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Michael Jordan credits George Mumford with transforming his on-court leadership of the Bulls, helping Jordan lead the team to six NBA championships. Mumford also helped Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, and Lamar Odom and countless other NBA players turn around their games. A widely respected public speaker and coach, Mumford is sharing his own story and the strategies that have made these athletes into stars in The Mindful Athlete: The Secret to Pure Performance. His proven, gentle but groundbreaking mindfulness techniques can transform the performance of anyone with a goal, be they an Olympian, weekend warrior, executive, hacker, or artist.
Mumford's deeply moving personal story is unforgettable. A basketball player at the University of Massachusetts (where he roomed with Dr. J, Julius Erving), injuries forced Mumford out of the game he loved. The meds that relieved the pain of his injuries also numbed him to the emptiness he felt without the game and eventually led him to heroin. After years as a functioning addict, Mumford enrolled in Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program, and made meditation, on and off the cushion, the center of his life. He kicked drugs, earned a master's degree in counseling psychology and began teaching meditation to inmates and others.
When Michael Jordan left the Chicago Bulls to play baseball in 1993, the team was in crisis. Coach Phil Jackson, a long-time mindfulness practitioner, contacted Dr. Kabat-Zinn to find someone who could teach mindfulness techniques to the struggling team - someone who would have credibility and could speak the language of his players. Kabat-Zinn led Jackson to Mumford and their partnership began. Mumford has worked with Jackson and each of the eleven teams he coached to become NBA champions. His roster of champion clients has since blossomed way beyond basketball to include corporate executives, Olympians, and athletes.
©2016 George Mumford (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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By Kate32 on 10-05-16

Must read

This book has become part of my "read every year" list. Great advices, and lots of wisdom.

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By Saso on 05-01-16

Worth the listen

Great insight. Applies to more than just sports. Really to everyday life. I would consider listening to it a few times

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By Amazon Customer on 12-21-16

generally v good

personally experienced a lot of meditation and theory before, so almost stopped reading but after initial introduction (which was good just not new for me) got very good. really enjoyed and v useful.

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By Terrance on 11-09-16

WOW!

Absolutely amazing. The concepts ring true to every athlete at every level! Loved every second of this book!

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By Mohammad Mokhberi on 04-21-16

Awesome book. very inspiring and educating

Very happy with my purchase.
it was worth every penny.
the narrating is just amazing and keeps you engaged.

I am going to keep listening to this audio book over and over again.

Thanks Phil Jackson, George Mumford and J.D Jackson

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