Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance

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Super Bowl–winning coach and #1 New York Times best selling author Tony Dungy has had an unusual opportunity to reflect on what it takes to achieve significance. He is looked to by many as the epitome of the success and significance that is highly valued in our culture. He also works every day with young men who are trying to achieve significance through football and all that goes with a professional athletic career—such as money, power, and celebrity. Coach Dungy has had all that, but he passionately believes that there is a different path to significance, a path characterized by attitudes, ambitions, and allegiances that are all too rare but uncommonly rewarding. Uncommon reveals lessons on achieving significance that the coach has learned from his remarkable parents, his athletic and coaching career, his mentors, and his journey with God. A particular focus of the book: what it means to be a man of significance in a culture that is offering young men few positive role models.

Customer Reviews:

  • Dungy Does It Again
    Tony will obviously succeed in all he does. This book is a newly written manual, on how to be a better person, father and human being. Excellant...more info
  • Uncommon
    Tony Dungy has outdone himself in this latest book, Uncommon. The book is a must read for the young men of today who so easily lose perspective of what's really important in life and more often than not turn to the almighty dollar instead of The Almighty. ( young women too) Tony Dungy gives hope with this book.... I really didn't think there were any men out there trying to make an impact on our youth and lead them to God. Tony's writing is an inspiration to ALL. Buy a copy for your sons, daughters, in-laws, whoever. A great Father's Day Gift!...more info
  • Inspirational
    I bought this book for my boyfriend who is going to be able to meet with Tony Dungy in April. He said this book was truly and inspiration and hopefully it will be a valuable keepsake once signed!...more info
  • Yeah, okay--but....
    First a confession. I got about half way thorough and haven't finished it. It's well written, the stories are interesting, but to me they lack universal applicability. The common theme is people who were fortunate enough to discover a talent that they loved, but I suspect that the author cherry picked. For every person who finds some talent they can exploit there must be thousands who never find what they're good at or perhaps really don't have anything very special about them. The people that succeed in his stories either seem to be compelled from some inner force, lucky or both which didn't shed much light on the subject of "Finding your path to significance". Of course, it's possible that all the answers are in the back of the book.... ...more info
  • Uncommon
    This is a very inspirational book by a terrific man. I thoroughly enjoyed it even though I couldn't care less about professional football. I'll pass it along to my sons....more info
  • The case for integrity
    I purchased two copies of Tony Dungy's "Uncommon" for two high school students. It is my hope that they will respond to the challenge to become uncommon in their pursuit of life. I found this book to be a priceless road map for the mind of the serious traveler....more info
  • Uncommonly good
    Uncommonly good
    Simply a Magnificent book. Well done Coach Dungy. I bought this wonderful book for my son's 25th birthday and read it in 2 days before giving it to him. Coach hits ALL the high points about what all this is about.
    Strong recommend. Lots of good stories and examples. Excellent use of biblical quotes and examples. Enjoy.
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  • Uncommon
    This is a must read book. In the current times of turmoil and uncertainty it is inspiring, uplifting, and empowering....more info
  • Three Things I Learned from This Book
    Tony Dungy, head coach for the Indianapolis Colts, can't help but speak from his faith. It saturates his life, his work and his personal history. Anyone who knows anything about this man knows he's a Christian believer.

    His first and previous book, "Quiet Strength," was autobiographical, with a little help from co-author Nathan Whitaker. So it focused on his upbringing in Detroit, the powerful influence of his parents and family, how he came to professional football, his faith, and all of the career triumphs and tragedies that led to the Colts winning the Super Bowl.

    "Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance" is also autobiographical, but only in the sense that it distills how this man lives his life, or strives to. There is much to admire here -- would that we all strive to live our lives like this man has, and teach our sons and daughters to do the same.

    He says at least three things in this book I found especially insightful, regardless of one's faith or lack of it.

    First, what you do is less important than how you do it. The "how" ultimately has much more influence and impact than the "what."

    Second, the opposite of courage is not cowardice. The opposite of courage is conformity. I had to think about that for a while but he's got it exactly right.

    Third, don't let the bad things that happen to you define who you are as a person. Instead, what defines you as a person is how you respond to the bad things, and the good things, too, for that matter.

    In "Uncommon," Tony Dungy says obvious things -- treat people well; love and honor your wife; teach and be there for your children; see successes and failures for what they are; character matters. That they sound surprising or "preachy" says a lot more about us and our culture than it does about the author. ...more info
  • Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance
    This is an excellent book for EVERYONE to read, especially all fathers and mothers. The contents of this book should be taught in high school so students would know what their responsibilities are when they become parents. It should also be required reading for marriage license applications. If we would live by the principle outlined in this book we would have an outstanding society....more info
  • inspirational read
    This is an inspirational book for all ages of men. My husband loves it, and he has been encouraging our 15 year old son to read it when he finishes it. This book encourages guys to be real men who are leaders, loyal, trustworthy, supportive, sensitive, etc.....what this society needs!...more info
  • Very good book
    I bought this book for a close friend of mine and he says that it is a really good book that he will reference over and over again....more info
  • Being a football fan is not required for reading and appreciating this excellent text
    Football enthusiasts recognize Tony Dungy's success as the coach of the Indianapolis Colts, winner of Super Bowl XLI. But many of Dungy's fans don't realize that the man himself counts many other "successes" in his life as the most valuable. Dungy, whose book QUIET STRENGTH was a New York Times bestseller, now writes about achieving a life of real significance. The path to this "uncommon" yet deeply satisfying life is discovered as men learn to evaluate and then channel their attitudes, ambitions and allegiances rightly.

