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Training Camp

What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else

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About the Book

In the spirit of his international bestseller The Energy Bus, Jon Gordon returns with another inspirational fable filled with invaluable lessons and insights on bringing out the best in yourself and your team. Training Camp follows the story of Martin Jones, an un-drafted rookie trying to make it to the bright lights and big money of the NFL. He's spent his whole life proving to the critics that a small guy with a big heart can succeed against all odds. After spraining his ankle in the preseason, Martin thinks his dream is lost when he happens to meet a very special coach who shares eleven life-changing lessons that keep Martin's dream alive-and might even make him the best of the best. Whether you play sports or the piano or work with numbers, a computer or a scalpel, these lessons apply to everyone who must climb the mountain before reaching its peak.

Based on his work with professional sports teams, world-class organizations, and interviews with top professionals in a wide variety of fields, Gordon reveals the deep truths and proven strategies that take the very best to the top. Training Camp reveals that the best performers-in a variety of fields-all share the same qualities. Among other traits, the best of the best are able to maintain a big-picture vision while taking zoom focused action, they are mentally stronger, they seize the moment and they inspire excellence in the people around them. But these aren't inborn traits; the great news is that they're skills and attitudes that can be learned and applied by all. If you want to be your best-Training Camp offers an inspirational story and real-world wisdom on what it takes to reach true excellence and how you and your team (your work team, school team, church team and family team) can achieve it.

What Others Are Saying

"Training Camp was a game changer for my team and for me personally. Anybody who is serious about being their BEST should read it. Jon Gordon has given us the blueprint to be the BEST. The first step is to read this book."

Dabo Swinney

Head Coach, Clemson University Football Team
"Training Camp is a touching story about one man who faces his fears on his path to greatness. Along the way, he learns a valuable lesson who is really in control. Grow your faith. Read Training Camp. "

Ken Blanchard

Coauthor of The One Minute Manager and Leading at a Higher Level
"I loved reading this book. Jon and I agree that one should not only strive for excellence on the field but also make greatness a life mission. I believe every coach, player, individual, organization and team who wants to be their best should read and benefit from this book."

Coach Mike Smith


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