Monday, November 5, 2007

Tony Dungy: Quiet Strength

As a diehard New England fan and a fan for many years I almost felt like I was betraying the team I have been rooting for. I was searching around on the web for some new reading material and happened to come across Tony Dungy's book, Quiet Strength.

At first I was like "Nah", but I do have alot of respect for the man, rivalries aside. I see a man so involved with his family and has been able to perfectly balance the difficult see-saw of work and family. I know for me this has been a difficult task. I would imagine it's even harder as an NFL Head Coach.

I hesitantly bought the book and had it shipped. I finally sat down to give it a read and I couldn't put it down. I was impressed and I could relate to some of the issues Coach Dungy went through. His experiences, his wisdom and his examples make it easy to relate and see how things are different when you put your spirituality and your family above everything else.

The biggest parts I took away from reading this book were that my job is not my "life's work", but my job. My job does not define who I am as a person. It defines my career. This is an area that I have struggled with for many years.

The second part that hit me like a ton of bricks was a exerpt from scripture. Matthew 16:26 " And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul"

I highly recommend this well written book to anyone who finds themselves having trouble balancing family and work, and those who have put their careers before their families. I think even if you come away with something from this book, you will have gained more in your family life.

Check it out on Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Quiet-Strength-Principles-Practices-Priorities/dp/1414318014/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-9631306-6521669?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1194317816&sr=1-1