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Rules of the Red Rubber Ball

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With simple but delightful storytelling, Kevin channels his childhood passion for sport and play into a universally appealing blueprint for life. Drawing wisdom from the playgrounds of his youth, where he spent hour upon hour sharpening his body and his mind, Kevin shares with readers his Rules of the Red Rubber Ball — how to achieve maximum human potential through the power of passion and creativity.

Finding your own ‘red rubber ball’ and chasing it to your heart's content, he argues, is the surest route to peace, prosperity, and happiness. Over the years as an athletic trainer, creative catalyst for business and public speaker, Kevin has transformed his philosophy into seven simple rules that any successful leader will endorse:

1) Commit to it; 2) Seek out encouragers; 3) Work out your creative muscle; 4) Prepare to shine; 5) Speak up; 6) Expect the unexpected; 7) Maximize the day

With award-winning design and color photos throughout, Rules of the Red Rubber Ball will inspire the ?child? in everyone for generations to come.

“...adult’s version of Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! — a pocket-size guide to finding your way in life.”

— Newsweek

What’s Your Red Rubber Ball?!


In a boldly designed, highly energetic book, Kevin leads readers through a series of exercises designed to help them discover their Red Rubber Ball — a dream to chase for a lifetime. With a cardboard box to be decorated, punch-out inspiration cards, a removable dream statement, and gatefold pages that can be written on, this engaging book offers tweens and teens a fun, accessible way to think about their hopes and dreams.

“A combination of workbook, journal, and project guide, it is designed to keep that age group interested and involved. Children in that tween and teen age sometime have a hard time finding things to motivate themselves in school. What's Your Red Rubber Ball?! may provide the encouragement they need, to see beyond their here-and-now problems and find something they can dream for.”

— Sacramento Book Review

Red Rubber Ball At Work

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How do you ignite creativity, problem solving, and risk taking to score big in business? Kevin thinks it’s child’s play! Kevin has turned his childhood passion for playing ball into a bestselling franchise. In this fun and thoughtful follow-up to his bestselling Rules of the Red Rubber Ball (2007), he switches the playing field to the workplace, where innovation, motivation, engagement, and teamwork are the headline issues. Drawing on “play profiles” from thought leaders, change agents, and business leaders, he explains how to bring a sense of play into the workplace to stimulate creativity, encourage risk-taking, achieve goals—and have a great time doing it.

Fully illustrated, with 33 profiles of successful “players” including ESPN/ABC Sports President George Bodenheimer, bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, actor Dwayne Johnson (“the Rock”), Food Network host Duff Goldman, South Bronx activist Majora Carter, renowned author Paulo Coehlo, and many others.

“This entertaining, pocket-sized book builds on Carroll's self-help series with profiles of 33 successful workers who illustrate the value of productive play? Though the larger lesson seems to be self-apparent (the way to have fun at work is to choose a playful career), the book is nevertheless inspiring and clever, with a lively layout and energetic writing.”

— Publishers Weekly

Book images by Swanson Studio