FISTITUDE READERS GUIDE - QUESTIONS
CHAPTERS 1 AND 2
- Why was Matthew discouraged?
- Discuss the meaning of this quote: “It’s hard to see where you’re going with your head down.”
- Why does the janitor shake his fist?
- How is frustration like a maze?
- How is Mark’s excitement evidence of a poor team culture?
- What is the difference between Matthew’s dad being liked and being respected?
- What is frustrating YOUR organization right now?
CHAPTERS 3 AND 4
- Does being busy really clear your mind?
- What surprises Matthew about the janitor’s knowledge?
- Why might Mathew have been the chosen one for the janitor’s lessons?
- Discuss the meaning of this quote: “everything starts with belief.”
- What is significant about the janitor’s last name?
- What does the janitor mean when he says Matthew is “treading water?”
- How is finding your passion like looking into a puddle?
- What does the pointer finger represent?
CHAPTERS 5 AND 6
- The janitor says the team’s problems are not skill or size. What are they, then?
- What question does the janitor ask his team?
- The janitor says “everything is built on relationships.” Do you agree? Explain…
- What does Matthew ask the janitor for the next morning?
- What is Matthews message to his teammates in their meeting?
CHAPTERS 7 AND 8
- Why is Matthew embarrassed that night on the bus?
- How is motivation like a shower?
- What does the janitor say “create your reality?”
- What finger is used to represent “SAY IT? Why?
- What must be replaced to make progress?
- What is surprising about Coach Carpenter’s practice plans? Why?
- What is the difference between teammates and ten million dollars?
- Why are the players given note cards?
- What is the team’s homework assignment?
CHAPTERS 9 AND 10
- During the halftime talk, what do Paul and Tommy suggest? Why?
- What is the most important part of Matthew‘s comments?
- What sabotages the team’s comeback attempt?
- What surprising statement does the janitor make to Matthew Saturday morning?
- How, according to the janitor, do you change the world?
- What lesson does the middle finger represent?
CHAPTERS 11, 12 AND 13
- What does Matthew decide to start doing?
- Why, according to the janitor, do people not hold others accountable?
- What happens at their Tuesday night game?
- What does the janitor provide at Wednesday’s practice? Why?
- What happens Friday against Walker? Why?
- What, according to the janitor, do strong teams focus on?
- Instead of employees, what should leaders recruit?
- What lesson does the ring finger represent?
CHAPTERS 14 AND 15
- What does Matthew wear to school the next day?
- What does Matthew learn about Pete’s situation?
- What happens the morning after the win over Greene County?
- What does the janitor say is “the most challenging test of your toughness?”
- The morning after beating Stapleton, who is in the gym?
- Why was Matthew hoping to see the janitor?
CHAPTERS 16, 17 AND 18
- With Dudley back, what happens at the morning shoot-around?
- What is different about Dudley’s focus and comments?
- On Monday, what does Matthew learn from Principal Meeks?
- Why is Matthew concerned about Jacob’s comments?
- What happens at the Hamilton game? Why?
- On Wednesday, who does the janitor say is the problem?
- Where, according to the janitor, is the power of every church found?
- What lesson does the pinky finger represent?
- What do the letters in FIST stand for?
CHAPTERS 19, 20 AND 21
- Instead of “rowing harder,” what does Matthew accuse his teammates of?
- What does he say big dreams require?
- What does the team agree to do every day for the rest of the year? Why?
- How is toughness illustrated?
- What does Matthew learn from Tommy?
- What makes the team’s Wednesday evening practice so sharp?
- Who speaks to the team during the 4th quarter timeout? Why?
- What behaviors lead to the Hebrews win over Roman Hills?
CHAPTERS 22, 23 AND 24
- What does Matthew wish he had handled differently after that win?
- Why does the janitor say they didn’t “get what they deserved?”
- What does the janitor say is found at the top of every hill?
- How does Matthew apply the lessons to his relationship with his dad?
- What does Paul’s role become in adulthood?
- What is ironic about how his message is received by some people?
- What is the final lesson the season provides to Matthew and his team?
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- WHICH LESSON IS MOST IMPORTANT? WHY?
- IS LEADERSHIP DETERMINED BY POSITION ONLY? HOW DOES THAT APPLY TO YOU AND THE TEAM YOU ARE CURRENTLY WORKING WITH?
- WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT QUOTE FROM THE STORY? WHY?
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