- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Crown Business; Reprint edition (March 2, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0767901320
- ISBN-13: 978-0767901321
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Success Is a Choice: Ten Steps to Overachieving in Business and Life Paperback – March 2, 1998
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Wildly successful hoops coach Rick Pitino takes a time-out from the rigors of the NBA to outline his approach and techniques for motivating individuals. The paperback edition contains an all-new foreword written since Pitino's departure from the Kentucky Wildcats and the 1997 national championship season. His plan for excellence in all aspects of life, including sports and business, is more than goal achievement; this is the guidebook for goal overachievement! Pitino presents 10 crucial steps for success, drawing examples from his 20-plus years in the basketball trenches to inspire readers.
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When Rick Pitino became the coach of the Kentucky Wildcats, he took them from NCAA probation to four spectacular Final Four appearances, including the championship in 1996 and an incredible return to the NCAA Finals in 1997. Under Pitino's leadership, the Wildcats garnered a 70 percent winning record. Now the head coach of the Boston Celtics, Pitino has clearly become a master at molding great players and great teams. What's his secret to success?
Pitino's method--and the reason he's both a peerless basketball coach and one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in the country--is built on a strategy of overachievement. He simply doesn't believe in shortcuts.
"Success Is a Choice draws on Pitino's 17 years as a college and professional coach. In a friendly, one-on-one style, using anecdotes from his superstar career to drive home his message, Pitino presents a concrete, 10-point program for achieving success in every aspect of life, including:
How to make winning seem inevitableHow to achieve things that even you don't think are possibleHow to subordinate your own ego and individual agenda for the common goodHow to get people to work as a team
LI>How to thrive on pressureHow to feel better about yourself--and improve the way you relate to others
Pitino's winning techniques appeal to everyone from corporate managers to educators to parents. Based on the same proven methods that have earned him and his teams legendary status, Pitino's plan of attack will help anyone become a winner.
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In Success Is A Choice, Pitino again succeeds in transcending the standard eat-your-vegetables advice about working hard and succeeding. His ten steps to success are all things you've heard before, but are coupled with the same intelligent analysis and passion that helped Pitino grab his own personal brass rings. His anecdotes from life on the basketball court translate well to the shop floor or the boardroom, and show a depth of understanding human motivation that goes far beyond slogans. This is a guide that will make you hungry to get started doing the hard work it takes to succeed. -- Rich Gallagher, author of Smile Training Isn't Enough.
Pitino's gameplan is simple and pure. When you read about it you can instantly apply it to a situation near your work or at home. It also drives you in a motivational way and sucks you into a story teaching about succes, not bragging about it.
Definitly the best book written by a coach when you're still in the minor leagues yourself.
The most enjoyable part was the real life examples that make you feel that anything he says is possible
Like all books you should use the "shopping cart" method knowing you won't agree with everything and that is ok. The stuff you don't like don't put in your "shopping" cart but leave it. The stuff you do like, take it with you and apply it.
Book is well organized and easy to read. I'm glad my boss recommended it to me and I'm the farthest thing from a sports fan and still enjoyed it well enough. . . though it seemed pretty basic after reading the table of contents. But I guess we all need a reminder to go back to the basics once in a while.