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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.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 03-31-16

The book is much better than the ratings indicate!

Okay, the title is too clever by half. But Bob Knight's philosophy of winning is applicable to more than sports; it is equally applicable to the business world and to our personal lives. It is very sound.

The book was a fun read for me not because I am a fan of Bob Knight, because I am not. I'm a lifelong fan of the UNC Tar Heels, my alma mater. The book was fun because of the light and airy style and because a master of his craft wrote it. And because I love listening to Dick Hill narrate.

If you love college basketball by all means get this excellent book.

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  • Donald
  • Arlington, VA, US
  • 03-28-13

Simplistic

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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Not So Negative

A pretty good listen, well worth the time, but a lot of semantics. Much of what Mr. Knight labels as negative I consider to be positive. Too much effort to demonstrate that the author learned something other than basketball in college and not enough basketball stories. His coaching philosophy, call it what you will, is solid and overall effective. He relates it well to business situations and personal success.

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Interesting

Interesting book. This book gives fresh insight on negative thinking. This book tells of the value of negative thinking, contrary to other popular books.

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Excellent

Before reading this book I had the perception of coach Knight created by the media. With this book he taught me never judge before you get to know somebody's values. Great insight on the ideas advanced by the trend of positive thinkers who do not consider negative thought as part of the human endeavor for survival.

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  • Big M
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Loved it!

It's an excellent book that breaks away from the philosophy that you can't use any negative sentences, words or ideas and puts it right in front of you where instead of looking at things negatively it's actually helping you to prepare and anticipate possible problems or issues so that you don't come up the loser.

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Join the Game (Life) Read this Book!

Worth the Read or Listening.

I wanted to read a book with this title and this man. Everyone has no opinion and the rest of us love him or hate him. i was inthe everyone for years, but now i can say i like him

i learned from a friend at Texas Tech, that Bobby Knights assitant coaches gave out to each player books that a. would help them for the team and b. to learn about their coach. i had not changed my mind that he appears to and sounded like a bully. i still think there is a little truth in my observation, but not all the truth.

i learned in this book that the title is there to catch you. Bring you to the counter to buy things. While there are some Basketball terms and game chat, instead it is about what people can say from the negative sometimes that hits home in someone. You know it has taken Bobby Knight for me to realize that 7 of the 10 Commandments start off with the negative.

In this everyone gets a trophy, era. Listening to Bobby Knight ask why a coach is getting paid 600,000 and will get 16,000 if wins 19 games is enlightening. He asks what was the 600,000 for?

A good read for anyone. Coaches might enjoy more then others because of the sports examples. If you are person from anywhere he coached, you will like his stories.

Get this title, read, reread, and respond within your own life a few of 'Knights Nuggets'.

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Very sound philosophy!

whatever your perception Bobby Knight comma he comes across as a very intellectual and thoughtful leader in this book. Definitely a great read for anyone looking to hone their decision making skills.

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Great book

What did you love best about The Power of Negative Thinking?

loved his approach, followed it up with great examples

What other book might you compare The Power of Negative Thinking to and why?

other sports leadership books

Which scene was your favorite?

his HS coaching career

Any additional comments?

great read for coaches, leaders

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"Great Ideas for Living - from a Great Teacher".

If you could sum up The Power of Negative Thinking in three words, what would they be?

Roadmap For Life

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bob Knight. If I have to tell you why, then I'm not sure this book is for you.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. But alas, I am just not afforded that luxury. Ever.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to learn a different way of looking at things. It's not often you can express in words how to turn negatives into lessons that will set you up for success. Bob Knight does it brilliantly in this book.
If you are a college basketball fan, you'll enjoy it even more!