“People naturally follow leaders stronger than themselves.” John Maxwell, pastor and author.
This book follows in the wake of 3 similar undertakings, written by 3 great men. Each predecessor book offers timeless, classic, repeatable messages, in many voices, from many facets of life: football, the military, wrestling, business, baseball, teaching, basketball, philosophy, spirituality, literature. Each demonstrates that genuine successful men, throughout history, share a common thread that inevitably guides them and leads them to maximal development and utilization of their potential, no matter their circumstances. The lessons within their pages will translate, transfer, and be applicable to every facet of manhood.
Scouting for Boys
The Winner’s Manual
On an annual basis for almost 20 years, head football coach James Patrick “Jim” Tressel provided his Youngstown State and Ohio State players with a hand-crafted guide designed to “help prepare men to live meaningful lives beyond football.” In 2008, Tressel released a version of the book to the general public sub-titled For the Game of Life. His manual (specifically the team version) is a veritable playbook for life. Each year, it evolves and expands, with slight changes to fit the needs of the team.
Howard Ferguson (1938-1989) wrote and edited The Edge book series beginning in 1982. A posthumous release in 1990 was sub-titled The Guide to Fulfilling Dreams, Maximizing Success and Enjoying a Lifetime of Achievement. Ferguson was a Cleveland, Ohio real estate millionaire who became the high school wrestling coach at Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward High School and built it into the finest and most successful program in the country. Ferguson so loved the sport that he installed a spacious wrestling area in his basement then kept his home unlocked and accessible, at all times, to any Cleveland high school wrestler! The Edge books contain hundreds of motivational quotes and stories, beautifully packaged for the young athlete to absorb.
If this Raising a Man book does nothing but guide you to Scouting For Boys or The Winner’s Manual or The Edge, it is a success. Each book has a style all its own – read all 3 and maximize your learning.
“Overachievement is aimed at people who want to maximize their potential. And to do that, I insist that you throw caution to the wind and ignore the pleas of parents and coaches … to be ‘realistic.’ ”
Dr. John Eliot, performance psychologist and author.