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Training Camp: What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else [Hardcover]

Jon Gordon
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May 18, 2009 0470462086 978-0470462089 1
Training Camp is an inspirational story filled with invaluable lessons and insights on bringing out the best in yourself and your team. The story follows Martin, an un-drafted rookie trying to make it in the NFL. He’s spent his entire life proving to the critics that a small guy with a big heart can succeed against all odds. After spraining his ankle in the pre-season, Martin thinks his dream is lost when he happens to meet a very special coach who shares eleven life-changing lessons that keep his dream alive—and might even make him the best of the best. If you want to be your best—Training Camp offers an inspirational story and real-world wisdom on what it takes to reach true excellence and how you and your team (your work team, school team, church team and family team) can achieve it.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

In the spirit of his international bestseller The Energy Bus, Jon Gordon returns with another inspirational fable filled with invaluable lessons and insights on bringing out the best in yourself and your team.

Training Camp follows the story of Martin Jones, an undrafted rookie trying to make it in the NFL. He's spent his entire life proving to the critics that a small guy with a big heart can succeed against all odds. After spraining his ankle in the preseason, Martin thinks his dream is lost . . . until he meets a very special coach who shares eleven life-changing lessons that keep his dream alive—and might even make him the best of the best.

Whether you play sports or the piano, work with a computer or a scalpel, these lessons apply to you because we all must climb the mountain before reaching its peak.

Based on his work with professional sports teams, world-class organizations, and interviews with top professionals in a wide variety of fields, Gordon reveals the deep truths and proven strategies that take the very best to the top. Training Camp reveals that the best performers—in any field—all share the same qualities. Among other traits, the best of the best are able to maintain a big-picture vision while taking focused action, they are mentally strong, they seize the moment, and they inspire excellence in the people around them.

But these aren't inborn traits; they're skills and attitudes that can be learned and applied by all. If you want to be your best, Training Camp offers inspiring, real-world wisdom on what it takes to reach true excellence and how you and your team—whether at work, school, or at home—can achieve it.

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A story for anyone who wants to be their best and bring out the best in others

"Training Camp by Jon Gordon is a touching story about one man who faces his fears on his path to greatness. Along the way, he learns a valuable lesson about who is really in control. Grow your faith. Read Training Camp."
Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager and Lead Like Jesus

"I loved reading this book. Jon and I agree that one should not only strive for excellence on the field but also make greatness a life mission. I believe every coach, player, individual, organization, and team that wants to be their best should read and benefit from this book."
Mike Smith, Head Coach, the Atlanta Falcons

"Having spent my life studying the best, I have found that great individuals need great coaches. Training Camp is not only about the student but the mentor. Jon has woven a compelling story of two individuals together, traveling life's journey, striving for excellence, and leaving a legacy in the process. I found myself cheering the main characters on from the sidelines. Thank you, Jon, for leaving a legacy with the profound lessons found in this book."
Kimberly K. Rath, President, Talent Plus

"Training Camp is a great read for any leader, young or old—whether a coach, teacher, pastor, or CEO. Jon brings alive the key principles of the best of the best through the inspiring story of Martin Jones—a story built on the foundation of hope, hard work, and determination woven together to create excellence. Coaches, bosses, teachers, and leaders will find this book incredibly powerful and a great source of adrenaline for those they lead. It will inspire you to inspire others and to strive for excellence every day."
Brad Lomenick, Vice President and Executive Director, Catalyst, a movement of next generation leaders

"Jon Gordon has written a poignant and powerful story that helps us find the best within ourselves and bring out the best in others. He will change lives with this book."?
Jeffrey Zaslow, coauthor, The Last Lecture


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470462086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470462089
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jon Gordon's best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, and college coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals and non-profits. He is the author of The Wall Street Journal bestseller "The Energy Bus," "The No Complaining Rule," "Training Camp," "The Shark" and "The Goldfish," "Soup: A Recipe to Nourish Your Team and Culture," and his latest book "The Seed: Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work."

Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Atlanta Falcons, Campbell Soup, Wells Fargo, State Farm, Novartis, Bayer and more.

