Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts found success as a college basketball star, ESPN sportscaster and a successful journalist. Gayle talks to Robin about the life lessons she learned along the way and her keys to achieving personal success, which she details in her book From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By .
As a young woman playing college basketball, Robin says she dreamed of being a pro athlete. But when that didn't happen, she says she found her true calling as a newscaster. Robin says it's important to dream big, but it's also important to know that there are different ways to fulfill your dreams. "There are those different avenues," she says. "I felt every bit as satisfied and thrilled when I went to Wimbledon as a broadcaster as opposed to a player."
Ultimately, Robin says the key to success in life is staying true to you. In her book, she writes, "Live your life. Let it happen, enjoy the ride, and whatever you do, do it from the heart." She shares with Gayle her seven rules to live by:
Position yourself to take the shots.
Dream big but focus small.
If at first you don't succeed, dive back in.
Never play the race, gender or any other card.
Venture outside your comfort zone.
Focus on the solution not the problem.
Keep faith, family and friends close to your heart.
Robin, who is originally from Mississippi, says that if Hurricane Katrina hadn't happened, she probably wouldn't have written her book. She says that her personal ties to the disaster, as well as witnessing the devastation firsthand, compelled her to write From the Heart in hopes of inspiring others to keep going. "After Katrina, I was so devastated and still so grateful, and I was like, 'How blessed am I?'—and I want everyone to feel that way when they get up in the morning," she says.