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Ever wonder what it would take to turn all of your dreams into reality? In The Life You Imagine, All-Star New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter shows how you can use the same game plan that helped an eight-year-old boy who fantasized about playing baseball for the Bronx Bombers grow up and become MVP of the 2000 World Series. With the help and support of both of his parents, Derek developed a practical program that would assist him in achieving all of his personal and professional aspirations-and now he shares ...
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Overview

Ever wonder what it would take to turn all of your dreams into reality? In The Life You Imagine, All-Star New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter shows how you can use the same game plan that helped an eight-year-old boy who fantasized about playing baseball for the Bronx Bombers grow up and become MVP of the 2000 World Series. With the help and support of both of his parents, Derek developed a practical program that would assist him in achieving all of his personal and professional aspirations-and now he shares his secrets to success so that you can get closer to living your dream, too.

In this inspiring, information-packed book, Derek provides you with the ten lessons that have guided him throughout his life on and off the field, from his dream of being a gifted, hardworking athlete to his goal of becoming an active community leader. Using personal stories from his own life as a student athlete in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and as a Yankee team player, Derek writes about the simple steps that put him on course for success, including:

* Setting your goals high and finding the right role models
* Being serious but still having fun
* Challenging yourself daily and not being afraid to fail
* Surrounding yourself with a strong supporting cast

Filled with rare family photos and pictures of Derek playing for the Yankees, The Life You Imagine is an intimate look into the life of a superstar athlete — including the remarkable relationship he has with his family, what it's like to play with the Yankees, and how he's used his baseball celebrity to found the Turn 2 Foundation, a drug and alcohol prevention program for kids.
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Bookseller ReviewsAlthough the argument that this New York Yankee mainstay is the greatest shortstop who has ever lived doesn't play well in Boston, Derek Jeter is an undisputed star. He bats, fields, and runs like a champion. In fact, in his mind, the New Jersey native has always seemed destined for pinstripe prominence: When his eighth grade classmates adjudged him "most likely to play shortstop for the New York Yankees," they were only echoing his own dreams. This illustrated autobiography serves admirably as a self-image booster for kids for Jeter's soft-spoken seriousness an steady work make him a fine role model. Not just for kids: All of unsecretly yearn for three Worlds rings.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This year's most valuable player on the All-Star team and a shortstop for the New York Yankees, Jeter would seem to have the perfect life. His skills on the field are stellar, and he's already been compared to some of baseball's most legendary players. Teammates and fans respect and adore him. In this affable volume, Jeter, who says he hopes he can set a good example for young people, shares some of his personal history as he outlines the 10 principles that led to his success. Jeter's life was not always idyllic: his mother is white and his father African-American, and they, along with Jeter and his sister, Sharlee, endured slurs and taunts while growing up. Yet Jeter clearly found a bulwark of affection in his parents, who set high standards for him and refused to let him stint on his academic work even as they wholeheartedly supported his athletic pursuits. (In fact, Jeter and his sister had to sign contracts spelling out the daily chores and other work they were expected to do.) Among the lessons his parents helped Jeter learn: set high goals, don't be afraid to fail, find role models and think before you act. For example, in the chapter "Have a Strong Supporting Cast," Jeter discusses the importance of selecting friends who encourage your ambitions and provide frank criticism of your mistakes; he offers many anecdotes of his own friends, including manager Joe Torre and his high school sweetheart, Marisa Novara. Jeter and Curry, a sports reporter for the New York Times, clearly assume the audience for this book will be teenagers who are looking to emulate Jeter's success. In fact, Jeter's story and his genuine concern with "being the best" and "doing the right thing" should motivate readers of all ages. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Readers recognize Derek Jeter as the talented Yankee shortstop and popular teenage heartthrob, but they might not have thought him capable of writing such an inspiring book for teens and adults. One of the main messages in this autobiographical/motivational book is that dreams can become realities through working hard, keeping a positive attitude, having strong role models, and using good judgment in potential problem situations (such as those involving parties, drugs, and alcohol). Jeter, who is biracial, shows how his life's lessons can be applied to the reader's life. Jeter's parents had high expectations for their son, who dreamed of being a Yankee since he was a child. He has an astounding respect for his parents, his sister, and his grandparents. He includes his actual eighth-grade report card (all As) as well as a signed contract with his parents showing his year's goals and behavior requirements. A fourteen-year-old friend suggested to this reviewer that this book would be an excellent resource for parents seeking suggestions for raising teens. Derek offers anecdotes about many famous players to illustrate the quality of their characters and the lessons they taught him, a sure treat for sports fans. The book, written with New York Times sports writer Curry, can be repetitious, but it does not hurt to read some thoughts several times. There are many vibrant color photos of Jeter and his family. This book will be an excellent choice for students assigned to read a biography. Jeter's determination and maturity represent all that is best in professional sports today. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P M J S (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined asgrades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000, Crown, 304p, Photos. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Carol Buchanan VOYA, February 2001 (Vol. 23, No.6)
Library Journal
With the assistance of New York Times baseball columnist and reporter Curry, New York Yankee shortstop Jeter has written a book outlining ten practical steps, which the athlete used to fulfill his dream of playing baseball in the major leagues. The ten principles, which reflect the author's journey as an athlete, are based on input from family members, whom he credits for his success. These fundamental lessons include hard work, perseverance, respect for authority, finding the best role models, setting high goals, and maintaining a sense of humor. Jeter's personal account of how he ultimately achieved the life he had imagined as a child (including playing in the World Series) offers sound advice for readers of all ages. Complete with numerous photos, this autobiography offers a common-sense approach to setting and reaching your goals. Buy where the demand warrants it.--Larry R. Little, Penticton P.L., BC Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780609607862
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Derek Jeter is the starting shortstop for the New York Yankees and the founder of the Turn 2 Foundation. He divides his time between Tampa, Florida, and New York City.
Jack Curry is a baseball columnist and reporter for The New York Times. He lives with his wife in New Jersey.

