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For Mike Krzyzewski, head coach of the Duke University men's basketball team, certain words have special importance and force. Coach K uses them every day to energize, motivate, and teach his players how to be winners on the court and in every aspect of their lives. Now, in Beyond Basketball, he offers 40 short, hard-hitting audio essays that will educate and inspire. Each is centered on an important keyword and illustrated with anecdotes from his personal experiences.
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  • Audie Award Finalist, Personal Development, Motivational, 2007

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  • Cathy Morison
  • 22-11-2011

A little disjointed

I had hoped that this book would engage my basketball mad boys, but they just weren't that into it. I listen to a lot of 'motivational' material, and this was OK, but probably not quite what I had expected. The format - taking a set of key words and talking about what they meant to him and his team - got a bit monotonous after a while. There wasn't a lot of flow, and I found myself in the end looking forward to 'Z' so that I could start the next book.

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  • Cindy
  • 06-07-2020

Words to live by, for everyone

I’m not a basketball player, but found great value in the wisdom provided by this coach.

Lessons and ideas I will contemplate and share with my children.

I would recommend this book.

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  • Bach 105
  • 23-06-2018

Must read for anyone in leadership, young or old

Outstanding collage of experiences and anecdotes. I've never been a Duke fan, but I've respected Coach K's leadership and ability bring the best out of those around him.

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  • Al Wilson
  • 14-11-2017

Great words of wisdom to help you grow!

Will help you grow as an individual and a coach. lived hearing Coach K's voice.

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  • RDiew
  • 13-10-2015

Outstanding!!

Now I truly see why Coach K is the modern day John Wooden and in my opinion the greatest coach in all of basketball today.

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  • Fedewamv
  • 16-08-2015

Yikes.

What would have made Beyond Basketball better?

A little boring. It seemed like a series of buzzwords strung together with dry commentary following each of them. I am a fan of self-improvement books, especially those by coaches and sports figures. I could not finish this one.

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  • Jean Vogel
  • 19-03-2015

Book of inspiration thoughts and stories

Good book. I have ways liked coach K because he is a class act. This book is somewhat boring but it provides you with what you need to hear. He talks about former great Duke players which is a lot of fun to hear about.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-01-2013

Great book

If you could sum up Beyond Basketball in three words, what would they be?

There are many great people working with our young adults today. Coach K is one of the best.

Have you listened to any of Mike Krzyzewski’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

My favorite of all of Coach K's books.

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  • Rex
  • 21-05-2012

Best I've listened to

If you could sum up Beyond Basketball in three words, what would they be?

Fun. Relevant. Intelligent.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beyond Basketball?

Coach K's stories are just great. The one I thought was one of the best was when he was helping Coach Knight and he'd built up the courage to ask Coach Knight why the team wasn't having to run the killer drills that Coach Knight had Coach K run when he played for Coach Knight and Coach Knight responded "because they don't need the same drills." Too often we think that all training fits every situation and everyone and the key to building a winning team is understanding the difference.

Which character – as performed by Mike Krzyzewski – was your favorite?

Coach K's daughter and her advocating for a new family pet is priceless.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

An exceptional journey of discovery.

Any additional comments?

This one is a must hear; it's a part of physical book library now.

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  • Brent
  • 13-03-2012

A Great Book on Basketball & Life

Would you listen to Beyond Basketball again? Why?

Yes. So much information in the book it's hard to listen too just one time if you plan on taking the information and applying it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beyond Basketball?

As a coach myself I've taken Coach K's one word approach and passed it on to my team. We had one game where we were just getting out hustled. I called timeout and encouraged the team to hustle. From that point on throughout the game every time they broke huddle they did it with the word Hustle.

Such a simple solution to any number of obstacles the team may experience on the court. Since then words like Focus, Intensity, Defense and Together we've used to unite the team towards the obstacles they face during that game.

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

Coach K has so many stories he uses to associate with what he's talking about in the book. Many of those stories I remember watching live on TV so they bring about a connection to the ideas he's trying to communicate in the book.

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

No. However, I write software for a living and I often prefer to listen to books over music. Because of that I've listened to this book between 10 - 20 times. I pick up on something new each time I hear it.

Any additional comments?

It's a great book. Not just for basketball but in life. I've start using these single words with my six year old son. When he has a bad attitude day we sit and talk about it. Then randomly throughout the day I'll simply ask what's our word today? He will tell me the word and what it means. I'll follow up with how do you think your attitude is right now? And he'll tell me. This single word solution has also ended his nail biting as well. His mother and I would constantly call out

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