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Heart of a Student Athlete: All-Pro Advice for Competitors and Their Families Paperback – 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
We all struggle to raise our children to become happy, healthy, successful adults. We want them to do better, and have a better life, than ours. Sometimes we press to hard in trying to do the best by our children. This book gives a fresh perspective to our efforts.
Once you've read this book, give it to your child. You both will benefit.
My expertise is in the world of football, so obviously the book hit home for me with respect to the challenges that young people face, persevering through adversity, goal-setting, etc.
The current climate for college football recruiting is glorified and magnified by the coverage placed on it through the local and national media, fan websites and message boards, magazines, etc. Meanwhile, Karl's path by starting at a lower level program is actually the norm, not the exception for the vast majority of football players. There are 848 colleges and universities that play football in the U.S., yet only 120 or so of those are Division 1 programs. That means the vast majority of kids who are thinking about playing college ball are faced with many of the same decisions and obstacles that Karl dealt with during those formative years.
His story is unique yet powerful. The book flows, and it's not full of inconsistent behaviors and ideologies. It is a blue-print for success, and I am adamant that coaches, parents, and athletes take the time to read it. They'll walk away inspired, enlightened, and challenged.
Pro Football Writers of America
Mecklenburg's advice is succinct, pragmatic, and very engaging. From one story to the next, he's able to weave in his perspective on what it takes to be successful - teamwork, courage, honesty & forgiveness, dedication, desire, along with goal setting. These are his "six keys to success"; they certainly worked for him; they can also work for you or your loved ones; especially those up and coming student athletes trying to maximize their potential, while staying grounded in good, fundamental, family values.
If it sounds a little corny; big deal. This is the kind of wholesome advice kids of all ages need to follow. Mecklenburg's been through much triumph and travail over the years; his advice is quite relevent and inspiring. I'd encourage anyone to read this wonderful book and follow the instructions very closely.
You'll be glad you did.
Karl's journey from a student athlete in Minnesota to his ultimate success as an All Pro Linebacker with the Denver Broncos was not without challenges and struggles. But by sticking to his plan and the support of family and his faith, he got there.
In Heart of a Student Athlete, Karl captures what it takes for Adults to be better leaders and role models. He discusses the importance of character. And ultimately, he asks us to share this with our (children) youth to allow them recognize their passions and catch their dreams.
This is a great book for any parent, coach, teacher or leader of youth trying to inspire, motivate and promote success. Then, share the book with those you lead!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So I had the chance to see Karl Mecklenburg give one of his motivational speeches before I read this and in my opinion it has heightened the benefits this book provides. Read morePublished on February 3, 2013 by Shawn
A good student athletic career is the start of a good career of life. "Heart of a Student Athlete: All-Pro Advice for Competitors and Their Families" is a guide advocating the... Read morePublished on May 9, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
This book is very relevant for student athletes and their parents. I truly wish I would have had information like this to read when I was a student athlete. Read morePublished on November 21, 2009 by James A. Hinkle