Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance

Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance

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by Tony Dungy

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The New York Times bestseller is now in softcover with a bonus chapter on how the “Dare to Be Uncommon” movement is reaching schools, teams, and families across the country and an update on Tony’s life since retiring as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. What does it take to live a life of significance? When Indianapolis Colts coach Tony


The New York Times bestseller is now in softcover with a bonus chapter on how the “Dare to Be Uncommon” movement is reaching schools, teams, and families across the country and an update on Tony’s life since retiring as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. What does it take to live a life of significance? When Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy took home the trophy in Super Bowl XLI, fans around the world looked to him as the epitome of success. Athletic victory, professional excellence, fame and celebrity, awards and honors—he had it all. But even in that moment, he knew those achievements had little to do with his ultimate significance as a man.
Coach Dungy still passionately believes that there is a different path to significance—a path characterized by attitudes, ambitions, and allegiances that are all too rare but uncommonly rewarding. In the New York Times best seller Uncommon, Dungy reveals secrets to achieving significance that he has learned from his remarkable parents, his athletic and coaching career, his mentors, and his walk with God.

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"Success is uncommon, therefore not to be enjoyed by the common man. I'm looking for uncommon people." When Tony Dungy first heard these words, he was just a callow freshman football player listening to his coach at the University of Minnesota. Head Coach Cal Stoll could not have known that the gangly first-year player in front of him would take his guidance as the marching orders for his entire stellar NFL coaching career. This worthy follow-up to Dungy's Quiet Strength will find receptive receivers among fans of the 2007 Super Bowl champion coach.

