The popular ESPN basketball analyst and former Duke player looks at the true meaning of toughness.
If anyone knows tough, it’s Jay Bilas. A four-year starter at Duke, he learned an incomparable work ethic under coach Mike Krzyzewski, battling against the greatest college players in the game. After playing professionally overseas for several years, he returned to Duke, where he served as Krzyzewski’s assistant coach for three seasons, during which the Blue Devils won back-to-back titles. A graduate of Duke Law School, he has since become one of basketball’s most recognizable faces through his insightful, intelligent work on ESPN’s SportsCenter and College GameDay.
Through his ups and downs, on and off the court, Jay learned the true meaning of toughness from coaches, teammates, and colleagues. Now, he discusses this misunderstood - yet vital - attribute and how it contributes to winning in sports and in life.
Featuring never-before-heard stories and personal philosophies on toughness from top players and coaches - including Coach K, Bob Knight, Grant Hill, Mia Hamm, Jon Gruden, Tom Izzo, Bill Self, Curtis Strange, and many others - Bilas redefines what it takes to succeed.
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I listed to one audio book a week on average. I like biographies, politics, sports, history, and anything related to comic books.
He reveals Duke players were relieved when North Carolina lost to Kansas in the 1991 Final Four semifinals.
His talking about how his parents, coaches, and a drama teacher influenced him.
He is a very fair, honest person on his telecasts, it brings more meaning to his story.
Not to get angry and blow up - it is just a sign of weakness. And that true toughness is mental, not physical.
This is my second time listening to Toughness by Jay Bilas. I love the stories and how each story ties into a core part of the message that toughness is built on quality character traits and values that make you a really great person.
I train basketball players & I've used bookmarks and clips for almost every chapter which I share with my players via the 30 second links. One of the greatest is, "having fun is doing hard things well".
Jay's narration was engaging in personal, especially in moments when he had written about making mistakes and his lessons learned.
The message in this book is really important in today's culture of instant everything and expected entitlement. This should be required reading for athletes and nonathletes alike.
Jay Billis simply did an outstanding job with this book. There's nothing else to say. If you are coach of any sport, regardless of gender, this book is for you.
This book is about toughness and the explanation of it. It's best book I've ever listen to or read on the subject of getting things done. Simple and yet very insightful.
Chris Butler Houston Texas
Avid reader, but with 4 kids ranging from 4-18yrs. who has time to read. So while the world is facebook'n, I'm listening to my Audible book
Absolutely loved this book, and as a high school basketball coach I am renewed. Buy this book read it everyday.
Solid book, containing great life advice which everyone should hear every now and again. Nothing here you haven't already heard though.
Most analogies are delivered through a very heavy basketball lens. Which is understandable considering Bilas' upbringing and career. While everything said can apply to your personal and professional life, it takes effort on the reader to draw the comparisons. I guess I was hoping for more balance between basketball lessons & life lessons.
Overall, if you're looking for advice or inspiration on becoming tougher and more effective in life, this is not so much a stellar choice, but a very solid one.
This inspired both my son and I as we listened to it together. This book is filled with character lessons that can be directly applied to athletes in the midst of their sports endeavors, but more importantly, to everyday life, in general.
There are too many. Grant Hill, Steve Kerr, and the ladder, were all stories that my son connected with.
He is real. His reading was sincere. I appreciate when the author is the reader.
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