Monday, May 30, 2011

Review: A Game of Character

(From the back of the book.) Growing up in the modest Robinson household on the Southside of Chicago, Craig and his little sister, Michelle, were taught the values of education and hard work, and the importance of reaching far beyond what even seemed possible. These lessons of character were fundamental in shaping Craig Robinson's own remarkable journey: from his days playing street basketball while excelling academically, choosing to attend Princeton University despite the lack of a scholarship program, to giving up a lucrative business career in finance to do what he loves, coaching kids in basketball and life. He has helped transform three struggling teams -- at Northwestern, at Brown, and now at Oregon State University. In A Game of Character, Robinson shares moving stories from his childhood and coaching career that illustrate the importance of living your life with conviction, learning the game and not just the position, harnessing energy and seizing momentum, and more of the winning of rules of conduct that are part of his playbook for success.

I had mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I really enjoyed reading childhood stories and anecdotes of Mr. Robinson and his sister, First Lady, Michelle Obama. The foundations and values learned in their childhood contributed in an immense way to their success as adults. On the other hand, Robinson uses his love of basketball, which is both is passion and career, to emphasize some of the main points in his book. I'm in no way a basketball oriented person so I feel as if I didn't appreciate those metaphors as much as the author probably intended. 

Its definitely a heartfelt read in which Robinson lays out his philosophy on life and love.

Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book for review by the author and TLC Tours. The thoughts and opinions in this post are my own.