A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring

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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 bestsellers, "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, it's 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.

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Number of Pages: 191
Original Languages: English
Number in Series: 1
Author: Maxwell, John ,  Wooden, John
Publication Date: October, 2009
Publisher: St Martins Pr
ISBN-13: 9781596917019
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.52 x 0.77 x 9.58 IN
ISBN-10: 1596917016
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When the word, “mentoring” is heard, most people think of adult/youth mentorship but in all actuality, mentoring “can be any action that inspires another” and can “happen at any time or place” and it can be “both something we receive and give” (Wooden and Yaeger 2009, 3-4). Wooden shared his experiences with being mentor and having a mentor, his ideals about mentors, and used several individuals to illustrate good mentoring. Mentors included Wooden’s father, Mother Teresa, and Abraham Lincoln, and mentees included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, and Andy Hill—UCLA basketball players (Wooden and Yaeger 2009, 105, 117, 129). The book was a narrative about Wooden’s life as a mentor and mentee. Specific chapters were presented by people who were mentored by Wooden. In one of the chapters Cori Nicholson, Wooden’s great-granddaughter, shared some of her great-grandfather’s inspirational sayings—“Make each day your masterpiece,” “Work to make the most of today then do the same tomorrow and over time, things will come together,” and “if you make each day a masterpiece, you would make a lifetime of amazing memories” (p. 176). There were some profound statements Wooden shared regarding mentorship. For example, when Wooden discussed the work of Mother Teresa, he stated, “Even in the midst of our own struggles, we can offer encouragement. Even during our personal low periods, we can continue to try to be a mentor to those around us. If we are honest about what we are facing we can offer hope to others that they are not alone” (p. 74). In the example of Lincoln, Wooden shares, “In the Gospel of Matthew, Christians are instructed to Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. I have always found this one of the hardest passages in Scripture to live by, but Lincoln showed me that it could be done… Lincoln showed exactly how to follow such a command [Romans 12:20] when he was questioned on his reparations and reconstruction policy for the South” (Wooden 2009, 81). These illustrations show that mentoring involves compassion, encouragement, love and the sharing of one’s life. Wooden points out that there are different kinds of mentors. At its core, mentoring is about teaching and learning (p. 6). It involves sharing “insights, experiences, heartbreaks, and exhilaration” with others and gaining knowledge from another’s “perspective” and from their “individual circumstances” (p. 7). He stresses, “It is our responsibility to make our shoulders available for the next generation’s climb” (p. 7). At age 98 (at the time of the book’s publication), it is apparent that this man has been influential in the lives of many people over his lifetime and continues to teach and learn from others. This is a great example of mentorship and a model to emulate as readers prepare to be a mentor and to learn from a mentor.

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