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Tampa Bay Rowdies player Hunter Gorskie is reading about better nights and mornings

Tampa Bay Rays Hunter J. Gorskie is an American soccer player who currently plays for Tampa Bay Rowdies in the United Soccer League. (Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Rowdies)
Published Jul. 11, 2018

Hunter Gorskie

Because soccer fans around the world will be watching the FIFA World Cup's crowning game today, we decided to touch base with one of our own soccer players: Hunter Gorskie, the Tampa Bay Rowdies' No. 27. Gorskie, a defender who played college soccer at Stanford University, played for the Miedz Legnica (Poland) before moving to Florida last year. The 27-year-old also played two years for the New York Cosmos.

What's on your nightstand?

I go back and reread these two books and highly recommend them to people, no matter what walk of life — athletes, nonathletes, everyone. They are The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson. Sleep Smarter pertains to getting a better quality of sleep and how you can enhance your life through the restorative process of sleeping. Especially in today's world, a lot of people don't get the benefits of sleep because of busy schedules or even things like addiction to electronic devices or other stuff. A lot of people will find they have a lot more energy and are a lot more productive and experience a lot more success in their lives and throughout their day if they get effective sleep. Shawn Stevenson is one of the most notable authors on the topic.

And Miracle Morning should be a staple for everybody. It basically runs through a morning routine to get yourself right and get yourself aligned for what you want to accomplish that day. It gets you centered. It revolves around six main ideas: silence and meditation, reading, writing, exercising, visualization (and affirmation). You get these things done in the morning, then you are ready to attack the day. It has loads of information and resources, and it is touted by a lot of top executives and highly successful people in a range of businesses.

So, those are my two.

Piper Castillo, Times staff writer


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