Book Review: “Who Wants To Be A Champion?”


This book was written in 2006 and is loaded with timeless principles that can lead and help sustain you on your journey to success. I hope this review inspires YOU to want to be a champion!!


Who Wants To Be A Champion by Pat Williams

A review of the ten building blocks that will help you become the champion God always intended you to be:

1.  Think the right kind of thoughts.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Champions think the kind of thoughts that are positive, correct, big, pure, and unique. Every action begins as a thought, so make sure your thoughts are taking you in the direction you want to go.

2.  Say the right kind of words.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Champions know that the words they speak have tremendous power. Words can heal or hurt, build or tear down. Proper use of words will cause people to think of you as an intelligent, competent, caring person. But, if you use words in the wrong context, are careless when it comes to grammar, or sprinkle your speech with slang. people who matter will tend to look down on you.

3.  Set specific goals.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Write down your goals, make plans to achieve them, and work on your plans every single day. This advice, if you followed it, would be of more help to you than snything else you could ever learn. Setting goals and pursuing them takes persistence and self-discipline, but is well worth the effort.

4.  Take responsibility for your actions.                                                                                                                                                                                         

Champions don’t whine about things they can’t control. They don’t look for someone or something to blame for their lack of success in life. Instead, they take responsibility for who they are and strive to do the best that they can with the hand that they’ve been dealt. They know that only about 10 percent of life is made up of what happens to you, and about 90 percent has to do with what you do about what happens to you.

5.  Choose the right kind of friends.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

The people with whom you surround yourself can help you succeed, or they can cause you to fail. That is why it is important to have friends who are able to bring out the best in you, who share your belief in God, and who are wise, loyal, and encouraging at all times.

6.  Turn failures into strengths.                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Champions understand that failure is an inevitable part of life for anyone who tries to do anything more than stay in bed with with the covers pulled over his or her head. Because they understand that failure is inevitable, champions do everything that they can to learn from their mistakes.

7.  Go the extra mile.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Champions do more than is expected of them. They work harder on the job. They try harder in their relationships. They spend more time trying to develop their innate talents. They know that a person with a small amount of talent who works very hard will go much farther than a person with a great deal of talent that isn’t willing to make that extra effort.

8.  Never give up.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Barbara Bush said of her son George W.,  “Whether you like him or not, he’s tenacious.” No matter what obstacles seems to be in their way, champions keep on putting one foot in front of the other, heading directly toward their goal. Walt Disney called this attitude “stick-to-it-ivity.” Whatever you called it, every champion has it.

9.  Remember that character counts.                                                                                                                                                                                              

Champions work on developing their character traits: commitment, honor, attitude, responsibility, abstinence, courage, truthfulness, ethics, and reputation.

10.  Live by the faith phenomenon.                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Accepting Christ as your Saviour isn’t where the adventure ends. That is just the beginning of the most amazing, incredible, exciting life anyone could ever experience. Baseball star, JD Drew put it like this: “The plan of salvation is so simple, but some many miss it because they think they can work their way into heaven…The simplest thing to do is just ask God to forgive you and accept His Son as your Saviour and believe it in your heart.


PAT WILLIAMS is the senior vice president of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, as well as one of America’s top motivational, inspirational, and humorous speakers. Since 1968, Pat has been affiliated with NBA teams in Chicago, Atlanta, and Philadelphia, including the 1983 World Champion 76ers and now the Orlando Magic, which he co-founded in 1987 and helped lead to the NBA Finals in 1995. Pat and his wife, Ruth, are parents of nineteen children including fourteen adopted from four nations ranging in age from twenty to thirty-three.

You can contact Pat Williams at:

Pat Williams

c/o Orlando Magic, 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd., Orlando Floirida 32810

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Hidden Mentors


Coach Kevin Eastman, Boston Celtics


Note from Coach O: We have talked about the importance of mentors before. (see my post on 12/28/09 ) The following is the latest newsletter from Kevin Eastman’s (Boston Celtic’s asst. coach) newsletter that I receive on a regular basis. He is actually one of MY hidden mentors, who has been teaching me from observation. Read, Enjoy, LEARN!!


Hidden Mentors – April 15, 2010

We all hear and read about the importance of mentors, yet many of us may not have anyone to take that role. Others may be too young to know people they feel comfortable asking to be a mentor.  I was once in that situation.

I didn’t let this deter me from learning and improving.  I chose a few people (who may not have even known they were actually teaching me) I knew I could learn from and got mentored by observation.  One of these was George Raveling, now one of the more intelligent and powerful voices in the game of basketball, and currently a leader for Nike Basketball.  To me, at the time, he was one of the most well-read, well-respected, and innovative people I could have ever learned from (he still is by the way, but now I’m lucky enough to call him a friend).

Back then I didn’t know George very well but I knew enough to recognize that I wanted to learn from him and about him.  Not only did I read about him and ask him questions when I was in his company, but also asked many others about how he operated. 

How much can you learn like this? Well, here are some things George taught me:

  • If you say you’re going to do something–do it first class
  • Doing things for others is most important.  In the long run, it will come back to help you even more; (I might add here that George is the most giving individual I have ever met; if you have a chance to meet him, you must!)
  • Be organized, be very detailed.  Top projects need thorough attention; you can’t afford to miss anything – take the time to cover it completely
  • Read, read, and read some more; learning is a lifelong quest
  • Make people feel that they are a valuable part of what you’re doing
  • Take time to talk to people.  It’s amazing how much of an impact two minutes can make.
  • Hire the best if you plan to be the best
  • Be an even better listener than talker
  • Be thoroughly prepared for meetings and presentations
  • If you have to get up at 3 a.m. to do the job the right way and the best way, then get up at 3 a.m.
  • Be on constant lookout for new trends.  Know about them before anyone else and then put sustained thought to how they will affect you and what you’re doing


So, do YOU have a Hidden Mentor? It doesn’t matter what your chosen field is, you need to seek out mentors!

  • Who have you learned from lately?
  • Who have you taken the time to learn about and how they operate?
  • As Kevin Eastman said, you don’t necessarily have to meet the person. Between books, articles, the Internet, and talking to other people; you can learn ALOT from observing!


  1. Find a hidden mentor and make the commitment to learn from him or her.
  2. Write down what you learn in your “success journal”,  and find out ways to implement them in your life.
  3. Share what you’ve learned with someone else & help them learn the importance of finding a mentor too!

YOU will be amazed at how fast you will rise to the next level if you are disciplined about learning!!



To learn more about Kevin Eastman and sign up for his newsletter and blog visit


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Unless a woman has trained herself for her chance,

the chance will only make her look ridiculous.

A great occasion is worth to a woman

exactly what her preparation enables her to make of it.

– William Matthews

Congratulations to Tina Charles,

of the NCAA Champion UConn Women’s Basketball.

All of your preparation hard work, especially these last 4 years

have paved the way to you being the

2010 No. 1 draft pick of the WNBA!!

Hard work WORKS!!

Strength Comes From Struggles…

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“Strength does not come from winning.

Your struggles develop your strengths.

When you go through hardships

and decide not to surrender,

THAT is strength.”

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


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A Leader…

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“A leader has the vision

and conviction

that a dream can be achieved.

He inspires the power and energy to get it done.”

— Ralph Lauren

Congratulations Geno & UConn Women’s Basketball: UNDEFEATED & Back-to-Back NCAA CHAMPIONS!

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Congratulations Coach K & Duke – 2010 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions!

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