Audie Award, Business/Educational, 2016
America's favorite football player turned morning talk show host, Michael Strahan, reads his book of motivational advice on how to turn up the heat and go from good to great in pursuit of your personal ambition.
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 long shot - and much more.
In Wake Up Happy, Michael shares personal stories about how he gets and stays motivated and how you can do the same in your quest to attain your 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 prejudge. 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 you make significant strides toward pursuing your dream, Wake Up Happy is a book no one, young or old, male or female, will want to miss.
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"This celebrity motivational audio works on a number of levels.... His stories and memorable insights - 'Strahan's Rules' - will inspire more optimism and better career/work habits in anyone who hears them." (AudioFile)
I was skeptical at first Michael being a football player and not a writer. However, I felt like he was speaking to me and for the first time will probably go by this in print so I can refer back to it. I found his life story very interesting, he is funny and doesn't take himself too seriously. I feel like I took a lot away from this book and learned several things about how to have a positive outlook in life.
Love, love, loved this book...I couldn't wait to hop in the car and hit play. A little sad that I'm done with the book because I won't get to hear his voice to start my day...I have a few other books I need to listen to and read before I listen to Wake Up Happy again...yes I will listen again!
I'm a Life Long Learner, who is in constant personal transformational mode, trying to HEAL from years of miseducation and Willie Lynchism.
Michael Strahan delivers a funny, family oriented story of his unique upbringing as a military brat, born in Germany and his assimilation into Black American culture, whether he understood it or not.As an Army brat myself, I appreciated and related to his experience and delighted in the life lessons he shared from his dad, his coaches and his life.
Shonda Rhimes book, Say Yes For a Year, provides her personal stories that help you see how different people can have such divergent experiences, yet accomplish huge goals when they adjust their thinking. Most of us need to do that, along our journey.
Michael's voice, laugh, humor and sincerity come through in his reading. It makes me want to listen over and over, without tiring of his message.
No, I took it with me and listened on my iPhone, as well as on my Macbook Pro.
I loved this peak into the life of one of the most transformative people I have seen. To hear the story behind the persona is a revelation and although the author grew up between two continents there is so much I could relate to.
I really enjoyed learning about his childhood, his football career, and what drives him to do what he does.
It's great to hear Michael tell his own story.
How he addressed his childhood weight problem told me so much about him.
Michael provides a laundry list of motivational speakers, authors, and individuals from which he's learned key things. I need to re-listen to start assembling my own list of supplemental reading.
I highly recommend this listen. It's easy to follow and highly entertaining as well as motivational.
ARIZE Coaching & Consulting (www.arizecc.com)
This was an excellent and fun listen. I learned, laughed and loved it :) Michael Strahan is down to earth, transparent, relatable and inclusive. It was like listening to a good friend share their wisdom. I felt like family.
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