Difference You Make, The: Changing Your World through the Impact of Your Influence - eBook  -     By: Pat Williams, Jim Denney
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Baker
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 9781441240958
ISBN-13: 9781441240958
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Every one of us has influence, whether we realize it or not. In everything we say and do, we are influencing those around us. What if we became more aware, more intentional, and more strategic about our own influence? Well, we might just change the world.

True influence, says Pat Williams, isn't about getting what you want--it's about serving others. Using personal stories from his own life and the lives of others, Williams shows readers the difference between influence and manipulation, how to influence others through both words and deeds, and ultimately how to change the world for the better, one relationship at a time.

This book will inspire readers to build a positive legacy in the lives of others and take the role of influencer to heart. Each chapter includes questions and ideas for personal reflection and practical application, and can be used to guide group discussions as well. Includes a foreword by Joe Girardi, manager of the New York Yankees.

Author Bio

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

Jim Denney is a full-time freelance writer with more than eighty published books to his credit. His collaborative titles include Reggie White in the Trenches; Undefeated, with father-son Super Bowl/Rose Bowl champs Bob and Brian Griese; and numerous books with Pat Williams, including Go for the Magic.

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  1. mustlovetoread
    Newport VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    an encouraging and inspiring read!
    May 23, 2013
    mustlovetoread
    Newport VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Difference You Make

    By: Pat Williams

    I received this book from TBCN in exchange for a review. I was excited to get to read this book. The subtitle says it all: Changing Your World Through the Impact of your Influence. You have been influenced by many things; you have influence. How can you be an influence? Read this book to find out!

    This book is about Pat Williams and his battle with multiple myeloma, his position in professional sports, and his journey as a father. This book gives you tips on how to use your influence wisely. You can influence others by the way you treat them, you words, and accepting responsibility for your impact on others.

    There are sections in this book on the influence of our actions, words, and how to be a Christian of influence. Once you finish this book, you will understand how to be a true influencer: If we truly want to influence our world and the people around us, we must begin with prayer. The last quote in the book is the best: The difference you make tomorrow begins with the decisions you make today. For encouragement and inspiration, check this book out today!
  2. RobbyeFaye
    Anniston, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Slam Dunk!
    May 5, 2013
    RobbyeFaye
    Anniston, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Difference You Make by Pat Williams

    With Jim Denney

    Pat Williams has hit it out of the ballpark and slam-dunked it with his book, The Difference You Make. What an eye opening and provocative book. Pat reflects over his life and the people who have influenced him, along with the ones he has influenced.

    The entire book is about the impact of influence. Pat touches on how his struggles with multi-myeloma cancer have helped open his eyes to the influences each person has, influences for good or bad, whether the person realizes their influence or not.

    As a Dad, Pat had a huge impact on the lives of his nineteen children. In addition, he has influenced as a coach for minor league baseball teams and influences as GM for a major league basketball team.

    The book illustrates how we never know how we will influence people, even ourselves sometimes. Pat cites an example on page 131 that richly demonstrates this. He once copied a passage he loved, only to find he was the author of the quote.

    Each chapter of the book ends with a series of questions for group discussion or individual reflection, enabling a deeper understanding of the chapter.

    He helps us learn and inspires us step by step, in how to become more strategic and intentional within our spheres of influence. He also helps us to use our lives as a mission to impact as many people as is possible with a lasting and positive influence.

    Pat ends his book with the sentence:

    The difference you make tomorrow begins with the decisions you make today.

    The book really brought home how important and significant our lives are as people, Christians, parents, bosses, co-workers or whatever our walk in life may happen to be. We never know how what we say or do will influence someone else.

    Even though the book has a sports slant, it carries an effective and interesting message for everyone, male or female, sports nut or not.

    This book was provided to me by Revell through The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.
  3. Nancee
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    You Can Make A Difference
    April 30, 2013
    Nancee
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Pat Williams is senior vice president and co-founder of the Orlando Magic basketball team and a well-known motivational speaker who shares valuable lessons regarding how to impact and influence others. His vast experience with numerous successful individuals of influence has played a significant role in establishing and sharing the concrete steps to becoming an influential person. Athletes play a major role in influencing countless people through their attitudes and actions. The old adage, "Action speaks louder than words" strikes a cord in how people react to those influencers. People can be impressed by others, but they are influenced by how we treat others. Our words and actions have a great deal of impact on others. By using examples of well-known and popular individuals Pat Williams has created a wealth of information pertaining to the successful actions and influence these influencers have on our lives. Mentoring is a valuable action in how we proceed in impacting others. A person of great influence knows how to build others up and empower them to emulate those character traits themselves. In our attempts to influence others our deeds need to reflect our words or there is no credibility. We can talk the talk, but being a true influencer we need to walk the walk and set the pace for those who are observing us.

    Pat Williams has written a very interesting and informative book, sharing his experiences with numerous famous individuals who have had a major influence in his life. He introduces the reader to many famous sports people, motivators and high achievers. His diagnosis and treatment for cancer have also impacted his life, and he shares his reactions very openly and in a candid manner. His philosophy of being truthful sets a positive pace in this highly motivational book. His basic principals for how to go about becoming a positive influence on those around us are valuable lessons we can all put into use every day in every way.

    Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by BookFun.org in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own and I have received no monetary compensation for this review. Thank you to Fred St. Laurent from The Book Club Network and Revell for offering this reviewer program.
  4. inspiremichelle
    Loureauville, LA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Change your world one influence at a time.
    March 31, 2013
    inspiremichelle
    Loureauville, LA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Difference you make by Pat Williams with Jim Denney

    An uplifting book sure to inspire greatness. The author Pat Williams uses his experiences as a ball player, sports manger and motivation speaker to show us how to use our influence to change the world or at least our world. He has influenced the world by raising 19 children, being mentors to many in the sports world. He has faced the hardship of multiple myeloma cancer with his eye on the prize, eternity with Christ. His influence shows us how to live a life of strong moral character. Accountability, honesty, courage, perseverance, integrity, self-control and generosity lead to a full life of positive influence to others and can be used as a model of leadership worthy of the great leaders. The author gives you life changing principles to change your own leadership abilities.
  5. Janice Garey
    Decatur, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wisdom Penned by Pat Williams
    March 26, 2013
    Janice Garey
    Decatur, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As I came to the end of The Difference You Make, my immediate response was, "Thank You, God, for Pat Williams." I felt tremendously blessed to have been in his company, through his authorship, along with the others whose stories are told in the book. The Bible advises in Proverbs for us to seek wisdom, and this book is a fount of wisdom. The best words spoken, by some of the most encouraging people of the past and today, were infused to my being as I read the book. I am not the typical follower of sports and its celebrities. Even so, I found the book to transcend the category of being only for sports enthusiasts.

    The Difference You Make is a book I want to keep handy for future reference, hopefully for reading on an annual basis. I am also recommending it to my son who is graduating from college in about a month. He will be following the right and fruitful path of life if he applies the wisdom in this book. I would give his whole graduating class a copy of the book if I could.

    I received a free copy through The Book Club Network. I promised to read the book and give an honest review which I have done.
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