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Hoop Dreams Fulfilled: An Athlete’s Failures and Redemption on His Journey to Professional Basketball Paperback – April 14, 2015
About the Author
Tyson Hartnett was an All-American basketball player in high school and played in college at the Division 1 and Division 3 levels. After achieving his Business Management degree from Rowan University, he played professional basketball in Sweden, Argentina, and Chile. He has created a website with basketball training workouts and information entitled Basketball Training Club. He also runs an online support group for athletes called The Athlete's Corner. Tyson currently contributes to the Huffington Post, Elite Daily and Esquire Network, and has been featured in SLAM Magazine.
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This book serves not only as a testimony of an athlete's sheer sacrifice, but it also gives readers an inside glimpse into the soul and into the psychology of a human being on a mission. It is essentially a case study on human drive and motivation.
"Hoop Dreams Fulfilled" is a true story about the REALITY of following your dreams. This book provides a detailed, first-person account of the hardships that one is willing to endure in pursuit of a calling.
The author describes how he frequently navigated poverty, homelessness, culture shock, depression, thoughts of suicide, and the death of multiple loved ones. He also describes more uplifting stories of epic travel adventures to places like Miami, Philadelphia, New York, Argentina, Chile, and even Sweden!
Ultimately, this book left me inspired to share my own truth--the whole truth--not the fluffy BS version that looks good on paper.
In fact, the epilogue of "Hoop Dreams Fulfilled" almost made me cry. Here is an excerpt for your inspiration:
"Maybe life isn't about our successes... Maybe it's about working our ass off for something, not getting it, getting depressed and discouraged, but instead of letting that depression take over, we get back up."
That's exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you, Tyson!
For more info check out Tyson's website: http://www.hoopdreamsfulfilled.com/
Hoop Dreams Fulfilled: An Athlete's Failures and Redemption on His Journey to Professional Basketball
by Tyson Hartnett
It is impossible to read this book and ignore how your passion shaped your life. Whether you’re passionate about golf, sewing, reading, drawing, gardening, scrap booking or collecting cats, this book will resonate with you. This authentic account brings you through: Tyson the Boy, Tyson the Young Man, Tyson College Athlete, Tyson the Lost, and Tyson the Professional.
After reading this account of Tyson, I’ve come to realize 3 things about myself:
1. I wasn’t alone even when I felt some of those same feelings in my basketball career,
2. I am truly happy with the decisions I’ve made in life, and
3. I’d be lost if there was no basketball in my life.
People need to hear and be exposed to Tyson’s story. It’s great being recognized by your family and peers for something you've put your whole heart and soul into. It feels wonderful being heralded as the best. And nothing compares to the joy you feel when you know you’re on your way to achieving your goal.
But what’s the cost?
Tyson showed by committing himself to earning a D1 basketball scholarship he distanced himself from friends because many people didn’t match his work ethic. Tyson showed the other side of the coin, the business of athletics. Tyson showed the ugly truth of not living up to someone else’s expectations. Tyson showed what it’s like not being able to live up to your own expectations.
Although it was a couple years prior to Tyson, I went through many of the same basketball camps, AAU tournaments, D1 program and various agents to get contracts to play basketball overseas. I can say that Tyson’s account is more than authentic. It’s heart breaking. Reflecting on the book, Tyson had so many people in his corner to support and assist him achieve his goals, yet, he seemed utterly alone and unprepared throughout the journey.
When I was reading I couldn’t help but ask my Kindle how could his parents let all of these bad things happen to him? If Tyson were so committed, dedicated and focused, why would he do stupid things to jeopardize his progress towards being a successful basketball player?
Although Tyson didn’t say these words, the point was made loud and clear. Everyone needs balance. In fact, it was my biggest take away from reading this gripping account. I want to know where were his parents.
Overall, this book was interesting and authentic. Would I recommend this book to someone? Of course I would. Not because I feel like I know Tyson, but because his message is clear. No one is going to hand you anything in life. You need to out work the person next to you. Grab life by the horns and hold on because it’s going to be a bumpy ride. Be satisfied knowing you gave your best effort. And above all, good things happen when you work hard, bad things happen when you don’t.
While the the topic has been historically "taboo", he writes from his soul and put his story out there to open the the door for others who have experienced similar challenges as athletes.