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Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  1,286 ratings  ·  136 reviews
2009 Retailer's Choice Award winner!Super Bowl-winning coach and #1 "New York Times" best selling author Tony Dungy has had an unusual opportunity to reflect on what it takes to achieve significance. He is looked to by many as the epitome of the success and significance that is highly valued in our culture. He also works every day with young men who are trying to achieve s...more
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published 2009)
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Jae You
The best I've read this year! Tony Dungy literates the true meaning of becoming a "leader, man, husband, and friend" in all aspects. Furthermore, I was personally encouraged by his strong foundation in the Word and Scripture where he derives his principles in leading his life and serving others.
Jan Quijano
This book Uncommon by Tony Dungy is one of the best books I've read by far. This book is an autobiography. This book teaches you many lessons that you will need in life. It will talk about how to treat women and family and how to have respect. To me this book is written in first person. I think tony wrote this book to tell us that life is not only about playing a sport or trying to be like other but to be an UNCOMMON person in life, to do uncommon things. This is an autobiography because Tony ta...more
Cal Jarrett
Tony Dungy does a great job of describing what it looks like to be an uncommon man. This book is a great book to read for young men because it relates to circumstances one will face and how to face them appropriately. Throughout his book Dungy emphasizes how important it is to keep your core values of family and faith in your life. Dungy describes what it looks like to be a man with purpose. Dungy says that even when the circumstances are not the most favorable it is important to remain a posit...more
Great guy, great coach, and his perspective is kinda cool. If you don't read The Bible & have never read a book on leadership, this is a 30,000 ft view & a great book to use as a reference on Biblical-based leadership. I'm no master leader but I've read a few books from some of the greats, this book doesn't really reach that level. Overall, the book is a big ol' bowl of 'ok'.
Richard Kuhn
I would have rated this book five stars if I was younger and just starting out my marathon. The football coach informs us early that demographic is his target in this book. I found that interesting only because one of his sons committed suicide in his late teen years. So often a "famous" person suffers a loss like that and automatically he/she thinks is qualified to write a book which usually ends up in the library 50 cent please come and take me bin. I am so happy to say UNCOMMON does not go do...more
Even though Dungy is best known as a football coach, the book has little to do with sports. He has written a book on life lessons, with an emphasis on religion, for young men.

Tony Dungy mentions that the "uncommon" attitude is attributed to a quote from his college football coach; in the quote the word is used in the context of achieving success. My feeling is that Dungy is over-applying the use of this "uncommon" theme in the book, going beyond the original context of the quote, to the point th...more
This book is not about football or coaching, its about life. It is about being a good person in every aspect of your life. Throughout the book Tony Dungy talks about being “Uncommon” and taking the uncommon approach to being a human. He breaks down how to do the right thing and have a good mind set. This book talks about many things such as: love life, family, friends, work, responsibility, humility, happiness, and many more. It is a book that gives people advice and insight about being the best...more
Oct 29, 2013 Corbi002 marked it as to-read
Tony Dungy's nonfiction book explains how to be a true man. His definition of a true man might be different than most though. Being a true man isn't to be a common man and be in the crowd of other "men"; it's to be an uncommon man. He explains how to be exactly this through stories and his own experiences in his book "Uncommon".

In Dungy's book, he has many different categories that include stories of his life or others that tie into either being a man or a bad example of one. Some of the categor...more
Ben Zajdel
Recently retired Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy delivers an outstanding follow-up to his bestseller Quiet Strength in his new book, Uncommon. The name of the book is derived from a quote by former University of Minnesota coach Cal Stoll, who said:

"Success is uncommon, therefore not to be enjoyed by the common man. I'm looking for uncommon people."

Dungy first heard these words as a freshman on Stoll's football team almost three decades ago, and they have stayed with him ever since. The onl...more
Coach Dungy wrote this book for men, stating that a true man is one who is "uncommon." There were 12 parts to this book and trusting God was the primary focus to each section. When I bought the book, I didn't read the cover and had no idea it was tailored to men. However, I read the entire book and enjoyed all of it. Dungy shared a few personal stories in each section and advice on how to handle various matters that affect a man and his family in our society today. The last quote in his book is...more
Zach Miller
Going into the book, Uncommon by Tony Dungy, i was expecting more of a life story. The life story was there but it was intertwined with many other factors. The book held an immense amount of knowledge of life and all there is out there. I feel that this book is a great representation of everything that we truly need in life and everything that we are truly capable of. I would, with no hesitation, recommend this book to anyone and everyone. This is not the style that we may all enjoy but the con...more
Every man and any boy aspiring to be a real man should read this book and apply its principles. Okay, so I'm not a man - but as a wife and mother, I thoroughly enjoyed this read. The chapters are short and sweet, the principles clearly laid our and summarized, and it hits on everything from the importance of character to living a life of faith. Although I am not an avid football fan, I didn't get lost in the football jargon or the big names of football - the principles of the book were still eas...more
Joan Early
Former coach for the Indianapolis Colts, and football commentator Tony Dungy has handed down a few good words about living a life of dignity by design.

