Jim Tressel was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He came up through the ranks of college football via hard work. Jim Tressel knows what successful leadership is all about. His overall record as a Head Football Coach is

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. John C. Chris Fabry Goodreads Author. A perfect blend of football stories, spiritual insights, motivational reading, and practical application, The Winners Manual provides an inside look at the core philosophy that has positively impacted the lives of thousands of student athletes and served as the foundation for two of the most successful college football programs of all time.

Provides a rare inside glimpse into the mind of one of the most respected coaches in college football history and into the huddle of one of the most successful football programs of all time. Filled with hundreds of inspirational stories, quotes and anecdotes.

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As an Ohio State graduate and huge football fan, I remember being stunned when Coach Jim Tressel was hired as our football coach in Like a lot of Ohio State fans, I was wondering, who is this guy? Up until being hired at Ohio State, Coach Tressel was hidden in obscurity in Youngstown, quietly winning four national titles there while Ohio State football endured the turmoil of the Cooper years. Seven years after being hired, Coach Tressel is not obscure anymore. To haters, he will always be As an Ohio State graduate and huge football fan, I remember being stunned when Coach Jim Tressel was hired as our football coach in We see the way Coach Tressel cares about his players, how he acts the same whether we win or lose, how he leads a team of kids from diverse backgrounds to act as a team with respect for themselves and others, and it is natural to wonder how he does it.

What makes him such a great leader? In "The Winners Manual," Coach Tressel gives insight into the leadership tools he uses to develop and inspire the Ohio State football team — leadership tools anyone can use to better themselves or others in their lives. The main tool Coach Tressel describes in his book is the "Block O of Life," a step-by-step plan the football team uses to develop as individuals and which we also can use in our own lives.

The Block O of Life carefully separates our purpose, or who we are, from our goals, or what we do. The specific Block O of Life goal sheet which can be downloaded at www. While these may seem trite on the surface, Coach Tressel gives specifics and provides his own meaning for each fundamental, including inspiring quotations and life stories.

For example, for the fundamental on attitude, Coach Tressel expands upon the Voltaire quotation, "Paradise is where I am. Although this is easy to say, it is not easy to live out in real life, but Coach Tressel has in his own life, staying in Division 1-AA when he had the chance to move on to greener pastures: "I tell people all the time that if I were to have coached at Youngstown State for forty years, I would have been as happy as can be.

I was in paradise. Using the Block O of Life and Big Ten Fundamentals, Coach Tressel gives insight into leadership skills he has taught the Ohio State players and skills that each of us can apply in our own lives to become "winners. If I had read this book ten years ago, when I was skeptical and cynical about things like "leadership," it would have been easy to dismiss, but through my life experiences I have seen the impact not only good leaders, but also bad leaders, can have on others.

For each of us, in our everyday lives, we make an impact on others. Good leaders are hard to find, but Coach Tressel is one of them, and for those of us, from managers to teachers to coaches, who want to feel good about ourselves and the contribution we make to others to ultimately achieve that elusive goal of having peace of mind, there is a lot to learn from "The Winners Manual.

View 1 comment. Jan 26, Ben Campopiano rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction , self-help , sports , religion. XVI: Senior speeches at end of year banquet.

Include fundamental that was critical to their development. Describe the hero, winner or mentor in their lives. Describe a real-life lesson they learned. Their spiritual plan, their morals, their values, their work ethic. We have to choose to have a good attitude. I can't do everything, but I can do something. And what I can do, I ought to do. And what I ought to do, by the grace of God, I shall do. It's not restrictive or punishing: its actually liberating. Focus on the moment.

What's tough is being good every day. Failure is an event, not a person. Every obstacle presents an opportunity You only fail when you quit. Never run from anything and never quit. Never excuse yourself. Dec 29, Kelly rated it it was amazing. It's and Michigan still sucks. Oct 07, Rebekah rated it it was amazing.

For being a Michigan fan, this is a great book so far. Jul 20, Natalie Shawver rated it really liked it. Reading a book about sports isn't my typical go-to.

But, since my dad gave this book to me years ago and it was still sitting on my shelf, I felt like it was the time to pick it up finally I actually decided to listen to it on my daily commute.

And, given a recent health concern for my dad, it was nice to read something he loved. Born in Youngstown myself, it' Reading a book about sports isn't my typical go-to. Born in Youngstown myself, it's nice to hear the city's name every chapter and for someone to speak highly of the steel mill town.

The Winners Manual was a unique idea for both YSU and OSU players, given to them at the start of each football season; a series of topics not only focused on the ins and outs of football, but on life itself. Tressel carried over the notion that in order to be a winner in the game, you must be in life as well.

I most appreciated his chapters in his book and in the Winners Manual on kindness, gratitude, acting with class, and faith. Throughout the book he relays stories about individual players, as well as his own life and where he truly relied on God. It's awesome to hear such positive things from a high-profile coach. His use of the "block O" and goal-making made me reflect upon my own life goals and purpose.

Pick this book up if you're ready for football season like me or want an extra dose of optimism. It's worth a re-read in the future, too. Jan 24, Amy Roseman rated it liked it. Overall, there is great advice that can be applied to everyone's life. I found that the book was extremely redundant, however. Within a chapter, and throughout the book, the same concepts were repeated the same way over and over again.

It was drudgery to finish this book. More of an FYI, but wow - there was also a lot of focus on religion. Although it was written from a Christian perspective, I appreciate that he spoke of other religions in a positive light and tried to include them.

However, it Overall, there is great advice that can be applied to everyone's life. However, it was onerous to read for someone who isn't spiritual. But, this is his perspective on how to live a good life, so I see why he included it.


The Winners Manual: For the Game of Life

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I first heard that question asked by Bobby Richardson, the great second baseman for the New York Yankees, when I was a teenager at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes camp. Richardson was an athlete I looked up to tremendously—seven times in the World Series, MVP of the World Series, selected nine times as an all-star, and winner of five straight Gold Gloves for fielding. He was the epitome of a professional athlete. He exuded excellence. That question has continued to intrigue me throughout my life, and in a way, it has defined my life as a son, a husband, a father, and a coach. To many people, winning is everything. Striving for a conference championship can be a passion that turns into an obsession.


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Stresses goal setting with his teams. The task for all coaches is to see the sport in the context of their entire lives. Develop purpose. See it as something that is done to us. The reality is that discipline is something this for us, and helps us.

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