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Wake Up Happy Audiobook

Wake Up Happy: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide to Transforming Your Life

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2015 Michael Strahan. All rights reserved. (P)2015 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Megan 12-07-15
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    "Great book!"

    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.

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    Marion Marine 10-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    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!

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    karlawithaknet 02-08-16

    I'm a Life Long Learner, who is in constant personal transformational mode, trying to HEAL from years of miseducation and Willie Lynchism.

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    "I like Mike!"
    Where does Wake Up Happy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Wake Up Happy to and why?

    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.


    What does Michael Strahan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I took it with me and listened on my iPhone, as well as on my Macbook Pro.


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    Hummingbird WA & CA 09-27-16
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    "Fluff without a lot of meat"

    Had heard an interview on radio and decided to buy it. However couldn't even finish it. Can I get my credit back? So sorry for the negative review but just didn't give many tools or enough inspiring stories. Wanted to feel myself cheering for him and be inspired but fell flat.

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    Yolanda 07-01-16
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    "What a great read!!"

    Michael tells his inspiring story so vividly and clear. His insight is uplifting and thought provoking.

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    N. Felipe Charlotte, NC United States 06-15-16
    N. Felipe Charlotte, NC United States 06-15-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Excellent and Funny!!"

    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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    Torrie 04-06-16
    Torrie 04-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Such an entertaining book. "

    I loved this book! I was so impressed by Michael Strahan. Definitely a must read.

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    Amazon Customer 03-28-16 Member Since 2014
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    "great read. Lots of fun and very motivational."

    nothing new but all good. funny and touching. good read for someone seeking more motivation.

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    Lauren Westminster, CA, United States 03-28-16
    Lauren Westminster, CA, United States 03-28-16 Member Since 2015

    When I need an escape and cannot openly read a book, I whip out my headphones and press play on my Audible app.

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    "That'll do, Strahan"
    Where does Wake Up Happy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved this audiobook, it's definitely top 10 in the self-help genre.


    What did you like best about this story?

    He had humble beginnings, worked hard, and speaks with an effervescence and acuity that can reach anyone at any stage in his/her life. His advice stems from his friends, family, and his own experiences, lending credence to his honesty and infallibility.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    The epilogue chapter on love was especially honest and something I could identify with.


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    H. Brat 03-23-16
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Wake Up Happy to be better than the print version?

    Michael Strahan's book is very inspirational. His positive outlook in life and his life advice is something that every person can use. My two teenage son's are listening to this book right now and I hope they take away Michael's motivating messages of work hard, be understanding, try to do what is right, move forward and think positive. I like that Michael is reading his own words. It makes his message even more personal.


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