    In this seven-part text, readers will appreciate Dungy's wide sweep of general topics, which include developing your core, loving your family, lifting your friends and others, living your full potential, establishing a mission that matters, choosing influence over image, and living out your faith. Each section opens with anecdotal stories of football, life and other pertinent lessons specific to each topic. At the close of every section, Dungy lists a recapping of main points for a punctuated "take-away" plan of execution. Written in a no-nonsense style, readers will find his arguments persuasive and the text easy to comprehend and simple to start carrying out into day-to-day life.

    One of the finest sections and most noteworthy for today's men (and those young men who are floundering in fatherless homes) is Dungy's treatise on Establishing a Mission that Matters. Here, men will find detailed resources on developing a life of substance (rather than style), setting God-honoring priorities (and keeping them), being the right man (versus merely doing), following dreams (despite disappointment and discouragement) and balancing life (making sure each part of your life gets enough time and attention).

    Dungy has done an excellent job of living out the faith he espouses, and certainly this is evident by the manner in which this football legend has used his platform to benefit others. As he writes, men have multiple platforms from which to make a difference in the lives of those around them. Yet, all too often, busy men will use the excuse of "later" when things settle down, when life isn't so stressful, when the kids are older, etc. When in fact, when later arrives, the opportunity to invest in someone is long gone. As Dungy reminds men, "We all have opportunities to be either `takers' or `givers.'"

    Recounting a time when he was called upon to console a young man whose fianc¨¦e had just died, Dungy understood that horrific loss personally, from having lost his own son. So, he was able to give comfort and come alongside another man who felt hopeless. Dungy tells men that you don't need to be an expert, but you have to care enough to get involved and make a difference.

    Readers of Dungy's underspoken yet power-packing style will learn how this exceptional man makes his mark on individuals on and off the football field. Being a football fan is not required for reading and appreciating this excellent text.

    --- Reviewed by Michele Howe...more info
  • Tony Dungy is indeed "Uncommon"
    In todays sports world to find a man of such character and strength in his beliefs is very uncommon. This is a caring man who truly cares about his fellow man and expresses it with passion. A must read for all....more info
  • The Road Less Traveled
    Tony Dungy, best selling author of Quiet Strength, has penned another Super Bowl quality book in Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance. The two books cover similar terrain: how to win in life. However, Dungy's latest work focuses especially on how young men can pursue and achieve a life of significance and success.

    Dungy is eminently qualified to write such a book, given his lifetime of leadership coaching not only athletes in sports, but men in the proverbial game of life. Additionally, his own drive for success, not simply defined by wins and loses, but by other-centered relationships, is Dungy's ultimate qualification for writing Uncommon.

    Dungy begins by defining success, not from the world's perspective, but from his Christian worldview. He then notes how uncommon true success and significance are, outlines many of the reasons, and prescribes practical pathways: attitudes, ambitions, and allegiances.

    What Rick Warren achieved with Purpose Driven Life, Tony Dungy has accomplished with Uncommon. Both books are user-friendly, easy-reads, without being dumbed-down or simplistic. And both books, while maintaining a Judea-Christian ethic, are not preachy.

    Though focused somewhat on young males, Uncommon is for every person pursuing a life of meaning, a path of purpose, and the road toward significance. Learn from an uncommon man the uncommon art of leaving a lasting legacy.

    Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction.
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  • Excellent Book
    Great book and a quick read. Nice pocket book of advice. I will have my boys read it as they get older. ...more info
  • Good buy!
    I am very pleased with this book. The value was great and the delivery even better....more info
  • Uncommon and Ayurveda
    This Uncommon book on personal significance speaks to an individual's search for meaning. What a great theme! And how well written. I also recommend Ayurveda: A Comprehensive Guide to Traditional Indian Medicine for the West by Dr. Frank John Ninivaggi MD of Yale to read since it speaks about similar themes from a different but highly compatible point of view....more info
  • Uncommon by Tony Dungy
    Tony shares with us the foundations for his success. He is a testiment about how integrity and a believe in God are the keys to living an uncommon life! The book is very well written....more info
  • Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance
    This book was uplifting and very well written. I bought it to read on the plane down to mexico and ended up reading it twice. It has a lot of information and good advice that I impliment in my every day life now. I think everyone needs to read this.
    Ryan from MN...more info
  • Outstanding
    Retired Colts head coach Tony Dungy has scored once again. I've read most of his books, and I really enjoyed Uncommon. I'm a bit older than who I think his target audience is, but it never hurts to read positive thoughts. I think young men and women will greatly enjoy and take away a new spirit as they look at life and what is ahead of them. Tony Dungy has been working with young men in and out of sports for decades. I think he is a true hero and I highly recommend this book to younger men and women just starting out on that interesting road we call "life."

