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Former NBA All-Star James Donaldson Writes the Book on
'Standing Above the Crowd'

SEATTLE - Former NBA all-star James Donaldson, who has made a career of doing the unexpected through focus, commitment and sheer desire to succeed, has finally written the book on it. Literally.

This week Donaldson's new book, "Standing Above the Crowd: Execute Your Game Plan to be the Best You Can Be," goes on sale this week online and through select bookstores throughout the United States. The book details Donaldson's triumph over uncertainty and shyness to successful careers as a professional athlete, entrepreneur, mentor and community leader. In the book he outlines the life philosophy that allowed him to achieve more than he'd thought possible - and lays out how the reader can design their own game plan to achieve their dreams.

James Donaldson is one of the least likely of professional all-star athletes. As an awkward, chubby middle-schooler, he sought to fade into the woodwork - as unsure of his physical being as he was socially awkward.

Even as he rose to the heights of professional basketball, Donaldson could see beyond the hardwood and the world that awaited him. After his 14-year career in the NBA and several more playing in professional leagues around the world, Donaldson opened a chain of physical therapy and training clinics, became active in the community, and even ran for mayor of Seattle in 2009. "People look at those who are successful and somehow convince themselves that they are different," Donaldson says. "We are all essentially the same. We come into this world bald, wrinkled, and toothless, and when we exit this world, we are bald, wrinkled, and toothless again -- well, most of us. So what determines our success is how we live our life between Point A, when we enter, and Point B, when we exit."

Looking at this chiseled, 7-foot-2 giant of a man today, still seemingly fit enough to put on an NBA uniform and bang elbows with the greats of today, it's hard to imagine he could ever have lacked confidence, but he did. But with the help of his parents, his coaches and his own bristling determination to rise above the crowd, he did it. "Standing Above the Crowd" is his gift of encouragement to the world - and to read it will make you the better for it.

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