- Live, Work, and Play Like a Champion
- Narrated by: Pete Carroll
- Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 07-13-10
- Language: English
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
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Pete Carroll is one of the most successful coaches in football today. As the head coach at USC, he brought the Trojans back to national prominence, amassing a 97-19 record over nine seasons. Now he shares the championship-winning philosophy that led USC to seven straight Pac-10 titles.
This same mindset and culture will shape his program as he returns to the NFL to coach the Seattle Seahawks. Carroll developed his unique coaching style by trial and error over his career. He learned that you get better results by teaching instead of screaming, and by helping players grow as people, not just on the field. He learned that an upbeat, energetic atmosphere in the locker room can coexist with an unstoppable competitive drive. He learned why you should stop worrying about your opponents, why you should always act as if the whole world is watching, and many other contrarian insights.
Carroll shows us how the Win Forever philosophy really works, both in NCAA Division I competition and in the NFL. He reveals how his recruiting strategies, training routines, and game-day rituals preserve a team's culture year after year, during championship seasons and disappointing seasons alike.
Win Forever is about more than winning football games; it's about maximizing your potential in every aspect of your life. Carroll has taught business leaders facing tough challenges. He has helped troubled kids on the streets of Los Angeles through his foundation A Better LA. His words are true in any situation: "If you want to win forever, always compete."
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By Scott Novis on 05-21-17
A glimpse, but only a glimpse, into brilliance
For the last 10 years I "hated" Pete Carroll and his teams in that kind of sports "hate" that people reserve for umpires and players like Derek Jeter. It's nothing personal. These are the villains who make their own luck and seem to always beat the team I am rooting for.
However, after listening to GRIT by Angela Duckworth, I felt compelled to learn more about Pete Carroll and his philosophy. Recently in Seattle, I could see first hand how his dreams impacted not only his players but literally *millions* of fans as the Seahawks became part of North West Washingtons identity.
I really wanted this audio book to be a five out of five, and I am grateful that Mr. Carroll narrated his own work. I could not rate if 5 because well, it lacked two things.
1 - punch, or authenticity. Duckworth's performance came across like you really were sitting down and having coffee with her. Mr. Carroll's came across like you were at a press conference. I could not help but think he would have more to say, but was too seasoned to say it publicaly.
2- While his over arching view he clearly articulates, he does not provide detail. Over and over again he talks about how it his plans were supported by painstaking, meticulous detail. He does not provide details and indeed, it would probably be impossible. All the same it would have been fantastic to have ONE example. I wish he could have walked through one example to show how he translated his beliefs into a plan. I wanted to know how he communicated and got others to act with him.
There were glimpses of this, but it felt like hearing math word problems described but not solved. Only occasionally was an an answer given. You know they can be solved, but you're not quite sure how to solve them yourself. I have a new found appreciate for Mr. Carroll and his work and I still recommend this book. It feels to me like his message is a clue, a sign post in a search to create excellence in ones own life.
(Please forgive any type or grammar errors in this review, I wrote this on my phone and spell check does not work inside the audible app)
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