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Never Underestimate a Dreamer is a true-life story about Ted Zeng (maybe the author's nickname) and his lifelong ambition to become a famous football coach. Ted could not pinpoint the driving force of this ambition, but he somehow believes his listening to Bill Stern's radio sports commentaries and his father's and uncle's career in sports coaching made some impressions on him. But the thing is, Ted is not putting serious efforts into actualizing this ambition; he's got just a bag of dreams. It's surprising how things turned out.
The story sure contains some elements of motivation, with the major one being that we can practically achieve anything if our hearts can believe what our minds conceive. It's such an interesting approach to life, as it seems to simplify many things that would otherwise have been made complex by doubts and unnecessary worries. But then the input of commitment (by putting in the required hard work) to a cause cannot be ignored, and this is where the story lacks. Ted just strongly believed his "gut," but put very little effort into the cause. However, things just worked in his favor. Not everyone can have such chances, though.
At first, I didn't like the idea of delaying the main story and presenting readers with some "preliminary" incidents, which were Ted's early activities growing up and his experimentation with different destinies and jobs. However, I got to appreciate this approach as I read on; it sure helped establish the fact that Ted is not a "regular" or "ordinary" human being. Somehow, people continue to fix things for him, beginning with his mother, who, among other things, managed to get him a teaching job at St. Thomas School, Talisbury, and ending with Tom Wilson, the chairman of the CYO board of directors, who came through for him when it seemed his hopes and aspirations had ended.
I appreciated Fred Engh's writing style. The word choices made me feel involved in the story. I felt good to be encouraged to take a break and get something for myself before continuing the story. Such kind dispositions! The attempts to introduce elements of humor are commendable. In addition, this is a well-edited book, as I found just three grammatical errors in it. I am delighted to rate this book five out of five stars for its engaging narration and the insights it shares about self-confidence. The only complaint to report about this book is that the author did not provide the photo evidence he promised, but I didn't consider that enough reason to deduct any stars from the rating.
Lovers of memoirs and inspirational stories should have a great time reading Never Underestimate a Dreamer.
Never Underestimate a Dreamer
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