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Hoop Dreams Fulfilled: An Athlete's Failures and Redemption on His Journey to Professional Basketball Paperback – April 14, 2015
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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!
Additionally, Tyson is pretty fearless sharing situations and challenges in life that most people will never bring to the light of day. Kudos to him for that, I am sure it was not easy. His honesty and candor will truly be a service to his reader and will aid them with their own challenges in life.
Tyson's writing style is not overly complicated and the prose is clear and succinct. Another plus. No reading between the lines. He tells it like it is. I highly recommend this his first book. I am sure it's the first of many.
A great book for a young adult, high school-college athlete, as well as parents of athletes. There are lessons in it for all.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's great to see a book out there about the human experience - much more than just a story about basketball. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stephanie Euler
So many of us can identify with Tyson's journey as it relates to our own dreams and passions, sports or otherwise. Could not put the book down until I got to the end. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Carolyn
The writing is so wonderfully clear, he draws out the context brilliantly, and does a magnificent job of pulling out major moments. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Stanley I. Thangaraj
Honestly one of the most inspiring autobiographies I've read in a while. You could feel his passion and emotion flowing through the pages of the book as it was written in a way... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rohith Amruthur
A transformational book that sheds light on the realities of a young athlete trying to go pro. So much of what Tyson shares in this book can be applied into everyday life and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Andrew Ferebee
For anyone who loves hoops at a level that nobody else can understand, this book is perfect! You really feel like you get inside the mind of an incredibly focused player who put... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Joseph Gauntlett
This book was captivating from the beginning to the end. It was hard to put down once I started it. Having had 2 sons who competed in basketball like the author, his reflections... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Vincent J. Ciecka
This is a heartfelt read from beginning to end. It follows a young man whose life is simply dedicated to one thing: basketball. And the dream of taking that skill to the NBA. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Melindafindsit
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Hoop Dreams. I think it carries an important message for youngsters who go after their dreams. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jeremy Pryce