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The Essential Vince Lombardi: Words & Wisdom to Motivate, Inspire, and Win [NOOK Book]


"The only way I know how to coach the game is all the way."

Vince Lombardi was without question the greatest football coach of his time, perhaps of all time. But the man himself was more, much more. He...

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"The only way I know how to coach the game is all the way."

Vince Lombardi was without question the greatest football coach of his time, perhaps of all time. But the man himself was more, much more. He was a thoughtful man with uncommon passion, a motivator with uncompromising values--and a leader with unprecedented wisdom and authority.

"Winning is the name of the game ... Be a hard loser"

More than a generation since his untimely passing, Vince Lombardi's fiery words continue to resonate. The Essential Vince Lombardi compiles Lombardi's most quotable, memorable expressions into one extraordinary volume. Down-to-earth yet inspiring, it reintroduces us to the thoughts and ideas that drove Vince Lombardi to the top.

"The leader must always walk the tightrope between the consent he must win and the control he must exert."

Vince Lombardi was a football coach by trade, but a leader by instinct. The Essential Vince Lombardi reveals the man through his words, provides insights into what made him tick, and explains how we can use those insights to power our own lives and careers.

Vince Lombardi lived each day with urgency, passion, and conviction. His uncanny ability to inspire greatness, and to motivate his followers to test the limits of their endurance, made him the standard by which leaders in all walks of life have come to be measured.

For the first time ever, The Essential Vince Lombardi collects Lombardi's most memorable and inspirational quotes in one easily referenced volume. Alphabetically-arranged subject headings provide instant access to Lombardi's thoughts, attitudes, and opinions. Fascinating to read front-to-back and equally valuable as a spirited and insightful reference, this amazing volume allows the greatest coach in the history of football to hold court on his favorite subjects:

  • Confidence--"Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence"

  • Discipline--"You don't do things right once in a while. You do them right all the time."

  • Learning--"Errors and mistakes are the necessary steps in the learning process; once they have served their purpose, they should be forgotten."

More than just a simple quote book, however, The Essential Vince Lombardi contains observations from its author, Vince Lombardi Jr.; reminiscences from Lombardi family members and associates; rare, previously unpublished photographs; "Lombardi Lessons" for applying Lombardi's wisdom to everyday situations; and more. It places Lombardi's favorite thoughts and quotes into the context of everyday life, without compromising any of their striking power or originality

The Essential Vince Lombardi--indispensable to Lombardi aficionados--will also be valuable to all readers for the strength of its prose, the passion of its opinions, and the wisdom that shines through on every page. Vince Lombardi's stay on earth was far too fleeting; in The Essential Vince Lombardi, his words live on to motivate and inspire--today, and for generations to come.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Readers craving a real insider's take on one of the NFL's most influential coaches should look elsewhere, but those seeking an assemblage of gridiron-inspired wisdom can call time here. Chock-a-block with snippets of motivating words the elder Lombardi uttered in speeches or screamed in locker rooms throughout his life and career, the volume also contains brief recollections from Lombardi fils. Everything the great coach said, from the key to a successful running game to how it's important to be polite to nuns, is meticulously documented for posterity. It's good stuff-platitudes with attitude, if you will-and had the book stopped there, it would have been a welcome addition to the motivational literature of sports fans and business leaders alike. Lombardi Jr.'s explanations of what his father meant and where and why he spoke the words, though, are superfluous, and sometimes serve to distract readers from the coach's thoughts on discipline, glory and personal growth. Quotes from Lombardi's players (e.g. Hall-of-Famers Bart Starr and Jim Taylor) provide pithier insights on the man ESPN named the Coach of the Century. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071630580
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 10/30/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 799,018
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Vince Lombardi Jr. is a writer, attorney, and motivational speaker. A former member of the Minnesota state legislature, Lombardi has held a number of executive positions in professional football. He is the author of What It Takes to Be #1: Vince Lombardi on Leadership.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1
Ability 13
Adversity 15
Aspirations 17
Authority 18
Bad Apples 21
Best, Doing One's 22
Business 24
Camaraderie 27
Caution 28
Change 28
Character 29
Charisma 32
Coaching 33
Commitment 36
Common Sense 38
Competition 38
Complexity 39
Concentration, Powers of 40
Confidence 40
Control 44
Corniness 47
Criticism 48
Defeat 51
Defense 53
Dependency 54
Desire 55
Discipline 56
Duty 60
Ego 63
Emotion 64
Employees 65
Energy 66
Excuses 67
Failure 69
Faith 70
Fallibility 72
Fame 73
Fatigue 74
Fitness 75
Football, Reflections on 76
Freedom 77
Fumbles 77
Fun 78
Fundamentals 78
Glory 83
Goal Line 83
Growth, Personal 85
History, Value of 87
Honesty 88
Humility 89
Innovation 93
Inspiration 93
Integrity 94
Kicking 97
Knowledge, of others 97
Knowledge, of Self 98
Leadership 101
Learning 105
Lombardi Legend 106
Losing 108
Love 108
Loyalty 109
Maturity 113
Meetings 114
Mistakes 114
Motivation 116
New Job 125
Nuns 126
Opponents 129
Pain 133
Patience 135
Patterns 135
Perfection 135
Persistence 137
Plays 137
Potential 138
Power 138
Prejudice 138
Preparation 139
Pressure 141
Pride 144
Principles 145
Protesters 146
Punctuality 146
Punting 147
Purpose 147
Pursuit 147
Quitting 149
Quarterbacks 150
Regrets 153
Relaxing 153
Repetition 154
Respect 156
Risks 156
Running Game 156
Sacrifice 159
Second Place 160
Self-Expression 160
Simplicity 162
Strengths, Playing to Your 164
Success 165
Sweep, the Packer 167
Teaching 171
Team 173
Toughness, Mental 176
Victory 181
Vision 182
Weather 185
Will 185
Winning 186
Work 193
Yankees 197
Youth 197
Sources 199
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