What makes a winner - in business or in sport? Why do some people consistently break sales targets, cross the line first or hammer the ball in the net with pinpoint accuracy? Natural talent and disciplined training are vital. But with two equally matched professionals, something else makes the difference that provides that extra, champion factor: the mind. Mind Games looks into the mental processes of sporting stars, identifying the attitudes and approaches that enable them to achieve peak performance, every time, and applies them specifically to the world of business. What are the key mental characteristics that make some people come out on top? How do winners channel adrenalin into controlled power while losers choke? What do sportsmen and women mean when they talk about the inner game, being in the zone or being in the now? What is it that coaches do to realise the potential they see? What are the lessons that business winners need to learn from sports superstars? Mind Games has the full involvement of over 30 sporting household names, including Sven-Goran Eriksson, Matthew Pinsent, Clive Woodward, Nick Faldo, Jonny Wilkinson. The authors draw on extensive first-hand experiences of acknowledged sporting champions across a range of sports, identifying personal techniques proven to have worked under the pressure of top-level competition. They also draw on the expertise of professional coaches and psychologists who have worked with sportsmen and women. Jeff Grout is an adviser, commentator and columnist on the subjects of motivation, peak performance, people management, teamwork, recruitment and retention. He is also business manager to Sir Clive Woodward OBE, the former England Rugby Coach. Sarah Perrin is a freelance journalist and writer, contributing regularly to business and professional magazines. She is co-author of Kickstart Your Career and Recruiting Excellence , and author of The Guardian Careers Guide to Accountancy . She is also a qualified NLP practitioner, a technique increasingly used by sporting champions.
Six marriages, six heartbreaks, one shared beginning. In her 40s - a widow, too young, too modern to accept the role - Becky Aikman struggled to make sense of her place in an altered world. In this transcendent and infectiously wise memoir, she explores surprising new discoveries about how people experience grief and transcend loss and, following her own remarriage, forms a group with five other young widows to test these unconventional ideas. Together, these friends summon the humor, resilience, and striving spirit essential for anyone overcoming adversity. Meet the Saturday Night Widows: ringleader Becky, an unsentimental journalist who lost her husband to cancer; Tara, a polished mother of two, whose husband died in the throes of alcoholism after she filed for divorce; Denise, a widow of just five months, now struggling to get by; Marcia, a hard-driving corporate lawyer; Dawn, an alluring self-made entrepreneur whose husband was killed in a sporting accident, leaving two small children behind; and Lesley, a housewife who returned home one day to find that her husband had committed suicide. The women meet once a month, and over the course of a year, they strike out on ever more far-flung adventures, learning to live past the worst thing they thought could happen. They share emotional peaks and valleys - dating, parenting, moving, finding meaningful work, and reinventing themselves - while turning traditional thinking about loss and recovery upside down. Through it all runs the story of Aikman´s own journey through grief and her love affair with a man who tempts her to marry again. In a transporting story of what friends can achieve when they hold each other up, Saturday Night Widows is a rare book that will make you laugh, think, and remind yourself that despite the utter unpredictability and occasional tragedy of life, it is also precious, fragile, and often more joyous than we recognize. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Ann Marie Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003363de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
If you´re likely to buy only one audiobook this year, make sure it´s a ripper. Make it one about a boy from the bush who´s hell-bent on becoming an elite sportsman. Be sure it´s a true story, with ups and downs and plenty of fun times you can relate to. An inspiring insight into triumph over adversity probably won´t go astray either. Born without the lower half of his left leg, young Don Elgin never considered himself disabled until he was in high school - and even then, he had to be convinced. His story, of a boy from the bush who battled the odds and finally stepped onto the podium as a medallist at the Sydney Paralympics, is one of absolute inspiration. Driven by an inherited sense of grit, determination and pure guts, Don overcomes an abundance of obstacles to rise to the top of the sporting heap. His life´s philosophy tells us that success is not a birthright - it´s earned. The one audiobook you should buy this year tells the true story of a boy with a couple of missing body-parts and a very naughty streak that gets him in and out of trouble with his parents, school teachers and the police on his journey to the peak of Paralympic athletic competition. The one audiobook you should definitely buy this year is One Foot on the Podium, by Don Elgin (with Kevin Moloney). Don Elgin: One Foot on the Podium is not just the rags-to-riches story of a poor disabled boy who becomes an elite athlete. It´s a tell-all tale laced with his natural humour and just enough larrikinism to make him loveable. The way Don tells his story is the reason he´s one of the most entertaining and engaging speakers on the Australian circuit today. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Don Elgin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/002764de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This book is specifically written for both Pacman fans, boxing enthusiasts, and random individuals who wish to take a closer look at the life of the ´´People´s Champion´´. A sporting icon, Filipino´s pride, and a man with countless abilities - that´s how Manny Pacquiao is often described. In the realm of boxing he is known as ´´Pacman´´, but in the real world he is recognized as an idol of the mass - a man who had been a figure of hope, determination, and success. His story is simply one of a kind. Born from a middle-class family and struggled with poverty, had dreamed, faced countless obstacles (in ring and in real life), but surpassed each one with utmost courage, and eventually achieved success. He is the exact person to show the journey of a man from ´´rags to riches´´. Manny Pacquiao undoubtedly deserves the recognition as world´s best fighter and pound-for-pound king. Everyone is perhaps fully aware how he beat the boxing champion in several fights. A true champion, isn´t he? But that´s not where his virtuosity ends. Manny Pacquiao has been vigorously pursuing his attention and interest in diverse fields such as entertainment (acting and singing), politics, and other kind of sports. All of his achievements speak for his tremendous success. However, what really caught the heart and interest of the crowd is the fact that he had been once a simple boy living a simple life but with great determination and hard work, and ready to actualize his dreams. ´´Pacman´´ has already reached the peak of success and currently serving his nation. But success is never without difficulties. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Christine Lay. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/083071de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.