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Pound the Stone

7 Lessons to Develop Grit on the Path to Mastery
Narrated by: Joshua Medcalf
Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
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"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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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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Great life lessons in story format.

I have read a lot of good self help/life lesson/ motivational books. I find that many of these types of books are filled with good info that I love at the time, but almost immediately forget after moving on to the next book. What separates this one from many of the others is that this is in a story format. I'll think about the stories and characters from this book for a long time and tying the lessons with characters is a big part of that. Buy this book!

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Hard work beats talent

Joshua Medcalf provides another great story about the dedication needed to be great. Working hard on the fundamentals is what makes you great. It’s not sexy but it is what needs to be done to be effective.

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Great book for up and coming entrepreneurs.

This book helped me discover the flaws I have within me and how to really go about bettering myself as a person physically and mentally while telling a story.

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Couldn’t stop listening!

Loved this book and all the valuable lessons it has tucked inside. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to develop leadership.

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Great book!!

Loved this book!! It was an easy read with great wisdom being shared. I highly recommend this book

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I wished I would have read this sooner

The beginning was hard to wrap my head around but once I understood the characters the story flowed nicely... you get caught up in the events and love every minute, I realized that I even got emotional towards the end and appreciate how important this is not just for boys coming into men but all people just growing up...this author never disappoints

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Great book.

Great book about how the simple things are what make us who we are and provide the path to where we end up.

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AMAZING!!

Great reminder of our inner self, self dialogue, the power of vulnerability, and more. Especially wonderful message for men. Young men too!

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Inspiring, and attainable

I have loved the story and the powerful lessons it teaches. More importantly I have already encountered several real life situations that the approach to life this book teaches have come through loud and clear and changed the way I responded for the good.

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  • Alain
  • 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.