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Win Forever: Live, Work, and Play Like a Championby Pete Carroll
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"I know that I'll be evaluated in Seattle with wins and losses, as that is the nature of my profession for the last thirty-five years. But our record will not be what motivates me. Years ago I was asked, 'Pete, which is better: winning or competing?' My response was instantaneous: 'Competing. . . because it lasts longer.'"
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 mind=set 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."
The former USC Trojan and current Seattle Seahawks head coach shares his philosophy of the game--and of life. "Win Forever" holds valuable insight for coaches, executives, teachers, and leaders of all kinds.
USC football coach Pete Carroll's powerful leadership advice that is just as effective for your business and community as it is on the football field
Pete Carroll is one of college football's most successful coaches. He is also one of the smartest and most philosophical. He calls his coaching approach Win Forever and preaches it not just on the field, but to local kids and business audiences in the off-season. While his book has plenty of behind-the-scenes stories featuring some of the most famous names in sports, it's really about Carroll's immensely effective approach to leadership. He shows readers how to:
a Develop a vision that others can internalize and take a stake in
a Embrace competition, not competitiveness
a Practice so that game day is the easiest day of the week
a Learn to play in the absence of fear
a Make the conflicting pulls of what you want and who you think you are one and the same
Carroll takes his philosophy well beyond the football field, whether he's organizing anti-gang rallies or chatting with at-risk youth in LA's inner city neighborhoods. Win Forever holds valuable insight for coaches, executives, teachers, and leaders of all kinds. As Carroll says, Winning forever is realizing your potential and making yourself as good as you possibly can be. Realizing that is a tremendous accomplishment, whether it's in football or in life.
About the Author
Pete Carroll is the coach of the Seattle Seahawks. He previously spent nine years as the head coach of the USC Trojans football team. Before coming to USC, he was the head coach of the New York Jets and the New England Patriots and defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers. Carroll is also known for his charity work and will donate a portion of his proceeds to A Better LA, his nonprofit organization devoted to reducing gang violence in the most crime-plagued neighborhoods of Los Angeles. He and his wife, Glena, have three grown children.
Kristoffer A. Garin is a journalist who has written for the New York Daily News and the Journal News in Westchester, New York.
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