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Reach for the Summit: The Definite Dozen System for Succeeding at Whatever You Do Hardcover – Mar 1998


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; 1 edition (Mar. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767902289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767902281
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 16.4 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,310,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Feb. 1999
Format: Hardcover
"Principles are anchors; without them you will drift." This concept proves to be the underlying theme in Pat Summitt's Reach for the Summit. Summitt, along with Sally Jenkins, describes her numerous experiences as a basketball coach and truly connects both emotionally and mentally with the readers. The various influences Summitt has been affected by, the assorted methods described, and the simple style allows this motivational book to be both effective and inspirational.
In Reach for the Summit, Pat Summitt, head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols, draws upon twenty-four years of experience as a triumphant coach to provide motivational advice for those that want to find success in all areas of life. Structured around her "Definite Dozen" system, each of the twelve chapters covers one rule of achievement. Personal anecdotes, basic ethics, and numerous strategies are used throughout the book to provide a solid foundation for her system. One of the most apparent themes that is stressed throughout the book is the fact that very few people know how to achieve success repeatedly. Many people can win once by getting lucky, following their intuition, or practicing a semi-effective short-term formula. Because people have a tendency to lose sight of their priorities, grow content, and abandon their principles, Summitt's book accurately describes how to build a system of effective methods and stick to them. This book will have a lasting value because of its applicability to almost any situation.
Through her amusing stories and few painful memories, Summitt reveals her failures and truimphs as an amateur basketball player, as an Olympic athlete, as a Division I coach, and as a mother.
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By A Customer on 7 April 1998
Format: Hardcover
A lot of celebrity sports figure books are full of ghost writer prose and tired cliche's. Many are entertaining, but like a fluffy dessert. Sweet but only empty calories. Not this one. This is meat and potatoes earned the best way--by hard work. Pat Summitt lets you into her head and heart--the head and heart that has achieved unprecendented success not only with women's basketball teams, but as a person, a leader, and an inspiring figure to these young women--and now to millions of fans. I find my self measuring her with a much larger yardstick than "just" one of the best coaches that ever coached basketball. This lady is a champion and would be at whatever she decided to do. This book is worth reading by anyone from the CEO to the janitor--and they will all enjoy it and be better for it. Review by: John L. Mariotti, former President of Huffy Bicycles and Rubbermaid Office Products, now CEO of The Enterprise Group, and author of "The Power of Partnerships" and "The Shape Shifters" --and a Lady Vol fan!
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By A Customer on 21 July 1998
Format: Hardcover
First of all, CONGRATULATIONS on a successful season and on your teams championship. Reach for the Summit was a great inspiration to myself and my co-workers. It demonstrats leadership, confidence, and it is highly motivational. This book makes you think about who you are, where you come from and makes you re-evaluate your work ethics and whether you give it 100% everyday and whether you have room for improvement. As a competitor, athlete, and leader I appreciated the book. P.S. As a non-resident fan, I believe Pat Summit's coaching methods should be "emulated". Her student athletes graduate with a degree and her program is successful!!! If the student athletes are willing to work hard and give it all they have to reach for a goal that many dream of...NCAA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS...and learn through the process, let it be. Once again, Congratulations!!
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By A Customer on 11 Jun. 1998
Format: Hardcover
As a 14 year old, I pride myself in not reading anything. Because I have tremendous respect for Pat and love the Lady Vols, I sacrificed my ego and bought the book the week it came out. You don't have to be a Lady Vol fan to enjoy the book. To those people who think Pat is a vilian(sp), you will see her humanized. It is really inspirational, and I could not put it down. I would recommend this book to any person. we could all use a little pick-me-up, and some of the best basketball players ever are talked about. This book was not a normal "coaches" book. Pat Summitt doesn't just win by luck. It is definately one of the best books I have ever read.(I read when I was a little younger.)
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Although achieving near cult status in her home state, Pat Summit has only recently been making mass market news. The Sports Illustrated cover and article led me to buying this book. Hats off to Summit for sharing herself and her wisdom with the world. While her style of coaching may not suit everyone, players and coaches alike, it certainly takes a lot of guts to take key elements of her success and put it all on paper for fans and foes to absorb. Her details of the various realtionships she has with her players was magnificant. Not only is this book inspirational and revealing, it is well written and I have to admit kept me up well into the night.
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By A Customer on 15 April 1998
Format: Hardcover
As a long time Pat Summitt fan and Lady Vols follower, I could not put this book down. If you didn't follow Pat Summitt you would not know what she is talking about. Her style of leadership is one of the best techniques for teaching future leaders the ins and outs of the real world and how team sports will instill in them the importance of being a team player in the corporate world. Her sense of humor makes even the toughest coaches in the world easy to play for. A real winner who has learned from humility and from sucess. The job is never done, you just keep refining it.
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