sherpa’s book of the week

As a child, my parents gave me a weekly allowance of a few dollars. Mom would laugh because I would spend all my money in the book store. A book is a teacher on a subject you choose. Once you have read a book, it becomes a reference in case you forget. The real catch with books is they do not change, you do. In 1600, Shakespeare wrote Hamlet: 410 years later, Horatio is still the only dude standing at the end of the fifth act, but my answers to the questions within the seven soliloquies, have changed.

It is said that a man can not cross the same river twice because the river continues to flow and change, and so does the man. Because the river of life and self flows so swiftly, I recommend reading new books often. Ask your mentors what they are reading and what they got out of it. This will spark what is commonly called: conversation. Which with email, text, Tweet and yes even blogs, we don’t do as much as we should. Moreover, just like Hamlet has changed for me, the impact and meaning of books you found powerful in the past, may hold different meanings now, as you have grown past its text. It is important to allow yourself room to grow and expand beyond where you are.

Learning, never stops.

This weeks book is, We Might As Well Win by Johan Bruyneel. Johan is the winningest team director in the history of cycling. He was Lance Armstrong’s director for his entire professional career, leading him to seven Tour de France victories and Alberto Contador to two.

In his book We Might As Well Win, Johan Bruyneel expounds on personal effort, follow through, observation and accountability learned in the sport of professional cycling. Johan came up with the idea of concentrating on only select races across Europe instead of taking his team to every race, as had been done for years. He was the first coach to take members of his team to a location and prerun the course, training for weeks on it, to prepare for a race. Before then, it was just not done.

“The first thing he did for me, the one thing that made everything else possible, was the simplest and at the same time probably the most difficult: he believed in me.” Lance Armstrong on Johan Bruyneel.

This book chronicles Johan’s life as a pro cyclist, dealing with the death of his father, and his choice to become a team director elaborating on some of his careers highlights and low moments as well.

The section entitled “If you’re breathing, you still have a chance to win” deals with the 1996 Tour de France where, still in his pro cycling days, Johan skidded in a corner and rode off of a shear 100 foot cliff face, plunging into the crevasse below. Physically unhurt, he scrambled back up the cliff, got back on his bike and continued on. Not until much later did it dawn on him that he had just fallen off of a mountain and could have been hurt badly or even killed.

This book shows a brilliant account of the world of pro cycling. If you are a coach, manager or leader, this work gives you insight into the mind of one ofย  the greatest coaches in history.

It is a short book and an easy read and it is Sherpa’s BOOK OF THE WEEK.


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One Response to “sherpa’s book of the week”

  1. I love that quote… and his story of falling of a cliff and not thinking twice. You’re so inspirational. I’ll join you will book of the week when thesis is done ๐Ÿ™‚ Until, then HAPPY READING TO YOU and happy writing to me ๐Ÿ™‚

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