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.
Depth. Real insight. Any MSNBC or FOX news commentator could have patched this book together in an afternoon.
The performance was fine. The book was a waste.
If he could have made a point every now and again, that would have been an improvement
Good reader, bad book
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.
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.
Deep, irritating, powerful
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.
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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