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Publisher's Summary

From the legendary basketball coach who inspired generations of athletes and businesspeople, an inspiring book about the power of mentoring and being mentored.

After eight books, many of them best sellers, A Game Plan for Life is the one closest to John Wooden's heart: a moving and inspirational guide to the power of mentorship. The first half focuses on the people who helped foster the values that carried Wooden through an incredibly successful and famously principled career, including his college coach, his wife, Abraham Lincoln, and Mother Teresa. The second half is built around interviews with some of the many people he mentored over the years, including Kareem Abdul- Jabbar, Bill Walton, fellow coaches, family members, and even a middle school coach in Canada.

Their testimony takes readers inside the lessons Wooden taught to generations of players, bringing out the very best in them not just as athletes but as human beings. In all, its an inspiring primer on how to achieve success without sacrificing principles, and on how to build one of the most productive and rewarding relationships available to any athlete, businessperson, teacher, or parent: that of mentor and protege.

©2009 John Wooden (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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  • Candace
  • Cedar City, UT, United States
  • 07-20-15

Love it

I've listen to this book a couple of times and I love the mentoring I get out of it each time I do. John Wooden really led a special life so glad he took the time to write his wisdom down.

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Great!

At 70 years of age, this book has to be one of the best and most inspiring books I have ever "read."

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Wisdom that builds leaders!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend this book to everyone. It will benefit anyone who chooses to read it.

What did you like best about this story?

The way John Wooden applied his beliefs and inspired everyone around him. Everything has a purpose and if done well will raise you to the next level.

What about Paul Boehmer???s performance did you like?

Paul did a wonderful job at expressing emotions and bringing John Wooden and all of his wisdom back to life.

What???s an idea from the book that you will remember?

To set expectations for everyone around you, knowning that they cannot all be judged on the same scale.

Any additional comments?

Please take the time to read this book. It will only benefit you and the ones around you!

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  • Odd
  • Norway
  • 12-27-16

What a mentor!

I have found an important mentor for me and my life. What a great man. If your looking for a good mentor or person to learn from, John Wooden is of the one. Listening to the people that he has touched, it proves his size as a teacher and mentor. A must read for people wanting to be the best they can be.

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Simple to understand and listen to

I have trouble reading and this book was so easy for me to read in my mind.

Everything said has such meaning and truths.

I will listen to it over and over until it is tattooed in my mind.

It’s that simple and important.

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great points to pass along to everyone around you

All good, the message will help you and all those around you. Think pay it forward.

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  • RC
  • Georgia
  • 12-04-16

Excellent insight into the values of John Wooden.

Where does A Game Plan For Life: The Power of Mentoring rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This has been my favorite audio book so far this year.

Who was your favorite character and why?

In the second half of the book, people who have been mentored by John gave an account of the impact he has had on their lives. I thought this was an interesting approach. I really enjoyed hearing the chapters from Bill Walton and John's granddaughter.

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

I thought Paul did an excellent job narrating the book. He brought the right expression and it was a good pace to take everything in.

What did you learn from A Game Plan For Life: The Power of Mentoring that you would use in your daily life?

I appreciated the priority John Wooden place on ensuring he was helping people become better people as opposed to worrying about the wins and losses. I think that's a powerful message for any leader or coach.

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  • AW
  • Georgia
  • 11-16-16

Mentoring still even after he has passed away.

Exceptional book. So many lessons I wish I had learned as a young man. One of two books that should be given to every high school graduate. Wild at Heart being the other one. Thank you Coach.

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Timeless and life changing

Wow! So much inspiration. I usually listen to books at 1.25 speed. After the first chapter I slowed it down and started taking notes.

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A full scope of mentorship

Great book for how to utilize mentors and how to ultimately be one. Does a wonderful job of showing that teaching someone doesn't just come from within a classroom. And that the impact people leave on one another can be some of the most powerful relationships in someone's life