A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring

A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608192687
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 197,131
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

John Wooden is the most successful coach in NCAA history, having led the UCLA Bruins to 665 victories and ten championships in the years leading up to 1975. Since his retirement, he has become a mentor to dozens of athletes, journalists, and writers, and the author of eight books.

Don Yaeger was the author or coauthor of sixteen books, including Never Die Easy, with Walter Payton, and Running for My Life, with Warrick Dunn.

Table of Contents

Introduction Mike Krzyzewski IX

Foreword John C. Maxwell XIII

Part I The Seven Mentors in My Life

1 What Is a Mentor? 3

2 Joshua Wooden 11

3 Earl Warriner 27

4 Glenn Curtis 39

5 Piggy Lambert 49

6 Mother Teresa 63

7 Abraham Lincoln 77

8 My Beloved Nellie 89

Part II Seven People to Whom I Have Been a Mentor

9 Pay It Forward 103

10 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 105

11 Bill Walton 117

12 Andy Hill 129

13 Roy Williams 141

14 Dale Brown 149

15 Bob Vigars 161

16 Cori Nicholson 171

17 Closing Thoughts 179

Acknowledgments 183

Index 185

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