Once upon time, his brothers and their friends called him Bob.
Yes, his name is Michael.
No, Bob isn’t an obscure, ages-old shortcut.
But a younger Strahan was a little fluffy around the edges, but didn’t realize it until one of their friends asked Michael if he knew why they called him “Bob”.
He didn’t. So this friend, Anthony, told him.
Bob stood for “Booty on Back.” Anthony informed Michael it was because he was fat.
Wow. Kids can be cruel.
In his book Wake Up Happy, Strahan shares his road to transformation from that boy with the bubble butt to NFL star…
It was followed by another reinvention after he retired from football and slid into a television career. Don’t get it twisted… This dippy slide was peppered with bumps with lessons.
But no matter what, Strahan contends it’s possible to wake up happy. He shares 18 ways to do so that are supported by lessons from his life.
Here are three that stand out most:
“Rule #1: Help can—and will—come from the most unexpected places. Be open to everything around you.”
“Rule #3: Grit, desire, and discipline are free and the only equipment you need to start just about any endeavor you’ll set out to do.”
“Rule # 12: Listen to other people, but don’t take their opinions for fact. Have your own experiences. Draw your own conclusions.”
I recommend this book because Strahan isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel with this read. He’s just sharing his man’s journey to happiness… Through bumps and bruises, pain, mistakes; and openness about the areas he still wants to improve.
Seems it might be a tad cumbersome to remember 18 different rules for navigating life, but these rules could serve as handy reminders to stay persistent if you want to do more, achieve more. It’s natural to sometimes have doubts or feel stuck in doldrums, but it’s also possible to still live smack-dab in happy’s face even while yearning and working for certain aspects of the life you desire to fall into place.