Toughness

Developing True Strength On and Off the Court
By: Jay Bilas
Narrated by: Jay Bilas
Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (361 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Outstanding

A Must read for all parents, coaches, players, and leaders. I will listen to this book over a few more times!

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One of the Best Basketball Books

Great stuff Jay. Great insight into the individual and how they can become a better teammate , better player and reach potential.

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very inspiring

gave me a new picture on life. hopeore people read this amazing book. truly good

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Great book for all athletes

Awesome book. Awesome reader, & loaded with quality, content. Provides tons of relatable information and life lessons, highly recommend!

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Excellent

This is a great read I would recommend it to anyone. it's not just for athletes.

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A must-read!

such a great read about what it really means to have true TOUGHNESS. a great opportunity to check yourself in the mirror!

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Learning Discipline

I loved this book, very motivating and helpful in learning to move forward everyday and be relentless in chasing your goals. I’ve recommended this to friends and family already, definitely something I think everyone should learn and this book teaches it well

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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.