The Way of the Champion: Pain, Persistence, and the Path Forward (Hardcover)

The Way of the Champion: Pain, Persistence, and the Path Forward By Paul Rabil, Bill Belichick (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Paul Rabil, Bill Belichick (Foreword by)
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“Accessible and practical, Rabil’s book will appeal to anyone seeking not only to understand what it takes to succeed, but also to understand the courage, discipline, and grace it takes to become a champion. . .Wise, inspired reading.”

— Kirkus

From lacrosse legend Paul Rabil, lessons on becoming a true champion— in sports, business, and life

Long before Paul Rabil had become lacrosses's most acclaimed player, the sport's first million-dollar man, and the cofounder of the Premier Lacrosse League, he always strove for greatness.

The problem was he lacked a manual for how to achieve it— so, he set out to create one himself. He talked to Bill Belichick about how to prepare, Steph Curry about how to practice, Sue Bird about how to develop resilience, and Mark Cuban about how to build a career with longevity. From the wisdom of these and other legends, and through his own—often painful—trial and error, he forged himself into a true champion. And in doing so, he wrote the manual he always wanted.

The Way of The Champion is the synthesis of everything Rabil learned on his path to becoming one of the greatest lacrosse players of all time. But this is not merely a sports book. It is a guide to embodying a champion's mindset—in sports, in business, and in relationships.

According to Paul Rabil, “No one is born to be a champion. It can only be earned— through equal parts philosophy, execution, and sheer determination. I've won and lost championships, business deals, and relationships. I've learned that our best moments come after we've faced our most devestating defeats— when we choose to rise with unwavering resolve. That's the way of the champion."

About the Author

Paul Rabil is a former professional lacrosse player and cofounder of the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL), the 2020 Sports Business Awards Breakthrough League of the Year. Rabil holds the all-time scoring record in professional lacrosse; has won championships and MVP awards as a college, professional, and international athlete; and is a two-time World Lacrosse Champion with Team USA. The New York Times called Rabil “the LeBron James of Lacrosse,” and he was named a Top 40 Most Entrepreneurial Athlete by Entrepreneur magazine. In 2011 he started the Paul Rabil Foundation, with the mission of helping children with learning differences through the power of sport, and in 2019 he founded PLL Assists, which is focused on lacrosse accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion. He lives in Los Angeles and New York.

Praise For…

“Paul Rabil is an inspiration — fit, soulful, and concerned with the greater good.”
— Scott Galloway, Professor of Marketing at NYU’s Stern School of Business, bestselling author of The Four and The Algebra of Wealth

"From the moment I met Paul, I admired him. As an athlete who forged my own path in sports, I can recognize the universal truths that define a champion's journey. Paul's lessons go beyond the court, offering invaluable stories on leadership, resilience, and the unwavering pursuit of one's goals." 
— Sue Bird, WNBA, NCAA, FIBA, and Olympic champion

"I have worked on nearly 500 films during my 40 years in the movie business, where only great product endures. I thought I knew all the keys to winning and losing, success and failure. This entertaining, insightful, inspiring book taught me that I still have so much to learn…. And I better get to work learning it.”
— Tom Rothman, Chariman and CEO of Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group

"Each time I talk to Paul, I walk away from our conversation having learned something - no matter how quick the interaction. And his book is written the same way. Quick-hitting and poignant chapters with a meaningful takeaway for athletes looking to make the most of their abilities. Paul understands the mettle and grit it takes to go from amateur to pro, from pro to elite, from elite to executive - and the need to occasionally slow down to take care of the things in your life that matter most. That’s what, in part, makes Paul special… that’s the way of the champion.”
— Paul "Triple H" Levesque, fourteen-time World Champion and Chief Content Officer of WWE 

"In this groundbreaking book, Paul Rabil unveils the secrets to achieving peak performance and resilience — not only for athletes, but for anyone striving for excellence in their chosen field. With a keen understanding of the mental and emotional aspects of competition, he provides practical strategies and mindset shifts necessary to sustain success over the long haul."
— Arianna Huffington, author, cofounder of Huffpost, and CEO of Thrive Global

"Rabil isn't just a lacrosse player; he's a savvy entrepreneur who knows how to win in the business arena. The Way of The Champion reveals the strategies and mindset that have propelled the greatest athletes to victory, both on and off the field."
— Gary Vaynerchuk, bestselling author and entrepreneur

"The Way of The Champion is a daily mindset above everything else. Falling in love with the process of the work is the true differentiator."
— Jay Williams, former NBA guard, NCAA champion, and ESPN analyst
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593545492
ISBN-10: 0593545494
Publisher: Portfolio
Publication Date: May 7th, 2024
Pages: 256
Language: English