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Life Is Short, Don't Wait to Dance

Advice and Inspiration from the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame Coach of 7 NCAA Championship Teams
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Highly acclaimed UCLA women's gymnastics Coach Valorie Kondos Field shares insights on how to use uniqueness and authenticity to achieve success.

How did a professional ballerina become one of the winningest coaches in NCAA history? Valorie Kondos Field - or Miss Val, as she's affectionately known - has never even tumbled, flipped, or ever played any type of organized sports, and yet she has been able to craft a legendary coaching career through curiosity, creativity, attention to detail, and unwavering care for the overall well-being of her athletes. For Miss Val, it's not about the X's and O's, it's about choreographing your life and owning the choices you make.

Miss Val has shaped her UCLA gymnastics program as a life-skills class, and now she's sharing those lessons with you, whether you're an athlete, business leader, or simply someone who wants to own his or her destiny. Miss Val's philosophies are timeless. Her coaching style is unorthodox. Life Is Short, Don't Wait to Dance is a thought-provoking, fun journey through the personal stories and anecdotes of the 35-year career of a dancer/choreographer turned athletic coach. Included are Miss Val's favorite memories she experienced with her mentor, legendary Coach John Wooden; as well as some of her most unforgettable stories of the Olympians and student-athletes she's coached. In 2014, Miss Val was diagnosed with breast cancer, and she explains how she made it one of the best years of her life - really!

Miss Val reveals how her head-coaching journey started off disastrously, spending years mimicking other top coaches while her team suffered because of her lack of authenticity. In time, she realized being a gymnastics immigrant wasn't a detriment, it was a gift. When she embraced and honed her own uniqueness, Miss Val led her Bruins to six NCAA championships and became one of only two active coaches to ever be inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2016, Miss Val was named Pac-12 "Gymnastics Coach of the Century".

Life Is Short, Don't Wait to Dance is packed with brutally honest advice delivered in an inspirational tone for which Miss Val is known. Did we mention she's a ballerina who's never played sports?

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Valorie Kondos Field (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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"It's really easy to give up when things are not going your way, or when things are challenging, or when you have adversity or struggle, but she always stays positive." (Nastia Liukin, Olympic gold medalist)

"Miss Val's coaching technique really appealed to me because it was very different than elite gymnastics. She always reminds me before meets, never take life for granted and to cherish every moment." (Simone Biles, four-time Olympic gold medalist)

"Miss Val is a force of nature. Her journey to the top is a riveting story. Her demand for personal excellence and her ability to create belief in her student athletes provides for a great read and success model for all." (Sue Enquist, founder of ONE Softball, former UCLA head softball coach, 11-time national champion)

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Quelle femme et quelle vie extraordinaires !

Pour ceux qui aiment la gym, ceux qui coachent, quelque soit le sport, ou tout simplement ceux qui ont besoin d'être inspiré. Très bien lu. Francophones, anglais très accessibe !

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  • Lorraine Kramer
  • 09/10/2018

Universal inspiration from an iconic coach

This audio book is brilliantly entertaining. I especially love that Miss Val narrates the book, expressing emotion while sharing meaningful moments in her life and in her coaching career. This book, although written by a gymnastics coach, imparts many inspirational life lessons with universal application.

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  • T
  • 26/06/2020

Thank you!

An amaizing book!!! Thank you Miss Val!!! It was truly a blessing! Money wirth spending!!

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  • Had's Dad
  • 22/02/2020

Wonderful and inspiring

Loved this book and the author. It’s super educational in how to lead a life with gratitude and positive mentoring!

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  • Patricia Call
  • 10/02/2020

I. Love. This. Book!!!!

I’ve listened to this book twice and the life skills and emotional mastery resilience lessons in it make it a must read for anyone wanting to OWN their own life!

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  • Food Fan
  • 26/01/2020

Loved listening to Val narrate her stories and les

It's like having a long time mentor hang out with you and share about her life lessons, what worked, and what didn't. It's not so much about dance per se, but about her career journey & leadership philosophy as former UCLA gymnastics championship coach. 🤸‍♀️

She narrates her personal stories to illustrate lots of great nuggets about being a leader (relevant in sports & business), instilling camraderie among team members, while encourage each individual to find their own self to shine & the value of creativity. Also personal development lessons like taking ownership of your choices and happiness in life. 🤝

I especially like how she encourage each team member to find joy in what they do & to truly care for other team members. It's really refreshing perspective (in contrast to toxic leaders that are slave drivers &/or those who deliberately pit team members against each other)

This was a fun, inspiring, and informative book that I highly recommend -- especially the Audible audiobook narrated by her. It feels like you're just hanging out with her at coffee as she tells you about her life and lessons learned along the way.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 21/01/2020

Makes me understand life!

I chose 5 stars because it really makes you look at life in a different way. And non dancers/gymnasts will still love it! It gives you a drive to work harder. Ms Valerie Kondos Field has very good articulation and story telling skills!

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  • Chad Stewart
  • 17/04/2019

great book!

loved this book! Ms. Val has such a flair for storytelling... just like her choreography in gymnastics!

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  • Aleksandra
  • 27/03/2019

Amazing book!!

I listened this book 3 times in a row and I loved it! This is where you find inspiration, joy and reasons to smile!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18/03/2019

Authentically Miss Val

Miss Val is a good friend and mentor of my son. As such I have heard a lot about her and her philosophies. Everything I thought I knew and more is confirmed having read this book. Thank you for sharing your light, your zest for life and your indomitable spirit with the rest of the world. You are an inspiration.

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  • T
  • 18/03/2019

Not great

Cliche after cliche without much substance. doesn't not go deep into her personal struggles (other than the cancer diagnosis).