So, You Want to Be a Pro?

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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.

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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Overview

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.

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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The son of teen-aged parents, McDaniels suffered physically and emotionally during his difficult upbringing. He wound up as a player for the National Football League. This is a compelling story, but it's not enough for a 222-page book, which is probably why it feels padded; McDaniels even includes a chapter about other athletes' success stories. So You Want to be a Pro? can't decide what it wants to be—biography? self-help course? anti-drug missive? Better organization and the trimming of mediocre details (such as sentences like "We had some of the same classes together, history and science" and "It felt good"), would have taken this book a lot further. As it stands, the first-person tale feels clumsy and disorganized. However, if kids can stick with it, motivational chapters such as "Managing Time, Managing You" and "Leadership/Peer Pressure Do's and Don'ts" could be valuable resources. 1999, Addax Publishing Group, $14.95. Ages 10 up. Reviewer: Donna Freedman
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Gr 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 Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886110779
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/9/1999
  • Pages: 223
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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