The Power of Negative Thinking

  • by Bob Knight, Bob Hammel
  • Narrated by Dick Hill
  • 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking, a classic best seller, has inspired an optimistic perspective for millions of Americans. Now, in an inspirational and entertaining rebuttal, the legendary basketball coach Bob Knight explains why "negative thinking" will actually produce more positive results, in sports and in daily life.
Coach Knight, the second-winningest coach in NCAA history with 902 victories, explains that victory is often attained by the team that makes the fewest mistakes. His coaching philosophy was to instill discipline by "preparing to win" rather than hoping to win. That meant understanding the downside and drilling his teams to prevent the things that could go wrong. And when his teams did win, he made sure they didn’t dwell on their success, but rather looked immediately to the challenges of the next game.
He applies this lesson to business strategy as well.


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Customer Reviews

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The book is much better than the ratings indicate!

Okay, the title is too clever by half. But Bob Knight's philosophy of winning is applicable to more than sports; it is equally applicable to the business world and to our personal lives. It is very sound.

The book was a fun read for me not because I am a fan of Bob Knight, because I am not. I'm a lifelong fan of the UNC Tar Heels, my alma mater. The book was fun because of the light and airy style and because a master of his craft wrote it. And because I love listening to Dick Hill narrate.

If you love college basketball by all means get this excellent book.
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- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"

Just as Trite as Positive Thinking

What would have made The Power of Negative Thinking better?

Depth. Real insight. Any MSNBC or FOX news commentator could have patched this book together in an afternoon.

Would you ever listen to anything by Bob Knight and Bob Hammel again?


What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was fine. The book was a waste.

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- Elyse

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-05-2013
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio