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Publisher's Summary

A legendary NBA player shares his remarkable story, infused with hard-earned wisdom about the journey to self-mastery from a life at the highest level of professional sports

Chris Bosh, NBA Hall of Famer, 11-time All-Star, two-time NBA champion, Olympic gold medalist, and the league’s Global Ambassador, had his playing days cut short at their prime by a freak medical condition. His extraordinary career ended not at a time of his choosing but “in a doctor’s office in the middle of the afternoon”. Forced to reckon with how to find meaning to carry forward, he found himself looking back over his path, from a teenager in Dallas who balanced basketball with the high school robotics club to the pinnacle of the NBA and beyond.

Reflecting on all he learned from a long list of basketball legends, from LeBron and Kobe to Pat Riley and Coach K, he saw that his important lessons weren’t about basketball so much as the inner game of success - right attitude, right commitment, right flow within a team. Now he shares that journey, giving us a fascinating view from the inside of what greatness feels like and what it takes, formulated as a series of letters to younger people coming up and to all wisdom seekers. A timeless gift for anyone in pursuit of excellence, Letters to a Young Athlete offers a proven path for taming your inner voice and making it your ally, through the challenges of failure and the challenges of success alike.

©2021 Chris Bosh (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"I highly recommend [Letters to a Young Athlete] if you have a kid interested in basketball or if you yourself want to know a little bit more about what it takes to become a champion in any aspect of your life.” (Rachel Nichols, ESPN) 

“Chris Bosh, one of the smartest pro athletes of my life...goes deep on so many topics.... [Letters to a Young Athlete] is so smart, so thoughtful.” (Colin Cowherd) 

“On the court, Chris Bosh was a rare superstar who put his team above himself. His book is a wise, candid look behind the scenes at what made him great and how he made others even greater. It should be required reading for up-and-coming athletes - and their parents, teachers, and coaches, too.” (Adam Grant, number one New York Times best-selling author of Think Again and host of the TED podcast WorkLife

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Not just sports!

This book offers so much great advice not only on just sports. So many of the examples given in this book carry over to any career and just life in general! Great and easy listen.

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Recommend For Young Athlete and their Parents

I wish I had the opportunity to listen to this book back when I was high school swimmer and later when I was driving any one of my three children to various athletic practices, clinics, games, etc. I had not even finished it and I have recommended it several parents of young serious athletes in our community and to our community high school. Chris Bosh's provides life lessons which are applicable to anyone, not just athletes. Why are you doing something - what is your objective(s)? Are you willing to put in the hard work to improve your craft? Chris explains the importance of broading your mind and communication skills. How your dedication to your team, your hard work, and your communication will result in your being recognized as a leader. But a successful leader needs to manage their ego and understand how to manage the highs of winning and lows of losing.

I believe that narrator Pete Larkin makes Chris's message come alive. I would listen to a chapter and then stop so that I could really think about the message that I just heard and how the message related to my children's athletic experiences. I then would think about how that message related to my athletic experiences and my subsequent work experiences.

One never needs to stop learning. Chris helped me learn more about myself and how to self assess my life moving forward.

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This should be required reading!

I'll start by saying that I'm not much of a non-fiction reader. but i listened to this book in awe. I've talked about it to everyone I've talked to even before I finished it. The themes that he emphasizes are applicable to life in general although his examples are sports (basketball) driven. I feel that i will come back to certain letters again and again!

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Well Done

Very well done. I wish someone handed this to me when I was 16 and said read it.

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It's definitely not just for young athletes

it's not just about basketball, it's about life
it doesn't matter your age or if you're an athlete or not. it makes you want be a better human being.

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great lessons and story about a great player

I like it, wonderful listen, the reader was great, the story and lessons captivating. definitely worth it.

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EVERYONE should listen to this!

I absolutely loved this listen- fantastic book from a great person who was one of the best of the best in the NBA.

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So much fun & insight

I am not a young aspiring athlete.
But i enjoyed this audiobook so much. Chris Bosh did an incredible job narrating & the Pat Riley forewarn was a perfect way to start it off.
A must listen to anyone & everyone.

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Surprised & blown away… give this book to your teenagers! And then read it yourself when they’re finished!

I picked this booking thinking it would be more biographical rather than a literal book of advice to students & student athletes (take the title literally!)

Shortly into the book, when I realised it was the latter, I ALMOST stopped listening… I’m so pleased that I didn’t. This book was full of sage advice, anecdotes and relatable stories for any person - young or old.

I learned a lot from this book and it challenged my thinking on leadership, work ethic, and mental toughness. Chris Bosh has lived a full life and has plenty of experience to draw on when he gives advice and makes his points.

Now, if only I could go back in time and give this book to my 15yo self - I think it would have been a game changer.