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Come to Win: Business Leaders, Artists, Doctors, and Other Visionaries on How Sports Can Help You Top Your Profession Hardcover – June 29, 2010

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Curious about life after tennis, Venus Williams started talking to other former athletes—pros and amateurs—and heard encouragement and some hard lessons, including the fact that the famous name doesn’t always guarantee business success or even open as many doors as some might think. The result is a collection of essays from a wide variety of sources—businessmen, politicians, artists, and scientists—all drawing on lessons learned through playing sports. Williams includes advice she has gleaned from her own career, including a childhood of drilling on life principles by her father and her own current business ventures in clothing and interior design. Among the contributors: from the political world, Bill Clinton and Condoleezza Rice; former athletes Billy Jean King, Magic Johnson, and Bill Bradley; business executives Meg Whitman and Ken Chenault; actors Denzel Washington and Hill Harper; journalists Soledad O’Brien and Robin Roberts; and designers Vera Wang and Richie Rich. Contributors offer advice on how to learn from losses, block out distractions, and visualize a course of action. Solid advice from a wide and varied A-list of contributors. --Vanessa Bush

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“Containing gems of biographical information not available elsewhere, this presents inspirational readings on how sports can make a significant difference and teach ‘life lessons.’” (Library Journal)

“An engaging collection. . . . Her advice comes from leaders who are masters of the power game, but the lessons are for us all.” (Bloomberg Businessweek)

Come to Win is an athlete-driven project based on a refreshing concept - curiosity about what makes other people tick. . . . Successful people don’t always win, but they nearly always learn something useful when they lose. It’s a timeless message.” (ESPN.com)

“Contributors offer advice on how to learn from losses, block out distractions, and visualize a course of action. Solid advice from a wide and varied A-list of contributors.” (Booklist)

“A book written by former sportsmen and women who then made good in the world of commerce and politics [is] a welcome addition. Come to Win promises to be just that.” (Financial Times (UK))
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Amistad; 1 edition (June 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061718254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061718250
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,978,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is more about how the sociology of sports can influence what you do once you leave the competitive playing field than it is a tennis book. It's full of tips about how you can turn your athletic past into leadership skills. The profiles, even of the lesser known candidates, are fascinating. A great read for former athletes, parents, sports enthusiasts.
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This is a well thought out and written book with motivational gems throughout the books. well worth the read.
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Format: Hardcover
Come To Win

Review by Ahmed Olayinka Sule, CFA

The game of tennis has produced its fair share of worthy champions in both the men and ladies circuit. A number of these champions such as Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Rod Laver, Serena Williams, Boris Becker, Martina Navratilova etc have written autobiographies chronicling their journey from fresh tennis upstarts to multiple Grand Slam Champions.

In writing "Come To Win", which was released during the 2010 Wimbledon Championship, Venus Williams, the seven times Grand Slam champion takes a different route from her other professional colleagues. Unlike the autobiographies of her other professional colleagues, "Come To Win" is a compilation of Venus interview of forty-six successful people in which she documents the contribution of sports in their various professional careers. The people interviewed are achievers in a variety of fields including politics, business, medicine, sports, science, arts, and media. Venus essentially seeks answers to the following questions: How can sports help you in your profession? What principles that inspired you towards success as an athlete are helpful in your career? Are the skills learnt in sports transferable? What role did sports play in your development as a child?

Some of the people Venus interviews include Sir Richard Branson (founder of Virgin Group), Bill Clinton (former US President), Denzel Washington (Oscar award winning actor), Philip Knight (Nike co-founder and Chairman), Irene Rosenfield (CEO of Kraft Foods), Billie Jean King (multiple Grand Slam Winner), Condoleezza Rice (former US Secretary of State), Jack Welch (former CEO of General Electric) etc.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is a terrific read! There are many wonderful nuggets of advice for both men and women on how to convert athletic prowess into success later in life. Some of the best insights are from the people who aren't necessarily famous.
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COME TO WIN: BUSINESS LEADERS, ARTISTS, DOCTORS, AND OTHER VISIONARIES ON HOW SPORTS CAN HELP YOU TOP YOUR PROFESSION is edited by Venus Williams with Kelly E. Carter, and offers a fine guide suitable for business and sports collections alike. It shows how to turn a sports background into success off-field and comes from a winning sports figure who has asked nearly fifty former athletes who have made it big off-field about their formulas for success. From visualizing techniques to turning losses into learning tools, this packs in keys to achievement.
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