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I was about eight years old as I walked along our thick carpet, past the pictures of my grandparents on the hallway walls and into my parents' bedroom. I announced that I was going to play for the Yankees. They were already in their pajamas, but they patiently listened to what their skinny son with the wavy brown hair and green eyes had said, and then told me the type of thing I was aching to hear. They told me that I could do anything I wanted in life if I worked hard enough and stayed dedicated to it, which was like offering me season tickets. Forget about lounging in the box seats, because, in my mind, I was heading straight for the dugout. Before I was nine years old.

My parents could have gently put me off and told me to go to sleep that night, but instead were receptive to my dream and talked about what it would take to achieve such a difficult goal. They sat me on the edge of the bed and told me that if I was serious about being a professional baseball player, I had to realize I wouldn't just be competing against players from Kalamazoo or from Michigan, but against players from all over the world. Everyone in the Westwood Little League where I played wanted to be a major leaguer, my mother and father emphasized. The competition to be good enough to make it to the majors will be ferocious, they told me. But I didn't blink. I didn't focus on that right away. I had a dream and I was ecstatic, because they didn't say it couldn't be done — just that it would be tough to accomplish this goal.

I used to imitate announcers doing play-by-play, with me as the star, of course. "Deep to left," I'd bellow, "and that ball is gone! Jeter has done itagain!" I probably weighed 70 pounds with two rolls of quarters in my pockets when I was eight, so the idea of me hitting a ball 420 feet someday was just a dream. When all of my questions about being a Yankee were exhausted that night, my parents told me it was time to go to sleep. I went to bed, clinging to the blanket and to my dream. My dream remained with me, from the time I was eight until the time I was 18, and it stays with me now. It never left. It got stronger. It kept pushing me to get exactly where I am today.

I think we should all set goals in life and set them high. I did that, and my parents encouraged me to do it, which is one of the main reasons I am where I am today. I had a vision about playing baseball, and my parents used that positive vision to establish guidelines that would enable me to grow as a person while I pursued my dream. From setting high goals to dealing with growing pains, to surrounding myself with trustworthy friends, to understanding that the world can be an unfair place, to obeying and loving my parents, to thinking before I acted, I was learning about life while I was yearning to be a Yankee.

