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About Darrin Donnelly
Darrin Donnelly is a writer and entrepreneur. He and his products have been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, Fast Company Magazine, and newspapers, websites, and radio outlets all over the world.
Based on his 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, Donnelly believes that the most reliable and trustworthy advice for achieving your goals and improving your life is found in the world of sports. Though the business guru often has an incentive to portray a certain brand image that may not be completely accurate and the self-help guru can be tempted to make promises that are too good to be true, the achiever in sports can't fudge (or inherit) his results.
Donnelly's SPORTS FOR THE SOUL series of books are inspirational stories that teach essential life lessons. In the tradition of classics like ROCKY and FIELD OF DREAMS, these stories are set in the world of sports and though the main characters in these books are usually coaches or athletes, they represent anyone with a big dream and the desire to be successful. The seasons and games they endure represent the seasons of life we all must go through when trying to master a new skill, achieve a new goal, or rebound from a setback.
The lessons you learn in these books will show you how to overcome adversity and achieve your goals—whatever they may be.
Donnelly lives in Kansas City with his wife and three kids.
His website and weekly column can be found at: www.sportsforthesoul.com
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If you want to take control of your life and achieve your biggest dreams, you must develop a "warrior mindset." This book will show you how to stop thinking like a victim and start thinking like a warrior.
In this inspirational fable, Chris McNeely is a college football coach who is at the end of his rope after a hard-and-fast fall from the top of his profession. Now bankrupt and on the verge of losing his job, he has no idea what he’s doing wrong or how to get back on track.
Angry, worried, and desperate for help, Chris receives mysterious visits from five of history's greatest coaches: John Wooden, Buck O’Neil, Herb Brooks, Paul "Bear" Bryant, and Vince Lombardi.
Together, these five legendary leaders teach Chris how to "think like a warrior" and take control of his life. The "warrior mindset" he develops changes his life forever—and it will change yours as well.
Discover the life-changing lessons of John Wooden, Buck O'Neil, Herb Brooks, Bear Bryant, and Vince Lombardi in this inspirational tale of what it takes to achieve your dreams—whatever those dreams may be.
This book will show you how to...
- Build your self-confidence
- Develop mental toughness
- Attack every day with joy and enthusiasm
- Use a positive mental attitude to achieve more
- Harness the power of positive self-talk
- Explore the spiritual side of success
- Be a positive leader for your family and your team
- Become the person you were born to be
- And much more…
The five inner beliefs revealed in this book will empower you to take control of your life and overcome any obstacle that stands in your way.
Studies prove that positive thinkers are happier, healthier, and more successful than everyone else. Discover the simple, proven techniques for becoming a more positive person...
Positive thinking leads to positive outcomes. Study after study proves this. Researchers have found that optimistic people live longer, live healthier, have more energy, have more successful careers, make better decisions, are more productive, are less stressed, have healthier relationships, and (not surprisingly) are much happier than pessimists.
However, a lot has been misunderstood about what it means to be a positive thinker and what it takes to maintain an optimistic mindset. It takes a lot more than repeating feel-good platitudes to make positive thinking work in your life. It takes discipline, commitment, and a proper understanding of what optimism really means in a world that is constantly throwing new challenges at us.
This is a book for anyone who has ever questioned whether positive thinking really “works.”
It’s also a book for those who have tried to develop a more positive attitude, but have found it difficult to eliminate the voices of fear, doubt, and cynicism.
This is a book for anyone who wants to put optimism to work in their life with practical, proven techniques.
In this inspirational fable, you’ll meet Bobby Kane, a 31-year-old minor league baseball player who realizes his dream of making it to the majors is finally coming to a disappointing end. His dream, he believes, was not meant to be.
That is, until Bobby meets an unconventional manager named Wally Hogan. More mental coach than baseball manager, Wally teaches Bobby that if you want to change your life, you have to first change your thinking.
As you’ll see in this book, developing a positive mindset gives Bobby a renewed chance to make his dreams come true—not just in baseball, but in all areas of his life.
Wally teaches Bobby what it means to be an optimist and what it takes to maintain a positive attitude through the ups and downs of life. He teaches him proven, real-world techniques for building and sustaining optimism. These methods have an immediate impact on Bobby’s life and they will have an immediate impact on yours as well.
