Football (or any sport, for that matter) and self-directed reading…have more in common than you realize.

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Both football players and self-directed readers need:

  1. A coach to teach, support, and encourage them.
  2. The activity to be prioritized in their schedules.
  3. A piece of equipment to perform the activity.
  4. Plays to learn, practice, and execute if they want to win.

The 10 Reading-Habit Plays

It took me over 20 years of trial and error, research, and talking to hundreds of boys to determine that each play in The Ultimate 10X Reading-Reboot Playbook for Boys is significant and necessary to develop the daily reading habit and win the Reading Game.  

Here they are:

Play #1: Believe

Play #2: Invest

Play #3: Read

Play #4: Walk the Talk

Play #5: Prioritize

Play #6: Appreciate

Play #7: Balance

Play #8: Adjust

Play #9: Pinpoint

Play #10: Plan

There are also three factors that work together to determine the level of a player’s success during a football season and a reader’s success during the phases of the Reading Game and beyond.

The three success factors for both activities are:

  • Ability
  • Influences
  • Motivation

What’s critical to know is that your reading ability does not determine your reading destiny. It’s who you choose to hang around with (do they value reading?) and if you have the will to read. 



A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, who has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you have always known you could be.” —Coach Tom Landry

For me, winning isn’t something that happens suddenly on the field when the whistle blows and the crowds roar. Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you dream.”Emmitt Smith, Hall of Fame Player

“To do things you’ve never done before, you have to do things you’ve never done before.” Coach Sean Payton

Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.” –Coach Vince Lombardi

For every pass I caught in a game, I caught a thousand in practice.”–Don Hutson, Hall of Fame Player