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The Life You Imagine: Life Lessons for Achieving Your Dreams

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Publication Date: June 5, 2001 Ever wonder what it would take to turn all of your dreams into reality? In The Life You Imagine, All-Star New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter shows how you can use the same game plan that helped an eight-year-old boy who fantasized about playing baseball for the Bronx Bombers grow up and become MVP of the 2000 World Series. With the help a ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 5th 2001 by Broadway Books (first published 2000)
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Kurt Picarelli
May 15, 2010 Kurt Picarelli rated it it was amazing
This book explained the life of Derek Jeter and how he always followed his dreams. He explained how to never give up and how important it is to be close to family and friends. From reading this story, I learned how to stay focused on my dreams regardless of what happens, and that dreams are important to have. My favorite aspects of the book were the parts when it talked about Jeter’s struggles throughout life and how he overcame them such as being a very scrawny player in high school and having ...more
Andrew Marotta
Apr 21, 2013 Andrew Marotta rated it it was amazing
In the Book The Life You Imagine By Derek Jeter a biography, a story of a Young man with a big dream is told. Derek Jeter the author and main character of the book talks about life in general and gives many helpful tips on how to get through it and be more successful. Derek talks about how his life was hard in the beginning and how he fought through to get what he wanted. Derek had a dream of playing Professional Baseball and he tells us his story on how he is going to do it.
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Sean Gardocki
Jan 25, 2012 Sean Gardocki rated it really liked it
How far would you go to achieve excellence? How hard would you push yourself so that you are standing alone on top hovering over everyone knowing you earned your way here with all the hours you put into completing this goal.

Derek Jeter was just an ordinary boy who dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player one day like most kids would. But Derek wasn’t just dreaming this he strived for this, expected this. Derek was always a good baseball player his whole life. Always practicing to achie
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Eric Epstein
Apr 12, 2016 Eric Epstein rated it really liked it
I think that this book was very inspiring. Even though it was repetitive, it got the message through to really show the reader what he meant. Derek Jeter wanted to show us that he had followed his goals and had a strict plan. I like how he related a lot of the events that happened to him, to things that we can relate to. Obviously Derek Jeter is a sports star, and wrote about his career in baseball, I would recommend this book to anyone. The lessons it teaches are very important and I was able t ...more
Kristina
Jul 14, 2016 Kristina rated it really liked it
The Life you Imagine by Derek Jeter and Jack Curry is an inspiring biography about Derek Jeter and his journey of becoming a professional baseball player for the New York Yankees. Derek Jeter, from a very young age, had a dream which he transformed into a reality. Derek Jeter played 20 seasons for the NYY and is a five time World Series champion. In this biography, Derek shares memories from his childhood about his love for baseball, his earliest memories of baseball, his dream, and the impact t ...more
Max
Apr 14, 2016 Max rated it really liked it
This biography about Derek Jeter was a great book. I recently read a biography about Mariano Rivera, another Yankee legend, so when I saw this book, I had an immediate connection. In this book, Derek tells the reader his road to greatness. As you can imagine, it didn’t come easy. What I liked about this book is how Jeter focuses on how he had a vision since he was eight years old. I also like when he talks about how all of his goals growing up, were focussed on that sole dream, to play in the M ...more
4Buffo A
Apr 07, 2016 4Buffo A rated it it was amazing
In the book, The Life You Imagine written by Derek Jeter, Jeter tells the story of his life and how he went from being a kid in Kalamazoo, Michigan to the starting shortstop for the New York Yankees and being a World Series champion. As soon as Jeter could pick up a baseball, he knew that his dream was to play professional baseball and play for the New York Yankees. With the support of his parents from a young age Derek was able to “see Yankee Stadium” every night before he went to bed and “hear ...more
Jason Calero
The life you imagine
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Derek Jeter with Jack Curry

The life you imagine by Derek Jeter is a autobiography on how Derek Jeter made it to the big leagues. This book tells how important it is to really to good in school and to not give up. But, it was also really rough for him to it wasn’t always easy like everybody thinks it is. He went through the same struggles as everyone else has before he has been home sick, tired, mad, even sad. But he never gave up even if he couldn’t see his family for 11
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Brandon Sweet
Dec 11, 2015 Brandon Sweet rated it it was amazing
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Derek Jeter is a phenomenal baseball player and future hall of famer. We Know how good he is and how inspirational he is to his fans. Jeter is the best short stop do play the game and to play for the New York Yankees. However this book tells you of his past and how he became the best.

