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The Power of Negative Thinking: An Unconventional Approach to Achieving Positive Results | [Bob Knight, Bob Hammel]

The Power of Negative Thinking: An Unconventional Approach to Achieving Positive Results

Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking, a classic best seller, has inspired an optimistic perspective for millions of Americans. Now, in an inspirational and entertaining rebuttal, the legendary basketball coach Bob Knight explains why "negative thinking" will actually produce more positive results, in sports and in daily life. Coach Knight, the second-winningest coach in NCAA history with 902 victories, explains that victory is often attained by the team that makes the fewest mistakes. His coaching philosophy was to instill discipline by "preparing to win" rather than hoping to win.
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Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking, a classic best seller, has inspired an optimistic perspective for millions of Americans. Now, in an inspirational and entertaining rebuttal, the legendary basketball coach Bob Knight explains why "negative thinking" will actually produce more positive results, in sports and in daily life.

Coach Knight, the second-winningest coach in NCAA history with 902 victories, explains that victory is often attained by the team that makes the fewest mistakes. His coaching philosophy was to instill discipline by "preparing to win" rather than hoping to win. That meant understanding the downside and drilling his teams to prevent the things that could go wrong. And when his teams did win, he made sure they didn’t dwell on their success, but rather looked immediately to the challenges of the next game.

He applies this lesson to business strategy as well.

©2013 Bob Knight (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Elyse Waterbury, CT, United States 03-16-13
    Elyse Waterbury, CT, United States 03-16-13
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    "Just as Trite as Positive Thinking"
    What would have made The Power of Negative Thinking better?

    Depth. Real insight. Any MSNBC or FOX news commentator could have patched this book together in an afternoon.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bob Knight and Bob Hammel again?

    No.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was fine. The book was a waste.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David SUDBURY, MA, United States 02-15-14
    David SUDBURY, MA, United States 02-15-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Rambling and worthless"
    What would have made The Power of Negative Thinking better?

    If he could have made a point every now and again, that would have been an improvement


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    ?


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good reader, bad book


    What character would you cut from The Power of Negative Thinking?

    Bobby Knight


    Any additional comments?

    Just awful. It's just random rambling thoughts. When a book has "Approach to Achieving Positive Results" in the subtitle, I would expect to find... an approach? But there was none.

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    PansyChicken 12-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book - better if you are a college bball fan"
    What did you like best about The Power of Negative Thinking? What did you like least?

    I just finished "The Power of Negative Thinking" by Bob Knight. While I enjoyed it, I think I would have enjoyed it more if I was a bigger college basketball fan.

    Coach Knight believes that by thinking negatively about a situation it better prepares a person for possible "worst case" outcomes. I did enjoy this perspective because it's similar to mine. Sometimes it's more important to understand what you can't do than what you can do. He points out that even at a young age, we learn what not to do. Red marks on a paper graded by a teacher, anyone?

    There were a lot of basketball analogies and stories of his about basketball that I couldn't really relate well to. I enjoyed many of the stories nonetheless. One of my favorites was about his experience with the Olymipic Gold medal winning team he coached.

    Overall, it was a good book, but just didn't hold my interest as well as it could have if I were a big college hoops fan. It would be a great book for anyone who is a big basketball fan or a fan of Bob Knight.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

    Deep, irritating, powerful


    Was The Power of Negative Thinking worth the listening time?

    It was, but I don't think I'd recommend it to anyone who isn't really a college basketball fan. Though, I should have known that going into the book.


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    Donald Arlington, VA, US 03-28-13
    Donald Arlington, VA, US 03-28-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Simplistic"

    Nothing about Knight's background, what made him who he is. I was looking forward to hearing his thoughts given his success. This is a lot of "Know when to fold 'em", "Know thyself", "Prepare to win", "Sweat is better than hope" trite crap. And, even worse, clearly the publisher tries to aim at the business market, so the book is replete with attempts to draw parallels between "Knight's Nuggets" and the business world - just in case you're too stupid to draw the parallel on your own. Just kind of silly.

    Mike Leach's book Swing Your Sword is much better and succeeds not only as being interesting to the football fan but also as being relevant to anyone's goal of leading a group. It was after reading Leach's book I started looking for books by and about coaches. The Landry Lombardi book wasn't as good, and neither is this one. Next up: Summitt's.

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