The Winner’s Manual is Jim Tressel’s new book. A friend of mine gave it to me for Christmas. Jim Tressel has been one of the guys I would love to spend some time with. For those of you who are not huge college football fans . . . Jim is the coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. His ability to lead teams to winning records as well as develop individual players’ character is incredibly admirable.

Some quotes from The Winner’s Manual:

*Success is the inner satisfaction and peace of mind that come from knowing I did the best I was capable of doing for the group.

*Regardless of what we write, from books to articles, they should never simply be about something. They must always be for the purpose of something.

*If we lose a game, we’re not losers–that’s not who we are. And by the same token, if we win a game, that doesn’t make us wonderful people. We achieved a goal, and that has its place, but that success–or any failure–doesn’t define us.

*If you’re in paradise where you are–not wishing you were someplace else–that’s the right attitude.

*I don’t find it uncomfortable at all to live out my faith in a public setting. But I do think it’s important to go the extra mile with people who don’t necessarily believe what I do. I want them to think, “Hmmm, he treats me better than some people who believe what I do.” I think that’s a little of what Jesus did with his life.

*Wherever we work . . . we should work as if we are going to be there for the rest of our lives.

Jim Tressel’s approach to not only developing winning teams but also his wholistic approach to developing winning team members is exemplary. If you are a coach in any area of life . . . as a parent, business leader, or sports . . . The Winner’s Manual will benefit you on your journey!