Training Camp: What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else

Training Camp: What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else

by Jon Gordon


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Training Camp is an inspirational story filled with invaluable lessons and insights on bringing out the best in yourself and your team. The story follows Martin, an un-drafted rookie trying to make it in the NFL. He’s spent his entire life proving to the critics that a small guy with a big heart can succeed against all odds. After spraining his ankle in the pre-season, Martin thinks his dream is lost when he happens to meet a very special coach who shares eleven life-changing lessons that keep his dream alive—and might even make him the best of the best. If you want to be your best—Training Camp offers an inspirational story and real-world wisdom on what it takes to reach true excellence and how you and your team (your work team, school team, church team and family team) can achieve it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470462089
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/18/2009
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 48,316
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

JON GORDON's bestselling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, and college coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals, and nonprofits. Jon invites you to visit and connect with him at Follow him on Twitter @JonGordon11.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments x

Author’s Note xii

Introduction xv

1 Kickoff 1

2 Ankle Sprain 5

3 Press Conference 7

4 Pain 9

5 The Phone Call 15

6 Treatment 19

7 Questions 23

8 On the Sideline 27

9 The Playbook 29

10 The Telescope 35

11 Continuous Improvement 43

12 The Benefits of a Coach 47

13 TheMyth 51

14 The Game-Day Principle 53

15 Ten Percent Better 57

16 TheMicroscope 61

17 Mental Zoom-Focus 67

18 Patience 69

19 Mental Toughness 71

20 TwentyWays to Get Mentally Tough 77

21 A Bad Day 81

22 Heal Strong 85

23 Feeling Better 89

24 Preparation 91

25 The Cut 93

26 Faith 97

27 The Fishing Trip 99

28 Story and Belief 105

29 Tests 107

30 Pressure 109

31 Seize theMoment 111

32 The Breaking Point 115

33 The Spotlight 125

34 Celebration 129

35 Final Cuts 131

36 Leave a Legacy 135

37 The Day 139

38 The Coin 143

39 The Final Lesson 147

40 A New Beginning 151

Appendixes 155

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Training Camp 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
riverstone More than 1 year ago
I have read countless leadership and self-help books but Jon Gordon has the rare courage to speak the truth: No one can maximize their potential without honoring the One gave them their abilities. In Training Camp there is the plot about making the team. But that is not the real story. The real story is that the main character discovers that "he can do all things through Christ who strengthens him." Jon does not put it in such explicit "Christianese" but it is there. A better man makes a better player makes a better husband etc. Thanks Jon!
StecaSauruSReX More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended by a friend and co-worker - Todd Gothberg. To be very honest, I would not have read the book without his guidance. Having said that....I am very thankful and grateful. Training Camp is an excellent book to provide both for "teachers" and "students", "coaches" and "players", etc. I envision this book to better assist mentoring young professionals within are own company! If you have an open-mind and the will to continue learning and bettering yourself - then buy the book. It is worth it. You are worth it. Good luck!
DDJax More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Jon Gordon's work for a long time. I started out as a subscriber to his weekly email newsletters after hearing him speak at an event. Having also read and fully enjoyed Jon's other books, "The Energy Bus" and "The No Complaining Rule," I was excited about the release of "Training Camp." When I received my first copy (I've bought a few for friends now) I opened it up to scan the pages and immediately found myself drawn in. I couldn't put it down. A few hours later I had finished the book! So thankful that I did. The lesson's Jon shares have really had an impact on the way I look at a lot of things. Not only in my work life but in my family life as well. One key lesson this book helped me reinforce is that to be my best I need to help bring out the best in others. Sounds simple, maybe, but the way Jon shared it, along with the other 11 Traits, just made a lot of sense. It brough the concept to life I guess. I'll end with this... Regardless of your position or what you do, I think this book will help you and help others around you. It has for me.
BSauber More than 1 year ago
The story is simple and straightforward about the rookie wanting to make the NFL team. Underneath the simple story, however, are a series of concise, easy to understand, easy to remember, and easy to implement lessons about becoming your best. There are many books about companies and organizations (In Search of Excellence, Good to Great, etc.) that offer insights on what makes some companies excellent. Training Camp is about what makes individuals great. This book also has a solid message about ethics/morals in becoming your pesonal best. A great contrast to the Ken Lay/Bernie Maddof culture of false riches, no ethics and the inevitable conclusion. Training Camp's last 3 points sum up why the message is different and superior to other "self-help" books that focus only on selfish rewards and satisfaction. I can identify these 3 traits in all the best and most admired leaders throughout history. I am working to enact them in my life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I didn't think that I could connect with this book but I did! It touched my heart in so many ways. I know it will touch yours as well.
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*walks in*"What's this for?"
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This book has changed my life. I play on a very competitive soccer team, and this book has developed my leadership skills even further. Gordon brings life lessons and a great story together. I strongly recommend this.
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lemme14 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes you just need some reinforcement, or reminders, of how to excel, work hard and strive for greatness. This fits the bill. A very simple story that drives home a great message.
Blueskies More than 1 year ago
Especially for those with a background or interest in athletics, this fable holds your attention and reminds you of many of the life lessons we learned in sports. Jon adds very valuable insights in masterfully constructing this story. This book is about winning in life. I'm a senior leader in a major corporation today. I'll be sending my entire leadership team through Training Camp. This is my first Jon Gordon read. I look forward to the others. Thank you Jon for a valuable piece of work.
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KansasCityTina-2010 More than 1 year ago
If you just read the words of this book, it is about a guy trying to make it in the NFL - for me the sports analogy itself is engaging. However, open your mind and your heart to really HEAR what this book is SAYING. This book resonated with me and my life in a way I can't hardly put into words but I must say that Jon Gordon has had that impact on me since I first saw him speak LIVE in January 2009. I have read all of his books and each one speaks to me in its own way but "Training Camp" is the book that has the impact to make you realize that it is all about BEING YOUR BEST IN EVERY DAY LIFE. I bought this book for my entire work team as well as several of my family and friends - I have shared so much of what Jon Gordon has taught me with his words in 2009 with work colleagues, my family, my friends as well as people I meet in every day life. Anyone will enjoy the message that Jon delivers in this book if you OPEN your HEART and MIND to hearing how being the BEST is truly what MATTERS MOST. Take a look at Jon Gordon's website for many motivational "tools" which he offers; also see when Jon is speaking in a town near me, he is worth the time & money!! I've been in sales my whole life and seen a ton of different motivational type speakers but Jon is HANDS DOWN the BEST MOTIVATIONAL type speaker I've ever heard. God definitely put Jon Gordon on this earth to share his messages with the world - so THANK YOU JON for continuing to give your gift to all of us!!
juand1027 More than 1 year ago
This is the first i read from Jon, and I'm really looking forward to read the rest of his books, on the other hand the story is an accurate example that everyone could apply for our lives and take a lot good from the conclusion that we make after comparing the story from the book and the story we have lived. I highly recommend this book to everyone!