This book will show you just how powerful a positive attitude can be and it will teach you how to use positive thinking to make your biggest dreams come true.
You will never achieve any important goal until you first defeat the fears that stand between you and that goal--the fears that say it's too risky, you don't deserve it, or you're not good enough.
In fact, fearful thinking is one of the most destructive thought patterns you can fall into. Whenever you find yourself worrying, procrastinating, or questioning your potential -- FEAR is getting the best of you.
Specifically, there are seven common fears you must learn to defeat if you want to live a happy and successful life:
1) The fear of what other people think.
2) The fear of change.
3) The fear of making the wrong decision.
4) The fear of missing out on something better.
5) The fear of not being good enough.
6) The fear of failure being permanent.
7) The fear of being "due" for a setback.
Every major worry and self-destructive thought is rooted in one of these seven fears.
In this inspirational fable, Mickey McGavin is a pro boxer struggling to overcome the seven fears that are holding him back--in the ring and in life. With the help of a former world champion who becomes his trainer and mentor, McGavin learns he must defeat the fears in his mind before he can defeat his opponents in the ring.
Boxing is the metaphor for life in this story, but the techniques used for defeating fear are universal.
No matter your goal, FEAR is your ultimate opponent and this book will show you how to defeat the fears that hold you back from living the life you were born to live.
Read this life-changing book and discover why victory -- in sports, in business, and in life -- always favors the fearless.
The 15 Unbreakable Rules for Building Grit and Achieving Your Dreams!
Psychologists tell us that the secret to a successful and happy life, more than anything else, is something called GRIT. Defined as the willpower to persevere with passion and a sense of purpose, research shows that grit is what matters most in whether a person succeeds or fails.
That same research shows that previous generations had a lot more grit than today’s younger generations. This isn’t surprising. After all, most of us would agree that those older, wiser, and tougher members of the Greatest Generation are prime examples of what it means to persevere, to never back down, and to make sacrifices for a greater purpose. We could all use more of the OLD SCHOOL GRIT they embraced.
In this inspirational fable, Bob Flanagan represents the voice of old school grit. A legendary college basketball coach who thinks like John Wooden and talks like Mike Ditka, Flanagan is entering the final days of his coaching career. While his team tries to advance through the NCAA postseason tournament, Flanagan uses his last days as a coach to write his grandchildren letters revealing the rules for a successful and happy life. The rules of grit.
Though Coach Flanagan’s letters are intended for his grandchildren, they might as well be for America in general. This is a man who lives by the old school code of faith, family, courage, and character; and he believes too many people have gone soft these days. They give up on their dreams too easily. They whine, complain, and pass the blame. They spend all their time and energy trying to avoid challenges instead of bucking up and powering through them.
Flanagan’s letters are a rallying cry for toughening up and building grit. His fifteen rules provide a clear path to success in any endeavor.
Consider this book an instruction manual for getting back to the values that truly lead to success and developing the type of old school grit that will get you through anything.
Discover the CONFIDENCE-BUILDING techniques used by some of the greatest coaches of all time!
Confidence is essential to success, happiness, and peace of mind. Whether it be in sports, business, or any other area of life, the most confident people tend to be the most successful. But despite knowing how important confidence is, it’s easy to lose your self-confidence and start doubting yourself—especially during difficult times.
This book will show you how to build and maintain confidence while eliminating self-doubt and insecurity—no matter what is going on around you.
In this inspirational fable, Danny O’Connor is an insecure fourth-string quarterback on one of the worst college football teams in America. But his life changes when a new coach named Bud Sullivan is hired and begins showing Danny and his teammates how to build the confidence needed to turn around their losing ways.
Over the course of three years, Bud lays the foundation for one of the greatest turnarounds in college football history and Danny learns invaluable lessons that will last him a lifetime.
As this story plays out, you will learn the practical, real-world methods used by some of the greatest coaches of all time for instantly generating self-confidence.
Perfect for individuals and teams, the powerful techniques in this book will help you build the type of confidence that can turn around any situation and ignite winning streaks in every area of life.