    I also recommend a book given to me by one who knows I love American heros. This memoir from an 82 year old WWII Navy vet ties in with the 64th anniversary of our fight for Iwo Jima this coming February 19th. Take a look at Walking Through Fire, An Iwo Jima Survivor's Remembrance...more info
  • DUNGY continues to inspire me
    I am not a football fan, but I admire Coach Tony Dungy's leadership, attitude, work ethic, faith, and generousity. He sees the bigger picture, always, and puts the rest into perspective. "We do what we do, no excuses, no explanations." He has helped so many players, coaches, families, children, fathers. His support for ALL PRO DAD is admirable. His book will certainly continue the momentum and progress his previous works have started. Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning LifeYou Can Do It! His books have positively influenced my approach to my own life, family, and career, and I know they will do the same for you. Don't pass on this book. Take the hand off and run with it! ...more info
  • Very spiritual read
    This isn't a football book. This a book written by a guy who just happens to coach football. It's very insightful and full of positive lessons for living life. Tony Dungy really opens up his soul and lets you know with compassion and grace how he thinks living an 'uncommon' life can be done....more info
  • Good Follow Up to Quiet Strength
    Recently retired Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy delivers an outstanding follow-up to his bestseller Quiet Strength in his new book, Uncommon. The name of the book is derived from a quote by former University of Minnesota coach Cal Stoll, who said:

    "Success is uncommon, therefore not to be enjoyed by the common man. I'm looking for uncommon people."

    Dungy first heard these words as a freshman on Stoll's football team almost three decades ago, and they have stayed with him ever since. The only difference is that it is now Dungy summoning men to an uncommon life of significance.

    The book does not differ much from Quiet Strength, as it is written in a casual tone similar to most sports figure's memoirs. It is, however, less autobiographical, leaning more toward an advisory manual on how to live life. It is divided into seven parts, each dealing with important issues that men deal with in their lives, such as family, friends, career, and relationship with Christ. It is sprinkled with stories from Dungy's personal life which illustrate the themes of each chapter. Perhaps most refreshing is the coach's tone. He is never condescending or preachy, adamently proclaiming that his way is the best way. Reading this book is almost like talking to a big brother who is handing out advice because he's been there.

    For those who are weary of self-help books, have no fear. Dungy's focus is on service to God, family, and fellow man. There are no get-rich quick schemes in this book, or promises of blessings. This is just Tony Dungy trying to instruct men how to be better husbands, fathers, and human beings. He doesn't claim to have all the answers; he's just willing to share what he's been through.

    It's a quick, easy read, and there's enough football mixed in to keep most guys interested. There's a Q & A with Tony Dungy in the back, giving his opinion on more direct questions. My only knock on this book is the goofy picture of Dungy on the back cover. But it's definitely worth the money. Tony Dungy scores again.

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  • Preachy
    Tony Dungy is a remarkable man, and his life story is well worth reading. But Tony's motivation for writing this book was to spread the Gospel, so be prepared for a very healthy dose of proselytizing mixed in with more tradition football biography fare. ...more info
  • Great!
    Easy to read parts at a time, but also good for a long period of time.

    Great advise from a really great guy....more info
  • Uncommonly good by a fine man
    I really enjoyed Quiet Strength and so reading this book was a must. I found it to be very thought provoking and down to earth. Tony's insights into God, family, mentoring etc... were very simple and practical. I love the way he weaves sports figures into his dialogues and takes responsibilty for his own actions. He never comes across as the perfect man but one that we can all learn from. If you like books by good guys and books that will make you reflect on your life and yourself this is a must read....more info
  • "Uncommon" by Tony Dungy
    This book teaches what integrity and the American Spirit are all about. Lofty thoughts but an easy read....more info
  • Uncommon by Tony Dungy
    Excellent reading material. I never knew much about Tony Dungy the man. Just that he was a football coach. After reading this book, I find he is much more than just a coach. This is a wonderful book for anyone to read. But it would be an excellent gift for men or even young boys, for middle school, eight grade or high school graduation, Confirmation or Religious celebrations, Fathers Day, or birthdays. He is a wonderful role model. We need more men to be examples and role models like Mr. Dungy.
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  • Much needed hope and help for a better life
    Taking one's life beyond success in business, the author describes how to be a person of significance and how to make our life truly meaningful.

    He reflects on lessons he learned from his parents, his mentors and career and his faith. He provides fresh insight into becoming significant, someone who matters.

    A particular focus of the book is what it means to be a man of significance in a culture that is offering young men few positive role models. I personally think this is an excellent thing and much needed.

    Highly recommended.

    - Susanna K. Hutcheson...more info


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