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Summer Reading List: Penn State Hockey's Guy Gadowsky

by on May 30, 2018 2:00 PM

[Previously: James Franklin's Summer Reading List]

While nothing is for certain, it seems reasonable to assume that Penn State hockey wouldn't have come so far in such a short amount of time if its coach wasn't so interested in learning.

Guy Gadowsky is not by really any stretch, old, no matter the metric. He took the job at Penn State while in his 40s, and his first head coaching gig even earlier all the way in the Alaska on the edge of the world. It's the kind of thing that requires learning, adapting and an ability to have an open mind.

So in the second chapter of the summer reading list it stands to reason that these books have had an impact on Penn State hockey as much as the man running the show himself. Breaking slightly from the norm, here are three books and one author Gadowsky thinks you ought to read. Again, each synopsis from Good Reads. 

Good To Great - Jim Collins

To find the keys to greatness, Collins's 21-person research team read and coded 6,000 articles, generated more than 2,000 pages of interview transcripts and created 384 megabytes of computer data in a five-year project. The findings will surprise many readers and, quite frankly, upset others.

The Challenge
Built to Last, the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning. 

But what about the company that is not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness? 

Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell 

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?

His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.

The Way of the Peaceful Warrior - Dan Millman

Way of the Peaceful Warrior is based on the story of Dan Millman, a world champion athlete, who journeys into realms of romance and magic, light and darkness, body, mind, and spirit. Guided by a powerful old warrior named Socrates and tempted by an elusive, playful woman named Joy, Dan is led toward a final confrontation that will deliver or destroy him. Readers join Dan as he learns to live as a peaceful warrior. This international bestseller conveys piercing truths and humorous wisdom, speaking directly to the universal quest for happiness.

Any books by Jon Gordon.

Inspiring fables to bring out the best in yourself and your team. The fables included in The Jon Gordon Box Set have inspired readers around the world. For the first time, eight of Jon Gordon's most engaging and powerful fables are together in one limited edition box set. The collection will fuel your life, work, and team with vision, passion, positivity, and purpose. Gordon's masterful storytelling and meaningful messages makes the set a perfect gift for professional colleagues, students, and families alike.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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