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Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance

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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 sig
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published 2009)
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Amy (Foxy)
May 11, 2015 Amy (Foxy) rated it really liked it
Prior to my switching of genres I was primarily a reader of non fiction books. I still throw them in here and there. A couple weeks ago during the Rose Bowl we had some friends over for the game. Our house bleeds GREEN & YELLOW and one of my favorite players is Marcus Mariota (this year's Heisman trophy winner). I was discussing how I really respect him on and off the field when my friend suggested I read Tony Dungy’s books. I knew who Mr. Dungy is because his son played football for Ducks. ...more
Jae You
May 23, 2014 Jae You rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 09, 2010 Jan Quijano rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Cal Jarrett
Oct 17, 2013 Cal Jarrett rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Dec 20, 2012 Jason rated it liked it
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'.
May 06, 2013 Jacobiller rated it it was amazing
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
Martez Mayo
ook Review on Tony Dungy Book Uncommon

Do you know all the traits on how to be a man ? I thought I did until l read Former NFL player Tony Dungy`s great book on how to be a good football player how to treat your wife and all the traits you need to be a man…

Tony is a very wealthy man now that he played in the NFL and retired from it and now is a speaker for ESPN . But Tony didn't have none of that growing up tony was an average kid growing watching his parents struggle , him and his other siblin
Ben Zajdel
Dec 14, 2011 Ben Zajdel rated it really liked it
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
Richard Kuhn
Jul 21, 2014 Richard Kuhn rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Mar 09, 2016 Symeria rated it it was amazing
This book is about a man who lived in Georgia. The main character that is talking throughout the book is Tony, he is a motivating reader. Some thing he mentioned in the book were leadership, God, morals, children, and marriage. Tony Dungy was the football coach, he inspired his team to all be team leaders. Something he taught me was to never give up on things in life , even when it gets hard you always try your best. I believe from reading Uncommon, with God all things are possible. Tony is ...more
Apr 16, 2015 Dane rated it it was amazing
I have recently read Uncommon by Tony Dungy, and I thought that it was a really interesting book. The book is about his life as a coach, father, husband and player. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves sports and is in their teenage years and on, because younger kids just won’t connect with some of the things he talks about. He tells the reader about his life experiences and what he has learned. He has a reoccurring them about being uncommon, I know it’s the cover of the book, but he ...more
Jul 26, 2009 Kristy rated it liked it
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
Mar 04, 2012 Zach Miller rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
May 08, 2012 Becca rated it really liked it
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
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 ...more
Joan Early
Oct 09, 2012 Joan Early rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Roldan Navarrete
Feb 24, 2012 Roldan Navarrete rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Dec 28, 2010 Theresa rated it really liked it
A fabulous read for young men and old (and women too) about how to be different in a positive way and to make a difference in your life and in the lives of those you love. Tony Dungy does it again in this book which focuses on self-discovery, which ultimately can only be found when you follow Christ. It's not preachy though. He tackles a lot of issues personal to young men like sex, drugs, women, choices, integrity, character, etc... He also reveals a few interesting anecdotes about how ...more
Noah Henson
Oct 26, 2012 Noah Henson rated it really liked it
Shelves: uncommon
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
Apr 17, 2009 Kathy rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Oct 07, 2011 Matt rated it really liked it
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
Jul 07, 2010 Dustin rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
SJ Barakony
Aug 03, 2014 SJ Barakony rated it really liked it
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 -
Jul 31, 2009 Joe rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Amy A.
Dec 08, 2011 Amy A. rated it really liked it
This was a great book. It is primarily geared toward boys and men/fathers, but can be read by anyone, and you will be able to take away a lot from it. I wanted to read it because I know what a good man Tony Dungy is, and how admired he is in the athletic and Christian world, and I found that he has a lot of wisdom that many of us, whether kids, or the adults who influence them could stand to learn and act upon.
Feb 22, 2010 Kristy rated it it was ok
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.
Jul 19, 2012 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business
Excellent book. Dungy read the audio version of it and it was great to hear his passion.

The book covers topics, such as, personal character, self discipline, treating others with respect, etc. Dungy shares his experience and puts real life on these discussion points. One of my favorite is that he learned to be who he was created to be and not what others want you to be.

Definitely check this book out.
Dec 29, 2013 Brendan rated it it was amazing
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.
Erin McDonnell-Jones
This book was chosen by a group of peers in my class (The Art of Leadership) in order to conduct a book study. In all sincerity, this was my favorite book for this class as Coach Dungy's focus was on family and self versus business. He still discusses attributes it takes to be a great leader, but he continually, and frequently, refers back to the necessity of a strong family to support a leader.
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Tony Dungy is a former professional football player and retired coach for the Indianapolis Colts. During his seven years leading the Colts, he became the first African American coach to win a Super Bowl. He was also one of the most respected and popular NFL coaches in the league. Colleagues and friends consider him to be a family man of great faith and Christian character.
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