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Training Camp: What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else 1st Edition

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In the spirit of his international bestseller The Energy Bus, Jon Gordon returns with another inspirational fable filled with invaluable lessons and insights on bringing out the best in yourself and your team.

Training Camp follows the story of Martin Jones, an undrafted rookie trying to make it in the NFL. He's spent his entire life proving to the critics that a small guy with a big heart can succeed against all odds. After spraining his ankle in the preseason, Martin thinks his dream is lost . . . until he meets a very special coach who shares eleven life-changing lessons that keep his dream alive—and might even make him the best of the best.

Whether you play sports or the piano, work with a computer or a scalpel, these lessons apply to you because we all must climb the mountain before reaching its peak.

Based on his work with professional sports teams, world-class organizations, and interviews with top professionals in a wide variety of fields, Gordon reveals the deep truths and proven strategies that take the very best to the top. Training Camp reveals that the best performers—in any field—all share the same qualities. Among other traits, the best of the best are able to maintain a big-picture vision while taking focused action, they are mentally strong, they seize the moment, and they inspire excellence in the people around them.

But these aren't inborn traits; they're skills and attitudes that can be learned and applied by all. If you want to be your best, Training Camp offers inspiring, real-world wisdom on what it takes to reach true excellence and how you and your team—whether at work, school, or at home—can achieve it.

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A story for anyone who wants to be their best and bring out the best in others

"Training Camp by Jon Gordon is a touching story about one man who faces his fears on his path to greatness. Along the way, he learns a valuable lesson about who is really in control. Grow your faith. Read Training Camp."
—Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Lead Like Jesus

"I loved reading this book. Jon and I agree that one should not only strive for excellence on the field but also make greatness a life mission. I believe every coach, player, individual, organization, and team that wants to be their best should read and benefit from this book."
—Mike Smith, Head Coach, the Atlanta Falcons

"Having spent my life studying the best, I have found that great individuals need great coaches. Training Camp is not only about the student but the mentor. Jon has woven a compelling story of two individuals together, traveling life's journey, striving for excellence, and leaving a legacy in the process. I found myself cheering the main characters on from the sidelines. Thank you, Jon, for leaving a legacy with the profound lessons found in this book."
—Kimberly K. Rath, President, Talent Plus

"Training Camp is a great read for any leader, young or old—whether a coach, teacher, pastor, or CEO. It will inspire you to inspire others and to strive for excellence every day."
—Brad Lomenick, Vice President and Executive Director, Catalyst, a movement of next-generation leaders

"Jon Gordon has written a poignant and powerful story that helps us find the best within ourselves and bring out the best in others. He will change lives with this book."
—Jeffrey Zaslow, coauthor of The Last Lecture

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470462086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470462089
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a 65 year old retired executive and former BB player. This is the first easy reading book on how success is achieved in any field. The secrets in Jon Gordon's book, written in a way that everyone will enjoy, are so simple and so true. I know, I did it and so did many of my colleagues. Excellence comes from within. The author provides the road map in a brilliant and creative way that will leave its mark on those who want success in life, in sports, music, business, education, healthcare, or in spiritual pursuits.
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You'll see this review for all the Jon Gordon books I read. I actually bought "Training Camp" first, because I wanted my daughter (competitive soccer player) to work on her mental game. I read it first to be sure it was appropriate for her age (15). Well, I loved it! I found many helpful things for me. I was getting in a rut at my job and after looking inside myself, it seemed as though I was always angry and frustrated. I reached a point where I decided to change my outlook on everything, and whatever happens externally, happens. After Training Camp, I read the entire Jon Gordon series. They are very easy reading, regardless of age level (teens and up). People might complain that his books are too basic, but if you don't need a PHD to understand something, why write it like you need one? Each book has very simple steps and/or lessons to move you in the right direction. They didn't all work for me, but they all changed my outlook. Great stuff!
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I am a self-confessed book-a-holic, absorbing several books a month. Of the books I have read on success, at both the personal and business level (and easily adapted to other areas in life), I must say I thoroughly enjoy Jon's story approach. It is more than tips and techniques. His characters are easy to identify with and pull you in, making the ideas stick that much more in your mind. Much like a remarkable teacher 2000 years ago, the ideas are made simple to understand, and thereby more easily put into action in our lives. I would recommend this to anyone, and have put it on the to-read list for my own children.
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An absolutely amazing book! Well written, easy to read, very easy to relate to! A great set of values andeasons for becoming great in life! I have already gifted it to a friend in need and likely will again!
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Positive, uplifting, and real. Training Camp along with its companion play book are an indispensable resource for coaching oneself through the daily "plays" of life. As one improves their own game, the invariably are going to improve the game of someone else, organization or system. It is just that real and contagious. I love the main principle of the book "The Best Make Others Around Them Better." This is the the message of the book, you grow better, people and things around you also get better. Its time for Training Camp, lets get going.
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If you are a first time Gordon reader I would suggest picking up his book The Energy Bus first. For those who have already read that or multiple Jon Gordon books this is another great installment in his collection, Though this is set in a sports environment the principles can be applied to any to any realm, business, personal, or family life. The book is an easy read. Chapters are broken up easily for quick reads for those who don't have tons of time. I enjoy the action plan in the context of the story, makes it easily relatable to my won life.
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great story with valuable life lessons. easy read but profound message. i walked away feeling inspired and had some practical advice to move forward with. a good read too for youths. I recommended it to a group of 6th and 7th graders who are in different sports. they liked!
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John Gordon gets it as well as how to communicate it. This book is a pleasure to read -- athletes and all others will gain valuable insights. John Gordon leaves no question open regarding his legacy, and it is a fine one.
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