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Earn The Right To Win: How Success in Any Field Starts with Superior Preparation (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 29. Juli 2014


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Tom Coughlin challenged us and prepared us to handle anything that was thrown at us ... The lessons I learned from him weren't limited to football. They were applicable to every aspect of my life. (Michael Strahan)

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Tom Coughlin is one of the most successful coaches in NFL history. Before winning two Super Bowls with the New York Giants, he coached the Jacksonville Jaguars for nine seasons, leading them to two appearances in the AFC Championship Game.David Fisher is the co-author of seventeen New York Times bestsellers.

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HASH(0x961eab58) von 5 Sternen one of the most amazing books I've read in a long time 11. März 2013
Von TravellingCari - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I don't tend to put athletes on pedestals because Here, There be Dragons or Tigers or whichever term for danger you prefer. It generally comes to no good end. Celebrities, athletes or otherwise, are just everyday people who live their lives in the spotlight. That's no reason to look up to them unless they show themselves worthy of such attention. I was never sure whether I put coaches in the same category but since he came to the Giants in 2004, I knew there was something special about Tom Coughlin. This book just reinforced that.

If you're a fan of the Giants or Jaguars, and or have read his previous book, A Team to Believe In, written following SB 42, some of the material isn't new, but the story it told and the picture it painted about the man was. The story of the transformation in Coughlin's relationship with Michael Strahan has been told a number of times, but not in this detail:

"Tom has since been recognized as one of the greatest coaches in NFL history, but at the beginning, our relationship was tough: I hated him. Hate is a strong word, but that's the way I felt. ... When I began adding it all up, I realized, You know what? Maybe I haven't been seeing this guy the right way. Maybe there's more to this guy than I originally believed... We were a family. And if anybody in our family needed help, the rest of us were right there to provide it, knowing that people would be there for us....When I look back on our relationship now, I tell people proudly that I love the man. I love him, and if I could, I would play for him any day. And together, we would win."

And if it was only Michael, it might have been written off as a personality conflict, but there was Fred Taylor too:

"In 1998, at the beginning of my fourth season as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, we drafted running back Fred Taylor in the first round.... We did have some conflicts. In fact, after I left Jacksonville I read several articles in which he said that he really believed I was trying to kill him during that year. In the ensuing years Fed and I had spoken a few times. I'd see him on the field when the Giants played his team, and we'd greeted each other politely. But we didn't have a real conversation until after he retired in 2010, when I ran into Fed and his bother at the annual scouting combine in Indianapolis. I was walking through the lobby when I noticed a crowd of people and a little bit of a commotion. As I looked to see what was going on, Fed spotted me. I stopped to say hello, and we started talking. Finally I got around to asking him about that comment. "I didn't understand what you were trying to do then," he said. "I understand it now. I have great respect for you"... We shook hands and they got into the elevator, but as the doors started closing, Fred said suddenly, "Thank you, I love you." I love you? That was one thing that I wasn't prepared to hear."

People genuinely hated Tom Coughlin, and sometimes I wonder how he was able to get through a day. But somehow he turned the page -- and I think it was more than the conversation with Charles Wray, the meetings with the NY media, the comments from his family. He decided to change -- but I can still see him getting in a fight with a GPS.

It showed in his players too, Manning's preparation and dedication throughout his rookie year and his career -- from fear they were going to make a change and he'd no longer be the starting QB to not wanting to let down Coughlin. And eventually, it almost evolved into Coughlin not wanting to let Manning down:

"When you have hardworking, disciplined people like Eli Manning working for you, why would you ever yell at him, no matter how he has played? He's ten times harder on himself than I'm ever going to be. "

As much as this book is about preparation and leadership, it's about the undercurrent of family. Head coaches and GMs always pay lip service to hating to see a player leave the team -- but I truly think it hurts Tom Coughlin to lose someone from his family. He has been there, even 11 years later, it's clear how much his firing in Jacksonville still hurts him. He's determined not to let that happen again to him -- and wants to help his players through it if it has to happen to them. While he maintains that he doesn't read the sports news, he was clearly aware of the media wanting him gone in 2011. and I can imagine how much it must have hurt him.

The other primary theme throughout the book is pride. Pride in your work, wanting to restore pride to the Giants' organization, wanting to create the RIT & Jacksonville programs with pride. He practices what he preaches. He wanted the 2011 Giants to "finish" and be "all in", he certainly wasn't going to take time off after his hamstring was torn off the bone! He's a taskmaster, but he won't ask the players or coaches to do anything he won't. He wants them to learn the way he learned.

The only thing I really didn't care for in the book was the flow. It jumped around a lot -- and maybe it wasn't meant to be read cover to cover. Each of the chapters really could be freestanding lessons on one of his themes. And the best thing about this book? It doesn't matter at all if you're a Giants fan, a football fan, or you hate sports. The themes in here apply to all walks of life. I said to someone earlier today that I actually thought calling it a sports book was limiting and somewhat cheapening it. It's much more than that.

And to think, the book was on my radar but I had no intention of moving it to the top of Mt. TBR (or reading it in two sittings!), but then I saw a tweet that Coughlin was signing at Barnes & Noble and I decided that was a very good use of lunch. Bought two copies which he signed, and I decided I didn't want to break the spine on my copy so I bought it for my Kindle and read it in two days.
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HASH(0x961ed09c) von 5 Sternen This is a great book! 10. März 2013
Von Keith Dow - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Tom Coughlin has written a great book about being very productive and achieving results. He lightly covers time management, communication, anger management, etc. The most interesting parts are about when he learns to improve his performance through feedback from different people.

For further information you can see him talk about the book on "The Daily Show" with John Stewart. The interview is available at "The Daily Show" website. Since I am a 49er fan, I will quit writing now since it pains me to write anything good about anybody associated with the Giants football team.
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HASH(0x961eafd8) von 5 Sternen A WINNER! 25. März 2013
Von L. Buell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Never mind the redundancies. This book shows you what it is to be a professional at the highest level. No matter what field you apply Coach Coughlin's standards to, you and everyone else around you will be the better for it. You can devour this book in no time at all, but you won't mind the replays!
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HASH(0x961ed6d8) von 5 Sternen A must read 21. April 2013
Von SGA - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Enjoyable reading and very inspirational. An up lifting book that shows not only what the heart and the attitude of a player should be but all people. It made me appreciate Tom Coughlin not only as a coach, but more importantly the heart behind the man as well.
Highly recommended!
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HASH(0x961ed828) von 5 Sternen Excellent insight to the NFL and how to prepare at a high level 24. März 2013
Von Tom S - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I was a bit torn between whether to give this 4 or 5 stars.. but I'm definitely closer to "I love it" than "I like it."

On one hand I'm a big Giants fan, and from that angle I enjoyed the read as it gives a very interesting behind the scenes insight to the identity of the team, the pride, the commitment, weekly preparation, and some interesting anecdotes from the players.

Moreover though, I work in a very competitive field and found it incredible how much of what coach Coughlin speaks of is direct analogous or applicable to my day-to-day or week-to-week work and preparation. Having read this has made me think about how I approach things.. reinforcing some ideas, giving me some new things to try out, and honestly has made me want to work a bit harder and smarter in general. I've loaned this to a coworker who isn't even a huge football fan and he immediately loved it, and thinks everyone in the group should give it a read.

Only negative I have is that there are some things or themes which are a bit repetitive from one chapter to another - but on the other hand I suppose it reinforces the point and carries a common theme throughout.

Overall I'm quite happy with the purchase.
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