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Beyond Championships

I love to read pretty much any type of book. I like fiction, non-fiction, inspirational, fantasy – you name it, I will try it. My husband is a huge basketball fan as well, so when I heard about Beyond Championships: A Playbook for Winning at Life by Coach Dru Joyce II, I knew we had to get it. My husband flew through this book and said he really enjoyed it. It was full of inspiring messages and he urged me to read it. I really liked it as well! The foreword by Lebron James is great and the book really kept my attention the whole way through. This is a great read for anyone!

Book Synopsis:

As the coach of one of high school basketball’s greatest programs, Coach Dru Joyce has been mentor and motivator to some of the nation’s best young players, including basketball legend LeBron James. Despite having virtually no experience in the sport, in less than ten years, Joyce went from a no-name fan to one of the highest profile basketball coaches in the country. With considerable insight and grit earned from his years on and off the court, Coach Dru shares for the first time the secrets to his teams’ success and his own coaching achievements. Far more than a sports book, Beyond Championships is a blueprint for anyone looking to make better choices, reach their full potential, and become a winner in all areas of life. As he outlines the nine principles that he promotes to his players and tries to live in his own life, readers discover that the solid foundation on which he built so many successful basketball programs can be applied to almost any situation. Purchase your copy here.

1. Decisions Create Environment
2. The Myth of the Self-Made Man
3. Use the Game; Don’t Let the Game Use You
4. Master the Art of Discipline
5. The Power of Words
6. The Heart of a Servant
7. Make Lemonade
8. Take Charge of Your Own Mind
9. Dare to Dream


From the foreword by LeBron James: “He knew what it meant to be poor, a feeling I was already too familiar with as a ten-year-old. He knew how to transcend his circumstances, and he wanted to share that knowledge with us too…There are a lot of principles in this book that have become cornerstones of my own philosophy on life. But the principle that has probably impacted me the most is to always have the heart of a servant. That’s something I learned from Coach Dru, and in many ways it was at the heart of my decision to return to Northeast Ohio as a basketball player.”

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Beyond Championships Book


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