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Summer Reading List: Penn State Basketball's Pat Chambers

by on May 31, 2018 1:00 PM


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Whatever your criticisms might be of Pat Chambers at any given moment, he gets credit for staying the course and not giving up. The eventual result, 26 wins and an NIT Title to show for what amounts to the culmination of his efforts so far at Penn State.

The question of course, is what happens next in a post-Tony Carr era where one of the most prolific scorers in program history is no longer in State College, off to the next level early to chase his dreams.

Can Penn State do without Carr? That question and its answer will define much of the Nittany Lions' 2018-19 season and beyond.

For Chambers, three books, among many more, have helped get the Nittany Lions to this point. So if you want to continue on with the summer reading list, here are a few suggestions from deep in the Bryce Jordan Center. Each synopsis has been taken from Good Reads.

Shoe Dog - Phil Knight

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

In 1962, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed $50 from his father and created a company with a simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his lime green Plymouth Valiant, Knight grossed $8,000 his first year. Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion. In an age of startups, Nike is the ne plus ultra of all startups, and the swoosh has become a revolutionary, globe-spanning icon, one of the most ubiquitous and recognizable symbols in the world today.

Mindset - Carol Dweck

After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset — those who believe that abilities are fixed — are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset — those who believe that abilities can be developed. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment.

In this edition, Dweck offers new insights into her now famous and broadly embraced concept. She introduces a phenomenon she calls false growth mindset and guides people toward adopting a deeper, truer growth mindset. She also expands the mindset concept beyond the individual, applying it to the cultures of groups and organizations. With the right mindset, you can motivate those you lead, teach, and love — to transform their lives and your own.

The Obstacle Is the Way - Ryan Holiday

We are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it needn’t be this way. There is a formula for success that’s been followed by the icons of history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—a formula that let them turn obstacles into opportunities. Faced with impossible situations, they found the astounding triumphs we all seek.

These men and women were not exceptionally brilliant, lucky, or gifted. Their success came from timeless philosophical principles laid down by a Roman emperor who struggled to articulate a method for excellence in any and all situations.

This book reveals that formula for the first time—and shows us how we can turn our own adversity into advantage.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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