A Life Less Ordinary: Our Journey with ADD

There should be no shame whatsoever with ADD. Just as sportsmen, sportswomen and sporting teams have a range of physical and mental coaches to assist them in harnessing their inner and outer strengths in their own quests for greatness, so we avoid any kind of negative stigma attached to the condition of ADD where sufferers too needs strong people around them to help them achieve their own potential.

The more open we are about it, the less likely people are to think of it in emotionally-charged ways. When we found out Julia had ADD, we were shocked, horrified and saddened. We all have a story to tell and this is ours.

Quest For Glory - Successes in South African Sport

South Africa’s sportsmen and women have achieved huge success. World champions and record-breakers, they have dominated sport internationally in the fields of rugby, cricket, swimming and soccer, to name a few.

Quest for Glory examines sporting success through the eyes of numerous South Africa sports personalities, including Gary Player, Bruce Fordyce, Penny Heyns, Ryk Neethling, Baby Jake Matlala, Naas Botha, François Pienaar, Gary Teichmann, Bob Skinstad, John Smit, Paul Treu, Shaun Pollock, Oscar Pistorius, Clive Barker and Tim Noakes.

The book investigates questions such as: What defines success? What makes a good team great? How important is the role of mental application? What makes a team lose when they are expected to win, or win when they are expected to lose? How do successful teams and individuals plan and prepare effectively? In doing so, it considers a range of fascinating topics, including big-match temperament, the pyramid of success, mental toughness, self-confidence and self-belief.

Insightful, entertaining and inspiring, Quest for Glory uncovers the key to sporting success.

This book carries a powerful message about the important role sport plays in the development of a nation and what it takes to achieve success on the world stage
– John Smit

One of the reasons why South African sports lags that in some other countries is because we do not have a written tradition. Few of our great players, coaches or administrators ever write about what they learned through their sport. So most of what is written is simply biographical and records achievements and events without analysis of why what happened, actually happened. It seems that the reading public are more interested in the “what” than in the “how” or, more importantly, the “why”. But slowly that is beginning to change and South African authored sports books that begin to answer the most fundamental question – the “why” – are beginning to appear.

Michael Marnewick’s book is a fine example of that new writing. By interviewing some of South Africa’s most eloquent sportsmen and women of high achievement and focusing on the “why” not the “what”, Michael has produced a work of real value. Those who aspire to follow in the steps of the greats that he interviews will begin to realise that there is more to success in sport than simply the daily practice of a physical task. Only when the brain is also fully activated is there a chance that the athlete will be good enough to challenge the world.

I do hope that his book will be widely read so that more South Africans can begin to understand how complex it is to produce champion athletes. The future of sport is in intellectualism as the stories of each of the athletes that he interviews so clearly shows. The days of the dumb coach or athlete being successful are numbered. The athletes and coaches that he interviews are sophisticated, intelligent, passionate and highly motivated individuals who would succeed in any task they might have chosen.

That perhaps is the hidden message of the book. It is an important message for South African sport.

I found Michael's book to be an enjoyable read and in addition I have taken a series of quotations from the book. Those quotations are very helpful for some of my talks. Congratulations on writing an excellent book.

Well done for having the courage, passion and discipline to produce what you have done.

Professor Tim Noakes