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Refuse to Lose

Calipari, John, with Dick Weiss

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ISBN 10: 0345408012 / ISBN 13: 9780345408013
Published by Ballantine Books, New York, 1996
Condition: Very Good + Hardcover
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First edition: August 1996, stated; first printing, full number line. Inscribed and signed by the author on the front endpaper: "To Taylor, / Education is the key and you're well on your way--'Refuse to lose' / John Calipari." OMG, and all this time we've thought recruitment was the key!! Book is unmarked; spine slightly cocked; bottom corners, spine ends bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $23.00); edgewear at spine ends and corners; Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 006529

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Title: Refuse to Lose

Publisher: Ballantine Books, New York

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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"Realistic people place roadblocks in front of themselves," says John Calipari, "I'm unrealistic in a positive way." And he gets results. As one of the hottest coaches in college basketball, John Calipari transformed the once-dispirited UMass Minutemen into a #1-ranked force to be reckoned with--taking them to the Final Four for the first time in history. Calipari did more than develop a phenomenal team. He built an outstanding program for success.
What is Calipari's winning philosophy? Develop a "Refuse to Lose" attitude. Though you play to win whatever the score, how you play the game counts. True, you will lose some games, but the way you deal with those losses is part of the attitude of refusing to lose. Calipari's rules: Stay within the rules. Don't blame others, take responsibility yourself. Review the tape and learn from it. These are the life skills he taught his players--and they resulted in both professional and personal victory. If you love your kids, Calipari believes, they'll go through walls for you. Now you can apply these winning strategies to your own life--with your family, your co-workers, and yourself--to any endeavor in which there's a goal to achieve.
The formula works. A man driven by competition and the desire to excel, John Calipari plays to win, rather than playing not to lose. In Refuse to Lose, he insists you step out of your comfort zone. When you're comfortable, you're not doing your best. But when you raise the bar above your comfort level, you can accomplish things you never thought possible. He will show you how mistakes can be powerful learning tools and how adversity can become opportunity.

In the bestselling tradition Rick Pitino's Full Court Pressure and Pat Riley's The Winner Within, John Calipari tells an amazing story of triumph and grit that is both universal and unique. Powerful, optimistic, and spirited, Refuse to Lose offers a dynamic philosophy that is contagious. Catch it and win!

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Calipari is the newly hired coach and general manager of the NBA's New Jersey Nets, a post he obtained as a result of resurrecting the University of Massachusetts basketball program. This is his personal account of how he took the UMass Minutemen from basketball laughing stock to the Final Four in just eight seasons and subsequently landed the most lucrative coaching position ever awarded to a person with no NBA experience. Like many college coaches, Calipari succeeded more by creating a winning atmosphere than by on-the-court strategy. The road wasn't without pitfalls, though, including a bitter feud with Temple coach John Chaney that left both men embarrassed. Though this isn't as inspirational as Northwestern football coach Gary Barnett's recent High Hopes , it offers an entertaining and informative glimpse inside the creation of a successful major-college sports program. Expect significant demand, especially on the Eastern seaboard. Wes Lukowsky

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