But it all starts with setting goals — we all need them. Whether your goal is to play for the Yankees or to win the pie-eating contest at summer camp, goals are what motivate us to do better. My ultimate dream was to play major-league baseball, but I had smaller goals along the way. No matter how elated I was on that night in my parents' bedroom, I wasn't going to be a major leaguer at the age of nine. I chased my dream through smaller goals. Making the Little League All-Star Team, starting on the high school varsity as a freshman, making all-district, making all-state, and so on, until I eventually wound up at shortstop for the Yankees. But, believe me, there were dozens, even hundreds, of small goals that led me to the point where I finally became a Yankee.

We all have to start somewhere. Think about it. What do you love to do? What are you good at? What is something you would like to do for the rest of your life? These are important and serious questions, questions that you might not feel like answering before you graduate from high school. Some people even get to college, or after, and still can't answer them. But you really should think about them as soon as possible, because when you find that interest, that goal that excites you like nothing else, you'll want to open your bedroom window and yell it to anyone with ears: Guess what I'm going to do with my life!

A feeling will envelop you and you'll treat that goal like it is the most important thing in the world, acting the same passionate way I used to act about baseball. No matter who asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I told them I was going to play baseball and I was going to play for the Yankees. I was so confident in my abilities and so consumed with my dream that I wanted to shout out my intentions.

If you don't set goals, you're not going to have dreams, either. The goals are the achievements along the way to get you to your dreams. Dreams don't just happen, and you're not going to make your pursuit easier by being lazy about it. The longer you wait to decide what you want to do, the more time you're wasting. It's up to you to want to do something so badly that your passion shows in your actions. Your actions, not your words, will do the shouting for you. People will see how devoted and prepared you are as the captain of the debate team, and they might say, "One day, that kid is going to be a great lawyer."

Once you've set goals and pondered what kind of dream you want those goals to lead to, it's extremely helpful to have someone who can support you. It might be your parents, a sibling, a teacher, or a friend, but we all need somebody who is going to be there to prop us up when things aren't going well and to keep us levelheaded when things are going very well. My parents provided this for me.

Copyright 2001 by Derek Jeter with Jack Curry
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2002

    Perfect

    This book was so awe inspiring! I couldn't put it down. I would recommend it to anyone. It is a book for any type of person. Jeter is not just a great baseball player. He is a wonderful human being and writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2002

    Derek Jeter

    Derek Jeter is more than just a great shortstop and World Champion. He's an inspiration to millions of kids. This book is an insightful look into Jeter's life and how he got to where he is today. I especially liked the stories about him, Tino Martinez, and David Cone that he used to illustrate some important points about life, no matter what your profession. This book taught me how to follow your dreams and stick them. Also I think it would be hard growing up when your parents were birational. This book was the best biography I ever read in my life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2001

    What A Wonderful Book!!

    When I first read this book I thought it was the best book I have ever read. I couldn't put it down! He is such a great role model. I felt like he was right there giving me the lessons he mentions throughout the whole book. I can't wait until his new book Game Day is released!! Go Yankees!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2001

    The best book to learn how to achieve your goals

    This is the best book. Derek Jeter is a great author. I hope he writes many more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2001

    Mr. Jeter's Emotional Advice for Achieving One's Dreams and Goals

    I'm already in the middle of Chapter 5 about not beiing afraid to to or make a mistake. Every word, every emotion, every pain, joy and expression. What can I say, it was though he was talking to me personally and it gave time to look at myself and how I've been treating friends family and myself. Mr. Jeter has done a lot of soul searching himself in order to get himself together. He's had made serveral sacrifices to get to where he's at, I'm glad to hear that he show emotion by crying or talking to his parents if needed a shoulder to cry on. He's a remarkable young man.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2001

    Even if you aren't are Jeter fan get this book!

