Coach G's novel plan: Earnesia Williams
Nov. 10, 2009
Every year, Texas Women's Basketball coach Gail Goestenkors hand-picks reading selections for all of her student-athletes. Goestenkors carefully connects each one to the individual, choosing books that can educate and inspire -- and impact the Longhorns on the court, and in life.
Throughout the season, TexasSports.com will visit with Goestenkors and the Longhorns to learn about the books that were read, and what everyone learned through the process.
I feel that she gave me "The Art of Influence" because she wants me to, and thinks I can, influence others through my leadership. She probably gave me "The Precious Present" because it is about making yourself happy, and since this is my last year, self-happiness is something to keep in mind.
Personally, I really liked "The Precious Present." It talked about living in the moment, and not living in your past or your future. You should always be in the present, because in a way, the present will predict your future.
I enjoyed both books, because each taught me something different. But some of the lessons were similar, and told me to take whatever I'm doing and make it fun, positive and beneficial -- have fun in practice, at games and when we're traveling!
It only took me a couple of days to read each book, but they will stay with me for a long time. I will always remember to make myself happy, because happiness is really found within yourself. Live in the present!
As a senior and as a leader, she can have influence on all those people around her -- on the court, off the court and in the community. I chose "The Art of Influence" for her because she needs to appreciate the kind of impact she can have on others.