• Pound the Stone

  • 7 Lessons to Develop Grit on the Path to Mastery
  • By: Joshua Medcalf
  • Narrated by: Joshua Medcalf
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (905 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

"There's a secret to mastery that you may have never heard, a single little thing that only the very best in the world know how to do. In fact, I believe it is the only thing anyone can do to gain true mastery at anything, and it's an equal opportunity principle. It can be applied to fulfill your potential in business, in sports, in your relationships, as well as your overall life. Do you want to know what it is?"

In the crowd, Jason leaned forward, laser focused. Kicked off his basketball team after a season-ending fight, his only chance to play ball again was to sell enough books door-to-door over the summer to get back on the team. He never needed wisdom like he needed it now. But little did he know that the answer he was seeking was about to change his life forever. Pound The Stone is the intense and inspiring story of a young man's journey through the obstacles, defeats, and eventual victories that come while developing grit on the path to mastery. Told in the same engaging fable style as Chop Wood Carry Water, this is a deeper dive into the timeless principles that guide and inspire anyone who seeks greatness in life, and covers everything from true success, to the perfection trap, the value of failure, why courage is contagious, and why vulnerability can save your life. Pound The Stone will move you, inspire you, and hopefully encourage you to choose love and courage over fear and shame.

©2017 Joshua Medcalf (P)2017 Joshua Medcalf

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Amazing story and amazing lessons

This is one of the first books of this kind I have read and I was very impressed. I definitely recommend reading Chop Wood, Carry Water first as the author suggests. The lessons here were worked into the story in such a great way and I really found myself caring about the characters and their journey.

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Never to old to Learn!

This is an amazing book that I heard Coach Matt Campbell used at ISU to turn his football practice and team attitudes around that sent them to the Alamo Bowl in San Antonia, Texas December 28th. I am a nursing instructor for many years! I learned so much from this book that I plan to share with the nursing students going through their journey of nursing school. Nursing is a hard profession to get through; just like other professions. But, nurses have lives at state! Nurses that do not pick up on a physical assessment or not performing the right interventions can cause a life or death situation. Nursing students complain that school is hard; which, it is because the students have to use their critical thinking skills. There is multiple answers. Nursing reminds me of this book. You have to have grit and perseverance just like book, "Pound the Stone" mentioned several times whenever times got rough in life. I loved all the examples the author gave the student.
Great book! I absolutely loved it and refer back to it often. I have the audiobook which is great to hear instead of just reading it.

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will be reading again

I am a personal development junkie and was "assigned" this book for a retreat im attending in November. I LOVED that this wasn't a traditional motivational book. This book tells a story that is riddled with all kinds of lessons and knowledge to pull from. it gives a real life scenario and shows how the overall mindset shift comprised of these lessons helps people to level up. highly highly recommend

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Phenomenal

Medcalf provides a phenomenal story about a principle that will change every single life when applied. Growing WITH the characters in your own life is an extraordinary way to read the book.
Incredibly grateful for this philosophy and lifestyle. Pound the stone!

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Keep at it one day at a time

I started with Chop wood, carry water. Fell in love w that audible within the 1st 5 mins, then decided to pull the trigger on this one right after and I plan on listening to those 3x to get more out of it.

I’m in software sales and the principals outline in this book are key to not just career but life in general. Thank you for this gift Joshua.

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Not worth the money or the time

just a bunch of already well known motivational stories that you can find in movies or in popular culture. It's like you opened a people magazine and read how Britney spears overcame her struggles, not challenging or thought producing for me.

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very relatable book

I love this book! I often times related the main character. It gives you actionable principles to live by. To one to which much is given, much is required.

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Chop wood carry water is a better book

This book was good, but not amazing like chop wood carry water. It was lacking originality and that same depth of message like chop wood.

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For those on the path...

This book is loaded with great stories and reminders of what it’s like to be on the path to mastery. Seriously helpful for me right now as I deal with the ups and downs of running my business!

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I could not put this book down!

You will not regret reading this book. So many components of the story and lessons resonated deeply with me. There is something for everyone and it is a book I will read again.

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  • Helen Harper
  • 10-23-21

JM is an absolute legend

Third one of Joshua's books I've listened to and they get better and better the more you listen. Download it, listen to it, and then implement it. Pound the fking stone.

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  • Georgia Longford
  • 01-14-20

Everyone should listen to this.

Absolutely brilliant and poinent. A must for anyone who feels they've lost their way or want to support others who have to. Great motivation. Will be listening again soon.

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  • 08-04-17

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I had a great experience with the book .The story was told full of emotion that keept me gripped to the end.

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  • 07-08-21

A must read for all athletes

I just love this book. The dialogue is pretty cringe, the narrator sounds like he's 12 years old, and the supporting characters are pretty 2 dimensional, but this book does an excellent job of teaching a healthy mental approach to competitive sport. It's a game changer.