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Racing to Win Paperback – July 23, 2003
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About the Author
Joe Gibbs, head coach of the Washington Redskins, also owns Joe Gibbs Racing, winner of the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Championship with driver Bobby Labonte. Tony Stewart, the leading individual race winner of the 2000 season, is also a Joe Gibbs driver. Gibbs and his wife, Pat, have two sons and live in North Carolina.
Ken Abraham is a New York Times bestselling author, known worldwide for his collaborations with high-profile public figures. He has published forty books, and his collaborations have been featured on several major TV networks. Abraham lives in Tennessee and has two daughters, Ashleigh, 13, and Alyssa, 11.
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To do both in the same career? That's unheard of, unless you are Joe Gibbs.
As a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, I was never followed the NFC too closely, but then when Tony Stewart joined Joe Gibbs Racing, I started looking at Joe Gibbs and his past accomplishments. What he has done in the sports world is truly remarkable.
"Racing to Win" is more about Joe's principles for life and success more than his life story per se, although he uses several incidents in his own life to illustrate his points (including a perilous brush with bankruptcy during his coaching career). Throughout it all, Gibbs doesn't really toot his own horn, describing himself as "just a P.E. major made good", but the fact his that success seems to stick to him like a magnet lends creedence to his principles.
Joe has outlined 6 fundamental prinicples that are necessary for a successful life that is also complete. Although one can have some success without all of them (and Joe presents his ex-boss, Jack Kent Cooke as an example), one will fall short of a full and complete life without all of them (career, finances, relationships, team-building, morality, health). These 6, applied with copious amounts of hard work, discipline and perseverence, are Gibbs's game plan of success.
As noted by other reviewers, Gibbs' Christianity has a prominent role in his book, but anyone remotely familiar with him should know that it has a prominent role in his life as well. To criticize him for nothing more than actually practicing that which he preaches is a bit unfair, IMO.
Joe's own track record of accomplishments speaks for itself. Together with Ken Abraham, he has written a book that is instructive without being preachy, entertaining (his anecdote about broadcasting with Mike Ditka will leave you laughing out loud), and will make you think about what he has to say. It is also not a overly long read, either.
If you want to study the "why" more than the "what" behind Joe Gibbs, I highly recommend this book.