Plotting the Course: Life Lessons from the Sport of Sailing

Plotting the Course: Life Lessons from the Sport of Sailing

by Rick Arneson


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Plotting the Course: Life Lessons from the Sport of Sailing by Rick Arneson

Whether you're an experienced sailor or a newcomer to the sport, Plotting THE COURSE: LIFE LESSONS FROM THE SPORT OF SAILING delivers relatable and essential lessons for personal and professional achievement, drawn straight from the world of competitive sailing. Through a fascinating narrative that compares principles of sailboat racing to business, politics, history and more, you will discover what this diverse and intriguing sport can teach about: • Organization • Competition • Leadership • Decision Making • Teamwork • Personal Growth

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989379007
Publisher: Makai Press
Publication date: 04/28/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Preface 15

Part 1 The Inspiration of Sailing 19

A New Look at an Old Sport

The Wide World of Sailing

The Elements of Achievement

Part 2 Planning 29

Mind Matters 31

Dare to Dream

Find the Right Fit

Follow Your Desires

Set Goals


Develop a Winning Mind-Set



Resources 47

Gather and Manage Your Assets

Take Inventory

Make Your Wish List

Consider Alternatives

Conspire to Acquire

The "Arms Race"

Manage Complexity

Make a To-Do List

Mind the Little Things

Make the Most of Your Efforts

Take Care of Your Toys

Consider the Pros and Cons of Fixer-Uppers

Control Excess

People 68

Build a Winning Team

Let Everyone Know Their Roles

Artists and Scientists

Trust Them to Do Their Jobs

Develop Communication



Practice & Preparation 86

Get Plenty of Practice

Dedication to Preparation

Get Your Homework Done


Make the Most of Practice Time

Show Up

Mind the Time

Strategy 99

Play To Your Strengths

Craft a Winning Strategy

Interpret Trends through Clues in Your Environment

Separate Facts from Opinions

Discuss the Plan with the Team

For Every "What If," Have a "Plan B"

Part 3 Performing 113

Game Time 114

Mind Your Mood

Assertive or Aggressive?

Claim Your Position

Starting Strong 123

Go For It

Know When to Hold Back

Take an Early Lead

Decision Making 127

Make the Call: Tack or Stay the Course?

Recognize and Manage Risk

Build Your Defense

Keep the Big Picture in Mind

Recognize Priorities

Negotiate Interference and Obstacles

The Best Path Isn't Always a Straight Line

Watch for Opportunities

Develop and Use Your Intuition

Be Patient

Don't Panic When Things Are Looking Bad

Don't Automatically Chase Every Opportunity

Don't Be Greedy When Things Are Going Well


Focusing over the Long Run

Focusing under Stress

Focusing through Chaos

Focusing in the Face of Fear

Keep Your Cool

Execution 160

Set Your Own Pace

Marathon or Sprint?

Take Advantage of Breaks

Know When to Push

Build Momentum

Blast Off

Pick the Moment and Seize It

Stay Focused

Build on What's Working

Mind Your Thoughts

Get Back on Track

Glance Back, but Focus Forward

Keep Control

Stay Consistent

Banish Worry

Be Persistent

Make Your Comeback

Competition 179


Your Rival as Your Teacher

Your Rival as Your Ally

Take a Stand

Foster Sportsmanship

Part 4 Learning 193

Reactive Learning 195


Pursue Improvement

Find a Good Benchmark

Minimize the Variables

Repeat for Reliability

Gauge Results Honestly

Keep Raising the Bar

Keep a Record

Consider Yourself Your Toughest Competitor

Keep Perspective



Learn from Mistakes


Take Responsibility

If You Can't Stand the Heat, Spend More Time Being Hot

Adapt to Change

Keep Your Eyes on the Horizon

Fight Obsolescence

Prepare for Change

Act Quickly and Decisively

Stay Ahead of the Curve

Change Together

Seek Advice from the Experts

Select a Coach Who Can Strengthen Your Weak Points

Keep Up the Communication

Work Together to Manage Your Areas of Focus

Proactive Learning 233

Know the Game

Know the Language

Know the Rules

Know the Styles

Know the Players

Don't Make Other People's Mistakes

Take Notes

Recording Information

Bring the Boss Aboard


Meeting the Top People in the Field

Gaining Perspective from a New Locale

Picking Up New Ideas from Other Places

Never Stop Learning

Learning on Your Own

Learning in a Group

Learn a Little About a Lot

Nurture Creativity and Innovation

Learn by Teaching

Enjoy the Ride

Conclusion 261

Bibliography 263

Acknowledgements 273

Permissions 275

About the Author 277

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