By using his unique coaching method, Bob was able to not only climb from being an ordinary player to being a World Champion but also he has taken his powerful teachings off the court in order to make an even greater impact in the world of business and life.
—Billie Jean King, 39-time Grand Slam Champion, author of Pressure is a Privilege
Bob Litwin’s written a wonderful book about how to get more out of life and be happier. He suggests “storytelling” as a route to personal growth. His approach seems impossibly simple, but it is informed by years of work, practice, and living a full life as a husband, father, champion tennis pro and corporate coach. The message is that we need to change the stories we›ve been telling ourselves about who we are, and replace them with stories about who we hope to become. This is a very original and user friendly book, with dozens of anecdotes about the author and the people with whom he’s worked. From mindfulness to gratitude journals to mentors to naps, Litwin coaches us through this process with enthusiasm and optimism.
—Barbara Benedek, Screenwriter (The Big Chill, Pretty Woman, Sabrina)
Two things have guided me to become the person I want to be: mountain climbing and Bob Litwin’s New Story model. Bob’s brand of storytelling has helped me achieve as a mountaineer, business professional and family man. Most people won’t climb Everest, but anyone can do the simple work of Live the Best Story of Your Life and become exactly who they want to be.
—Bo Parfet, author of Die Trying: One Man’s Quest to Conquer the Seven Summits
Bob Litwin and his teachings changed my tennis story, which, in turn, changed my life story. His coaching made me more patient, and more grateful—and for that, I’m eternally grateful to him.
—Gerald Marzorati, award-winning author of Late to the Ball and former editor of the New York Times Magazine.
Unbelievably effective, and everyone can do it. Instantaneous change and you don’t even need to leave the office.
—Joel Greenblatt, author New York Times bestseller The Little Book that Beats the Market
Bob is a very special human being. Wish more of planet Earth had his stuff. He is simply the best!
—Jim Loehr, New York Times bestselling author of Power of Full Engagement,
What’s your story? We all have one…Live the Best Story of Your Life offers a simple yet powerful and practical story system/methodology which will empower the reader to initiate positive changes and live their dream. Throughout the book, Litwin shares his personal experiences and stories of his clients, continually encouraging his readers to throw out their old, negative story and usher in a new story. The 33 personal coaching sessions help the reader to build “their spine” and foundation to lasting growth. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for inspiration and wants to live the best story of their life.
—Rob Polishook, Performance Coach and Author of Inside the Zone: 32 Mental Training Workouts for Champions
Throw out every book you’ve ever bought on change. Here is the silver bullet. The single most important book you will ever read, guaranteed to make you feel limitless in business, create bliss in your personal life and dramatically shift your idea of what you are capable of. The best part? It’s easy! Let Bob Litwin change your life.
—Jay Goldman, founder and CEO, J. Goldman & Co.
Bob Litwin’s book is a remarkable gift for anyone looking for enduring happiness even in the face of self-doubt, fear or despair. As a turnaround specialist, Litwin’s compelling story of personal triumph and his secret sauce coaching skills have helped thousands of people live the best stories of their lives. This book is the game-changer that can put you on the fast track to a life well lived and incredible, long-lasting success.
—P.J. Simmons, co-founder of Corporate Eco Forum, founder of The Tennis Congress and co-author of The Green to Gold Business Playbook
Bob’s model takes the fear out of making big changes and his storytelling technique is a commonsense, basic approach that everyone can use. Live the Best Story of Your Life has helped many of us thrive in difficult markets, deepen our personal relationships, and dramatically improve our health and fitness. Change is easy!
—Mike Marrale, Managing Dir., Head of Research, Sales & Trading, Investment Technology Group
Bob opened my eyes to what it truly means to be successful in every aspect of my life: professional, marriage, family, friendships, and health. Through teaching me the skills of “story writing”, Bob has taught me how to visually and mentally create a new path to reach my full potential. As a result, I have seen monumental leaps in both my professional and personal life. My only regret is that I did not meet Bob until my adult life. His desire to share his experience and knowledge through Live the Best Story of Your Life is truly a gift to anyone who wants to take their life to the next level.
