Olympic Gold Medal figure skater Scott Hamilton shares his eight secrets to finding happiness in the face of a life filled with challenges, difficulties, and career-canceling odds.
With never-been-told, behind-the-scenes stories from the skating world, personal challenges including testicular cancer and a brain tumor, as well as divine miracles, Olympic Gold Medal figure skater Scott Hamilton shares the secrets to his lifelong journey to find the silver (and gold) lining in the clouds of life. His life principles, fashioned into eight secrets that begin with the rote of learning to skate the figure 8, are the keys. Scott says, "Skating taught me how to be happy. I have always kept these eight as my own private, personal secrets that I practiced daily with repetition, focus, and discipline. Now I want to share them with the world."
I became a Scott Hamilton fan in the late 70's or early 80's (several years before he won Gold in the '84 Olympics) and remained so throughout his amateur and professional careers. There was just always something about him that made me cheer and smile.
I received my copy of The Great Eight right after my grandson was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis. So I took it with me to the hospital and gave it to my daughter who has also always liked him. I thought a book written by a man who has battled cancer twice (not to mention severe physical problems as a child) and then wrote a book on happiness might be just the kind of encouragement she needed. Then I ordered myself another copy but it took me awhile to get around to reading it. But I'm so glad I finally got there.
This book is a treasure. Scott shares many life-lessons that can be taken from skating and from competition. I found myself highlighting paragraphs often. Like this one:
And this one:
Whether or not you've ever been a fan of the sport of ice skating or of Scott Hamilton, I encourage you to treat yourself to an inspiring read.