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What are the values that guide the decisions you make? Is the fact that you are moving up more important to you than the way you move up? Does it matter if you follow the rules or break them, just as long as you come out on top? Are you someone who says, "Since everyone is doing it, if I want to have a legitimate chance to compete, I have to do it too"?
I realize this is not necessarily the common approach today, but what you do is not as important as how you do it. Those are the words that keep coming back to me when I am tempted to choose what is expedient over what is right. People who bend the rules to get ahead usually get caught in the long run ... and always know how they made it to the top as frauds.
The other problem is that, at some point, somebody who does care how the game is played—a boss, a board of directors—may find out. For me as an employer, how you do your job has always been more important than what you do. Can you be counted on to do things the right way, or will you cut corners and hope it turns out all right? Your character will determine the answer.
Character begins with the little things in life. We must show that we can be trusted with each and every thing, no matter how trivial it may seem. Over time, we create ourselves and build our character through the little acts we do.
Character is tested, revealed, and further developed by the decisions we make in the most challenging times. We have to know what is right, and we have to choose to do it. That is how character is developed—by facing those decisions and choosing the right way over and over until it becomes second nature. It's just how you do things.
Outwardly, character reflects an inner life committed to honor and uncompromising integrity.
Excerpted from UN COMMON MANHOOD by TONY DUNGY NATHAN WHITAKER Copyright © 2012 by Tony Dungy. Excerpted by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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What Does It Really Mean to Be a Man? 6
Part 1 Develop Your Core
Honesty and Integrity 15
Humility and Stewardship 18
Part 2 Love Your Family
How to Treat a Woman 28
Respect Authority 35
Part 3 Lift Your Friends and Others
Take Counsel 44
The Power of Influence 47
Part 4 Your Full Potential
Powerful Thoughts 56
Education and Athletics 60
Career, Work, and Money 63
Goals and Risk 66
Alcohol and Drugs 70
Part 5 Establish a Mission That Matters
Style versus Substance 78
Being versus Doing 85
Following Your Dreams 88
Creating Balance 92
Part 6 Choose Influence over Image
Respect for Yourself and Others 98
Sexual Integrity 102
Role Model 107
Part 7 Live Your Faith
Eternal Self-Esteem 112
Relationship with Christ 116
Posted November 19, 2014
This little book is filled with some great wisdom and advice from Tony Dungy to men. It highlights matters such as: character, courage, how to treat women, faith, money, career, and more.
Each section is not long but packed with insight and a mentor-like feel that makes this book an easy read but dynamite impression.
Don't wait until Father's Day to get this book. Get it now and give it to the men in your life. You'll be glad you did.
"uncommon manhood" is a very hard to put down book!!!!!!!! there are many challenges that face a man or teen and tony dungy has once again put together a great collection of encouraging thoughts scripture and ways you can take the high road to make a difference in your life. the best thing about this book is it is a very easy read and it is inexpensive and it is small enought o fit in your pocket and it would make a great gift for someone special matter of fact there is a place in front of the book for you to write their name and event and date so you can make it special for that person in your lifeWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.