Following Your Dreams: Jim Abbott’s Imperfect

As April is Inspiration month here at Books for Better Living, I thought I’d share with you an amazing story of overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds, and following your dreams no matter what.

Jim Abbott was born without his right hand, but always dreamed of becoming a professional athlete. In high school he played both baseball and football, and was drafted into the major leagues at the age of 17, but chose to attend college instead.

At Michigan State, he continued to excel. He won several awards and even played baseball in the 1988 Summer Olympics, where he won the honorary gold medal for the United States, shortly before being drafted by the major leagues again, this time by the California Angels.

All his achievements came to a head on an overcast September day in 1993; Jim Abbott took the mound at Yankee Stadium and threw one of the most dramatic no-hitters in major-league history. The game was the crowning achievement in an unlikely success story, unseen in the annals of professional sports.

In his new autobiography Imperfect, Abbott shares all of this and much more. His bravery and unwavering dedication to his craft has made him a baseball legend and an inspiring figure we here at BBL just had to highlight this month.

As Jim says: “Find something you love, and go after it, with all of your heart.”

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