Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Giveaway: Beyond Championships

Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. 

Beyond Championships: A Playbook for Winning at Life will soon be released. It's written by Dru Joyce II, head coach of one of high school basketball’s greatest programs, St. Vincent-St. Mary High in Akron, Ohio.
Coach Dru was LeBron James' high school coach, and the father figure LeBron credits with having taught him about life. With the book, Coach passes on much of that wisdom, using 9 principles to lead readers to make better choices, reach their full potential and win in all areas of life:
  1. Decisions Create Environment
  2. The Myth of the Self-Made Man
  3. Use the Game; Don’t Let the Game Use You
  4. Master the Art of Discipline
  5. The Power of Words
  6. The Heart of a Servant
  7. Make Lemonade
  8. Take Charge of Your Own Mind
  9. Dare to Dream
From the foreword by LeBron: “He knew what it meant to be poor, a feeling I was already too familiar with as a ten-year-old. He knew how to transcend his circumstances, and he wanted to share that knowledge with us too...There are a lot of principles in this book that have become cornerstones of my own philosophy on life. But the principle that has probably impacted me the most is to always have the heart of a servant. That’s something I learned from Coach Dru, and in many ways it was at the heart of my decision to return to Northeast Ohio as a basketball player.”

Right now if you visit you can enter to win a Cavaliers jersey signed by LeBron James when you pre-order the bok.

I found the book interesting. I'm not particularly a basketball fan, although I can appreciate sports, having been a track athlete. But the book is written in a way that's not just going to appeal to sports fans. The nine principles above relate to all areas of life, not just athletics, and although sports is the main area of expertise of the author, the book isn't written in a way that non-sports fans aren't going to understand what he's getting at.

I have a chance to give away two copies, the hardcover release and the teen version (paperback). To enter, leave a comment with which of the nine principles you most want to learn about. Deadline is March 9th.

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