    This book is great! I didn't like Jeter that much before I read this book but know he is one of my favorite players. It's a mix of a biography and how to acheive your goals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2001

    Insightful and inspirational...Must Read!!

    This book is wonderful for people of all ages and dreams. Jeter gives us real life examples and easy tips on how to be successful. This book is easy to read and honestly, I could not put it down. It is motivational and very inspiring. I read it, my dad read it, and I even shared some of it with my softball teammates and coaches. They loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2001

    Derek

    This book is such an inspiring book. For all the young teens, like myself who like Derek, this puts him in a terrific perspective. This book was so good, even my mom read it. When you first start it, you can't put it down because his life wasn't the best, but they made it be. I loved Derek for his looks and baseball ability, but after this book I like him even more for the person his is and wants to be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2001

    An Inspiring book for baseball fanatics

    I chose to read this book because of my great interest in baseball and Derek Jeter. Derek Jeter is my role moddel for baseball because of his humble beginnings in baseball and kids. This is a book for anyone that enjoys the awesome game of baseball. If you read this book it will definitly make you want to read more book on Derek Jeter and the Yankees. I hope you will find this book as inspiring as I did when I read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2001

    great book

    This is the best book ever. I personally am a jeter fan but even if i wasnt i would have like this book because it does have lots of lessons on how to achieve your dreams/goals. No matter what age you are you will love this book so much yu will not be able to put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2001

    Dreams Do Really Come True

    As a 17 year old, I know it is pretty pathetic, but I don't really enjoy reading novels too much. However, when I bought this book and began to read it, I honestly could not put it down!! The Life You Imagine: Life Lessons for Achieving Your Dreams, is an extremely inspirational and motivational book. I thought it would mainly focus on the younger group of kids in the society, but I could especially relate to his stories pertaining to high school. It was really interesting reading about someone who is so famous and being able to actually relate to them in some ways or another. I would recommend this book for kids and adults of all ages! Even if you aren't a Yankee fan or a Derek Jeter fan, you will get something amazing and extremely positive and helpful out of it! Never give up on your dreams! I know not to do that now and because of this book I've realized anything is possible. Derek Jeter is an example of it. GO YANKEES:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2001

    Wow! What a terrific book!

    Derek Jeter is my favorite baseball player. I think he has a wonderful attitude toward the game.He is the star of the Yankees and the star of baseball! This book is excellent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2000

    Just Read The Book

    Man This book is awsome you got to read this book. This book is cool and funny he's my role modal

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2000

    Excellent!!

    When I first heard that Derek Jeter wrote a book, I was very excited to read it. He is one of my role models because he had a dream in life, to play shortstop for the Yankees, and he made that dream come true. Even coming close to that goal would be unreal, but he is living his dream. To me, that is incredible. Therefore, I look up to him. In this book, which kept my complete attention throughout, Jeter describes the steps that he took to be where he is today, and not all of them were easy. He attributes most of his success to his family for supporting his every move. I think that is very loyal and respectable, especially for such a successful athlete. I have recommended this book to many peopel since I have finished reading it and will continue to do so. If you are looking for some inspiration or simply a good book to read, this is the one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2000

    Much More Than Baseball

    I have had growing respect for Derek Jeter as a person and an athlete since I first heard of him four years ago. His book raises that level of respect even higher. I am impressed with his honesty and openness. No matter what your goals and dreams are in life,no matter if you are young or maybe just young at heart, you will find encouragement and inspiration through Derek telling his own story. Reading his simple truths gives you a feeling of sitting down and having a conversation with him... very refreshing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2000

    You won't put it down

    I think that Jeter has put a lot of thought and effort into writing this book. He is the ultimate proof that if you really want something, all you have to do is believe in your dream, set your goals, and work hard to make that dream come true! Thanks for making me believe too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2000

    IF YOU ARE A JETER OR YANKS FAN YOU HAVE TO GET THIS BOOK!!!!!

    I bought this book when I was in New York and read it on the plane back to San Francisco that was a 6 Hour flight I could not put it down This book is not just for kids but for everyone. After reading his book makes me have more respect for him.....

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