"I know that I'll be evaluated in Seattle with wins and losses, as that is the nature of my profession for the last 35 years. But our record will not be what motivates me. Years ago I was asked, 'Pete, which is better: winning or competing?' My response was instantaneous: 'Competing...because it lasts longer.'"
Pete Carroll is one of the most successful coaches in football today. As the head coach at USC, he brought the Trojans back to national prominence, amassing a 97-19 record over nine seasons. Now he shares the championship-winning philosophy that led USC to seven straight Pac-10 titles.
This same mindset and culture will shape his program as he returns to the NFL to coach the Seattle Seahawks. Carroll developed his unique coaching style by trial and error over his career. He learned that you get better results by teaching instead of screaming, and by helping players grow as people, not just on the field. He learned that an upbeat, energetic atmosphere in the locker room can coexist with an unstoppable competitive drive. He learned why you should stop worrying about your opponents, why you should always act as if the whole world is watching, and many other contrarian insights.
Carroll shows us how the Win Forever philosophy really works, both in NCAA Division I competition and in the NFL. He reveals how his recruiting strategies, training routines, and game-day rituals preserve a team's culture year after year, during championship seasons and disappointing seasons alike.
Win Forever is about more than winning football games; it's about maximizing your potential in every aspect of your life. Carroll has taught business leaders facing tough challenges. He has helped troubled kids on the streets of Los Angeles through his foundation A Better LA. His words are true in any situation: "If you want to win forever, always compete."
©2010 Pete Carroll (P)2010 Penguin
How does a man remain on top after suffering one of the most disappointing upsets in the Super Bowl? Win Forever was written during the transitional time between USC and the Seahawks. Pete Carroll had already applied a purpose to his life that made himself and others he could influence their own competitors. He would be the best he could be with joy and excitement.
Whether an athlete or coach, business executive or laborer, military officer or enlisted, Win Forever can inspire a man to set and achieve personal goals. Carroll does this with personal anecdotes of successes and failures in his own life.
Real and relatable for the true competitor. Great energy with plenty of inspiration. Defiantly a book I will be coming back to when I'm running low on the right energy to get to the next step.
Thanks Pete for putting this book together!
I watch football with my boys knowing little about the game and my grandchildren in Houston know the Seahawks by name better than I. This book is for anyone who wants to win in life forever; I have started my vision!
Really enjoyed this read/listen and I have a new found respect for Coach Carroll. Will definitely apply this to my work as a leader in Army Special Operations
This is a great book for any coach I coach hockey but the philosophes taught in this book can apply to any sport.
Pete has a great story about a coach who is fired struggled learn from the other great coach and then revised his philosophy that went on to turn him into a championship coach.
I really enjoyed this book. Very easy listening, too. I am not much of a football fan, so I was skeptical to choose this piece, but Pete Carroll truly expresses what a true leader is. I've already recommended it to friends. #alwayscompete
A lot of anecdots, and specific staff, that I have no idea about ( UFC, some special footbal terms, etc.), but for footbal guy, this book was brilliant, and general ideas and approaches are readable and understandable.
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