Yes Ma'am, No Sir: The 12 Essential Steps for Success in Life Hardcover – Feb 20 2012
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"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."―Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Ken Carter was previously Head Coach for Richmond High School (Richmond, CA), from 1997 - 2002. Coach Carter is best known for locking out his undefeated Varsity basketball team in order to push them to improve their grades, which was later featured in a highly successul major motion picture starring Samuel L. Jackson as Coach Carter.
These days, Ken Carter continues to be an active advocate for Richmond's youth and is active in his community. In addition to coaching, Carter is owner/operator of Prime Time Publications and Prime Time Sports.
Coach Carter attended George Fox University in Oregon and has to his credit the following awards: Harvard Club's Distinguished Secondary Educator Award, NAACP's Impact Citizen of the Year Award, California State Lottery/Governor Gray Davis' Heroes in Education Award, San Francisco Mayor, Willie Brown's Leadership Award, California's Unsung Heroes Award, the A.N.G. California Boy's Coach of the Year Award, and has been presented with a Proclamation from the City of Richmond. He was recently honored as a recipient of CityFlight Newsmagazine's the "Ten Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area" for 2000 in the Sports category.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The author, also known as Coach Carter, was the story behind a 2006 film of the same name . . . it showed how he tried to teach his players that there's more to life than basketball.
This book sort of takes off where the above left off . . . Carter describes the basic lessons that have not only made him a success as a coach, but also as a businessman . . . he discusses such topics as leadership, respect, honesty, civility, goal achievement, education and persistence, and shows how they can be applied in life.
Among the many tidbits that I gained from listening were theses:
* If you're talking--or even thinking about talking--you're not listening.
* It was good news to my clients when they could reach me anytime. I was always available. I had my business calls transferred to my cellphone when I was not in the store or at home.
* In the grand scheme of things people want what they want when they want it.
* Always is not good enough.
* If you get 1% better a day, within 100 days, you'll be 100% better.
* There's an old saying: If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
And my favorite:
* I build on strengths, rather than weaknesses, because I found that people are eager to get good in areas that they are good at rather than in areas that need more work.
If you're a sports fun, you'll enjoy YES MA'AM, NO SIR . . . but others will, too.
I love the way Coach Carter shares his personal journey on how he became the person he is today. The old school values shows how a person can prosper. He does not sugar coat anything and is very on point on how having a game plan on what is important to you and the ways to achieve them.
It is very refreshing to read literature that is very uplifting. A lot of people can learn from the 12 Essential Steps for Success in Life because the words give the readers hope. The simplicity of the values he teaches makes the reader appreciate the time that was put in developing and writing such a motivational read.
I think the book is a must read for males because it is very rewarding to see a positive role model like Coach Carter and anyone who needs to get back on track with life simple lessons. Coach Carter is a perfect example on how a determine person can set and establish goals. Also most importantly, follow your dreams and they can be attainable.
Karen B. Waiters
Sistahs of Urban Literature Book Club, President
Book provided by Hatchette Book Group USA (Business Plus)
This book is about Coach Carter's journey from childhood to adulthood and his learning experiences along the way. The premise of the book is twelve steps to attain success in life. The book is a very quick read and a nice view into his experiences. Carter is a focused man with a vision and a pen. He talks about how every night he goes to bed with a book, a pen, a notepad and a glass of water. He writes down his goals for the next day and prioritizes them to make him more effective as the day goes along.
I really liked a lot of the principals that he presents and I agree with just about everything he says! This book would appeal more towards men because he was/is a coach of basketball for boys. He knows how to talk to men and how to help them mature and be the men that they are supposed to be. This book was a lot of fun and very interesting. I would really suggest you pick up this book. It's worth it for sure!
I received this book for free for this review through the publishers association with NetGalley.com. I was not required to give a positive review.
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