Episode #015: Pat Williams, author of The Difference You Make

Pat WilliamsNot only is Pat Williams the author of over 60 books, but he’s the founder and senior vice president of the Orlando Magic.

He has more than 50 years of professional sports experience and is one of America’s most sought-after motivational speakers.

In his latest book, Difference You Make, The: Changing Your World through the Impact of Your Influence he introduces us to a number of people who are changing their world by leveraging their influence.

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The stories in this book will inspire you. And, if you’re anything like me, you’re likely to shed a tear or two (and that’s a good thing).

In today’s episode, Pat will share with us:

  • His battle with cancer that begin in 2011 and where  he stands today
  • How many of us grossly underestimate the level of influence we have
  • The three forms of influence and how to leverage them
  • The qualities of good character and how we respond to things like temptation and critcism
  • The fallacy of the phrase “Actions speak louder than words”
  • And much more

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Pat in Action

Pat’s Leadership Poem

Asked about the single greatest leadership lesson he’d learned, Pat responded with this poem:

Seven things one must do

To be a leader right and true

Have vision that is strong and clear

Communicate so they can hear

Have people skills based in love

And character that’s far above

The competence to solve and teach

And boldness that  has fearless reach

A serving heart that stands close by

To help, assist and edify 

Pat’s Reading-Related Quotes

Pat shared some of his favorite quotes from several of our forefathers on their love of reading

  1. “From candlelight to early bedtime, I read. I cannot live without books.” Thomas Jefferson
  2. “I have been imprudent. I have spent an estate in books.” John Adams
  3. “From a child I was fond of reading, and all the little money that came into my hands was ever laid out in books.” Benjamin Franklin

Books by Pat Willams

For a complete list of Pat’s books, check out this list of books by Pat Williams.

Connecting with Pat

If you enjoyed this episode, let Pat know by sending him a tweet to @OrlandoMagicPat

You can find Pat on the web at PatWilliams.com

Books Pat Recommends

Wilsonby Scott Berg (a book on president Woodrow Wilson)

The Last Cowboy: A Life of Tom Landryby Mark Ribowsky

The One-Day Contract: How to Add Value to Every Minute of Your Life by Rick Patino

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