Presents the struggles, failures, and successes of people of different backgrounds who aspired to be professional athletes and suggests ways to lay the foundation for a sports career.
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Grade 7 Up-Whether readers want to be pros in sports or pros in the game of life, this palatably preachy guide offers helpful information and inspiration. McDaniels, a professional football player who has also been successful in a variety of off-field endeavors, starts with a look back at the important decisions and moments of his own life. They reinforce his points about aiming high, developing strong character and self-discipline, and accepting disappointments along with relishing achievements. Chapters that follow give sage advice in being and looking up to role models, reaching academic success through good study habits, fostering relationship and leadership skills, managing time, and developing a healthy body. Examples of other sports figures are also given. The author stresses that an extremely small percentage of those attempting to become professional athletes ever make it and encourages readers to prepare themselves for careers outside the field. Written in an easy-going, friendly style, the book will appeal to teens interested in self-improvement. There are a few fill-in pages. Al Petitpas's Athlete's Guide to Career Planning (Human Kinetics, 1997) and Sean Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Teens (S & S, 1998) would serve as excellent companions to this volume and provide information on how to create a r?sum?.
Diane P. Tuccillo, Mesa Public Library, AZ
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Book Description Taylor Trade Publishing, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111886110778