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Wake Up Happy

Written by: Michael Strahan,Veronica Chambers
Narrated by: Michael Strahan
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Winner of the 2016 Audie Award for Business/Personal Development

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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Not a lot of heft

As personal development books go this was light. Michael has an interesting back story and is a person of tremendous accomplishment but the system he laid out didn't really work for me. It's a system that could work for someone with Michael's unique make of qualities. Very different experience as an adolescent, tremendous physical gifts and a charisma that must have always been there. Getting these skills to the level he got them to was no small thing, but would his system translate to the average person? As well, not a lot of evidence backing up recommendations, which to be fair, is quite common with these types of books. He does cite some research but generally, it's "this is what worked for me." If you're football fan there's not a lot of pro stories, but if you interested in learning more about Michael as a person, it's for you.

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