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Success is a Choice: Ten Steps to Overachieving in Business and Life
Jared Layton A01978397
PEP 4500 Kras

Success is a Choice: Ten Steps to Overachieving in Business and Life is a motivational self-help book by Rick Pitino, the head basketball coach for Kentucky University in 1998 when it was published by Broadway Books. The book talks about being positive, hard-working, adapting, and refusing to quit. I know that sound like obvious things needed for success, but you get a perspective on it in Rick Pitino style. Haven't you ever wondered why professional athletes are so fit, successful and on top of their game? Wouldn't you like to have a similar aura about you? I'm anything but a basketball fan, and that's perhaps why I liked the book as much as I did. It was an interesting look at one person's idea of success and the way he implemented the positive approach.
“You are never too old to change!” Rick Pitino motivates the reader with examples from his experiences as a basketball coach. Although sports might not be your career, these examples can be applied to both working and personal goals. This book offers a list of ten strategies for achieving success:
1) Build your self-esteem
2) Set demanding goals
3) Always be positive
4) Establish good habits
5) Master the art of communication
6) Learn from good role models
7) Thrive on pressure
8) Be ferociously persistent
9) Learn from adversity
10) Survive your own success
I enjoyed reading this book. I like how the book was laid out in the steps. I also liked how at the end of each chapter that there was a summary of the key points from each chapter. I liked the example he gave of Spencer Johnson’s book, “The Precious Present.” We can’t change the past, so don’t beat yourself up over mistakes. Prepare for the future, but don’t dwell on it constantly. Be happy today and enjoy each precious moment. The present is where you are; a gift you give to yourself. Another idea that I…