Mike is an active writer and contributor to various business, management and leadership publications, in addition to being the founder, editor and publisher of a 28-page print magazine called Winning the Web. He is a published author of the critically-acclaimed book The Greatness Gap, and is working on other books following the success of his first one.
The Foreword was written by Lou Holtz and a portion of the gross proceeds go to Camp Erin.
So, how does it stack up against other books? Read the reviews:
Here’s what the highly-acclaimed Midwest Book Review had to say about it (rated 5 out of 5 stars):
Good to great is a bigger jump than one knows. “The Greatness Gap: Personal Strategies to Boost Your Professional Potential” is a guide from Mike Sprouse, as he advises readers on how to further themselves professionally, as he offers a good deal of thought and wisdom on it all, telling readers what is expected of a successful business person and how to mold oneself into that and more. From daily preparation, thinking successfully, and closing the gap of mediocrity, “The Greatness Gap” is quite the read to be considered.
Here’s what one notable book reviewer had to say about it:
The Greatness Gap provides readers with an illuminating blueprint for reaching one’s full potential with its insights and sage advice presented in a straightforward style that can easily be read in one sitting. This book definitely belongs on every businessperson’s bookshelf. — Norm Goldman, Bookpleasures.com
Here’s another review from Kirkus:
Former tennis pro Sprouse coaches readers on how to achieve their potential.
Sprouse’s self-help book relates the story of his challenges growing up, maturing and forging two successful careers (first as a tennis pro and then as a marketing practitioner), using his experiences as teaching points for the reader. At the end of each short chapter about a particular time in his life, Sprouse includes a Coach’s Challenge that encourages the reader to think expansively about what the author has discovered and how to apply it to his or her life. For example, in a chapter entitled “Realizing That Misguided Passions Are Still Valuable,” Sprouse tells the story of choosing accounting as his major in college because he was good at numbers, but realizing he wasn’t passionate about the subject. He learns this lesson after an interview for a summer internship that didn’t get him excited. Sprouse writes, “I failed myself that day, and it was the best thing to happen to me. It helped me realize the difference between being ‘decent’ at something with a little passion and trudging through every day, and being ‘great’ at something with tons of passion and embracing every day.” In the Coach’s Challenge, Sprouse asks the reader, “What have you been good at, yet were surprised about being good? Or, have there been things you’ve been good (not great) at but NOT passionate about? Now think about those elements that caused you to have some success, but left you devoid of passion. Those very specific items you can list DO mean something. For me, it was the numbers and analytics in accounting—but not accounting as a discipline. What about you?” Every chapter is a little pearl of wisdom like this one, an inspirational moment that should provide self-reflection and help the reader jump the gap to greatness. Sprouse is plainspoken but a pleasure to read. The book includes autobiographical glimpses of the author, replete with self-effacing humor, woven together with sound counsel that could have a measurable impact on the reader’s attitude toward life. And the forward was written by legendary Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz. A well-constructed, engaging call to action.
COMING SOON: Mike’s second book called “Marketing Muscle”.