As I heaved and mounted my backpack onto my shoulders, while making my way out of class and into my university's library, earlier today -- I pulled out my Mac and began to search for sports books, simply for consumption purposes.
And by search, I don't mean in a feverish manner. I was seeking a book for the plain purpose of enhancing my knowledge in either baseball, basketball, football -- a tad bit more.
Before I move forward, I must confess: I’ve never considered myself to be an avid reader. I don’t have an exact count, but throughout my 22 years of life, I’ve purchased approximately 10 to 15 books -- having only read two in its entirety, and most of them having been open once or twice since its acquisition.
Now, back to my anecdote.
I had been scrolling through several sports-related books in about six minutes or so, up until I came across ‘Work on Your Game.’ Although I love playing sports as much as I enjoy watching sporting events, I never once played on a team -- nor at school or on an organized league. Despite residing right across my high school, I always belittled the same processes that led to your retirement as a professional basketball player -- as noted in the intro section of your book.
As you can possibly already denote, we possess some of the similarities, as described in your book. I am a 22 year-old college senior, vying for his marketing degree.
The purpose of this message/email, however, is not to iterate a synopsis about my college experience. The only sector that is important for you to know is that I’m in good educational standing and will be walking this coming May.
As I encountered your book, I instantly knew I had to give it a chance. Obviously, I had no clue about the book, nor about yourself -- which means that I’ve only known about you for about a couple of hours.
As I try to find my to the table of contents, expecting to encounter in-depth analysis about the game of basketball, I commence noticing a trend regarding personal improvement -- such as ‘Eliminate Self-Consciousness And Performance Anxiety, Forever’ and ‘Selling Yourself.’
As of right now, I’m midway through Chapter 1 of your book, and decided I needed to come and personally thank you for taking the chance to assort your life experiences and success framework on this exceptional piece of work.
I was touched by your anecdote regarding your post-grad conversation you had with both of your parents about your intentions to live out your dreams as a professional basketball player. As someone who shares an entrepreneurial mindset myself, I plan on having that same conversation with my parents, which I know will be tough.
- Irvin Morales