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Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success: Building Blocks for a Better Life Hardcover – February 28, 2005
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The book was logically organized around the Pyramid's fifteen building blocks and its ten mortar qualities (the mortar that holds the building blocks together). A four-page chapter was dedicated to each of the building blocks and mortar qualities. Each chapter had three parts: Coach's experienced thoughts; Jay Carty's biblical perspectives; and then Bible readings, probing questions, a commitment statement, and a concluding prayer to help readers apply the chapter's principles to their lives.
Coach Wooden was a very spiritual man, and he helped inspire my own budding spirituality. In this book, I expected to read about how his spirituality influenced his Pyramid. However, the book was much more Bible-focused than I expected. I found too many Bible passages too long (I printed all the cited passages in seventy-three pages!) and disconnected from their chapter topic. Fewer, shorter, and more focused/more easily understood Bible passages would have been much more effective in complementing the authors' preceding insights.
I am sure many people will find the book's content properly balanced, and appropriate for their expectations. As much as it pains me to say something less than stellar about Coach Wooden's work, I was disappointed with this book. Overall, I would still recommend it for anyone wanting deeper insights into Coach Wooden and his Pyramid of Success.
The book is a great read. It is divided into the blocks of the pyramid and the motar sections. I am reading one block each night to my kids!
A great book for anyone at any age. Would make a great graduation gift!
For those who are Christians, there is a segment at the end of each block with verses from the Bible for them to meditate on. I, personally, find it very useful. For those who are not Christians, they can simply ignore it as every element towards achieving success has a very logical rationale to it and it's spiritual beliefs is largely similar in other religions.
It's an excellent way to keep ourselves on track in everything that we do.
1. Introduction to Coach Wooden and his concept of using a pyramid to teach success.
2. 15 chapters on "Building Blocks" that includes such traits as: planning, self-control, alertness, and loyalty.
3. 10 more chapters on "Mortar Qualities" such as ambition, sincerity, and honesty.
At the end of the book, Wooden and Carty take these qualities and show how they help form the "apex" of the pyramid. In each chapter ending there is a mention of a particular Bible verse that could apply to the described trait.
Read, enjoy, and be challenged by one of the greatest coaches in all of sports history!
His "Pyramid for Success" is a widely used motivational, self-help method/book, and it is filled with useful life information. His definition of success, for example, is very useful for those distracted by more worldly and more selfish measures of success. For Wooden, success is "a peace of mind that is the direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming." Anyone who reads this book will not fail to come away with some important lessons in life.
I also like the way that Jay Carty has taken Wooden's principles and then applied them to the life of Christians from the Bible: what a wonderful enhancement to Wooden's work!
I do, however, have 2 criticisms of the book. First, I'm not convinced that all of the 15 "building blocks" and 10 "mortar qualities" necessarily build on each other the way the book implies. They seem more like disjointed points which, though excellent, don't add up to a coherent vision to understand and live life. My second criticism is that by building a devotional book on top of Wooden's pyramid, one comes away sometimes with the idea that one is building up oneself in terms of faith or salvation. Wooden's advice is based on human experience and endeavor and doesn't begin with the gospel of grace. For this reason, the devotional part of the book, while very useful in some ways, is insufficient and even misleading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the length. Not sure how much I liked the Jay Carty additions.Published 9 days ago by Brady
The author coached under Wooden and therefore knew the man and the foundation of his pyramid. Christian faith aside, this book would benefit anyone seeking to live a better, more... Read morePublished 22 days ago
Studying and internalizing the principles in this book will surely increase the odds of success in all that one chooses to pursue in life.Published 1 month ago by Aimee A Wood
Coach Wooden is a timeless example of what a coach should be. Coach Wooden can teach at any level. He is a true coach.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent! I'm purchasing another one for myself this time...Thanks!Published 2 months ago by Steve Lumbardi