Each August Fredonia’s volleyball team is required to read a book and submit an essay about what they learned from it. Here are the books they can pick from:
- The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness by Jeff Olson
- Linchpin: Are you Indispensable? by Seth Godin
- Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
- The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy by Jon Gordon
- Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court by John Wooden
Wooden is one of the more popular picks, co-authored by Steve Jamison.
I think it’s popular because it’s short, simple, and easy to read. You can have the book read and the paper finished within three hours. But I hope it’s popular, too, because it’s a brilliant book.
In their essays, student-athletes often write about John Wooden teaching his players how to put their socks on. This story is legend by now–just Google “John Wooden socks.”
The story is important because according to Steve Jamison, the only thing that made John Wooden unique was that he obsessed over small details. His practice plans were written on 3×5 index cards, each minute accounted for.
The lesson is obvious: Anyone can obsess over details.
Jamison recently gave an interview about the book and the man on one of my favorite podcasts. It’s worth your time.
[PS: If you’re serious about this whole student-athlete thing, why haven’t you already read the entire list? Why would you spend any time watching Netflix if you haven’t?]