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Best Seat in the House: 18 Golden Lessons from a Father to His Son

Best Seat in the House: 18 Golden Lessons from a Father to His Son

Best Seat in the House: 18 Golden Lessons from a Father to His Son

Best Seat in the House: 18 Golden Lessons from a Father to His Son


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Now available in trade paper! Jack Nicklaus II, son of PGA Champion Jack Nicklaus, shares stories, insights, and lessons he has learned from his father, the Golden Bear, that will encourage fathers and inspire us to focus on what’s most important in life: family.

Best Seat in the House, written with New York Times bestselling author Don Yaeger, gives us eighteen valuable lessons that Jack Nicklaus II learned from his father, PGA champion Jack Nicklaus. Widely regarded as the best golfer of all time with a record number of PGA major championships, the Golden Bear’s life and values show that true legacy lives on through our families.

Jack II has always had a clear view of who his father is. “I had the best seat in the house, to watch this man, when away from the public’s eye, live out extraordinary lessons.”

Best Seat in the House details what made Jack Nicklaus an off-course success

  • a lasting marriage: Jack and his wife Barbara fashioned fifty-plus years of marriage with the rule that each must give of themselves “at least 95 percent of the time,”
  • treating others with respect: Nicklaus taught his son Jack, who worked as his caddie for several years, to value his competitors and treat them as he would hope to be treated,
  • choosing family over work: the importance of having boundaries and limits that everyone in the family agrees on, and
  • building a legacy: the need to be connected to what we’ll leave behind.

A perfect gift for Father's Day and for the serious fans, the casual golfers, or even those new to golf, you can learn lessons from the Golden Bear in Best Seat in the House...and can apply all eighteen of them even if you’re nowhere near a golf course.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780785248378
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 04/26/2022
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 170,498
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jack Nicklaus II is president of Nicklaus Design and vice chairman of Nicklaus Company. As a golf course designer, he works as both a solo designer and a collaborator with his father and has been recognized by his selection into the prestigious American Society of Golf Course Architects. He has designed nearly fifty golf courses that are open for play today. Jack II also serves on the board of directors of Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and is chairman of both the Muirfield Village Golf Club and Memorial Tournament.

The first of five children born to Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, Jack II played on the University of North Carolina golf team and had a brief career as a professional golfer, playing several years as a member of tours in Australia, Asia, and Canada, and on the European Tour. He also played in several PGA Tour events as a non- member. He is married to Allison (Alli) and is the father of five: Jack III, Christie, Charlie, Casey, and Will.

Don Yaeger is an eleven-time New York Times bestselling author, longtime associate editor at Sports Illustrated, and today is one of the most in-demand public speakers on the corporate circuit. He delivers an average of seventy speeches a year to an average annual audience of almost one hundred thousand. He and his wife, Jeanette, live in Tallahassee, Florida, with their two children.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jack Nicklaus ix

Introduction: Learning from the Golden Bear xi

Chapter 1 Listen to Your Children 1

Chapter 2 Attend Your Children's Games and Activities 11

Chapter 3 Raise Each Child Differently 23

Chapter 4 Keep Teaching-Even If Your Child Doesn't Want to Learn 33

Chapter 5 Act Like a Champion 41

Chapter 6 See the Best in Others 53

Chapter 7 Protect Your Name 61

Chapter 8 Be a Parent to Your Children First-:and a Best Friend Later 71

Chapter 9 Stay Laser-Focused on What You Can Control 79

Chapter 10 Give More Than You Take in Your Relationships 87

Chapter 11 Build Your Legacy Every Day 99

Chapter 12 Be Prepared So You're Mentally Tough 111

Chapter 13 Show Faith Through Actions, Not Just Words 119

Chapter 14 Be Helpful but Keep the Competitive Fires Burning 127

Chapter 15 Be Ready to Seize Unexpected Opportunities 141

Chapter 16 Focus More on Your Family Than on Work 153

Chapter 17 Be Charitable and Don't Draw Attention to Yourself 163

Chapter 18 See the Bigger Picture 173

Afterword: Leave a Legacy That Lasts for Generations 185

Acknowledgments 191

Notes 193

About the Authors 197

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