Circle of Success: Lessons from a Lifetime of Sport

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Press: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 28, 2011)
Author Name:Newland, Ted; Leach, Bill;


The lessons learned in sport are universal. 
Whether your goal is to further your career, build a successful marriage, or climb Mt Everest, qualities like focus, persistence, teamwork and trust are essential.
Bill Leach and Ted Newland have gathered together 45 anecdotes from their long experience in the world of water polo, Olympic Kayaking and Triathlon.
In these short and entertaining stories you will read about the struggles and triumphs of this world-class athlete and championship coach.
You will discover the twelve qualities essential for success, and will be encouraged and edified by the accompanying quotations on every page.
In his forward to the book, Emmy-award-winning broadcast journalist Hugh Hewitt says of Newland and Leach: "...they have something important to say to everyone who values success in their lives.
They know about training the body, but they speak about training one's life".
Reading Circle of Success will give you confidence and help you reach your own goals.

From the Author

Writing this book fulfilled my dream of contributing to the legacy of Ted Newland, an outstanding coach whose water polo program has influenced countless lives over the years, mine included. 
My hope is that when you read this book, you too will be motivated to make changes in your life that will enable you to reach your potential, and that in turn you will influence your children, thus continuing the circle of success.
Bill Leach

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From the Inside Flap

In 1986 I turned forty, and Ted Newland was nearing sixty. 
I was working out every day, and so was he.
We both enjoyed sport and knew that our lives were richer and our bodies healthier because of it, and it occurred to us that it was time to write a book explaining Newland's philosophy.
If others knew what we knew, their lives could be enhanced too.
Full of optimism, we wrote a couple of chapters of what was basically a “how to” book.
I spoke with some publishers, and although they were polite, they showed little interest.
In their words, "the fitness boom was over".
Time passed.
For ten years, “the book” sat on a shelf.
I turned fifty, and won a Triathlon World Championship for my age group.
Newland had his sixty-ninth birthday, and won another NCAA Water Polo Championship.
We were still working out every day.
The fitness boom was still booming.
In fact, fitness oriented recreation was exploding, and we realized that now we had even more to say about fitness than we had ten years before.
Only this time, instead of a fitness manual, we would explain how sport had helped us develop the emotional qualities necessary for success in all areas of life.
We believe that the lessons we have learned in over a hundred years of athletic experience are universal lessons.
It doesn't matter that we learned most of them through a career in sports, because they apply as much to business, marriage or any other endeavor you decide to pursue.
With the assistance of Lesley Bindloss, whose writing and editing skills helped us form and express our ideas, the book began to take shape.
Ironically, the strengths we acquired over many years in athletics, which we wanted to explain in the book, were the very qualities we needed to write it.
We started with a dream, and then worked as a team to achieve it.
We persevered in finding the right format, and did many re-writes.
We used self-discipline to find the time week after week to fit the book into our busy schedules.
Above all, we believed in ourselves, and in the value of what we had to say, and we did not give up.
We have reached the finish line.
We hope you enjoy the book.

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About the Author

Bill Leach was a High School & NCAA All American in Swimming & Water Polo. 
He competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympics in Kayaking and later became one of the top triathletes in the world during the 1980's to 2005, competing in about 250 triathlons around the world.
His wife Julie won the Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon in Oct.
of 1982.
Ted Newland became a swimming and water polo coach, winning CIF Championships as well as coaching at UC Irvine for 38 years, winning 6 NCAA Championships.
He holds the record for the most NCAA water polo victories.
Southern California is the mecca for Swimming, Water polo, Triathlon and many other sports.
The authors have been a part of the sports culture for over 50 years.

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Coach Like You Think They’re Listening  (Sometimes They Are)  We cannot live only for ourselves. 
A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow-men; and along those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.
Herman Melville Sometimes when I’m coaching I feel like I’m just out there shouting into the wind; my words seem to zip right over the heads of the kids in the water and ricochet back off the pool deck.
It frustrates me, but I don’t give up.
It is my duty to throw out the best I have, and hope that some of what I believe in so passionately will hit the mark.
I’ve learned from many years of coaching that some of it does, mainly because of a player I had named Jeff Harvey.
I recruited Jeff in 1987.
He was large and very fast, and he was on the 1989 team that won the NCAA Championships, although he didn’t play in any of the games.
For some reason Jeff never reached the level I thought he would, and I didn’t think he was getting much out of what I was saying.
It has always been hard for me to accept that some kids have great talent but lack the discipline to develop it, and when he ended up drifting away from the program I wrote him off as one of the ones I “lost”.
How wrong I was.
One day I ran into Jeff at the Corona del Mar High School pool.
He wore a bright red bandana around his head and gave me the grim news he’d been diagnosed with testicular cancer.
The chemotherapy had made all his hair fall out.
I was surprised at the determination in his voice when he told me he was swimming again to get back into shape, that he’d quit drinking and staying out late, and he was eating better.
He said that playing water polo at UCI had taught him how to fight to win, and he would never give up battling this disease.
For the first time in his life he felt that he was taking control.
I was blown away.
All the years he played on my team, and I never thought he was listening as I hammered away about the importance of self-discipline and strength of character.
I was stunned to realize that in fact Jeff probably took in more of what I was trying to teach than many of the star players on the team.
He started coming over to my house quite regularly to talk, and I saw that his days in the water polo program had planted in him the seeds of a tremendously positive attitude.
Now, just when he needed it the most, he was reaping the harvest.
It would be a great story if Jeff had won the fight, but he didn’t.
He died in 1996, only 28 years old.
I have done a lot of thinking since those final talks with Jeff.
I’m glad that right until the end he was able to live a positive life, drawing inspiration from the structure and discipline he remembered from his water polo days.
By fighting so hard when his life was on the line, he taught me never to compromise on coaching with passion, because we never know who we are going to affect.
Jeff was listening, and when it came down to it, he proved himself a winner in the deepest sense of the word.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Comment List (Total:3)

  •     Great book! full of great inspirational quotes as well as great advice. As a water polo player, and athlete in general, I really enjoyed the book.
  •     This is a very fine book that inspires one to reach a higher level not just in sports but in all life. It also teaches some deep moral lessons about success, and what true success is. The points made are very helpful and quotations and anecdotes spot on. It's a great fun read, recommended for anyone who loves sports and or is committed to a deeper level of life.
  •     Having known Bill for thirty years I enjoyed watching him live the principles of "Circle of Success." The book helps you "take the long view" and shows the importance of determination and hard work. It is especially good for young athletes, who tend to think that for the champions of life, everything comes easily.The book has many applications, and would be a great supplement to the character education programs we are seeing.

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