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MIKE: LIFE LESSONS ABOUT BASKETBALL'S BEST by Pat
Williams with Michael Weinreb . . . it is an inspiring book, relevant
to just about anybody . . . parents as well as their children will
enjoy it; so will employers and their employees.
Williams, one of the country's top motivational speakers and senior
vice president of the Orlando Magic, conducted over 1,500 interviews
with those who know Michael Jordan best . . . he then boiled down
what they said into the habits that are needed to succeed . . . these
include such things as focus, passion, perseverance, teamwork,
I particularly liked the many examples taken from the lives of
Jordan, the author and many other unique people . . . in addition,
there were thought-provoking quotes sprinkled throughout the
There were so many memorable passages that it is difficult
to choose just a few to highlight here . . . but among them
were the following:
[on how Williams is perceived]
I am known to those around me as a rather enthusiastic
person--a notion that most probably consider a vast understatement.
Throughout the course of my career in the front office in both
minor-league baseball and the NBA, my energy has led me to some
rather odd precipes. Wrestling bears, for instance. Or overseeing
the most disappointing trained pig act in the history of Philadelphia's
sports. Or donning a sweaty mascot's suit. All for the sake of
Some might call me crazy. I call it a surplus of joy. And I just
happen to believe you should have enough of a surplus to fill a
Wall-Mart.Read more ›
This book was ideal for me because I love to play basketball. It taught me not to give up and always go for the gold. Just life lessons in general, good advice and what to expect. Quotes from other famous people throughout the book. I recommend this book if you are looking for good advice and life lessons.
Throughout the book you receive snippets of Jordan's journey to success, and you also get an in-depth look at what made him act the way he did. The book was organized by the ideas of each chapter, which led one into the other, but when it came to short stories about Michael, they were random. There were many themes within the writing and the most predominate was that to be successful you not only need to physically prepare yourself, but also train yourself mentally. This theme is shown when it says "He'd done it even though he could barely stand. He'd blustered through the malaise, through the breakdown of his body, and he'd maintained his focus on the series, on the game, on his team" (4). Being mentally prepared is what divides the good from the great players. Yes you can advance just on your physical capabilities, but when those fail you and your mind collapses along with it, you cannot reach your full potential. Jordan had both traits, and by having a solid state of intellect he pushed himself through the flu symptoms that he was feeling during one of the most famous games he has ever played, and he brought his team to victory. In conclusion, to be successful you need to be a well-rounded player and throughout the book author Pat Williams reiterated Jordan's life to demonstrate the theme and the future it can provide.
I agree with the review of Blaine Greenfield when he states, "You don't have to be a basketball fan to love HOW TO BE LIKE MIKE: LIFE LESSONS ABOUT BASKETBALL'S BEST by Pat Williams with Michael Weinreb...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There were some great stories and insights to the greatest ever! Too much of the book talks about developing shoes.Published 6 months ago by Steve Hill
This book is a simple tool for people who has the rage of being successful but sometimes get off the path because they are gifted in so many other areas. Read morePublished on August 16, 2014 by Jerome Simmons
Love this book also and wish my son was not injured and still could play basketball and enjoy this game....Published on May 20, 2013 by Meena
How To Be Like Mike doesn't just teach us about what a great player Michael Jordan was on the court, but also what an amazing person he was off the court. Read morePublished on September 7, 2012 by Road To Recovery
I first heard this book from a business partner of mine. He read the whole book and then gave me bits and pieces of it to me. Read morePublished on November 21, 2011 by Waynoly