Monday, January 22, 2018
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What's Daron K. Roberts reading?

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Daron K. Roberts

About two weeks ago, Daron K. Roberts, author of Call an Audible: Let My Pivot from Harvard Law to NFL Coach Inspire Your Transition, paid a visit to St. Petersburg. Admiral Farragut teacher Heather Ewing was looking for someone to speak to students, and after seeing him on ESPN, she thought Roberts, the founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation at the University of Texas, fit the bill. So what did he think of St. Petersburg and his day speaking to about 280 upper school students? "I was impressed with their demeanor and approach to life,'' he said.

When asked what he believes teachers and parents need to keep in mind as they help raise youth across the country today, Roberts, a product of the Mount Pleasant, Texas, public school system and son of an elementary school principal, advised adults to remember two words. "I keep in mind the work of (author and research professor) Brené Brown. It's about vulnerability and empathy,'' he said. "As we try to mold leaders, risk takers and responsible citizens, we need to teach the value of vulnerability and the power of empathy. The two concepts, when put into practice, drive connection. We need to train people to be comfortable with both."

What's on your nightstand?

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, founder of Nike. It is an incredible story of how he created the company. I was surprised how little traction Nike had at its beginning. He talks about how people around him thought it wasn't a great idea. I also have The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. The book is a great guide on focus. It teaches lessons on how you can start decluttering your life and really focus on what you need to.

What helps you find the books to read?

I would say recommendations. I pay attention to Good Reads (goodreads.com), and I also have a circle of five friends that we share recommendations with each other.

How did you come to know your buddies were readers?

We just go way back. They are law school buddies of mine, and the good thing is we all have diverse interests, and so it doesn't become an echo chamber.

Contact Piper Castillo at [email protected] Follow @Florida_PBJC.

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