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Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, & Priorities of a Winning Life Hardcover – July 10, 2007
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What does it take to be a modern-day hero?
""I really wanted to show people you can win all kinds of ways. . . . For your faith to be more important than your job, for your family to be more important than that job . . . we all know that's the way it should be. . . . I'm not afraid to say it.""-Tony Dungy
People of all ages crave heroes. But it's rare to find someone-especially someone in the media spotlight like Tony Dungy-whose life "and" work reflect positive, value-driven precepts.
In Coach Dungy, many have found a role model. Sports fans admire the way he intensely pursues success without sacrificing his team members' well-being. Parents point to his example when teaching their children about the importance of hard work, persistence, and graciousness whether they win or lose. Even his fiercest competitors acknowledge that Coach Dungy is a class act who knows how to get the job done and who keeps his priorities intact while he's doing it.
To all these people and more, Tony Dungy is a real-life hero-one who teaches us about the importance of quiet strength, fierce determination, and a humble heart.
From the Back Cover
He led his team to #1 in the world-and showed the world a better way to live, lead, and succeed.
When Tony Dungy led the Indianapolis Colts to victory in Super Bowl XLI-and made history as the first African American coach to win the big game-millions of people, amazed by the success of his quiet, authoritative leadership style, wondered: how does he get it done?
In the pages of this fascinating memoir, Tony Dungy reveals the secrets to his success-principles, practices, and priorities that have kept him on track despite overwhelming personal and professional obstacles, including firings, stereotypes, and the tragic loss of a child.
In the face of so much adversity, Tony has not only survived but risen to the very top of his profession in a way that's won the respect of fans, players, and even his competitors. His thoughts on leading, succeeding, and attaining true significance will inspire you to take a long, hard look at the things that "really" matter in your own life.
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Top Customer Reviews
"Quiet Strength" is one part autobiography, one part thrilling sports biography, one part coaching technique, one part dealing with suffering, one part family life narrative, one part social commentary, and one part Christian living teaching. Woven together seamlessly, the subtitle accurately provides the beautiful tapestry that results: "The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life."
Reviewer: Bob Kellemen is the author of Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction , Soul Physicians, and Spiritual Friends.
This isn't a football book. If you're looking for the X's and O's of how the Colts won the Super Bowl you'll need to look elsewhere. This is a remarkable story about a remarkable man and his journey up to now. Although it's easy for all of us to look at the positives in Dungy's life, especially since it's only been about 5 months since the Colts won the Lombardi trophy, this book outlines the many, many challenges and setbacks he's had along the way; but it's how he's responded to each and every one of those situations that make him an excellent role model.
I had often wondered why a search of "Tony Dungy" on Amazon yielded nothing until this book came out. The reason behind that is explained in the Introduction: as a very quiet, private man, Dungy didn't see the need to hype is career/life in a book. Or he didn't until he realized it could be used to help others, and that's precisely his goal with Quiet Strength. Much has been written about his outreach to teens in trouble after his own son committed suicide in 2005. Seeing this man in action and hearing him speak recently, I have no doubt these reports only scratch the surface. Dungy is a remarkable person who impacts everyone around him.
Dungy isn't one to operate with a bunch of smoke and mirrors. Even his advice on building a solid team would be considered pretty dull by today's standards.Read more ›
This is an extremely well written book! I was a big fan of Coach Dungy from his Tampa Bay Buc days (I am a Buc and Jaguar fan) and because like him I ended up in Indiana about the same time that he moved up here, I've followed his career up here--but this book unveals so much about the man and how his faith helps him to interpret the events of his life--both the good and the bad.
What many people would consider insignificant events, Coach Dungy helps the reader to reevaluate and to see in their correct light. I think anyone who reads this book will come away a better person than they were before they read the book--truly a mark of a great book, but also a mark of the quiet strength that motivate Tony Dungy!
Tony's book is a testament to making life a `family moment.' Achievement shouldn't be made at the sacrifice of the achiever's soul. There are many real life lessons in Tony's biography, but this book is much more than that. They detail how to deal with issues with maturity, humility and thoughts of others first. Does it work? Well, he just won the Super Bowl with that philosophy, and believe me, 100's of sportswriters woke up the next day with stale egg on their face.
Dungy agonized whether to put the heartbreaking story of his son in the book, but finally relinquished to help others who have to somehow come to terms with family tragedies. I've grown so weary of endless sport exposes' that emphasizes the negative. That is one of the delights I had when reading this book- the absence of sports self-glorification in the Dungy story. This is far from being your average sports tell-all. In August of 2007, this book was number 1 in the country in sales, proving that you don't have to write a gossip book for a novel to be successful about sports.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a man! This was FANTASTIC!!! Ever since I read it (and I am not a sports fan) I've wanted to read any other book he has out because I love who this man is and how he is! Read morePublished 22 days ago by Diana Nagy
Very good reading about a great man, dedicated to his Lord.Published 1 month ago by Bobby D. Creiglow
Enjoyed reading, profound messages on understanding to be patients in the journey toward achieving goals....It's in God's Time.Published 2 months ago by Edgar Manzueta
Given as a gift and got a call after each chapter was read asking me why I selected the book because it was so in line with some of his life challenges. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Traci B
“Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life” by Tony Dungy is a book of exemplary quality. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alec Cuthbert
Quiet Strength is probably one of my favorite books that I have read recently. Written by Tony Dungy in discusses how Dungy became head coach of the Colts and brought them to the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Debbie Jamison
This book was a very cool and inspiring perspective that brought an eye opening experience of what strength and faith mean. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Drew Davis