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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (August 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812974980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812974980
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,589,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“We who know the rigors of athletics honor Joe Montana’s career, because it demonstrated hard work, mental toughness, and the inner knowledge and confidence of doing the right thing. The Winning Spirit gives us an insider’s view of the makings of this warrior.”
Phil Jackson, nine-time NBA championship coach; author of The Last Season and Sacred Hoops

“Joe Montana’s history of poise and presence has set a standard for athletes for many years. His competitive zeal, and his passion for the game of football as well as life, is reflected in The Winning Spirit. The energy Montana brings to any activity is an inspiration to all of us.”
Bill Walsh, former head coach of the San Francisco 49ers; author of Bill Walsh: Finding the Winning Edge

“Joe Montana showed me and all his teammates what courage is all about. He taught us that to be winners, we must never give up. That’s the winning spirit that makes Joe a giant both on and off the field.”
Ronnie Lott, ten-time Pro Bowl selection, member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

“In The Winning Spirit, Joe Montana and Tom Mitchell have joined together to share their tools for peak performance. They make success, achievement, and performance under pressure accessible to athletes and weekend warriors as well as people in all walks of life.”
Brian Boitano, champion ice skater, 1988 Olympic gold medalist

“Joe Montana and Tom Mitchell are dedicated to transforming everyday management teams into high performance leadership teams. We are fortunate to have these two pros now sharing with a wider audience their secrets about enthusiasm, resilience, and the competitive spirit.”
John Polumbo, president and CEO, AT&T Consumer


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About the Author

Joe Montana led the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl victories and is the only three-time Super Bowl MVP. Drafted in the third round in 1979, Montana was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000. Since retiring from professional football, he has become a popular motivational speaker and co-founder of MVP Performance Institute (www.MVPperformance.com), a consulting company that trains business executives and others on improving individual and organizational performance. He lives in Northern California.


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I got this book last week and I love it.
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I strongly urge anyone who desires to realize their purpose and fulfill it to devour this book.
Jason Kirsch
Easy read with a very powerful, positive message.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jason Kirsch on October 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is great and truly inspiring. I read it cover to cover twice in one week and have underlined much of it. Football icon Joe Montana and performance coach Tom Mitchell share with the world the principles of what makes a true winner on and off the field. These universal principles far transcend sports and can easily be applied by anyone in any field (business, arts, etc.). After dissecting this book, I am convinced that one of the most important contributing factors (besides the given) of Joe Montana's greatness was due to his dedication to preparation, hence, the title of this review. This book is a clear, simple, practical, concise, and highly effective guide for making your truest dreams come true while enjoying the ride. I strongly urge anyone who desires to realize their purpose and fulfill it to devour this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David G. Stokes on March 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I wouldn't call this book revolutionary or awe-inspiring, yet it is full of sage advise from 2 men who definitely walked their talk. Each short chapter contains an intro section, followed by examples; first from Joe Montana, and second from Tom Mitchell.

I was drawn to this book because, from the first time I saw Montana play for the 49ers, I knew he was a leader. Though I'm not a 49ers fan (GO COWBOYS), I still watched to witness Montana's prowess on the field. Mitchell is a leader in his own right, leading college teams to championships.

As with most books written by former athletic stars, this book focuses mostly on sports, but that's okay. It's an easy and rewarding read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nino Brown on May 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'm into self improvement and thought it'd be interesting to hear the perspective of an athlete on how one can perform better. I thought listening to this (unabridged) audio CD would be a productive way to spend my commute to work. And I was right.

This book demonstrates which principles one should employ to achieve goals, be a team player, and a leader -- all while maintaining good spirit. Every principle was backed by examples of real and successful people -- so there is no B.S. and I like that. It includes stories of legendaries such as John Wooden, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, etc. It even includes business world examples from Tom Mitchell's (the co-author) corporate coaching experiences and Joe's business experiences. It's definitely not about Joe.

I am not a football fan, and was definitely not expecting their talk to be so real. Their advice is dead on the money. It was silly that they picked 16 principles because that was the number on Joe's jersey -- but all 16 of them are actually practical/useful.

Another reviewer said this wasn't sliced bread -- but if you listen to them and actually put their principles into practice -- in business, relationships, sports et cetera --you will definitely come out on top.

Recommendation: Buy. If you're going to get advice, get it from the best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Living Life Now on April 13, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Easy read with a very powerful, positive message. Have recommended this book to business associates with excellent feedback. The principles are easy to relate to and perfect for group focus and attitude.
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Format: Hardcover
I am not a big sports fan so I was skeptical this book would be cliche's like "Throw the ball and make the TD!". Instead I found a practical guide with interesting stories to back up practical ideas. Sure we have heard many of the ideas before, but to hear how they truly applied to someone's real life is very useful. And I much prefer books by people who "made it" over books by persons who became successful telling you how.

It is clear that Joe had a lot of initial talent but in his stories he talks about how he went from 3rd string QB at Notre Dame to parlay that talent to become a superstar athlete.

But no, the book is not about Joe Montana, he is merely the vehicle to convey the inspirational messages. It is not a vanity piece.

An example of how Joe and Tom's book can help you is their advice, "Fail Fast". I had the value "persistence" in many cases where I should have failed fast and moved on to more constructive endeavors. I had to learn the hard way. Had this value been ingrained in me I would have saved years of my life following the wrong paths. Hopefully their readers can learn many lessons from the book rather than the school of hard knocks.

He also covers the slogan "There is no 'I' in TEAM" and how you should really approach it.

This is definitely a book to help you shape your mindset for success. Not a timeless classic, but a good meat and potatoes guide.
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By Biz Reader on July 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book was excellent. Joe Montana will transform his winning spirit to you through these pages. It is a great book which will help you to use the winning strategies of a sports team in your own life. Anyone who desires to succeed will be encouraged by what is written on the pages in this book. I shared this book with a couple friends because I felt that some of the things written in it would bring inspiration into their lives. They both agreed that it was very good. I don't think anyone would be disappointed with one.
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By Kaepernick7 on December 27, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great read!!

If I was reading this book in the car and got into an accident and totaled my car I would not be mad.

The best way if your are going to try and accomplish something is to try and mimic someone who has done it before. Joe Montana has been to the Superbowl 4 times and won every single time, I think I want to get my winning principles from him.

Joe Montana's tireless work ethic showed itself in gamedays. The game itself is only 60 minutes but he might be prepping for it for 40 hours that week. For Today is when we preapre for tomorrow.

I love Joe Montana and I love this book. Great read. Simple and plain conversion into applying to our own lives.

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