A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring (Paperback)

A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring By John Wooden, Don Yaeger, John Maxwell (Introduction by) Cover Image

A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring (Paperback)

By John Wooden, Don Yaeger, John Maxwell (Introduction by)


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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.

DON YAEGER is a former associate editor for Sports Illustrated. He is the author of more than a dozen books and coauthor of five New York Times bestsellers, including George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution; I Beat the Odds: The Autobiography of Michael Oher; Never Die Easy: The Autobiography of Walter Payton; and Ya Gotta Believe!: The Autobiography of Tug McGraw.
Product Details ISBN: 9781608192687
ISBN-10: 1608192687
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: March 8th, 2011
Pages: 208
Language: English

“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