June Booklist

Steph CurryGolden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry

For anyone that knows me, basketball has always been one of my greatest loves. I truly appreciate the beauty, as well as the history that makes up the sport; from College to the NBA. With that being said, I like to keep myself informed about everyone who plays the game.

It is safe say, in this generation of players, there has not been a player in the NBA that has had a better few years than Steph Curry.  Both on and off the court, in a relatively short period of time, he has gone from a pretty good, nice player, to one the best and most respected in the game. This book takes the reader behind the scenes of his family life and work ethic to show what goes into keeping one of the best players in the NBA on the path to greatness. And, just in time for the Finals to start. I cannot wait to start this book.

Make Your Bed

In 2014 when I graduated with my undergrad, for some reason, I was very interested in watching commencement speeches. Maybe it had to do with going through the process of graduation myself, or the fact that I was heading into a new part of my life. I suppose, hearing all of the uplifting speeches gave me a sense of optimism and hope for my future. Sitting through my own commencement speech, as well as listening to others, came together to give me a new outlook.

One of the more interesting commencement talks that I came across was one at UT Austin by Admiral William H. McRaven, Chancellor of the University of Texas System. I watched many such speeches that summer, but this one was probably the most unique one of the only ones that I recall going viral. In the speech, the Admiral gives ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome any obstacle in his life; the most important of those being the idea of “making your bed.” He said that if you make your bed every morning, you will have your first accomplishment of the day giving you a sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do other tasks throughout the day with efficiency and diligence. I would definitely recommend watching his speech. I will include a link to the video in addition to the book.

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Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

When I found out that Sheryl Sandberg put out a book about overcoming obstacles in life and turning them into positives, I was immediately interested. For those who don’t know who Sheryl Sandberg is, she is the COO of Facebook and the author of Lean In.

A couple of years ago she experienced the sudden death of her husband while on vacation which crushed her and her family.  Since then, she has talked about this terrible loss, and how difficult it has been to make it through. I assume the book dives deeper into this. I am interested to see how rebounding can be possible under such devastating events.

I hope you find one of these books intriguing enough to read. Let me know if you have any opinions on these, or if you have any suggestions of books I can add to my July reading list.

Thank you for reading!

-Todd

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