I had the honor of having lunch with former NFL Quarterback Tim Hiller last week. He is the author of an excellent new book called Strive: Life is Short. Pursue What Matters.
As a college football fan, I first became aware of Tim about ten years ago when he was the Academic all-American quarterback for the Western Michigan University Broncos where he broke a lot of records and as a student, maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout high school and college, earning his undergraduate and graduate degrees while at WMU.
Tim was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts in 2010 where he spent six months on the roster under the coaching of former Buffalo Bill Frank Reich and the tutelage of hall of fame quarterback Peyton Manning. After being released by the Colts, Tim had brief stints with the Chicago Bears, New England Patriots, and Kansas City Chiefs before his playing career ended.
Tim now works in Leadership Training/Human Resources for one of my old employers here in Kalamazoo, Stryker, and is also the co-founder of Next Level Performance, which delivers sport-specific training with a primary focus on leadership and character development.
In the time we spent together and in reading his book (which he spent four years making), it became very evident of Tim’s passion for people, leadership, and his faith. He and I share a genuine, authentic and deep love for Christ and in our desire for others to know God for themselves.
Like Tim, we are all striving for something every minute of the day, everyday―career aspirations, social status, better parenting, friendship, love, fame, financial security, achievement, and more. In most cases, these are noble and understandable pursuits. Our time is short. Our lives are busy. We want these things now. But do they even matter?
This book provides Godly coaching and is packed with valuable insights that will help you on your life journey―one step, and one week at a time. Also a lot of practical tips for ensuring that you trust in God and put Him first, serve others, then yourself, as your ‘external actions are evidence of your internal beliefs’.
The 52 week format is perfect for those with New Year’s resolutions. Each chapter leads you on a year-long journey, taking small steps each week on the path to making your life matter . . . to developing more and more into the person God designed you to be. Hiller provides daily encouragement, challenges, and resources―straight from God’s word―to help each of us strive toward a life of significance.
Tim is a very thoughtful author who uses his personal experiences to bring Biblical truths to life. He uses both positive life experiences and deep disappointments to show how a deep faith enhances one’s ability to keep moving forward toward a goal. He has a broad appeal for anyone who aspires to leadership.
I hope you enjoy reading his book as much as I do. Thanks Tim!