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As one of the most exciting, charismatic fighters in MMA, Urijah "The California Kid" Faber is well known for his inventive style and cutting-edge approach to fitness. Outside the ring, his passion has motivated him to open his own fitness center, create a sports clothing line, lead a fight team, and, recently, to coach up-and-coming fighters in the television show The Ultimate Fighter. In The Laws of the Ring, part manifesto for success, personal journey, and meditation on a well-lived life, Urijah relates the ...
As one of the most exciting, charismatic fighters in MMA, Urijah "The California Kid" Faber is well known for his inventive style and cutting-edge approach to fitness. Outside the ring, his passion has motivated him to open his own fitness center, create a sports clothing line, lead a fight team, and, recently, to coach up-and-coming fighters in the television show The Ultimate Fighter. In The Laws of the Ring, part manifesto for success, personal journey, and meditation on a well-lived life, Urijah relates the full story of how he has made a career out of a highly demanding sport. With his thirty-six "Laws of Power," Urijah draws on personal experience to share the life lessons he's learned along his unconventional path—and shows readers how to take those lessons into their own worlds.
The First Fight ix
Introduction: What's Your Passion? 1
Prologue: Know What You're Fighting For 7
The Laws of Power
1 Positive Thinking Breeds Success 9
2 Enjoy What You Have 13
3 Create Healthier Habits 16
4 Life Is About the Journey, Not the Destination 21
5 Know Yourself 24
8 Work Harder and Smarter (Stumbling vs. Planning) 26
7 Push Through Life's Hiccups (Dealing with Change) 29
8 Learn from Your Mistakes 43
9 Understand Your Talents: The Competency Model 52
10 Use Your Head… Whatever Way You Can 65
11 Your Fate Is Not Predetermined 68
12 Fight Adversity with Passion 74
13 Everyone Needs a Little Reassurance-but Ask Someone Who Knows 92
14 Let Passion Lead (You Know What's Best for You) 96
15 Emulate the Successful 104
16 Eyes Forward 109
17 You Never Know Who's Watching: The Power of Personal Credit 112
18 Opinions Don't Drive Reality 117
19 Keep It Real: Build Your Name by Being You 123
20 Build a Community of Potential 128
21 Go the Extra Mile 132
22 Create Your Own Opportunities: Think Outside the Box 137
23 Connect the People You Trust 143
24 It Is Who You Know-and More 147
25 Everyone Has Strengths: Let Them Complement Each Other 154
26 Talk the Talk-Walk the Walk 158
27 Tough Love Is an Art 166
28 Money Is a Nagging Reality 168
29 Be the Bigger Man 173
30 The Power of Friendship 185
31 Block Out Fear 188
32 The Dignity of the Good Loss 197
33 Fight to the Bitter End: The Power of Giving Your All 203
34 Find the Good in Bad Situations (The Hidden Benefit of Two Useless Hands) 207
35 Know Your Enemy 210
36 There's No Excuse for a Lame Excuse 219
A Final Word: Live the Dream 222
Posted July 15, 2012
Plenty of people ask: just how intelligent can you be if you LIKE getting into a bloody, brutal fight, literally pummeling the other guy and taking a few nasty shots yourself? Well, everyone knows athletes don't get paid to think but Urijah has an interesting collection of stories to tell. His positive attitude toward life is inspiring because, despite his phenomenal fitness and training, he's suffered some real troubles,too: his parents' divorce, a brother whom his family rescued from a cult that did permanent psychological damage, his sister's serious injury in a car crash, a long-term relationship that never reached the marriage stage, and getting humiliated in his hometown by Jose Aldo's barrage of kicks, as examples. But I cite his battle with Mike Brown, never quitting despite two broken hands, that should encourage anyone and everyone to take away the most important lesson of all: never give up. Always do your best, and be proud of your effort. Final note: Urijah doesn't talk about himself that much in this book. He relates the stories of many people he's encountered and that's vital information, too: people like Joseph Benavidez and Red (the old guy who'd spent decades being a terror to who knows how many people). They're reminders that you must pursue your passion in life and that it's never too late to change yourself if you really want to.
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Posted April 27, 2014
Great Read totally positive, Urijah comes real with it. Inspirational not just for fighters, or fans.
This guy really seems to have a selfless attitude in so many things that he does for other people,
while still remaining humble. This is a cool book for just about anybody. I was not surprised about
the up beat style of the book. What i was surprised about was how much i took away from reading ii.
It's like this guy did not just write the book to make money, or tell you all about how cool, tough, or
great he is. It is clear he wants the reader to come away with something for themselves. Like no other book i
remember reading the theme seems to be one of here is my story and all i have learned, all that i have done
Can you benefit from this. In this readers opinion i have not met many people in my 40+ years on this planet
who would not. Way to go Urijah thanks. A+
Posted April 14, 2013
I loved it. I love him. Hes my inspriation. He makes me want to be a UFC Featherweigh champion just like him. I'm always gonna look up to Urijah. I'm glad i get to watch him fight on TV and on the cageWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 22, 2012
Laws of the Ring is by far the best book I have ever read, and yes I do read a lot. I Bought this book soley because I am a big fan of Urijah, but it is so much greater than just a fan read. Faber gives an insight on more of his life than many people would, and it makes for a great motivational book. If you're an MMA fan you'll absolutely love this. If you're not an MMA fan, well you'll STILL absolutely love this book! He puts things into such a great perspective and has several different stories (Not only MMA stories) to be great examples. I finished this book in 2 days (would have been one if I hadn't been so busy). I just could not put the book down, and you won't be able to either!! I have already recommended my whole family read it but I also recommend everyone else to read it as well!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 28, 2012