A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring
After eight books, many of them bestsellers, A Game Plan for Life is the one closest to John Wooden's heart: a moving and inspirational guide to the power of mentorship. The first half focuses on the people who helped foster the values that carried Wooden through an incredibly successful and famously principled career, including his college coach, his wife, Abraham Lincoln, and Mother Teresa. The second half is built around interviews with some of the many people he mentored over the years, including Kareem Abdul- Jabbar, Bill Walton, fellow coaches, family members, and even a middle school coach in Canada. Their testimony takes readers inside the lessons Wooden taught to generations of players, bringing out the very best in them not just as athletes but as human beings. In all, it's an inspiring primer on how to achieve success without sacrificing principles, and on how to build one of the most productive and rewarding relationships available to any athlete, businessperson, teacher, or parent: that of mentor and protégé.
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Great mentoring resource!User Review - Christianbook.com
When the word, "mentoring" is heard, most people think of adult/youth mentorship but in all actuality, mentoring "can be any action that inspires another" and can "happen at any time or place" and it can be "both something we receive and give" (p. 3-4). Wooden shared his experiences with being mentor and having a mentor, his ideals about mentors, and used several individuals to illustrate good mentoring. Mentors included Wooden's father, Mother Teresa, and Abraham Lincoln, and mentees included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, and Andy Hill--UCLA basketball players (pp. 105, 117, 129). Review by: M. Teresa Trascritti The book was a narrative about Wooden's life as a mentor and mentee. Specific chapters were presented by people who were mentored by Wooden. In one of the chapters Cori Nicholson, Wooden's great-granddaughter, shared some of her great-grandfather's inspirational sayings--"Make each day your masterpiece," "Work to make the most of today then do the same tomorrow and over time, things will come together," and "if you make each day a masterpiece, you would make a lifetime of amazing memories" (p. 176). There were some profound statements Wooden shared regarding mentorship. For example, when Wooden discussed the work of Mother Teresa, he stated, "Even in the midst of our own struggles, we can offer encouragement. Even during our personal low periods, we can continue to try to be a mentor to those around us. If we are honest about what we are facing we can offer hope to others that they are not alone" (p. 74). In the example of Lincoln, Wooden shares, "In the Gospel of Matthew, Christians are instructed to Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. I have always found this one of the hardest passages in Scripture to live by, but Lincoln showed me that it could be done... Lincoln showed exactly how to follow such a command [Romans 12:20] when he was questioned on his reparations and reconstruction policy for the South" (p. 81). These illustrat ...
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