Believe to Achieve: See the Invisible, Do the Impossible

Believe to Achieve: See the Invisible, Do the Impossible


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Newly updated and expanded, this inspirational memoir by Nike executive Howard “H” White reveals the ultimate secrets for achieving professional and personal success and how to help others succeed. “Nike has given me great shoes and great money but the best gift they ever gave me was the mentoring of Howard White” (Charles Barkley, NBA on TNT host).

As Howard “H” White tells us, “Extraordinary people are simply ordinary people on fire with desire.” Sometimes we just need a hand to help unlock the gifts inside us. Believe to Achieve is that helping hand, inspiring you to reach for your most cherished dream and giving you the tools to get there.

This updated and expanded edition of Believe to Achieve is filled with behind-the-scenes moments featuring famous athletes and insightful anecdotes—an exuberant collection of profound wisdom that turns White’s hard-earned lessons into a roadmap for your own personal success. Covering such topics as positive thinking, attitude, heart, responsibility, leadership, happiness, forgiveness, truth, confidence, integrity, honor, success, balance, fear, honesty, the power of thought and mind, the inner and outer worlds, body, soul, money, friends, self, humility, sacrifice, love, and respect, Believe to Achieve is a voice of encouragement that will help you recognize your potential and pursue the path to success.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582706900
Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 272,524
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

A star in high school and a standout point guard for the University of Maryland, Howard “H” White was an NBA draft pick until knee injuries put a stop to his basketball career. Undaunted, Howard put his other skills to use, eventually finding his way to Nike, Inc. Now vice president of Jordan Brand, he has been with the company for thirty-five years. With Nike’s support, he founded the “Believe to Achieve” program, an innovative traveling seminar designed to encourage youth to believe in themselves and adults to mentor them. A tremendous, charismatic public speaker, White's passion and excitement for life moves adults and children alike. He lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon, with his wife.

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Believe to Achieve

See the Invisible, Do the Impossible

Introduction: The Outer Handbook

Any road will get you there if you don't know where you're going.

My Moms used to tell us, "Any road will get you there if you don't know where you're going," and I pass this on for you to think about. It's important to know where you're going in life. If you don't, it might take you twenty years to get somewhere that would have only taken twenty minutes if you'd known what you wanted. So the trick is to figure out what it is that you really want.

When I was in college, I read an interview with Lamar Hunt in a magazine called Success Unlimited. His father, H. L. Hunt, had become a multibillionaire back before it was popular to be even a millionaire. The interviewer asked Mr. Hunt how his father was able to amass so much money. Hunt replied, "It was quite easy." The interviewer responded that it wasn't easy to put together large sums of money; it wasn't easy to put together small sums of money. So how could it be easy to put together billions of dollars? Mr. Hunt said his father's philosophy had always been that you first must have a vision. You must see what you really want and see it crystal clear. Second, you have to decide what you're willing tosacrifice to make it happen, what you'll be willing to give up to make your vision come true. Finally, you have to just go about the business of making it happen -- or, as I tell young men and ladies in "Nike language": Just Do It.

When I speak to young people I always tell the H. L. Hunt story to inspire them. I still tell the story because I truly believe that these principles work. I have seen them in action again and again in my own life and in the lives of those around me. If you follow these three steps -- vision, sacrifice, and doing the work -- you can have anything you truly want out of life.

I adopted H. L. Hunt's philosophy, but I've added a fourth step to the process: Write down whatever it is that you want to accomplish so you'll have a reference point as you go forward.

Copyright © 2003, 2007 by Howard White


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword Phil Knight xi

Preface xiii

The Mirror Howard "H" White xix

Book 1 The Apprentice 1

Introduction: The Outer Handbook 3

1 Vision 5

2 Goal Setting 9

3 Make It Happen 15

4 Best Foot Forward 21

5 Responsibility 27

6 Change 31

7 Mentors 37

8 Rules of the Game 41

9 Strength 45

10 Believe 51

The Learned Student 59

If But Only One 60

The Foundation 63

Book 2 The Master 65

Introduction: The Inner Handbook 67

11 Power 79

12 Spirit 87

13 Love 97

14 Passion 105

15 Honor 113

16 Success 123

17 The Circle 131

The Goal 143

The Impact and Future of Believe to Achieve 145

Parent, Teacher, and Mentor Lesson Guide 149

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