I am not an avid non-fiction reader. I also never give nods to those with celebrity status simply because they're famous. I am a great admirer of those who carve out a special niche, not from the status they have achieved, but the way they life in the spotlight. Tony is clearly a man of integrity. His message is simply but inspiring. He has led ot...more
Read (Think) Books
This book was highly recommended to us by one of our customers today. She said that it is a great read, and that Tony has a great deal to teach about integrity and reaching your goals. She picked up a copy to share with her son.
I got this from the library, I think from a recommendation from someone as a book on mentoring for a project I'm doing for work. I think I got the wrong book, but this is still a good read. It's filled with pointers and advice on living a life based on integrity and character and many values that are lost in our current culture and world. The author is strong in his religious beliefs, and does quote scripture and use it as support for his points.
I will admit that I skimmed the second half, once...more
Roldan Navarrete
Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance's hall-of-fame author provides a series of truly uplifting pieces of advice and motivational stories. This book focuses on the important of being uncommon not only as an athlete, but as a human being and in all aspects of life. It is true that this book is geared more towards football fans and moreover men, (Dungy often refers to his days as a football coach for the Indianapolis Colts and his father's teachings of how to be a man)but that fact is almos...more
Noah Henson
I read the book Uncommon, it is a biography on Tony Dungy. He was the Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl winning head coach. Tony Dungy was not the normal coach he taught football players the way of his culture or what he believes in. He taught them respect for other players. He also taught them what peace is meant. He taught his team to be in peace with themselves and there teammates. That year the indianapolis Colts won the Super Bowl. People say he was the best coach who has ever coached football...more
Having no idea why I was prompted to read this book at the time, I have come away wishing everyone would read it, but especially boys/men to whom it was actually addressed. Tony Dungy, the Colts Coach, is a Christian (which I did not know) and has a very practical, no nonsense approach to becoming "uncommon", and "Finding Your Path To Significance". The Book is salted with scripture and other quotations throughout, but no so heavily as to offend some. There is no one who would not benefit from s...more
A solid read. I put b/w 4 and 4 1/2 stars ( and the absence of 1/2's on this platform leads me to go with '4' )
The book didn't wow me since I've been immersed in the kind of high quality information which Mr. Dungy discussed throughout, however, for someone who had *not* been in this same culture of 3-20% level info, I'd call this a 4 1/2 to 5 , and round up most likely.

The range of topics covered is a great survey that impacts the ground on which we live in the complex reality of our world -...more
Tyler Morehead
Very helpful book. A must read for everyone!
Great daily devotional, I highly recommend it.
As being a father of a 2 year old and 3 year old I found this book to be a big help in my life. I myself have not been what you would call a religious man but after reading the book I have a new outlook on the way I should treat and teach my children on the ways of good living and also how to be a better husband to my wife. The book is well written and easy to follow. He will be missed in the NFL as a coach but I think he was put on this earth to help more people outside of the game than in. Tha...more
A friend recommended this book to me. However, it had caught my eye earlier. Tony Dungy is a very quiet man who had done extraordinary things. His faith has been paramount to his success, in his eyes. A devout Christian, he does use Biblical references at times to make a point. But I don't feel he "over does it" and become "preachy". I would highly recommend this book, especially for young men, whether you are an athlete or not. It is a quick read, but you will find yourself reflecting on what d...more
Overall, I believe this book is real motivator for men in their late teens to early adults. Although some parts of this books sounds cliche, this books speaks about core values of successful indiviual. Over the course of the time I read this book, I felt like I was beginning to change as an indiviual in my family as well as the community around me. Uncommon is one of the those books that you do not see that often that talks about the values of a significant life. I think this is was a good book...more
Nov 06, 2010 Pat rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everybody, men and women
Although it is slanted toward teaching men or young men good lessons in how to conduct their lives it is a very good read for women too. Coach Dungy speaks of some very good rules of how to lead your life, expectation of relationships and how to be an all around good genuine person. I have learned a lot about just how to be with people, what your expectations should be of yourself and keys to being a winner in all areas.

I am listening to this as an audio book and Coach Dungy is the reader.
I learned a great deal about myself through reading Uncommon. Dungy's words forced me to reflect upon my relationships with my wife and children, friends, family, co-workers, and the impacts that I'm having on those around me. It's easy for me to focus heavily on the tactical aspects of what I'm doing, but I've got to step back and assess from a strategic point of view as well. Much of what I read were internal triggers to reflect and think. But I've still got plenty of usual.
This is a fairly short and simple book where Tony Dungy, Indianapolis Colts winning football coach and all-around great guy, enumerates his advice for life on several topics. He has been very involved in mentoring young men and that seems to be his target audience for the book. He is very religious and his religious views are sprinkled throughout. Although I would be happy for my son to read this book, I found it too simple, preachy, and speech-like to be interesting to me.
Bob Levine
I found the message very appropriate for the reader. I could have done without the proselytizing; in fact, I did not read the last 3 chapters of the book for that reason.

It's refreshing to know that there are still those amongst us who live a life of purpose and faith, and share that with others. It did hit home with me, in regards to some issues I am going through right now, so the timing of reading this book was spot on.

All in all, a very quick and easy read.
Very good book, more for a man. Written by a football coach and talks about fatherhood and raising good strong young men, but never a bad thing to understand as a woman. Well written. Wish more men and fathers read this book. Loved the scriptural references and the christian view from which is is written. Excellent read for both men and women, but as I said i wish more young men/fathers would read this book. We would have better children in this world.
Marc Page
Tony Dungy's "life lessons" in Uncommon is a moving journey that often had me pondering on my dreams and aspirations. He delves into just about every area of life. While the football examples sometimes were lost on me (a non-sports-fan) the meaning and power of the book still came through. I was about to skip the Q&A at the end of the book, but decided to plow through and read it. Many of the questions he answers were questions I had as I read the book.
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