I am not a fan of football or any sport for that matter. The rules of the game fly over my head, and by the time I did learn the rules, the game would be over. Besides, I would only sit and ask question after question which would lead to more questions. I would drive my husband and me crazy. However, a book by a football player would be a must read IF that football player happens to be Michael Strahan.
don’t didn’t know how great of a football player Michael Strahan is (was?), but I do know he seems to be a great guy. And that great guy with the unforgettable ear to ear smile makes me laugh with his genuine happy and positive attitude. I loved watching Live! with Kelly and Michael just to see him. For me, he made the show, and I looked forward to watching it every day. Now that he’s not there, I don’t watch it.
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When he was on Good Morning America last year talking about his upcoming book, Wake Up Happy*, I had to have the book. I had to see what made Michael Strahan so happy and motivated to strive to make the accomplishments he has made, is making, and continues to make. I needed, just needed, to know his secrets.
Now I know them. And I am so happy (pun intended) to know them. His candid retelling of his childhood experiences, football challenges (he was like me about football and the rules), personal life, and how he tackled it all made me hungry for my life. It has made me look at my challenges at a different angle, and that I can tackle my obstacles with more fierce and determination. I am changing my routines and outlook on life, and look forward to each day in a different way.
The appendix has a summary of his 18 Strahan Rules as well as a suggested reading list. All the books seem interesting, but there are five of them that are now on my reading list. Out of five stars, I give it a 5.
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Taken from the Amazon website:
“From America’s favorite football player turned morning talk show host—a man who makes just about everything look easy—a mélange of stories and motivational advice to inspire the reader to turn up the heat and go from good to great in pursuit of their personal ambitions.
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.“
From the Amazon website:
“NFL legend Michael Strahan made his name on the football field, setting the record for single season sacks in 2001 and being inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014, but his star has shined brighter and for longer than his 216 history-making games with the New York Giants, which included a win at Super Bowl XLII. In 2008, he joined the Fox NFL Sunday pregame show as a commentator, and in 2012, he beat a competitive roster of candidates to replace Regis Philbin as co-host of the wildly popular Live! with Kelly & Michael. In April 2014, he joined Good Morning America as a special cohost, and Barbara Walters selected him as one of her 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014.”