Everyone wants to be a winner.
But, often, it’s hard to make your hopes and dreams come true.
In sports, very few people get to win a Super Bowl or World Series.
Have you ever wondered how those who win the big games achieve it?
In a new book by Pat Williams — one of the founders of the Orlando Magic — he outlines the 12 keys to be a winner. The book is titled “Extreme Winning: 12 Keys to Unlocking the Winner Within You.”
Williams, a senior VP for the Magic, wrote this book with former FLORIDA TODAY sports columnist Peter Kerasotis. It has a foreword by three-time World Series winning manager and Melbourne High product Bruce Bochy.
Before I tell you about the book, I want to make sure you know of a great opportunity to meet the men behind the book. A book signing with Williams and Kerasotis will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Merritt Island Barnes and Noble.
When I spoke to Kerasotis recently, he told me this about working with Williams: “Working on this book wasn’t work. It was a pleasure. I can candidly say that in researching and writing it, I found myself inspired by the process.”
This book is an excellent read, whether you’re involved in sports, business, leadership or anything else where winning is key.
The list of people quoted in the book is amazing. To name a few, it includes Michael Jordan, Pat Riley, Mike Krzyzewski, John Wooden, Vince Lombardi, Tim Tebow, Sam Snead, Don Shula and even Benjamin Franklin. And that’s just a tiny sample.
I was sucked in right away. But don’t take my word for it. Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden told this to Kerasotis: “I don’t usually buy into motivational-type books. However, by about page 3 of ‘Extreme Winning,’ I had my highlighter out and was taking notes. This book will help me today, tomorrow and the rest of my career.”
I agree. I took lots of notes too, so I could share some highlights.
The 12 chapters each have the word “extreme” in front of the keys, which are dreams, preparation, focus, passion, work, responsibility, attitude, goals, perseverance, competition, desire and teamwork.
In the “Extreme Dreams” chapter, Williams talks about how he wanted to be a baseball player from the time he was a kid. He knew he wasn’t the most talented player, but he was able to have a nice minor league career before joining the front office of the Philadelphia Phillies. From there he moved over to the NBA with the 76ers, then ultimately came south to help found a basketball team in Orlando in the mid-1980s. He made his dream come true, and more.
In the “Extreme Work” chapter, Williams talks a lot about Michael Jordan.
Jordan says “championships are won while the stands are empty.” He simply outworked everyone.
Williams also quotes Tim Tebow, who uses a saying that I’ve had hanging in my office for years: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”
Perhaps my favorite quote from this chapter comes from Sam Snead, when he says “practice puts brains in your muscles.”
The last chapter that I’ll give you a glimpse at is “Extreme Goals.”
Williams suggests setting short-term goals while keeping an eye on the long-term one, as he did with the Magic.
He also states that a goal is a dream with a deadline.
Another really prophetic statement he makes is this: It takes time develop good habits and seemingly no time at all to fall into bad ones.
By now, you’re interest has to be piqued. You’re ready to become an “Extreme Winner.”
Meet the authors
What: Book signing by Pat Williams, Orlando Magic co-founder, and Peter Kerasotis, journalist/biographer
Book: “Extreme Winning: 12 keys to Unlocking the Winner Within You.”
Where: Barnes and Noble, 780 E Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island, FL 32952
When: Saturday, 2 p.m.
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