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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