"You can lead others up the steps to where they need to go and maybe help open the door. But it's up to the individual to walk through it. Or not."
Craig Robinson is the basketball coach of Oregon State University. He credits his success in coaching, and in life, with the way his parents raised him and his sister. The self-esteem instilled in them by their parents allowed them to take risks that led to great success. Craig depended on the character instilled in him to get him from the south side of Chicago to Mount Carmel Academy and then to get him through Princeton. At Princeton, Craig Robinson suffered a setback when his first report card showed extremely low grades, including an F. Craig was ready to give up but his parents, especially his dad, helped him call on the character traits they'd worked on his whole life; "self-esteem, enthusiasm, conviction, relentlessness, diligence" to pull himself together in order to play basketball and graduate. Craig went on to start a family where he hoped to raise his children the same way. He sacrificed his love of basketball for his family and went into finance. After 10 years and a divorce, he found his way back to coaching, and the rest is history.
A Game of Character is written in a conversational style, it's like Craig Robinson is sitting here chatting with you. It's a great story of overcoming odds and setbacks and making it doing the job you love. It's easy to read and flows from one event to the next, showing not only the ups but the downs and includes pictures. Very inspiring.
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