A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

Praise for A Game Plan for Life:

"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, women's basketball coach, University of Tennessee

"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

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Editorial Reviews

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You might say that legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden mentored a generation. During his three-decade career, he instilled life-changing lessons in scores of athletes and fellow coaches. In this keepsake book, Wooden explains how the power of mentoring rightly applied can foster values even as it aids with success. He movingly pays tribute to the mixed batch of mentors who most shaped his own life: his college coach, his beloved wife, Nellie, Abraham Lincoln, and Mother Teresa. In the second half of the book, grateful students including Bill Walton and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar turn the tables on him, reflecting on what "Old John" has taught them.
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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

Christian Science Monitor

This primer on the power of mentoring reveals much - both about the lessons that Wooden felt he learned and those he strove to teach.
Bob Costas

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 …
Bobby Bowden

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!
Pat Summitt

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608192687
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 224,341
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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

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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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