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A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring Paperback – March 8, 2011
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From the legendary basketball coach who inspired generations of athletes and businesspeople, an inspiring book about the power of mentoring and being mentored.
After eight books, many of them bestsellers, A Game Plan for Life was the one closest to John Wooden's heart: a moving and inspirational guide to the power of mentorship. The first half focuses on the people who helped foster the values that carried Wooden through an incredibly successful and famously principled career, including his father, his college coach, his wife, Mahatma Gandhi, and Mother Teresa. The second half is built around interviews with some of the many people he mentored over the years, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton. Their testimony takes readers inside the lessons Wooden taught to generations of players, bringing out the very best in them not just as athletes but as human beings.
In all, this is an inspiring primer on how to achieve success without sacrificing principles and how to build one of the most productive and rewarding relationships available to any athlete, businessperson, teacher, or parent-that of mentor and protégé.
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“This primer on the power of mentoring reveals much – both about the lessons that Wooden felt he learned and those he strove to teach.” ―Christian Science Monitor
“Few coaches have affected their players' lives so fully as John Wooden, so here's a natural question: Who mentored the mentor? Well, John Wooden is glad we asked …” ―Bob Costas
“There is no coach or former coach in the U.S.A. more admired by his peers than John Wooden. When someone asks me who is the best athletic coach ever, my vote is John Wooden. A Game Plan for Life speaks loudly about the importance of learning and teaching for a lifetime. Coach Wooden's message is one reason I keep coaching!” ―Bobby Bowden, former football coach, Florida State University
“My time learning from Coach Wooden--sitting and asking him questions, soaking up his answers--has provided some of the most significant lessons in my life. Any way that you can be mentored by a giant like him, including reading A Game Plan for Life, will provide great lessons for you, too.” ―Pat Summitt, basketball coach, Tennessee Lady Vols
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- Publisher : Bloomsbury USA; Reprint edition (March 8, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1608192687
- ISBN-13 : 978-1608192687
- Item Weight : 7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.45 x 0.61 x 8.33 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #796,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We are just starting to realize how important mentors are in the lives of our young people. The research and evidence regarding the power of mentors to help children break through poverty barriers is staggering.
The book covers seven people that were mentors in his life, and seven people that he mentored. His mentors include Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa, and his father who gave him this advice when he was young that he tried to live by his whole life:
1. Be true to yourself.
2. Make each day your masterpiece.
3. Help others.
4. Drink deeply from good books.
5. Make a friendship with fine art.
6. Build a shelter against a rainy day.
7. Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.
John Wooden was faithful, consistent, and committed. His priorities were in order, and he never deviated from those priorities. In this day and age when a new thing comes along every 60 seconds and gets our attention off the main thing, it is nice to see an example of someone who kept their "hands on the plow" and achieved things in his field that are still unmatched. There are no shortcuts. Achieving greatness in any field takes time, effort, and persistence.
One of the greatest tragedies in sports and in business is when instead of setting talented people up for success, you set them up for failure.
Wooden's book on mentoring is an antidote to the leadership poison that is so widespread.
If you read it and heed it, you cannot help but be ennobled and enabled to get the most from your people.
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In his newest book, and quite possibly his last, A GAME PLAN FOR LIFE, Coach Wooden teaches about mentoring. I really like the way the book gives mentoring from two different approaches, but giving and receiving. The first half of the book profiles seven people who mentored Coach Wooden. The last half profiles seven people who were mentored by him, either directly or indirectly.
I found the mixture to be very interesting, and yet probably very similar to most other people. Among his mentors, coach lists his father, 3 former coaches and two people from history he never met but spent hours reading about. Among the mentees, who each wrote their own chapters in the book, we find 3 former players at UCLA, 2 other coaches, a teacher who had never met the coach, and his great-grand-daughter.
It's interesting to see how mentoring is both given and received in different ways to meet the needs of the recipient. The book is filled with sage quotes and life lessons that will touch readers ina variety of ways.
While as always, I loved what the coach wrote, I particularly enjoyed the chapter written by Dale Brown, coach of the LSU basketball team. Coach Brown knew Coach Wooden, but only because they had played against one another when Coach Brown was an assistant coach at Utah State. When he accepted the head coaching job at LSU, he turned to Coach Wooden for advice.
Detailed in his chapter are some of the many questions he asked coach. This really gave a good structure on how to proceed when seeking out a mentor and how to best learn from someone you don't know well.
I took a lot away from this book. I think you will too.