As well as my book blog I also write a running blog called Champion Running. It’s not very often the two blogs cross over, but sometimes they do.
Like today, I’ve posted in Champion Running about a book I’ve just bought, Winners: And How They Succeed by Alastair Campbell. The book was mentioned on the BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine show, and I knew I had to read it.
I love running as much as I love reading. My two interests work quite well together. I go for a run. Then after a run, I relax with a good book. The book I’ve just ordered focuses on running and sport, but also looks at how to win in other areas of life. It talks about the importance of having a positive mind-set, something that really interests me.
As part of my university studies I looked at what writers can learn from athletes. I think adopting the mind-set of an athlete can really help a writer to succeed. It’s something that fascinates me, which is why I ordered the book.
Here’s the blurb.
‘Alastair Campbell knows all about winning. As Tony Blair’s chief spokesman and strategist he helped guide the Labour Party to victory in three successive general elections, and he’s fascinated by what it takes to win.
‘How do sports stars excel, entrepreneurs thrive, or individuals achieve their ambition? Is their ability to win innate? Or is the winning mind-set something we can all develop? Drawing on the wisdom of an astonishing array of talented people – from elite athletes to top managers, from rulers of countries to rulers of global business empires – Alastair Campbell uses his forensic skills, as well as his own experience of politics and sport, to get to the heart of success. He examines how winners tick. He considers how they build great teams. He analyses how they deal with unexpected setbacks and new challenges. He judges what the very different worlds of politics, business and sport can learn from one another. And he sets out a blueprint for winning that we can all follow.’