—Eric Wasserman, hedge fund portfolio manager
My initial conversation with Bob was one of the most profoundly life-al- tering conversations I’ve ever had. He so effortlessly showed me the ver- sion of myself that I had been searching for and helped point me in the direction I’ve always wanted to go, but couldn’t. My old life story was just too much in the way, and now Bob has given me the tools to focus on my new story. Live the Best Story of Your Life is the guidebook that will change the life of anyone looking for more.
—Klinton Kraft, Partner, Digital Blue
Like a fine wine, full-bodied, robust, with much of the depth and scope of his life experiences blended into to a unique flavor of a person that he has become, Bob is a coach that we all can savor. Live the Best Story of Your Life is an extraordinary vintner. His model for making changes is nothing short of miraculous.
—Fred McNair, President of McNair and Co., French Open Champion
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Excerpt from Live the Best Story of Your Life: A World Champion’s Guide to Lasting Change
Chapter 1: The Story That Changed My Life
At the heart of every winter, there is a quivering spring; and behind the veil of each night there is a smiling dawn. —Kahlil Gibran
In the spring of 2008, I watched my soulmate of 28 years lose her three-year battle with cancer. Two months, and I was at risk
for a massive fracture later the hip surgery I’d gotten less than a year before failed. I’d been the #1 senior tennis player in the world, and now, if I stepped off a curb, I might find myself in the hospital, a hospital that contained devastating memories. It sounded like my competitive playing days were over. I was so wrung out from losing Carol, I was sure I couldn’t go through surgery again. And who would take care of me when I got home?
But keeping my hip meant living with the pain for the rest of my life. I felt old, alone, and afraid. Nothing seemed to be going right. For the first time in my life, I wanted to give up.
And then on the morning of Carol’s first birthday after her death, I’d stayed in bed for as long as I could before I got up and rinsed my face, and when I looked in the mirror, I heard her voice very clearly. “Bob, what would you tell a client?” Like a blast in the brain, the answer was clear: I needed a New Story!
So, I sat at my computer and I wrote a New Story. Not a story of where I was. I’d been telling that story enough. But a New Story of where I wanted to be in my life.
I am young. I am strong. I am not alone. I have friends and family who will be with me. My house is comfortable. I have the inspirational memory of Carol pushing through chemo and radiation. I have gone through surgery and rehab once, and I can do it again. I am a master of rehab. The surgery will be a step to full health. My middle name is resilience and I will be back on the tennis court within three months. I will be competing again. I love the challenge of dealing with adversity. I am a model for those around me in pushing through difficult experiences. I will grow from this experience. I am overflowing with life. I am a vessel for love. I have had one angel in my life, I will find another.
A New Story. A better story. A story of hope. A story of yes. A story of optimism. A story of proactivity. A story that inspired me. A story that worked. A story that I could start moving toward, one step at a time.
I came alive. I started calling different docs for second and third opinions. Within a week, I’d decided on the hospital, surgeon, the type of hip replacement, and I had booked a surgery date. I’d arranged for family and friends to stay with me for two weeks post-op, when I couldn’t be alone. As the day got closer, I was actually excited. I was totally jacked up and ready. No fear. No doubt. No worry. Moving away from my Old Story, toward my New Story.
Within a year it was clear my surgery was a success; I was back on the court and accelerating into the most exciting chapter of my life. I had more clients than ever, my work on Wall Street was exploding, I was a finalist in a national championship, had been inducted into the Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame, and I’d met a new angel with whom I would share my life. I had written the story and now I was living it.
You are about to get a gift . . . this gift is going to come in the form of a special skill.
One that, if you practice it and get good at it, will lead you where you want to go and help you change any area of your life. (Well, it can’t change your eye color or your foot size but an thing else). The skill is something you’ve done all your life and never really thought about: the simple act of storytelling.