Coach George Raveling

Coach George Raveling

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Coach George Raveling was a pioneer and innovator in American sports, living many lives as a college basketball player and coach, Fox News Sports and CBS broadcaster, and at the request of Phil Knight himself, joined Nike. He started out as Director of Grass Roots Basketball, Director of Global Marketing, and at 70 years old, promoted again to the international director of basketball at Nike (instrumental in signing the former Adidas-man, Michael Jordan). He’s in several Halls of Fame, has a lot of awards, but if you’re not into sports (like us), just know that he’s the big deal in basketball.

He was the first African-American basketball coach at Villanova University, Washington State, University of Maryland, University of Iowa, and USC. He is revered among many and at 80, still has the energy and eagerness to learn as that of a college student. The man has a life full of stories that could keep you on the edge of your seat for at least a few days, including the legendary saga of how he came across the original copy of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech. Yes… brought on as a security guard by a friend’s father at the March on Washington for civil rights, King Jr. finished his speech, and on impulse, Coach asked for the speech.

His father died when Coach was nine and his mother was institutionalized when he was 13. His guide in life was his grandmother, with a driving force being his academics.

Coach’s hobbies are collecting books and friends. Since his friends are not as accessible as his books, here are a few of the ones that he’s been recommending lately among the (literal) thousands that he’s read over the years:

Coach George Raveling's Favourite Books

Sources https://tim.blog/2018/08/09/george-raveling/

The Obstacle is the Way has become a cult classic, beloved by people around the world who apply its wisdom to become more successful at whatever they do. The book draws its inspiration from stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring adversity with perseverance. Stoics focus on the things they can control, let go of everything else, and turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to get better, stronger, tougher.

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Ryan Holiday shows us how some of the most successful people in history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—have applied stoicism to overcome difficult or even impossible situations. Their embrace of these principles ultimately mattered more than their natural intelligence, talents, or luck.

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Many of us insist the main impediment to a full, successful life is the outside world. In fact, the most common enemy lies within: our ego. Early in our careers, it impedes learning and the cultivation of talent. With success, it can blind us to our faults and sow future problems. In failure, it magnifies each blow and makes recovery more difficult. At every stage, ego holds us back.

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Ego Is the Enemy draws on a vast array of stories and examples, from literature to philosophy to his­tory. We meet fascinating figures such as George Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Katharine Graham, Bill Belichick, and Eleanor Roosevelt, who all reached the highest levels of power and success by con­quering their own egos. Their strategies and tactics can be ours as well.

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This was Coach's intro to Isaacson’s biographies, which he found “utterly fascinating”, loving his writing style, highlighting almost ¾ of the entire book. He was hooked and moved onto his other biographies on Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, both of which blew him away. (Raveling's Notes, Tim Ferriss Podcast)

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Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

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What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.

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Humorous, surprising and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street. What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight (with our shoulders back) and about success in life? Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world's wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. The 12 Most Valuable Things Everyone Should Know shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature, while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its readers.

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