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From the Heart

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From the Heart

Seven Rules to Live By


15 min read
10 take-aways
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Good Morning America host Robin Roberts shares the principles that have guided her phenomenal success.

Editorial Rating



  • Inspiring


Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts presents her life story as a sort of Pilgrim’s Progress, as she learns important lessons in each stage that prepare her for her next advance. She discusses her upbringing as a member of a tightly knit African-American family in Mississippi of the 1960s, and how her athletic talent, brains and common sense helped her transcend the racism of her small community. She frankly reveals her enormous drive to make a name for herself in national sports broadcasting. Roberts’ advice is straightforward and grounded in experience, if a tad clichéd. getAbstract recommends this short book to people who want to rise in their professions for the glimpse it provides into the life of this sincere and charming journalist.


Rule 1: “Position Yourself to Take the Shot.”

Robin Roberts, host of Good Morning America, says the secret of her success is the example of her parents and the way she was raised. Her father, who had dreamed of flying planes from the time he was a little boy, joined the Air Force during World War II and became one of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black air corps, which became famous for flying 1,578 missions without losing a single plane. Roberts’ mother was the first in her family to attend college, at the prestigious, historically black Howard University. At age 60, after her children were grown, she became a Democratic Party activist and began a political career.

Because Roberts’ father was in the military, she and her family moved often when she was a child. After they’d spent two years in Turkey, the family moved to Biloxi, Mississippi – over the loud objections of Roberts and her siblings, who were well aware of the state’s racist reputation. However, they grew to love the “picturesque region and its lovely, caring people – not to mention the unbelievable food.”

When Roberts’ father retired from the military, her parents bought a house in Pass...

About the Author

Robin Roberts co-hosts Good Morning America and is one of the most respected broadcasters in sports.

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