Title – The Success Intersection (Goodreads)
Author – Pat Williams (Goodreads)
Published – January 31st 2017
Genre – nonfiction; success; self help; leadership
Summary – From the age of seven, Pat Williams’s greatest passion was baseball. However, after two years in the minors, he had to admit it was not his greatest talent, and his career as a professional baseball player was at a dead end. But a phenomenally successful career in sports was just beginning. When he combined his passion for sports with his greatest talents–leadership, salesmanship, and promotion–he found his success intersection
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The main objective of this book is that success comes at the point where talent and passion intersect. What stuck out to me from Pat Williams about talent and passion are:
- Talent: Many people have talent. There are many talented 10-year-olds playing the piano that are nowhere to be seen now, talented singers who become record store cashiers, and young painters who now only visit galleries. This is unfulfilled potential. They only had talent and didn’t find their passion.
- Passion: Have immense passion but don’t have as much talent as the person next to you? If you create your vision and work hard everyday, you will surpass them. Focus your passion to set you apart and fuel you.
Pat Williams has a huge love of baseball and sports. At first I thought I wasn’t going to make it through the whole book because I’m not a huge sports enthusiast. I completely understand why being successful at a sport translates into success habits, but constant sport references don’t really hold my attention.
However, Williams was able to use other references and stories that didn’t revolve around sports which kept the book moving for me.
Williams opens the chapters with some background and stories, then finishes off the second half of each chapter with numbered strategy steps. Although the steps were lengthy due to added stories within, they at least gave the reader a bit more structure that I felt enhanced the book.
Williams uses many sport references (which makes sense knowing his background and passion) but the steps he takes you through to focus your talent and passion are great.
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