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Uncommon 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 111 reviews.
KindergartenTeacher66 More than 1 year ago
This is an inspirational book with a simple message. To be uncommon, believe in yourself becuase you are a child of God. Follow your dreams and be exactly what you want and can be. Aspire to soar with the love and support of those around you that wish you to succeed. As a teacher, I know the importance of encouragement and how self-esteem can raise you to uncommon heights.
A-Raunikar More than 1 year ago
Tony has written a straightforward set of principles for what it means to be a man of integrity and a man of influence in the best unselfish sense of the word. In a time when too many men never quite grow up, he encourages us to mature to be men that can have a positive impact on our families, our communities, and our world. Although based on his Christian faith, the core principles he offers can be embraced by all walks. I have encouraged my friends to use this as a devotional reading a chapter that coincides with the day of the month. I challenge you to share it with your sons and nephews too. Thanks, Tony.
stormsTC More than 1 year ago
tony dungy has put together a new and wonderful bestseller. showing how many people have made an impact in his life and how they have lead a great example and given him so many life lessons that have given him such great leadership abilities and how they have made an impact on his life. everyone always looks to find out about tony dungys faith and how he got along in a common world and had his priorities straight.this book truly shows how the people in his life can set your life straight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading 'QUIET STRENGH', 'UNCOMMON' was a good book to share with my teenage granddaughter. The first she got for her graduation from high school and the second for her birthdy. Not only is Mr. Dungy an exceptional man but he is also an exceptional Christian, not afraid to share his life and experiences with the world. His writings have made a difference in my life, and I hope the youth he ministers to can say the same. I hope my grandaughter shares this with her male friends. What a role model .
MB1982 More than 1 year ago
I am a person who likes to take big swings at life. Currently I am a student, I am working towards furthering my career, I work two jobs, and I am also a proud father and loving husband. A few months ago I started to find myself in a position that was not conducive to where I want to be and who I want to be there with. Although my intentions always seemed good, my priorities needed to be readjusted. As I read Tony's book, I began to realize things needed to change not only for the betterment of myself and my family, but for my overall happiness. Inspired by what Tony says about life, character, family, work, and faith, I have since made some of those necessary adjustments and can say that my family life is as good as it has ever been, my education and career are progressing better than before, and I am happy and have a much more positive outlook on things. I would recommend this book to anyone with great aspirations, as a gift to loved ones, or as a guide to those who, like me, felt like something was just a little bit off. An easy read with a great message.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was very inspirational .
AllenIN More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book, and I'd recommend it to anyone who wanted solid advice on how to stand out from the crowd and pursue excellence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Uncommon by Tony Dungy focuses mainly on finding your path to significance. Not by how much money you have or how famous you are but rather by your ambitions, attitudes and allegiances. Dungy explains the lessons he has learned whether it be from his athletic careers, his teachers or family, or through his journey with God. I liked how this book was written; it wasn't all filled with air, it was to the point. Although I am not all that religious I like how he stresses that you live through God without sounding like he's preaching and how he explains that being successful starts within ones self. Dungy shows that family and faith are most important. Through his coaching career football obviously accounts for most of his time but he still finds the time to be with his family and express his religion. He still has family dinner when possible and uses faith as a coaching technique. But he should recognize that faith and family didn't completely make him who he is, he himself is a large part. I strongly suggest that this book be read mostly because it is positive and motivating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took me a while to purchase this book. I thought it was going to be your typical self-help book. Boy, was I wrong. I love this book. This book is worth the money.
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SLBIN More than 1 year ago
Very similar to Mr. Dungy's previous books with encouragement and praise to God for his way through life. I do appreciate his comments and compare some his experiences to my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is wonderful when a public figure can explain so clearly what it means to have integrity and lead a life of value. This is a read worth reading, discussing and sharing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
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momFL More than 1 year ago
I am a woman who never played football and I LOVE this book! It is the most inspiriational book I have ever read. I could hardly put the book down. I am so impressed with his desire for excellence, how he never comnpromised his beliefs. He stood strong in a wavering world! What a wonderful gift to a son,daughter - or wife!
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aurorazillich More than 1 year ago
Tony Dungy, former Colts head coach, puts the act in character in his new book "Uncommon." He begins the book with the story of two boys from very different backgrounds who end up in the same place - jail - one via DUI the other by armed robbery. Dungy says these boys served as inspiration for his book, which warns us of a widespread epidemic - lack of character. "Both [boys] followed the wide road and ended up in prison, which tells me that our society today is facing a widespread problem. It's not an inner city problem, or an economic problem or even a religious problem. It's the kind of ideas that our young people are buying into and the pressure to conform that causes them to follow the path of least resistance." He unapologetically admits to covering a heavy subject - integrity - which he examines through the lens of football, personal experience and the Bible. So, while the book is not groundbreaking as far as self-help is concerned, it is a very accessible book for teenage boys or adults who advise young boys. At the heart of Dungy's book is Maya Angelou's sage advice "when someone shows you who they are, believe them." In other words, your actions show the world your true character. Do you do the right thing because someone is watching or because it is the right action. Dungy's thoughts on character, while they are not new, are valuable reminders for any age or era but especially today when reality-TV-show fame and win-at-any-cost mentality fills our society. As far as the audiobook version goes, while it can be interesting to listen to an author read, it also can be awkward at times. Would it kill him to put some life in his voice? For example, when he talks about marriage and how even a Patriot and a Colt fan can make a marriage work. It would have been nice to hear a smile in his voice. In the end, Dungy's book - like the children's hymn says, "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine," - simply advises the reader not to hide your integrity in any aspect of your life.
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KitKatDoe More than 1 year ago
Uncommon Finding Your Path to Significance By Tony Dungy with Nathan Whitaker Shaping One's Life into Successful Significance by KitKatDoe 7/9/2011 Tony Dungy's second book, "Uncommon", is a continuance on his teachings of what people, especially young men, need to work on to be successful. Throughout the book, Coach Dungy details traits he has lived and taught that shaped his life. Being a humble man, Coach Dungy wouldn't say these traits made him successful, but in his book, he gives personal experience for each trait, and often refers to his success in football, including his success in coaching the Indianapolis Colts win Super Bowl XLI in 2007. Coach Dungy adds insight into his faith and that the basis for significance must be rooted into a relationship with God. The book is a bit dry in reading in some spots, but is definitely educational in learning to shape one's life into successful significance. This was a book I reviewed for Tyndale House Publishers.