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The Winners Manual: For the Game of Life [Kindle Edition]

Jim Tressel , John Maxwell , Chris Fabry
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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The Winners Manual: For the Game of Life shares Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel's “Big Ten” fundamentals for success: Attitude, Discipline, Faith, Handling Adversity & Success, Excellence, Love, Toughness, Responsibility, Team, and Hope. Peppered with personal stories from Coach Tressel’s storied coaching career, this book shares the fundamental lessons that he has been imparting to his players and coaching staffs for the past 20 years. A perfect blend of football stories, spiritual insights, motivational reading, and practical application, The Winners Manual provides an inside look at the core philosophy that has positively impacted the lives of thousands of student athletes and served as the foundation for two of the most successful college football programs of all time. Includes 8 pages of color photos and a foreword from NYT best-selling author John Maxwell. All of the proceeds from the book are being donated directly to the William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library Renovation Campaign.
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  • Each chapter closes with a practical application section, where readers will be “coached” on how they can apply the lessons imparted throughout the book to their own lives, via the establishment of measurable goals.
  • Provides a rare inside glimpse into the mind of one of the most respected coaches in college football history and into the huddle of one of the most successful football programs of all time.
  • Filled with hundreds of inspirational stories, quotes and anecdotes.


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  • File Size: 2108 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; 1 edition (March 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0018QSNWC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,323 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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55 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Admiration and Respect July 16, 2008
Format:Hardcover
One Moment Changes Everything: The All-America Tragedy of Don Rogers
I'm West Coast born and raised. Too often we fans, and sportswriters, get caught up in regionalism and bias. We may call it "loyalty", but that's a nice word for what often comes across as petty whining because our coach, team or region isn't constantly praised by the media. It's nothing terminal, that is, until we take those perceived slights personally. In the writing of my book about former Cleveland Browns' star safety, Don Rogers, I had the opportunity to gain an insight into what I will admit was a foreign people: football fans of Ohio. So it was with a slightly more enlightened perspective than, say, I would have had some years ago, that I read "The Winners Manual" by Ohio State head coach, Jim Tressel. Never mind that the proceeds from the book go to the school's already amazing library. That's just the icing on the cake. The book is a how-to manual for organization, and road map into the mind of Tressel, a man who excels in one of the toughest jobs--including being in the highest levels of politics--that a person could ever have.

I believe we bend ourselves toward our goals, and it isn't any one thing that gets us there. If you're looking for insight into the great Jim Tressel, this book will help. But if you're looking for a guide in which to help you live a better, more organized life, The Winners Manual is a must-read, along the lines of some of John Wooden's best books, and books by the best and brightest CEOs this country has produced. Learn from, and surround yourself with winners, and success will follow.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! August 4, 2008
Format:Hardcover
I am so impressed with this book - and so surprised.
Here you have a book by one of America's top football coaches and, most impressively, he writes about his mother's gratitude at being given the opportunity to be of service to her community, and how this specifically impacted his approach to football and the coaching of young people.
He describes her approach to life as 'Attitude' - being grateful for the opportunity to be of service to others, to look outward at how you can be of service rather than inward at how you are doing, as the basis for excellence as an athlete (or in your work and life).
He also talks about excellence as an approach that pertains to your life as a whole - how do you show up at home after work, how do you treat people in stressful situations, how do you bring out the best in a player, a child, a passing acquaintance.

I would recommend this book highly to anyone interested in having a great life - it is not just about football!
If you enjoy this book, I also highly recommend: Being Here: Modern Day Tales of Enlightenment and How to Create a Magical Relationship both by Ariel and Shya Kane. They also write about excellence and suggest, like Tressel's mother, being of service to others, especially in the little challenges that show up moment to moment, rather than having your attention on yourself.
It is so nice to see so many authors writing about how to have success, and successful lives, based on what Tressel describes as gratitude, taking care of others, and going for excellence in everything you do.
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31 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leading By Example July 15, 2008
Format:Hardcover
This excellent game plan for the gridiron of life was 23 years in the making.

Over that time period, coach Jim Tressel has utilized such a manual for his Youngstown State and Ohio State teams. And this book is the guide presented to players at the start of each season.

The main source that inspired Tressel came from the home; his father, Lee, was a long-time head football coach and athletics director at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. Lee was nationally-renowned in the coaching community for his work with young people. But Lee also had a "head coach" in reaching out to others.

"She (Lee's wife, Eloise) typed the practice schedules for my dad's teams, because at a small school the athletic department didn't have money for a secretary. She sewed the players' names on the back of their jerseys at Baldwin-Wallace College for many years," writes Tressel, in a section on living with an attitude of gratitude.

"And her service was always motivated by a perspective of gratitude," he continues. "She was grateful that her husband had a chance to coach and to have an impact on all those young men. Because of her service and her involvement in the community, she was selected as an outstanding citizen in the city of Berea long before my dad was."

Each day will bring additional challenges, which may lead someone to tackle new avenues and goals. "(I)f a player says, 'I really want to excel at football, but I feel that medicine is my life's calling,' we help that player map out a plan to make it to medical school. It might be medical school, law school, or some other career path, but we want to help every player achieve his goals," writes Tressel.

"Executing a plan to reach our full potential takes a lot of preparation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great book, good insight
great book, good insight. We all make mistakes and no one is perfect. Coach Tressel is a good mentor, man and leader.
Published 14 days ago by James B.
5.0 out of 5 stars I have it and loved it, too bad Jim Tressel had to take ...
I have it and loved it, too bad Jim Tressel had to take a fall for someone else. At least that is my theory, hopefully the truth will come out and he will be vindicated.
Published 18 days ago by Mike Pope
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. a must for everyone
Published 1 month ago by Mike Buchholz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Great wisdom in this book. Definitely a recommended read!
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Kandel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Timely and just as I expected!
Published 2 months ago by Chelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Great buy!
Bought this book for my teenage son. He loves it, great condition! Wasn't sure when it'd actually arrive because I just got a timeframe, but they delivered and I got exactly what I... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bianca
5.0 out of 5 stars Winners Manual
The book was a great read,.. very interesting and spot on regarding evaluation of personal perspectives and your ability to lead and manage others. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Paul Kluttz
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a First Edition
This is not a "First Edition". My husband is a big Ohio State Fan and is enjoying the book, however, the "First Edition" is false.
Published 7 months ago by Lindy
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone
A great read for anyone regardless if they are a coach or not. Great advice for young adults, parents and educators about life's lessons.
Published 8 months ago by Gibson
1.0 out of 5 stars Tressel is a
Hypocrite. Writing about trust, integrity. I find this highly interesting considering when he was up against it, he lied, cheated, and covered it up for years. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nicholas H. Hopwood
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