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I Feel Great and You Will Too!: An Inspiring Journey of Success with Practical Tips on How to Score Big in Life

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I Feel Great and You Will Too!: An Inspiring Journey of Success with Practical Tips on How to Score Big in Life [Paperback]

Pat Croce
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Book Description

October 2, 2001
Let the irrepressible president of the Philadelphia 76ers show you how to succeed in this invaluable blueprint for business and life.

A pioneer in the sports physical therapy industry, Pat Croce went from the training room to the boardroom in one of the most unlikely stories in sports history -- a classic rags-to-riches tale made possible by his indestructible positive attitude. With the same unstoppable character that has made him a favorite motivational speaker of Fortune 500 executives, Croce recounts the moments that taught him to strive for and achieve greatness.
But I Feel Great and You Will Too! is more than just the story of one man's remarkable journey. Throughout this moving, often hilarious, and always brutally honest book, Croce hits you with pointers on goal setting, communication, creative thinking, desire, dedication, and much more. Croce also includes his "Ten Commandments of Customer Service," the same guidelines he used to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the sports industry.

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Croce comes across loud and clear in his memoir-slash-motivational program. The owner of the Philadelphia 76ers is a go-getter par excellence, and in telling the story of his life, he works in a lot of the get-ahead philosophy that has served him well both personally and professionally and, he hopes, will help his readers in maintaining their drive to achieve their goals. Croce's story is not really a rags-to-riches saga, but he did come from relatively nowhere to found the successful Sports Physical Therapists enterprise and then moved on to the presidency of the 76ers. The core of his book--or at least the part that transles best into other people's home and work lives--is the discussion of his "Ten Commandments of Customer Service." These commandments include the necessity of listening well, the basic need for communicating clearly, and the hows and whys of giving compliments. At the end of relating the details of his career climb and the self-knowledge he gained from his experiences, Croce winds it all up by emphasizing that the journey through life, not the destination per se, is what is truly important. "It's the getting there that you will carry with you always," he concludes. The most effective aspect of this book, which is being heavily promoted by the publisher and will certainly be in demand at the circulation desk, is that although Croce does not come up with many new ideas about self-improvement and self-promotion, he does have a very personal and persuasive way of expressing them. Brad Hooper
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Jimmy Buffett This is a foot-stomping, knee-slapping good read.

Lance Armstrong author of It's Not About the Bike You'll find that Pat's enthusiasm and positive outlook will inspire your everyday life....Watch out...these pages are packed with energy!

Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (October 2, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074322213X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743222136
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #895,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Many books, So Little Time September 20, 2000
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So many books, so little time. Which one should I read? Which one should I invest in with my precious time? I know one book for sure that is worth your time, your money, your commitment. It's Pat Croce's new book---'I Feel Great'.
Revealing, rewarding, riviting.
When you spend time with Pat through this book, you come away energized, determined, motivated and enlightened.
Many people TALK a good game, Pat WALKS his.
I have always been a fan of GREATNESS,trying to understand what makes each one of them so incredibly different. This book was a real education. There is so much entertainment, information, creative thinking, desire and much more. Pat is fascinating and most of all...REAL. You will not be able to STOP reading it.
He combines with noted columnist Bill Lyon to present insight into and a look behind the scenes of his incredible journey from physical trainer to CEO. Bill Lyon is a five time PULITZER PRIZE NOMINEE and it shows on every page.
I promise you will really enjoy this book.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you not feel GREAT....... October 11, 2000
This book reads with as much energy as a Power Bar. The combination of life's lessons, helpful hints and humorous anecdotes makes for an enjoyable reading experience that is non- stop. It gives hope to those who choose to chase their dreams and gives inspiration to those who have not yet dared to try. At times Croce's story seem to good to be true but then he brings you back to reality with a self-deprecating story that shows that he has his faults too and that the secret of his success is learning from those faults and moving on in a positive way. A must read if you are interested in the pathway to success. It makes you feel great and I believe that his story is not yet finished being written.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pay attention when reading this book February 15, 2001
This an extremely interesting book on several levels. If you just read it to read it then it can come of as an egotistical sophomoric recount of Mr. Croce's life. If you did that you would be cheating yourself of an extremely motivational tale. Instead read between the lines, particularly up until the chapter on the ten commandments of customer service. By reading between the lines you realize that the things that made Mr. Croce successful are not his wild stories of college hijinks. It's not his repeated desire to tear appendages from those who disgree. It is his pursuit of simple truths. Great things start with small steps. Persistence. A belief in yourself and what you pursue. Although these are things we already know this book just reinforces them and serves as a reminder. His ten commandments of customer service are things we all realize are important. If asked each of us would probably produce a similar list. Yet when I read them it made me review my own companies handling of customers. I can see where some stories can come off as a little much for some people but they should not deter anyone from reading this book. When I had first finished the book I probably would have rated the book a 2, maybe a 3. After thinking about it and really looking into the story I realize it was much more of a motivational book than I recognized at first glance. While I don't think it would improve to a 5 start rating I do believe it is a very solid 4 star. It is particularly so for someone looking to fortify an already existing similar view of life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pat Croce feels great and I do too! October 1, 2003
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whether or not you know the name pat croce, once you read his inspirational story you can't help but know the name. his motivation and drive launched him from the training room of sports injuries to the front office of sports ownership. an endless go-getter who went and got, pat croce reminds the reader to be hopelessly positive. his 'ten commandments of customer service' is a bible of business. and if owning the 76ers basketball team and starting the high-altitude Slamball league weren't enough, Pat Croce is also a highly motivated motivational speaker, author, television personality, and as his book says 'big scorer.' he'll tell you the secrets to being able to drain that 3-pointer, block that kick, and make that sale (though not all at the same time)! don't think of him so much as an 'entrepreneur' but more as an 'encourageneur.' he even inspired me to write this review! read this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do Good, Have Fun, and Enjoy the Wealth!! November 26, 2003
There are several bloody good points in Pat Croce's book "I Feel Great and you will too!"
First and foremost, it is the power of positive attitude. According to Pat, it was his permanently positive attitude that helped him score big in life. A positive attitude, in turn, comes in several dimensions. It is self-confidence and sincere believing that life is an extremely great thing to experience. It is expecting success in the future and doing the best you can to help God make you prosper (and this does not mean lighting lots of candles in churches, at least not limited by that). It is pushing other people's limits, helping them achieve more than they have even dreamed of. It is "doing good" to "do well". And this all genuinely generates your excitement and further reinforces your positive attitude.
Pat also stresses the importance of balancing your passion and tolerance, the Yang and Yin, in doing things. Being an extremely choleric person himself, Pat emphaqsizes the importance of cultivating tolerance and caring, the Yin, while it is clear from the book that the lack of Yang (agression, energy and passion), or over-restraint of your Yang, can damage the optimal balance as much.
You have to have enough passion and energy to quickly rush into doing what you think is good and worthwile, to "buy" the minds and souls of your pals into the idea; but you also have to sometimes calm yourself down, sit still, and listen to the emotions, concerns and advice of others. Or, more in Pat Croce's style, to restraint yourself from getting too hot and breaking the skull & bones and ripping off the heart of someone who dared to say a bad word to you. And that all requires a good deal of Yin.
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I not only recommend this book, but also the other motivational books Pat has written. I have had the pleasure of reading them all and meeting him in person as well. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just READ it Now!
There are useful pointers when you don't have the time to go through the 2nd or 3rd time. Also, Pat gets straight to the issues (i.e. Read more
Published on July 9, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars I Feel Great and You Will Too!
I have followed the work and success of Pat Croce during the past 20 years. His life is the classic American rages to riches story. Read more
Published on January 1, 2003 by Mark J. Occhipinti
2.0 out of 5 stars Some good material, but too many asides to wade through
The only good part of the book is his enthusiasm and his knack for getting "right to it" in his life. Read more
Published on December 15, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely GREAT!
Before reading the book, I was very skeptical. How could the life of Pat Croce, an NBA owner, influence my life and decisions? Well, I was completely wrong. Read more
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