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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
Narrated by: Valorie Kondos Field
Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
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Summary

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

Critic reviews

"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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Amazing

I loved this book. Inspiration packed and full of positivity and emotion. Just fantastic and uplifting. Highly recommend.

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  • Lorraine Kramer
  • 09-10-18

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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  • Chad Stewart
  • 17-04-19

great book!

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

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  • Aleksandra
  • 27-03-19

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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  • Patricia U.
  • 18-03-19

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
  • 18-03-19

Not great

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

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  • A. Zitelli
  • 12-03-19

Delightful story

This was a wonderful story of true life that I will tell everyone to read or listen to. I saw an interview with Valerie which made me want to listen to her book after reading an article about the team in the Orange County Register and seeing on of her team members on YouTube.

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  • Amanda Bender
  • 06-03-19

Words we can all live by

A fantastic audiobook worthwhile to anyone looking to improve their effectiveness and perspectives in life.

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  • MG
  • 06-03-19

Inspiring doesn't begin to describe this book

From across the globe where I live, your truths and values still ring true! I have read various inspirational books decade after decade, but it is YOUR authenticity that has me moved. Thank you, Miss Val. :)

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  • Kurtis
  • 26-02-19

A book of hope and how to make life work.

Off all the years that I have read self help books and other books to help myself and improve my therapy practice, I truly can say no book has ever come closer to changing my life, my way of thinking, and motivated me more to be a better person and therapist than this one. I’ve listened to it twice on audio and order the book to write notes in. I do not give praise out that much on books. This one words can not describe the “self awakening”, “the knowledge,” and the shear joy of life, over coming challenges, how to do that, and how to help yourself and others. And to think it is not a psychology book at all. It is in my opinion the best book on self realization and growth that I have ever come across. The first time I finished it, my wife said to me “I have my happy husband back.” Those who wish to learn, who love growth, please give it a try.

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  • Amanda Bernstein
  • 25-02-19

Motivating and From the Heart!

Feeling inspired by the phenomenal Coach Val. This book is applicable to anyone, not just athletes. Coach Val is a pleasure to listen to, I highly recommend this book!