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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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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (April 14, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1507855788
  • ISBN-13: 978-1507855782
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,598,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hoop Dreams Fulfilled" is a shockingly honest and remarkably transparent reflection on a young man's journey toward achieving, living, and ultimately failing at fulfilling his childhood dreams. It is a story not about basketball but about the very human experience of pain, suffering, joy, happiness, loss, redemption, desire, and tenacity.

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!
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Hoop Dreams Fulfilled was a great read. The "basketball life" is a metaphor for "real life". Tyson chronicles his basketball life in a way that pulls you in and keep you reading and wanting to learn more. The lessons Tyson learned along the way are some of the same lessons we all learn, no matter what path we travel down. The book is basketball centric but the reader will appreciate Tyson's ups and downs and will easily be able to relate to them through their own frame of reference.

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.
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This book was as real and raw as it can get! I felt like I was right there on this journey with Tyson. It was an amazing read that I didn't want to end! I highly recommend this book to any person young or old that wants to become motivated by Tyson's pure determination, heart and drive to set a goal and do whatever it takes to make it happen. Tyson is a great example of how a person's internal motivation, hard work, blood, sweat and tears can succeed in the end! Well done Tyson!
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What a fascinating adventure of a life of an athlete as he goes through the trials and tribulations of becoming a professional basketball player! And it's all true!
A great book for a young adult, high school-college athlete, as well as parents of athletes. There are lessons in it for all.
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For the author to share his personal experience with the reader takes courage and passion.

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.
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I've recently read the book Hoop Dreams Fulfilled: An Athlete's Failures and Redemption on His Journey to Professional Basketball by Tyson Hartnett. Take a few minutes to read the review below, watch the trailer and check out Tyson's website. Any athlete who has felt that all odds were against them will be able to relate.

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.
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