- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Lincoln Bradley Pub Group; First Edition edition (June 1, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1879111756
- ISBN-13: 978-1879111752
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,633,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It doesn't take genius or superhuman ability to win in our careers, in sports and in all areas of life. What it does take is the ability to maximize what we already have in order to overcome everyday obstacles. This is what Carl Mays espouses in A STRATEGY FOR WINNING. According to Mays, we must be able to keep the temporary setbacks we all experience from turning into defeats. In this 272-page hardcover book, Mays has collected winning strategies of business leaders, great sports figures, coaches and entertainers, and distilled them - along with lessons from his own life - into principles that can be valuable to anyone. It is an easy-flowing, entertaining book that caused this reader to think about how in our hi-tech society we often overlook low-tech solutions to our problems. -- Bottom Line/Personal
Most journalists try to avoid self-help book writers like travelers try to avoid rolling down their windows near the paper mills in Mobile, Alabama. The noxious fumes of me-ism have a tendency to smother anyone who has to listen. Carl Mays is a self-help book writer. He is, however, rather like the clean cold air of an air-conditioned room sweeping through an open door into a mosquito-laden humid summer night. His reasoning is clear and inviting. His book, A STRATEGY FOR WINNING, takes the basic pasta of 1,000 other psychological recipes for better living and adds the sauce of common sense and good story-telling. His basic ingredients include: self-image; attitude; creativity; values; building on failure; goals; visualization; teamwork and overcoming procrastination. -- The Jackson Sun Newspaper
To reach your goals in life, you have to take the offensive. You can't sit back and wait for things to happen. You have to MAKE them happen. This, according to author Carl Mays, is a basic tenet in his book, A STRATEGY FOR WINNING. In working with business groups, sports teams and other organizations, Mays developed a formula for success, using the acronym A-C-T-I-O-N. Here's what the letters stand for: ATTACK the problems or obstacles that loom between you and your goal. Don't wait for someone else to take care of things. Don't wait for another person, group or team to make the first move. CREATE opportunities. According to Mays, an ancient Chinese proverb states: "One who waits for roast duck to fly into mouth must wait very, very long time." TEAM up with others to achieve your goals. Winners work together. Winners believe in one another. Winners help one another to get the best from themselves. INSTILL a burning desire to succeed. -- National Enquirer
About the Author
Dealing with motivation, human relations and performance improvement, Carl Mays has spoken at over 4,000 events. Clients include corporations, associations, sports teams, government entities, religious organizations and educational groups. Receiving the National Speakers Association's Certified Speaking Professional designation in 1986, and Council of Peers Award for Excellence in 1993, he is a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame.
With over a dozen books on Amazon, Carl writes a weekly newspaper column and blog, and has contributed to many print and online publications. With several recorded songs, he is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. His musical drama, The Clown, has been presented in over 2500 U.S. communities and on the British stage.
Carl's commendations include Murray State University's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1990, and Religious Heritage of America's 1987 Faith and Freedom Award that honors national communicators who contribute to the high ideals and values on which America was founded. He has also received commendations in New Orleans, Columbus, GA, and Gatlinburg, TN, for city-wide youth work. Among other recognitions, Carl was presented with special Certificates of Appreciation for his 2005 keynote address at the US Army Reserve Medical Symposium for deployed surgeons, and his 2006 keynote at Homeland Security's Border Patrol Chiefs "Operation Jumpstart" Conference.
His education includes a Bachelor's Degree in Oral/Written Communication and Psychology from Murray State University; Master's Degree in Education and Communication from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; and additional Study in Public Speaking, English and Creative Writing from University of Memphis. Born and reared in Humboldt, TN, he graduated from Humboldt High School.
Carl may be contacted at email@example.com or (865) 436-7478.
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Football coach and motivational speaker Lou Holtz wrote the Foreword to this book, and that is what first drew me to it. Then after I got into it, I was captivated by the author's 'down-to-earth' style and the practical suggestions and easy-to-follow guidelines he suggests. This is a how-to book. It shows the reader how to be more efficient, productive, creative and successful. The author says we all have things we can do well; we all have abilities we can tap, but sometimes we don't know where to begin. That's where A STRATEGY FOR WINNING comes in. Mays emphasizes nine principles that lead to success in business, sports, family and life. A chapter is dedicated to each of these principles: (1) self-image (2) attitude (3) creativity (4) building on failure (5) values (6) goals (7) visualization (8) teamwork and (9) overcoming procrastination.
With degrees in communication and psychology, Mays is a professional speaker who has spoken to over 2,500 businesses, sports teams and other groups, and I like the way he uses real examples to illustrate the points he makes. One of my favorite points Mays makes is, 'In the history of the world, there has been only one you. There will never be anyone else exactly like you. If you don't develop what you have, the world will never experience the contribution you could have made. The victories, the completeness, the success and the lifestyle you can achieve is only for you. And you deserve to be the best you possible.'
I highly recommend this book. It is not only a great practical instructional tool, it is a very interesting and entertaining read.
Over two dozen other testimonials from such personalities as Major League Baseball manager Tony La Russa, women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, legendary entertainer Art Linkletter, businesswoman Mary Kay Ash, businessman and NBA team owner Rich DeVos, football coach Lou Holtz, and NFL Players Association Executive Director Gene Upshaw all attest to the fact that Carl Mays presents 'mile markers' on how to win and how to stay on track to win again.
What makes A Strategy For Winning stand out from among other such self-help books? Well, according to the testimonial by former LSU basketball coach Dale Brown, "There are probably thousands of books written on 'how to' do something, but very few tell you what to do after you try to do something and don't succeed. A Strategy For Winning is different because it not only tells you how to do it, but also how to pick yourself up when you get knocked down. It's a wonderful book and provides an excellent game plan to finding peace, love, happiness and success in your life." I concur with Dale Brown.
Thank you Dr. Rice for recommending A Strategy For Winning to me - and thank you Carl Mays for writing it!