Life Lessons from Racing
by Ted Giovanis
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Pub Date 07 Nov 2023 | Archive Date Not set
Amplify Publishing Group, Amplify Publishing
Life comes at you fast when you’re traveling 180 miles per hour. For Ted Giovanis, it’s also where you can learn the most valuable lessons.
In forty-eight accessible and inspiring chapters, he shares the experience he’s gained since starting an auto racing career at age forty-six, a ride of three decades that is still in overdrive. He shows you how the tools of racing and the teamwork within it are applicable to life and business.
The veteran of Washington’s health care policy and regulatory battles has learned to navigate a very different course as a professional driver and team owner in the International Motor Sports Association. You may not know about Type 1 turns, outbraking, or be able to distinguish down force from dive planes, but by the time you reach the checkered flag of Focus Forward, you will have a better sense of how to live with more purpose and gratitude. Whether preparing in the garage, taking practice laps, or revving the engine for the start of the race, Giovanis puts you in the driver’s seat with him to make the most of every day.
“I have always believed that motorsports—especially endurance sportscar racing—teaches invaluable life lessons to all who participate. In Focus Forward, Ted Giovanis has done a masterful job of bringing this to life.” —JOHN DOONAN, President, International Motor Sports Association
“I’ve greatly benefited from Focus Forward ’s wisdom about everyday life, which is delivered by a tenacious competitor, a deep thinker, and a razor-sharp student of sportscar racing.” —HUGH PLUMB, professional race car driver and Team TGM general manager
“Motor racing needs application, dedication, and an unusual blend of forward-planning, reading the situation, and super-quick decision-making. In Focus Forward, Ted Giovanis reveals how this recipe provides results in all aspects of life away from the track.” —JOHN HINDHAUGH, broadcaster and founder of Radio Show Limited, which airs over 7,000 hours of live motorsports annually
Average rating from 3 members
As someone who in the past few years has ignited a passion for motorsports, I have to say I loved this book. The advice Ted gave made sense in a practical manner and the added layer of equating everything to racing made the lessons stick much better for me. Ted gives the reader short, easy-to-read, and easily digestible chapters. I liked this format as it put me in a certain headspace for each chapter. The book reads like the written manuscript of a conversation I had with my own father, or even grandfather. That isn't a knock on Ted or his writing style. In fact, I found some comfort in the way that Ted spoke to me through this book because both of my grandfathers have passed away. While I was reading this, it felt like I was talking cars with my grandfather, who would have loved this book just as much as I have. I felt like I was getting great life advice from my own family, not just from an author I've never met.
While one could very easily read through it in just a few hours, I recommend taking your time with it. Consider what Ted is talking about in each chapter, and how it can apply in your life. While Ted uses racing (and everything that goes into getting a car on the track) as a metaphor for life, I didn't find it pandering or watered down. Ted provided me with lots of wisdom to consider as I work on my own project car, as well as strive to be a better person in life. If you're someone who loves racing in any capacity, whether that be Formula 1, Indycar, NASCAR, GT, or even Miata series, you'll find lots to connect with in this book. If racing isn't your cup of tea, I think you'll still find lots to learn in this book.
I definitely recommend this book to motorsports enthusiasts and casual fans alike.