cover image There’s No Plan B for Your A Game: Be the Best in the World at What You Do

There’s No Plan B for Your A Game: Be the Best in the World at What You Do

Bo Eason. St. Martin’s, $26.99 (272p) ISBN 978-1-2502-1082-1

In this spirited debut memoir, retired NFL player Eason (Runt of the Litter) explains his intensely singled-minded approach to becoming a world-class athlete and, following a career-ending knee injury, a successful playwright and actor. Eason grew up in a family of overachievers who ran a ranch in Northern California, with supportive and encouraging parents dedicated to helping their children realize their dreams. His early experiences taught him that what determines who will “be the best in the world” is not related to talent but to “declaration,” “preparation,” “acceleration,” and “domination.” Anyone, writes Eason, with the audacity to make a declaration to be the best in the world, and the willingness to put in the 20 years he believes are a requirement to succeed, can dominate their field. He offers specific methods for achievement—such as making commitments, eliminating distractions, and redesigning one’s environment—that he illustrates with varying effectiveness through his own experiences, those of his high-achieving young children, and those of his acolytes (including soccer Olympian Lauren Holiday and former Green Beret Scott Mann). Though “Action Steps” that reference the lessons of each chapter are meant to direct readers, Eason’s advice tends to be aphoristic (“Just commit to it. Make the declaration and then live it out.”) and can be hard to follow. Readers looking for direct principles for achieving goals will be inspired by Eason’s approach. (Sept.)