A powerful book about why you owe it to yourself and everyone around you to follow the dreams in your heart.
The world’s happiest and most successful people tell us it’s ESSENTIAL that we follow our true purpose in life. Unfortunately, many people don’t know what their true purpose is. Or, they hesitate to follow their purpose because it seems too risky or impractical. Or — worst of all — they give up on their dreams when times get tough.
This is a book that will show you exactly how to discover your true purpose and it will give you the motivation to NEVER give up on the dreams in your heart.
In a story that pays homage to the holiday classics, It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol, John Callahan is a man who has spent his life following his calling as a high school football coach just like his legendary father. But his dream life is suddenly being crushed. Just days before the state championship game, John receives news that his beloved school is declaring bankruptcy and will be shutting down at the end of the year.
Everything John has worked his whole life for — his team, his community, his pension — is being taken away from him. John is now questioning all his past decisions and he’s angry at himself for not taking more “practical” opportunities when they came along.
When all hope seems lost, John receives a miraculous visit from his long-deceased father on the eve of his team’s final game. John is given the opportunity to revisit past moments in his life and to see how things would’ve turned out differently if he had followed a more “practical” path.
This is a story about fathers and sons. It’s a story about faith, family, and community. Most of all, it’s a story about having the courage to follow your heart and live your true purpose.
As this story plays out, you will discover the five-step process for finding your purpose and simplifying every single decision you make in life.
Following your purpose affects more than just you — it affects EVERYONE around you. Once you read this book, you will never again question the importance of following your true purpose.
This is a book that will stick with you long after you’ve read it...
The Step-By-Step Course That Shows You How to Write Your Screenplay in Just 10 Days!
“If you want to write screenplays for a living, there is nothing more valuable for a writer than being able to produce a quality screenplay quickly. We created this course to give you all the tools you need to accomplish exactly that. Our promise is simple: follow this system and in 10 days, you’ll have a powerful script finished!” - Travis Donnelly, writer, Medium and Hawaii Five-O
Some of the most famous movies in history were written in 10 days or less.
Sylvester Stallone wrote Rocky in just three days. The movie became one of the most successful of all time and made Stallone an international superstar.
Kevin Williamson wrote Scream in four days. The script created a hot bidding war and made Williamson one of the highest-paid screenwriters in Hollywood.
John Hughes, one of the most successful screenwriters ever wrote National Lampoon's Vacation in seven days, Ferris Bueller's Day Off in four days, Planes, Trains, and Automobilesin three days, and The Breakfast Club in just two days.
Joe Eszterhas wrote Basic Instinct in 10 days. When he was finished, he shipped the script to his agent and sold it three days later for $3 million.
Not only is it possible to write a great screenplay in 10 days or less, but spending too much time on a script is actually one of the worst mistakes a screenwriter can make! It can lead to boring, dull, and unoriginal scripts.
Stop wasting so much time and energy trying to write your next screenplay. Simply follow this program and in as little as 10 days, you’ll finish a screenplay that could launch your writing career!
The 10-Day Screenplay system works like this:
STEP 1: The 10-Day Screenplay shows you how to evaluate your initial idea using the five requirements of every great movie idea. Is your idea unique? Is it big enough? Will it make for a compelling two-hour movie? What can be done to make your idea bigger and better?
STEP 2: The 10-Day Screenplay system forces you to flesh out your characters. Great characters make great movies. You need to really know your characters and let THEM dictate your plot, NOT the other way around. Amateur screenwriters come up with a plot and then plug in forced characters to play it out. This is a huge mistake!
STEP 3: Once you have your idea and your characters, it's time to write your script following The 10-Day Screenplay course. Each day of the course includes an important lesson on what your story objective should be for that day along with a manageable writing assignment. If you simply follow this course, at the end of the 10 days, you will have a finished script!
To make this process easy to understand, The 10-Day Screenplay breaks down 10 blockbuster movies along the way – Rocky, Braveheart, Home Alone, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, There's Something About Mary, Bridesmaids, Toy Story, Back to the Future, Die Hard, and Scream. You’ll see how plot and character objectives worked in each movie and how they can be applied to your screenplay.