Wake Up Happy: Rule No. 16

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Michael Strahan, Pro Football Hall of Famer / New York Giants - The Players' Tribune

Rule No. 16: Dreams don’t work unless you do.

 

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If you’ve read some of the other rules and haven’t picked up on the “you have to work” theme yet, you’re just never going to get it.

It took a lot of grinding to live my NFL dreams. And when I left the NFL and started my TV career, it took even more work. I didn’t just get good at TV because I played in the NFL.

But I did get kind of lucky in that the TV process is a lot like football. It’s about discipline. It’s about hard work and long hours. It’s sitting down and watching film and studying yourself and self-evaluating. Tempo. Feel. It’s a constant process.

Even now, it’s a study. I am constantly paying attention to how Kelly asks questions — how Terry, Howie and Jimmy emphasize their words. The work and the learning never stops.

Those are just the things I have to do to keep making my dreams work, but my dreams only work as long as I put in the work.

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Michael Strahan is a Pro Football Hall of Famer who is the co-host of LIVE with Kelly and Michael, a FOX NFL Sunday Analyst and a special co-host of Good Morning America. His book, Wake Up Happy​: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide To Transforming Your Life, is available for pre-order now and hits stores October 13. Learn more at wakeuphappy.com.

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