Nice Guys Can Finish First: Former College Hoops Star Wayman Britt’s Inspiring True Story

Nice Guys Can Finish First: Former College Hoops Star Wayman Britt’s Inspiring True Story

A long way from the North Carolina tobacco farm where he grew up, college basketball standout Wayman Britt captained the University of Michigan Wolverines to the NCAA title game in 1976. It had always been his dream to play the game he loved for a bona fide powerhouse like the Tar Heels of North Carolina, and the Wolverines fit the bill. After realizing one dream, Britt set his sights on another. And another.

Britt didn’t let his poverty-stricken environment in the North Carolina Jim Crow era of racial discrimination dissuade him from envisioning a bigger world and a better life.

In his new book, Fulfilling the Dream: My Pathway to Leadership and Finding Purpose in Serving Others, Britt shares his personal account of growing his skills through life experiences. Following his successful careers in college and professional basketball, he grew into a management role for an international company and later rose to administrator for one of Michigan’s largest counties. Along the way, he became a dynamic leader and role model in the communities he served.

Britt candidly tells of the hard work, determination and faith in God that propelled him through challenges, disappointments and setbacks. He takes readers through his quest to open up the American Dream to people long excluded, and relates lessons and experiences of competing at the highest levels in athletics, corporate culture, government and politics to some of the most sensitive cultural issues of modern times.

This compelling account of the way Britt found his life mission will stimulate readers to reflect on how the individual accomplishments of one person contribute to building a society that matches Martin Luther King Jr.’s “dream” of opening opportunity to every citizen. Fulfilling the Dream is a tale about pursuing dreams, realizing them—and then dedicating one’s life to helping others.

About the Author
Wayman Britt has been a leader in athletics, business and government. As captain of the University of Michigan basketball squad, he helped lead the team to the 1976 national championship game. He held several management positions at international office furniture maker Steelcase before turning to the public sector, where he eventually became administrator/controller of Kent County in west Michigan, where he fostered a culture of accountability and excellence. He also earned a reputation for working to nurture greater opportunities for all young people. He currently is president of Wayman Britt Enterprises, using his knowledge and experience to inspire others to reach their potential and to grow their leadership and performance management abilities.

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Fulfilling the Dream: My Path to Leadership and Finding Purpose Through Serving Others
Publisher: Jenkins Group
Release Date: September 1, 2022