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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.

©2013 Jay Bilas (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC

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Very good lessons in toughness

I got a lot of good information and encouragement from listening to this audio book!! I Recommend, definitely.

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Great Book by A Dukie Who This Tarheel Admires

What made the experience of listening to Toughness the most enjoyable?

He reveals Duke players were relieved when North Carolina lost to Kansas in the 1991 Final Four semifinals.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Toughness?

His talking about how his parents, coaches, and a drama teacher influenced him.

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

He is a very fair, honest person on his telecasts, it brings more meaning to his story.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Toughness?

Not to get angry and blow up - it is just a sign of weakness. And that true toughness is mental, not physical.

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top 5 best books on coaching I've read.

outstanding thoughts and perspective from not only Bilas but many other solid coaches that give solid perspective.

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The Jay Bilas Story

Good read but better described as a collection of stories about how tough Jay Bilas, his father, and some of his athlete friends were and are.

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game-changing book for the game and for life!

For any player or coach who believes that character is what drives one to Greatness and not skill building this is the book for you. I've always felt that skills came after character and this book validates that belief in a very specific practical way.

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Must Read for Self Improvement

Great message from Bilas here. It has inspired me to work to get tougher everyday.

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Great book with lessons to live by

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.

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First audiobook ever purchased.

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.

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What a great book.

if you're a coach or a player this book is a must read. I wish I had a book like this when I was growing up. I know I would be a much better player

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Wow!

This book isn't just for sports fans! It's for everyone! Toughness can be applied to so many things in life as jay points out. This book I would call the bible of how one should live his or her life.