It's Not Who You Know, It's Who You Are: Life Lessons from Winners

It's Not Who You Know, It's Who You Are: Life Lessons from Winners

by Pat Williams, Jim Denney

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Overview

We live in a culture obsessed with celebrity. When we're not trying to make a name for ourselves, we're following the big names on Twitter, liking them on Facebook, and taking selfies with them if we are lucky enough to run into them in real life. We love winners and we want to be winners. But take it from a man who knows more famous people than most of us will ever meet--it's not who you know that's important, it's who you are inside.

With short, story-driven readings, Pat Williams draws from over fifty years of brushing shoulders with the greats, offering readers motivation to do their best, be themselves, and continually strive to be the people God made them to be. He shows that being a "winner" is more about character, attitudes, values, and faith than it is about coming out on top. Stories from legendary sports figures, leaders, and fascinating people from all walks of life help readers develop true character that speaks for itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441221216
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/27/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Pat Williams is senior vice president of the NBA's Orlando Magic. He has more than fifty years of professional sports experience, has written dozens of books, including the popular Coach Wooden and Coach Wooden's Greatest Secret, and is one of America's most sought-after motivational speakers. He lives in Florida. Learn more at www.patwilliams.com.

Jim Denney is a full-time freelance writer with more than one hundred published books to his credit. His collaborative titles include Reggie White in the Trenches; Undefeated, with Bob and Brian Griese; and numerous books with Pat Williams, including Go for the Magic, Coach Wooden, and Coach Wooden's Greatest Secret.
Pat Williams is senior vice president of the NBA's Orlando Magic. He has more than 50 years of professional sports experience; has written more than 100 books, including the popular Coach Wooden, The Difference You Make, and The Sweet Spot for Success; and is one of America's most sought-after motivational speakers. He lives in Florida. Find out more at www.patwilliams.com.
Jim Denney is the author of Walt's Disneyland, Answers to Satisfy the Soul, Writing in Overdrive, and the Timebenders series for young readers. He has written many books with Pat Williams, including Coach Wooden, The Difference You Make, and The Sweet Spot for Success. Learn more at www.writinginoverdrive.com.

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It's Not Who You Know, It's Who You Are: Life Lessons from Winners 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
StorytellerKL More than 1 year ago
I decided to review this book because I thought it would make a great collection to my homeschool curriculum as a downtime read-along during our school days.  We couldn’t get to it everyday, but when we did the stories offered wonderful springboards into great discussions.  There were even some stories I had heard before and knew there were videos of some of the people on the web that I could look up.  It really brought the stories to life for my kids.  “It’s Not Who You Know, It’s Who You Are” is a book for all ages, and I recommend it especially to parents looking for short stories they can share with their children, but also to show them they, too, can be winners. Thank you, Revell, for sending me the book for my honest opinion!
VicG More than 1 year ago
Pat Williams in his new book, “It’s Not Who You Know, It’s Who You Are” published by Revell shows us Life Lessons from Winners. From the Back Cover: We live in a culture obsessed with celebrity. We love winners and we want to be winners. But take it from a man who knows more famous people than most of us will ever meet–it’s not who you know that’s important, it’s who you are inside. In this inspiring book, Pat Williams draws from over fifty years of brushing shoulders with the greats to help you discover what it really means to be a winner. Through his short meditations on success, leadership, family and friends, impact and influence, and becoming a person of excellence, you’ll meet · a young singer who messed up the national anthem and shot to stardom anyway · a coach who sacrificed his time to give his players the edge · a marathon runner who knew the secret to pacing yourself · a political outsider who confidently reached for an impossible goal · a football player who wouldn’t let a broken leg stop him from getting to the Super Bowl · and many more ordinary people with extraordinary character These entertaining stories of fascinating people from all walks of life will motivate you to do your best, be yourself, and continually strive to be the person God made you to be. Don’t feel as though you are a winner or successful? Pat Williams addresses this issue with five different parts: Part One: Success, Part Two: Leadership, Part Three: Family and Friends, Part Four: Impact and Influence, Part Five: Becoming A Person of Excellence. Pat Williams shares all the stories concerning all the individuals in this book for one reason only and that is to let us know that Jesus sees us the same way as the individuals showcased. We are winners and successful in His sight and that is the way He created us. So let us take encouragement from these stories and go out and take the world by storm. I think this is a great resource for everyone and would be a great gift for friends and family. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
parmilespages More than 1 year ago
Pat Williams writes about short and, what he considers meaningful, encounters he has had with a variety of celebrities, many of them sports figures.  He has categorized these narratives into sections such as leadership, success, family and friends, impact and influence, and becoming a person of excellence.   The book reads like a grandfather telling his grandchildren about his fond memories and the people he has encountered through life.  I believe his intention was to teach life lessons.   And although the some of the stories were amusing, I found most lacking a “take away”.    In my opinion, they didn’t draw a conclusion that causes the reader to feel encouraged or inspired.  The stories did however, show the inside thoughts and motivations of many well-known people, displaying snippets of their character.   I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review.