Derek Jeter is famous for his Jump throw he perfected. Jeter is a solid batter and a for sure a fall of famer. Little do we know is that he is just like the rest of us. This book t
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Juan
Sep 14, 2014 Juan added it
Over the summer, I read a book called The Life You Imagine: Life Lessons for Achieving Your Dream by Derek Jeter and Jack Curry. This book was published in 2001. The main character of the book of course is Derek Jeter. At such a young age, Jeter dreamed about playing baseball, especially for the Yankees. Without the help of his parents, he wouldn't have been here today. Derek Jeter informs us readers about all the lifelong lessons he's been through and shares it step by step. While Jeter was in ...more
Tony
Oct 30, 2015 Tony rated it it was amazing
This book was very good, i play baseball myself so i can relate to some of the thing's that happened in this book. There was a lot of good details in this book, some of my favorite things about this book was the goals Derek Jeter would set , even if they were short term goals he would set his mind to it and get it done. Derek Jeter is one of the players i look up to, not only on how he plays the game, but how he respects the game, his teammates and the coaches .

I think a lot of young players s
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Jalen Townsend
Nov 23, 2015 Jalen Townsend rated it it was amazing
The Life You Imagine: Life Lessons for Achieving Your Dreams with Derek Jeter By Jack Curry is now one of my top favorite books. I choose this book really because my favorite baseball team is the Yankees. When I saw Derek Jeter on the cover the I said to myself like, “ I'm just going to read this because it has a former Yankee superstar on the cover” not thinking I was really going to get anything out of it just the average book. It was the complete opposite of just an average book it might be o ...more
Sarah Hong
"The Life You Imagine" takes readers on Derek Jeter's journey of reaching his dream–to play in big leagues for the New York Yankees. As a little kid, Derek was obsessed with the Yankees; decorating his room with everything Yankees, including a uniform and cap. Whether he was playing in high school or the minor league, every time Derek made a mistake he would always learn from it. From making an error on the field or striking out at the plate, he wouldn't let that stop him from becoming a better ...more
Damon Casetta
Oct 27, 2014 Damon Casetta rated it it was amazing
I liked this book a lot! I really look up to Derek Jeter and he is a icon when it comes to baseball. I liked his book because it showed perserverience pays off, He spent such a long time in the minors getting signed out of college. He saved he would cry every night because he would do as much as he could and it wouldn't work. He said that he was on the brink of quitting the game of baseball. He worked so hard and spent so much time in the minor leagues and now his ame will be remembered as one o ...more
Rick Atkins
May 11, 2015 Rick Atkins rated it it was amazing
This book covers from when Jeter was 17 until he retired from the MLB. The main character(s) is Derek Jeter, but his parents also influenced him a lot. The most significant event that caused Jeter to write this is when he got drafted 6th overall by the Yankees in 1992. He was the first player to be named All Star and World Series MVP. He helped them win the world series in 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2009. He was drafted straight out of high school. I really enjoyed how steady this book was. I l ...more
Brooke
Sep 07, 2014 Brooke rated it liked it
A good book for kids (probably middle school age and up). It's a cool time to read it with his retirement this year. I didn't realize the professionalism, dignity, and dedication he plays and leads his career with, but certainly appreciate it and respect it now. It's also cool to see that 14 years after writing the book, he is wrapping up his career with the same standards and classiness that he began it with, while other great professional athletes that he mentions in 2000 have sense brought de ...more
Reid Hogan
Jan 11, 2016 Reid Hogan rated it really liked it
I thought the book "The Life You imagine" was a well-documented story of Derek Jeter's life. While reading this autobiography, I felt like i was inside of derek Jeter's life. It told what activities he did besides sports, his household rules and the standards he was held to. Jeter did an extraordinary job of explaining the hardships he went through while trying to make it to the major league. You could almost feel his emotions. I rated this book 4 stars because it was well written and easy to fo ...more
Sean Hayes
I enjoyed reading this book because it shows that if you want something bad enough,you can get it.This book is about how Derek Jeter grew up always wanting to play professional baseball in the major leagues for the New York Yankees. Its about how his parents pushed him so hard so he could have the chance to achieve his dream.
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The theme of the story is if you have enough drive and will to overcome obstacles that are in your way than you can achieve any type of goal that you want to.
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Jacob Brubaker
Nov 19, 2010 Jacob Brubaker rated it really liked it
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The Life You Imagine: Life Lessons by Derek Jeter was all about how you need dreams and goals in life to succeed. These goals need to be set very high so that you have to work in life to achieve these hard goals set says Derek. His mom and dad where very important to him in his life and gave him hard goals to achieve which helped him get to where he is today which is the major leagues. When he was young his parents where very tough on him which is how he set his goals so high ,
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Jake Wambaugh
Most people don't know where to look for inspiration. Derek Jeter had his parents to turn to, and he thanks them for that, but he tells the world that you must be self motivated and self inspired to be successful in life. Derak Jeter wrote an auto biography called, "The Life You Imagine". In his book he talks about his early life before he played in the major leagues, his pro career, and what he does off the field to better this world.

