Saturday, April 30, 2011

Life Promises for Success

Life Promises for Success

by Jim Tressel

"Commitment is the key to every relationship. Whatever team you're on, whether it's a marriage, a family, a work team, or a sports team, in order to achieve whatever goals you've set, you must be bound together by a love that exhibits itself in extreme commitment and the laying down of one's life for the common good. The failure to commit ourselves is evident in so many aspects of our society. People want to be "cool" rather than committed. They want to be esteemed and lifted up. But you can't focus on being cool if you want to be a champion." - Jim Tressel

In Life Promises for Success, Ohio State University Coach Jim Tressel talks about success in three sections: The Essence of Success, The Elements of Success, and The Epitome of Success. In The Essence of Success he asks questions such as "How do you define success?" and "What's your self worth?" In The Elements of Success he uses short stories and illustrations to talk about character traits such as attitude, humility, persistence, and selflessness. And The Epitome of Success he goes over some final thoughts such as how to know you have reached the top of success. 

Though Tressel used a lot of sports (mostly football) analogies and personalities throughout the book, I didn't feel as if I were missing out on information just because I don't follow football.
I did enjoy reading the scripture before each reading, and how Tressel felt it tied into the meaning of success. This book would be a great choice for the athlete in your life, or even someone who is graduating. I know I will use this book when I need something inspirational to read, or I'm looking for some great quotes.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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