Against the Grain: A Coach's Wisdom on Character, Faith, Family, and Love

Against the Grain: A Coach's Wisdom on Character, Faith, Family, and Love

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In AGAINST THE GRAIN, Bill Courtney shares his convictions on the fundamental tenets of character, commitment, service, leadership, civility, and others that, in his decades of success as an entrepreneur and educator, have proven to be the keys to a winning and meaningful life and career. Each chapter tells the story of one of these tenets through compelling anecdotes of the colorful characters in Bill s life, leading to a deeper understand of the meaning of each and how to employee these fundamentals in all aspects of one s life. Against the Grain intertwines inspiring and thought-provoking anecdotes, lessons, and amazing real life examples. Bill s passion for us all to reconsider our own approach to life and constantly improve upon it comes across on every page.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781602862807
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,228,017
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Bill Courtney is a volunteer football coach and the owner and operator of Classic American Hardwoods, a 45 million lumber company and sitting board member of the prestigious Society of Entrepreneurs. He is a sought-after motivational speaker and consultant for organizations such as Nike, Pepsico, the USOC Paralympic Leadership Conference, the FedEx Leadership Live Conference, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Courtney lives with his wife and four children in Memphis, Tennessee.

Michael Arkush has written twelve books, including Rush! and The Fight of The Century. He and his wife, Pauletta Walsh, live in Oak View, California.

Table of Contents

Foreword Phil Jackson ix

Preface xiii

1 On the Value of Character 1

2 The Meaning of Commitment 17

3 Daring to Leave Your Comfort Zone 29

4 Service Is Not Someone Else's Job 45

5 How Leaders Are Denned 63

6 The Search for Civility 81

7 The Power of Dreams 97

8 The Relationship between Fear and Fortitude 115

9 Perseverance Never Takes a Break 129

10 The Dignity of Hard Work 143

11 Standing on a Firm Foundation 157

12 Responsibility for the Taking 171

13 Grace Appears in a Forgiving Heart 185

14 The Gift of a Legacy 199

Acknowledgments 207

Index 211

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