Derek grew up in Michigan where he played baseball and basket
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Nick Spath
Nick Spath
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The life You Imagine: life lessons for achieving your dreams by Derek Jeter with Jack Curry was a biography of a boy’s life that grew up to be a star. The book of a boy who no one thought had the stuff to make it to the big time, who grew up loving the biggest team in sports, the New York Yankees. A baseball star in the town of kalamazoo, Michigan. A sports icon for kids today, already retired jersey for the kalamazoo school district, almost indeffinantly will be a hall of famer
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Irfan
Apr 06, 2009 Irfan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: advisory
The Life You Imagine: Life Lessons for Achieving Your Dreams is an amazing book which talks about the life of a legendary Yankee captain, otherwise known as Derek Jeter. This book follows Jeter way back from shi early days playing baseball in high school and even with his friends. The main point of the book is the part where Derek keeps hoping that he gets drafted by the Yankees because they are his favorite which is mentioned a lot of time sin the book and you also see Jeter wearing a Yankees o ...more
Jack Steffener
Oct 14, 2015 Jack Steffener rated it really liked it
I highly recommend this book to others because it is a very good book and this player was very good at baseball. If want to read something then read this, it is very inspiring and it made me change everything I thought about being a good player. All the things he says in this about how he set his goals really high and him not stopping until he got his goal was really cool and it makes me want to try to do it. If you are my age then I suggest you to read this book and you will like it.
Kay
Mar 13, 2009 Kay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports, non-fiction
When I purchased this book I knew it was written for teens, but since Jeter is one of the few scandal free athletes, I was interested in what he had to say. It's written in a very simple manner [whether so teens find it an easy read or it's the way he writes:] and many things are repeated time and time [isn't it true that to remember you have to hear something 3 times?:] but I think this is a very powerful book. Not only should it be placed on the 'must read' list for teens, pre teens, and colle ...more
Adrienne Girard
May 08, 2008 Adrienne Girard rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: yankees fans
Recommended to Adrienne by: Jennifer D.
did someone borrow this book from me? i can't find it! i know i kept pushing it on everyone, so i think i must have lent it to someone, but i just can't remember whom.

this book was so inspiring in parts, it made me cry. jeter is my favorite baseball player though, so i don't imagine this story will have the same effect on everyone. fellow fans will enjoy the detail about jeter's early life.

it was interesting to read this book years after it was published and refreshing to know jeter still has th
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Trevor Bernsdorf
Nov 04, 2015 Trevor Bernsdorf rated it it was amazing
This is a super good book for young adults. It is not so much a biography as much as it is a layout for the steps Derek Jeter took to become successful throughout his life. The book is filled with life lessons, about never giving up, determination, and the importance of support from others and for yourself. It is also very relatable to a young adult who may look up to a superstar athlete like Derek Jeter.
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Feb 11, 2015 64267cabrillo.K12.Ca.Us rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like books
Recommended to 64267cabrillo.K12.Ca.Us by: my mom
people always think they can’t do something because their small, or too weak. In the book Derek Jeter we see this happen.
When Derek was little he wanted to become a baseball player. However he was too small to hit the ball and too weak to hold the bat. So when he finally got older he was big enough to smack the ball 300 ft. Coupled with him working on playing baseball every day and striving to play in the MLB.
Micah Brown
Dec 09, 2014 Micah Brown rated it it was amazing
This book should be read by all athletes wanting to go pro. The writing in this book is beautiful it tells how hard it is to get to the next level in baseball. It also states how you have to pursue your dream Jeter did this by never giving up and always practicing and wanting to play the game of baseball. The strengths about this book is that it is very motivating and makes you believe that you can achieve anything you put your mind towards. A weakness is that I couldn't find one. If this book w ...more
Zach Rogers
Dec 15, 2013 Zach Rogers rated it really liked it
The life You Imagine by Derek Jeter with Jack Curry was a great book for the athlete that wants to go far in the sport they love. The book gave life lessons for achieving your dreams. Derek told struggles in his life and how he overcame them and learned from those obstacles. I enjoyed to learn about a different side of Derek off the field and how his father and mother were his key to succes in life. Pg.53 " The main thing that my father and mother gave me that every child wants and needs is time ...more
Joaquin
Dec 15, 2011 Joaquin rated it really liked it
yankees win the world series! Do to there captain Derek Jeter leading them to victory once again. I would recommend this to anyone that likes Derek Jeter or the Yankees. Or also if u enjoy sports and auto biographies. The book The Life You Imagine By Derek Jeter, contains a very good life lesson, its to Always follow you dreams because if you really wanna make it reality you will work your but off to get it. And never let people tell you, you can't be what you want to be. Just like Derek Jeter d ...more
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