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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Awesomeness

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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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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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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What makes Michael Strahan tick?

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I really enjoyed learning about his childhood, his football career, and what drives him to do what he does.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It's great to hear Michael tell his own story.

Which scene was your favorite?

How he addressed his childhood weight problem told me so much about him.

What did you learn from Wake Up Happy that you would use in your daily life?

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.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this listen. It's easy to follow and highly entertaining as well as motivational.

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  • Lauren
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  • 03-28-16

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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Great Book For Everyone Especially For Our Kids Today

I loved the book! This is what our Society needs today is more structure and discipline from the parents or caregivers for our children of today.

Accountability and respect are key things missing from the kids and some people today. Go back to the basics if you want something work for it instead of this self entitled Society of people today.

I like Michael had to work for whatever I wanted and it made me a better stronger person. It is hard for employers today to find people with these strong work ethics as Michael and many of us that grew up in this era have,

If you truly want something whether it be a healthy fit body or a better life you must look for it from within and WORK for it!

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What a tough, kind, cake loving, deep breathing, giant

What did you love best about Wake Up Happy?

The story was genuine, it made sense and I loved the details.

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

None. It's a class of its own.

Which scene was your favorite?

The part where he talks about Bob ( but on back)

Any additional comments?

Thanks Mr. Strahan. It was a great book.

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  • PM
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An inspirational story by a tremendous role model

Michael Strahan has been an unbelievable football player for the New York Giants. But it's his story from beyond the gridiron I found truly inspirational. It's not just your basic motivational audio book. He gives insightful, entertaining, and humorous perspective on how positive thinking has helped him become who he is and how it can make each of us a better person and reach one's goals. The delivery of his audio book sounds like he's right there with you and you can almost see his facial expressions. I enjoyed Strahan's "Wake Up Happy" audio book and highly recommend it.

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A GREAT BOOK

great book Excellente that will motivate you to be your greatest and live life to the fullest. I loved the major points He provided and his transparency in showing his fears and how he overcame them. Just Awesome. get this book and Wake Up Happy.... you will not REGRET it.

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Enjoyed the book, has some solid points

If you could sum up Wake Up Happy in three words, what would they be?

Michael uses some solid strategies on helping one transform to a better self. I enjoyed the book because he was honest, and he provided advice on his experience. He also mentioned what others tactics worked for others. I liked hearing about his past (how sometimes you have to be flexible with your path), how close he is to his family and children, his struggles with relationships, and his appetite for the future. It was a sincere reflection of his life in my opinion, and it was an easy read. Thank you.

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

Chop wood and Carry Water - its also about self transformation.

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

I enjoyed his honesty about things that he failed at, but that he never gave up. Talking about his divorce to his second wife must not have been easy at all, but he put it out there. It humanized him on so many levels. It showed that he could be vulnerable. And for someone in his status, ethnic background and culture - it was a big but profound step forward. And I can appreciate him for being a model to other men, dads and sons out there.

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

Listening to a recording of positive statements during the night to help you fall asleep and listen throughout the night. I think is is a novel idea :)

Any additional comments?

I am happy that I had an opportunity to read this book!