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Be Where Your Feet Are

Seven Principles to Keep You Present, Grounded, and Thriving

Scott M. O'Neil

St. Martin's Essentials

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ISBN10: 1250852692
ISBN13: 9781250852694

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When we’re moving at 115 MPH, we rarely see the wall coming. But it comes for all of us and when it does, we grasp for lessons, for meaning, for purpose. Each moment (good or bad) and each win or loss, provides us an opportunity to learn, and if we choose to take it, that opportunity can change our lives—and the world—for the better. The human spirit craves connection. Authenticity. Belonging. Touch. Gratitude. Purpose. We need to make our interactions count. Whether it’s the death of a friend, loss of a job, a bad break-up or the isolation of COVID-19, those who manage to be where their feet are will grow, stretch and emerge stronger, smarter and more prepared as we find peace and gratitude in the pause.

In Be Where Your Feet Are, Scott O’Neil, C.E.O. of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils, offers his own story of grief and healing, and shares his most valuable lessons in what keeps him present, grounded and thriving as a father, husband, coach, mentor, and leader. Scott avails his network to share poignant life lessons from an array of people including professional athletes and sports executives, a world-famous movie director, Saudi royalty; and his teenage daughters, among many others.

Be Where Your Feet Are provides a humbling and vulnerable peek behind the curtain as well as a framework, anecdotes, and exercises to guide the reader towards self-discovery. A gifted storyteller with an uncanny ability and willingness to bare raw emotion, Scott weaves in and out of stories that have left deep imprints on him and are written to lift and inspire.


Praise for Be Where Your Feet Are

“If you learn best from honest stories, your own and others, then this beautiful book is for you. I love Scott’s wisdom about how to live your life, how to lead, and how to parent—and I love how he conveys it all with humility and candor.”—Angela Duckworth, New York Times bestselling author of Grit

“If there are more thoughtful leaders anywhere in sports, I have yet to meet them. Scott O’Neil is widely admired as an executive and a citizen, and in this book he shares his memorable, practical insights on how we can all lead more mindful lives.”—Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals, and host of the TED podcast WorkLife

“Brave in his vulnerability, Scott O'Neil tells the stories of how he has found a path to being his fullest self at home, at work, and everywhere in between. In a labor of love, he also offers a path for you to do the same, so that you can learn the easier way (through his mistakes and his exercises) what he has learned the hard way.”—Kim Scott, The New York Times bestselling author of Radical Candor

"Scott O'Neil, one of the great leaders in business and sports, bares his soul—from his public firing to private struggles—and shares the secrets of his journey back to the top. Few books from CEOs are this raw, powerful, and inspiring. If you want to be a better leader, parent, or spouse—read this book.”—Safi Bahcall, author of the national bestseller Loonshots

“Scott O’Neil has been a student of leadership his whole life. Treat yourself to a master course in leadership from one of the best leaders I know.”—Chester Elton, Apostle of Appreciation, bestselling author of The Carrot Principle, All In, and Leading With Gratitude

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Be Where Your Feet Are

If you must look back, do so forgivingly.

If you must look forward, do so prayerfully.

However, the wisest thing you can do is to be present in the present....

About the author

Scott M. O'Neil

SCOTT O'NEIL is the CEO of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, a global sports and entertainment company that includes some of the most iconic and innovative teams and brands in the world, including the Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) and the New Jersey Devils (NHL). One of the most decorated executives in the industry, O’Neil’ has amassed a vast following of executives, drawn by his inspirational speaking and effective culture-building. O’Neil considers his organization's corporate culture and dedication to community service his greatest successes; the Philadelphia 76ers have been named one of the “Top 50 Cultures” in the US by Entrepreneur. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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Scott O'Neil

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