Win Forever : Live, Work, and Play Like A Champion

Win Forever : Live, Work, and Play Like A Champion

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Pete Carroll is one of college football's most successful coaches. He is also one of the smartest and most philosophical. He calls his coaching approach "Win Forever" and preaches it not just on the field, but to local kids and business audiences in the off-season. While his book has plenty of behind-the-scenes stories featuring some of the most famous names in sports, it's really about Carroll's approach to leadership, whether he's organizing anti-gang rallies or chatting with at-risk youth in LA's inner city neighborhoods. Win Forever holds valuable insight for coaches, executives, teachers, and leaders of all kinds.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Portfolio, 2010
ISBN: 9781591843238
Branch Call Number: 796.3326 CARRO CARRO
Characteristics: x, 228 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Garin, Kristoffer A.
Roth, Yogi
Notes: Includes index


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If the Seahawks don't make it back to the Super Bowl with Carroll at the helm, and win, the loss to the Patriots -- because of the pathetic call to throw a slant over the middle into the end zone -- will be forever associated with Carroll's name. That being said, WIN FOREVER is well written and a quick read. Pete Caroll is a Marin County guy who played defensive back and got his first coaching experience at the University of Pacific in Stockton. There he imbibed the existential psychology of Abraham Maslow and picked up the vocabulary of Michael Murphy and the Human Potential Movement popularized at Esalen Institute. No wonder the Seahawks under Carroll are such a cutting-edge dynamic team. The book mostly tracks Carroll's travails in his first unsuccessful go as an NFL head coach with first the Jets and next at New England post-Parcells and pre-Belichik before then moving on to his glory days at USC. Carroll's philosophy can be distilled in the motto "Win forever. Always compete." There is a lot of good stuff in WIN FOREVER. For instance, I didn't realize how important Carroll's stint as the 49ers defensive coordinator was to his development. Also, he has a lot of interesting stories about working for legendary Vikings head coach Bud Grant at Minnesota. We're lucky to have Pete Carroll here in the Emerald City.

Jan 31, 2015

I thought this was a great book. After reading this I now think of every opportunity as a competitive one.

Jun 18, 2013

You can always glean a few thoughts from a self help book, but honestly, don't waste your time with this one.

Apr 02, 2011

Okay book. I gave it 2.5 stars. I think I'd learn more from reading John Wooden's books. Watching the Seahawks will be a little different now that I've read this book.


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