressure to succeed. The stakes are high, the rewards can be enormous and the cost of failure is sometimes devastating. Dr. Loehr, points out that ‘winning is the only thing’ for too many people. More to the point, he argues that competing vigorously and winning is good, but if we win the wrong way we always lose.
“The Only Way to Win” might be the most important book of the year for anyone who questions what our society has become and wants to achieve to a different, better and more sustainable standard. Loehr reveals that 80 percent of high school and college students admit to cheating to attain higher grades. Worse, most high-level athletes admit that they would not only take performance-enhancing drugs if they could not get caught and would attain their goals by doing so, but they would take those drugs even if it were to cause their certain death in five years. Of course, the depressing fact is that none of this will surprise anyone who follows the news.
The best thing about Dr. Loehr’s book is that it does not preach ethics for goodness sake alone.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In some ways, the ideas aren't that earth shattering. I found myself skimming through much of the text since he reviews a lot of research around achievement and morality. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James Franko
The book is well worth the read. Among other things, it is a good summation of the "happiness movement". Read morePublished 3 months ago by Andrew B. Laub
This book should be required reading for HS students. The idea of living life and defining success in your own terms and not that of society is not only uplifting but liberating. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Coach
Wonderful insight and advice! I bought copies for my older teenagers so they can focus on what is really important.Published 11 months ago by T. Kendrick
Seems to focus more on successful people who've given up any morality to get ahead in life and aren't happy. Hmmmm, I wonder why? Read morePublished 13 months ago by Greg B.