Twelve lessons for success from Coach Ken Carter as portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson in the hit movie Coach Carter.
From learning about the quality of one's character to the love of learning-as well as the importance of self-discipline and spirituality-Coach Carter takes you through his own life experiences and shows you how you, too, can become successful in your everyday life. His fundamental belief is that you must start with respect for others, your community, and your environment before you can attain your own goals, both personally and professionally.
As the no-nonsense head coach of the Richmond High School boys' basketball team from 1997-2002, Ken "Coach" Carter gained nationwide fame when he locked his undefeated team out of the gym in order to push them to improve their grades. Since then, Coach Carter has remained in the public eye as a highly sought-after speaker-partaking in more than 125 speaking engagements per year-for youth groups and educational panels worldwide. In January 2012, Coach Carter opened the Coach Carter Impact Academy, which provides room and board, as well as a business school for developing entrepreneurs. Over the years, the author has received numerous awards and continues to help at-risk youth daily through the Coach Ken Carter Foundation.
Coach Carter and his Richmond, Calif., high school basketball team rocketed onto the national stage when he locked his undefeated team out of the gym for failing to uphold the strict academic criteria he had set for them. Carter s dedication to education and excellence and to the development and growth of his players was immortalized in the 2005 film Coach Carter. In the years following his coaching career, Carter has become a widely sought after motivational speaker. He now shares his life story from humble beginnings to his success as an entrepreneur and as Richmond s coach in an uplifting work sure to inspire anyone who is trying to break through personal or professional barriers to achieve success. The 12 chapters cover Carter s steps to success, such as Courage Counts, Embracing Hard Work, and Quality Role Models Never Hurt, but the true lessons come to life through Carter s stories. His accounts of his own journey as one in a family of nine children trying to make ends meet on a small farm in rural Mississippi as well as chronicling how his players most of whom had rough upbringings in Richmond overcame obstacles, poverty, and adversity with opportunity and encouragement are emotional and inspirational. Coach Carter scores big with this efficient, straightforward read filled with no-nonsense observations on how to win in life.
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