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The Winning Spirit: Sixteen Timeless Principles That Drive Performance Excellence

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Widely considered the best NFL quarterback of all time, Joe Montana personifies performance excellence and personal integrity both on and off the field. Yet the word most closely associated with him is not “winner”–it’s “leader.” Since his retirement a decade ago, he has become a popular motivational speaker sought out by corporations nationwide, speaking to capacity audie ...more
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Published September 27th 2005 by Random House (first published 2005)
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Expectations vs. Reality applies here. What do you expect when you buy a book entitled "The Winning Spirit, #16" by Joe Montana? (For those readers who don't happen to follow football, specially football in San Francisco, you might want to know that Joe was one of the best quarterbacks in the game in history! He drove the San Francisco 49er's to several Superbowl wins.) So, I'm expecting some kind of biography or life story (which BTW, would be interesting). Well, surprise! That's not what this ...more
David Glad
Nice quick (audio)book that is great as a pep talk and likely deserves revisiting. Some folks might find it gimmicky, but I think the principles are timeless even if perhaps the overall rating on this site is that people might have wanted more.

Joe Montana and Tom Mitchell are right on the insight that those who never fail never try. Perhaps that might be another interpretation of what "perfect" really means.

Overall I think this is a book about finding passion in what you do to the point where it
This book is a nice motivational book written by Joe Montana (Hall-of-Fame for 49er QB) and he shares 16 point to help in any career. He and his co-author share personal stories that illustrate these points. Here are the points:

1. Know what you want
2. Love what you do
3. Practice with a purpose (Keep a performance journal)
4. Strive for excellence
5. Find the confidence within
6. Fail fast and move on
7. Cultivate the right attitude
8. Lead by example
9. Remember the ‘I’ in team (Prepare as individuals
I was really hoping for more on the this book. The stories were nice but short and overall it is nothing new or revolutionary in the business world or business books for that matter. I would have liked to have more from Joe's career rather than what felt like a Name drop and splash of color here and there to keep people reading. I would like ot see an autobiography from Joe... that could be really interesting.
Jim Serger
Great book on life, business and why work hard. I did the audio version great quality.
Fantastic book about leadership and winning in life! Great book!
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