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Book details
  • SubGenre:Sociology of Sports
  • Language:English
  • Pages:140
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781098378714
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098378707

Playbook for Success: Using the Lessons of Sports to Win in Everything Else

by Al Flores

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What illustrates human competition better than the world of sports? Sports can teach us valuable lessons which we can effectively use in other aspects of our lives. As someone who personally has lived this philosophy, I outline and explain 21 well-tested sports principles which have helped me to wend my way through life's many challenges. By using real sports scenarios involving well-known athletes and winning teams, and relating them to real-world examples, I hope to show others how disciplined sports-thinking can help them to succeed in their own lives, as well.


Life is hard. As humans, we compete with each other on a daily basis for resources -- jobs, money, esteem, status, companionship, material assets, etc. Perhaps nothing portrays competition better than the world of sports, where success in competition is the crucial factor in an athlete's livelihood. But there are rules in sports. And restrictions on behavior. There are processes to learn and practices to master. There is value in teamwork. And success in hard work. Accountability to accept. And there are no excuses. As a highly functional microcosm of society, sports can teach us valuable lessons which we can employ in other aspects of our lives. Thus the motivation for this book -- "Playbook for Success: Using the Lessons of Sports to Win in Everything Else." By extending those tried-and-true lessons to real-life circumstances, I hope to show others how disciplined sports-thinking can help them to become more effective leaders, more confident contributors, and better overall individuals.

About the author
Al Flores was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, an area important in the history of America's steel production and coal mining industries, where it attracted thousands of immigrant workers, particularly from Southern and Eastern Europe. When those industries began to fade in Johnstown in the mid-1950s, Al's father and mother moved the family to the Los Angeles-area, where Al has resided ever since. Al began a fascination with the world of sports from the time he played his first Little League game at the age of nine. Though he didn't have the skills to be a professional athlete himself, Al always believed in the determined, pragmatic roadmap that successful athletes follow. And he believed the sports mindset was the right path to follow for meeting the challenges of everyday life, too. Al attended the University of Southern California, and as a journalism major his inquisitive nature blossomed. He worked his way to become editor-in-chief of the Daily Trojan, where he learned, for the first time, to manage people. After graduation, Al worked as the Sports Editor for a small weekly newspaper in Arcadia, California, before being hired into a new position in the Promotions Department at the Disneyland Resort. Al spent a long and fulfilling career at the Disneyland Resort, where he played a large role in creating a new area, Broadcast Services, in 1985, which broke new ground for Resort Marketing practices by offering a unique and proactive way to interact with television, radio, and (later) social media outlets. Al built that team from a fledgling department of five people to a valued and respected group of 108 people when he retired in 2019. Through it all, Al achieved success by combining his love of sports processes with his dedication to the Disney product. In his first book, Al offers an analysis of his 21 favorite sports principles, which he believes can outline a path to success for others, as well.
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