The sound of the basketball slapping the floor echoed hollowly in the gym, as I began working it playfully with my hands. Planning my next move, I locked eyes with my opponent. I noticed small beads of sweat beginning to form in the furrow between his eyebrows. My heart was pounding, and my nerves tightened in response . . . but slowly a smile formed on my lips. Here I was, 5’8” Jesse LeBeau, going one on one with basketball superstar Kevin Durant . . . and I was making him sweat! As I started to make my move on him, I briefly wondered, "How did a skinny kid from a small town in Alaska ever get the chance to do this?" Here I was, involved in the filming of the 2012 Warner Brother's basketball movie Thunderstruck, playing against the NBA scoring champion! It shouldn't have happened. I didn't fit the profile and anyone would have told you that. But I did make it, despite the odds. And here is my story . . .
Growing up as an undersized white basketball player on a remote island in Alaska, Jesse had nearly every chip stacked against him. Yet despite his size and circumstances, he managed to rise above it all and make it to the big screen in Hollywood. With only the love of the game of basketball and the tenacity to follow a dream driving him, Jesse’s persistence has led him to star in national commercials and movies with some of the most recognizable celebrities and professional athletes in the world. More importantly, he found a way to tweak the system and alter his dream and get paid to do what he loves to . . . every day! Be inspired by his story and learn the keys to successfully creating a life that is uniquely yours.
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Jesse LeBeau is an American actor, professional streetball player, author, and motivational speaker. He is also the founder of the celebrity youth program The Fab4 Takeover. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
Table of Contents• Pep Talk: "Me and Why I Wrote This Book"
• 4th Quarter: "Me and Kobe Bryant"
Looking Back: "The Rookie Draft"
• 1st Quarter: "Me and a Dream"
• 2nd Quarter: "Me and Hard Work"
• 3rd Quarter: "Me and Trials by Fire"
• Overtime: "Me and What's Happening Today"
• 2nd Overtime: "Me and Incredible People and Opportunities"
• The Locker Room: "Me and the Post-Game Reflection"
• Pre- and Post-Season Training: "More Life Lessons for Winners!"
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Written really well. It is easy to identify with Jesse as he takes you on his journey. I couldn't wait to see where the next path would lead to. Great message of have a good attitude and persevere.