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Michael Strahan spent his childhood on a military base in Europe, where community meant everything, and life, though idyllic, was different. For one, when people referenced football they meant soccer. So when Michael's father suggested he work toward a college scholarship by playing football in Texas, where tens of thousands of people show up for a weekend game, the odds were long. Yet he did, indeed, land a scholarship and from there a draft into the NFL where he scaled the league's heights, broke records, and helped his team win the Super Bowl as a result of which he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. How? By developing "Strahan's Rules"--a mix of mental discipline, positive thinking, and a sense of play. He also used the Rules to forge a successful post pro-ball career as cohost with Kelly Ripa on "Live --"a position for which he was considered the longshot--and much more.
In "Wake Up Happy, "Michael shares personal stories about how he gets and stays motivated and how readers can do the same in their quest to attain their life goals.
Here are a few of "Strahan's Rules"
1) Listen to other people, but don't take their opinions for fact. Have your own experiences. Draw your own conclusions.
2) You can't change other people but you can change how you act around them. Usually, that's more than enough.
3) Don't pre-judge. Help can--and will--come from the most unexpected places. Be open to everything around you.
Inspiring and chock full of advice that will help the reader make significant strides toward pursuing his or her dream, "Wake Up Happy" is a book no one, young or old, male or female will want to miss.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-09-14
- Reviewer: Staff
Former New York Giants football star and current TV host Strahan, with support from writer Chambers, goes beyond psychobabble in this practical pep talk about creating a winning attitude to solve the puzzle of life and achieve any goal. Strahan, the youngest of six children, was raised on a German army base, where he learned his familys values of pride, hard work, and problem solving. He employed these effectively to stand out from the football squad at Texas Southern University before being drafted by the Giants in 1993. His upbeat message sounds a bit familiar, but he throws off the celebrity image when he praises fatherhood, responsibility, achievement, paying attention to detail, mental toughness, and just showing up for life. Strahan, a truly nice guy, never dishes the dirt on his former teammates, cohost Kelly Ripa, or his ex-wives, avoiding anything resembling tabloid fodder. His comments about motivation are not the stale Dale Carnegie variety, but instead new and updated streamlined solutions for a hectic modern world. Agent: Eric Simonoff, WME. (Oct.)