When he's not running through airports or speaking to businesses, hospitals or school leaders, you can find him playing tennis or lacrosse with his wife and two "high energy" children.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Answer of Success in any Field May 18, 2012
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I am a 65 year old retired executive and former BB player. This is the first easy reading book on how success is achieved in any field. The secrets in Jon Gordon's book, written in a way that everyone will enjoy, are so simple and so true. I know, I did it and so did many of my colleagues. Excellence comes from within. The author provides the road map in a brilliant and creative way that will leave its mark on those who want success in life, in sports, music, business, education, healthcare, or in spiritual pursuits.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Winning Begins in the Locker Room September 18, 2010
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Positive, uplifting, and real. Training Camp along with its companion play book are an indispensable resource for coaching oneself through the daily "plays" of life. As one improves their own game, the invariably are going to improve the game of someone else, organization or system. It is just that real and contagious. I love the main principle of the book "The Best Make Others Around Them Better." This is the the message of the book, you grow better, people and things around you also get better. Its time for Training Camp, lets get going.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It sounds cliche, but it's not May 19, 2009
Format:Hardcover
Okay, we've all read books about the underdog who rises to the top through sheer determination and hard work with the guidance of a special coach. We've seen the movies (ROCKY and KARATE KID come to mind) in which coaches inspire athletes to do more than they ever dreamed possible. Why do we love books and movies with this story line? Well, I think it's because we readers and viewers believe the best in ourselves is yet to come...if only the right coach discovers and hones our true talent. Read this book and let the words of Jon Gordon be your coach. Follow Martin, a RUDY-like aspiring NFL football player, who attempts to defy the odds to make his childhood dream come true.

Read it and you will be inspired. Live it and you will inspire those around you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read June 26, 2009
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I've read Jon's prior books and found them inspirational and insightful and this is no different. Admittedly, it starts a bit slow and perhaps corny, but games speed quickly and finishes very strong. Consistent with his prior writings, it's a simple message, delivered in a readable style with great character development. In the end, you actually learn some good lessons to apply to your business environment and employee development practices as well.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Training Camp September 5, 2010
By Rob
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One of the better books that I have read this year. Jon Gordon's fable is simple, direct and to the point. It is a highly recommended read for everyone. These principles should be taught in our schools and in our families.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life-Changing June 2, 2009
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I love this book....it is only incidentally about a rookie's struggles to make the cut at an NFL training camp. On a much deeper level, it is the realization that life is not about achieving success but of seeking lasting significance - once again, Jon delivers a message which will have a life-changing impact on those who read it. Of his three books, this is his best - and "The Energy Bus" & "The No Complaining Rule" are phenomenal reads. I have three daughters (18, 15, 9) who are all reading it. The book (and it's message) is a true blessing.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Training Camp: What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else is a must read for anyone and everyone from the sports enthusiast to the business owner to those striving to be good parents.

With Training Camp, Author, Jon Gordan has used sports as a basic metaphor for readers to gain knowledge about overcoming, achieving, preparing, having faith, handling pressure, overcoming a bad day, and seizing the moment in whatever you as the reader may be involved in personally. This book is even better than Gordon's previous best seller, The Energy Bus. As a writer myself I only wish I had written this book because I firmly believe it stands to be one of the strongest self help and achievement titles of 2009. I highly encourage everyone who buys or has read my book- Wisdom & Wisecracks for the Aspiring Business Owner- to also read Training Camp. It will change how you think about overcoming, achieving and success in business and in life.

Will Estell-Author/Publisher
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Our group was assigned this book April 5, 2014
By doroda
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We had one month to finish the book for discussion. I did not make the deadline, but having the book on my tablet to read at odd moments during the day got me further that usual for such assignments. I did like the book as a study of Christian daily walk.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Very inspiring novel, valuable lessons that correlate with success and striving for the lifelong mission of greatness. Highly recommend this book to others!
Published 2 days ago by Kyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great inspiration for the young athelete.
Published 7 days ago by JBravo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book!
Published 17 days ago by smilyguy
5.0 out of 5 stars Invigorating
Here is a book that just speaks to you. Jon Gordon does an excellent job of bringing knowledge of success beyond the self of others. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Troy Rivera
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Set
This book was an easy read. It draws you in from the point of how to keep a positive mental attitude. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Joseph M. Johnson II
5.0 out of 5 stars you must 'attend training camp
I'm not a sports fan and yet I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's an easy read and there's learning in every short chapter.... You can take it bite by bite... Read more
Published 24 days ago by erica waasdorp
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone Must Read
Very good, my 12 year old also read it and is applying it to his every day life. Everyone should read
Published 2 months ago by Chris pratt
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Inspirational! Strive to be GREAT!!!
Great read! very inspiring story. For anyone who strives to be great this is a perfect book. Have read 3 of Jon Gordon's books now (The Seed, Energy Bus, and Training Camp) and so... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joshua T Mulvaney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Bought this book as soon as I heard Coach Rocco from the University of Richmond had his players read it before spring practice this year. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pam Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This book was both motivational and enlightening. It helped me see a few things more clearly and is something that I will use as I strive to be the best I can be.
Published 2 months ago by Brian
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