Jack "Straight Talk" Sarlo

"Think Like A Champion Book Summary"

think like a champion - book review

This book, is about 200 pages, but it’s easy to read. 

The ideas you’ll discover don’t require a lot of thought to understand. In comparison, the book I’m currently reading ‘Release Your Brakes’, recommended by Dan Pena requires a lot more time to truly understand.

I think this is a good book to gain some motivation and believe more in yourself… Perhaps you’d also find an idea or two that you can implement right away in your business or life.

Some Key Lessons
From This Book

Keep Learning

Never think of learning as being a burden or studying as being boring.

It’s important to remain open to new ideas and new information. Being a know-it-all is like shutting the door to great discoveries and opportunities. Keep your door open every day to something new and energizing.

Once in awhile—or often is even better—think about and ask yourself this question: What do I need to know more about? Maybe it’s world history.

A way to gain wisdom is to read about the greats in history and those in your specific field of interest. For example Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, etc.

The key is to pay attention and keep your brain and senses open to new stimuli. It also helps to be thinking of two things at once. The author calls it multilevel focusing. The intersection of ideas is when innovation will follow, for example thinking in musical terms while listening to your windshield wipers, or watching a stone roll and imagining a wheel.

Work Hard

We all know when we’ve done just enough and when we’ve really exerted ourselves. Make an effort to exert yourself—every day.

A very good way to pave your own way to success is simply to work hard, to be diligent, and to look at what you have going for you versus what you don’t have going for you—the old ‘cup half full’ versus ‘half empty’ test.

Two good quotes: “The Harder I Work, the Luckier I Get” and “Diligence is the mother of good luck.” Diligence can be explained as carefulness, long term effort and working hard.

Pay attention to every facet of your life. What’s strong? What’s weak? What’s missing? What can you do to make the big picture better? Whatever you do, don’t stagnate. Don’t become complacent. Don’t pretend that 50 percent is enough, whether you’re giving or receiving.

We all have something unique to offer. Our work is to find out what that is and to work at it with a passion.

This is a quote from the book: 

So when I say I view my work as an art form, you can bet that I’m as meticulous as any artist is about their materials and the desired result. If you will do the same, I think you’ll surprise yourself at how high your standards will become.

The author uses a method of thinking he calls “multithinking”. Ask yourself these questions: If you had nothing at all to do, what would you do? And after you did that, what would you do? And after you did that, what would be next on your list? Plan and make a list.

Don’t be so easily pleased—with yourself or with anything else. Go the extra mile to make it the best. Be tough and keep your standards high. Make your life as groundbreaking (new and creative) as possible, while also minding the tides and riptides around you. It’s a good way to wind up on top.

Creating and employing a discipline of focus is a good way to avoid spending more time than necessary on any one thing.

Positive Mindset

Tell yourself that you are a genius. Right away you will probably wonder why and in what way you are a genius. And right away you will have opened your mind up to wonder—and to asking questions. That’s a big first step to thinking like a genius, and it might unlock some of your hidden talents.

Do not underestimate yourself, and know that you are able to handle what comes your way. Just increase your leverage by learning to think like a genius. Geniuses tend to produce. They are prolific. Not everything will be fantastic and mistakes will be made, but they have a huge volume of work to show for their brain power and their mastery of the thought process.

Be tough, be smart, be personable, but don’t take things personally. That’s good business.

Here’s some other quotes from the book.

Sometimes you just have to be tough. I use the example of a brick wall. Is there a brick wall getting in your way? Fine. That happens. But you have a choice. You can walk away from the wall. You can go over the wall. You can go under the wall. You can go around the wall. You can also obliterate the wall. In other words, don’t let anything get in your way. Get a balance, and then let the positive outdistance the negative.

I was positive, I was persistent, and I refused to settle for anything less than what I had envisioned. The result was worth the effort, and not surprisingly, perseverance won. Keep that in mind in all your endeavours."


Build your reputation on these three words: “responsible, professional, and loyal”.

Everything you say and do is important. Actions matter. You are, literally, your own brand.

The Trump brand has to represent the highest quality available. If I build a skyscraper, it has to be the best. If I have a line of suits, they’d better be terrific.

Here are some additional ideas you’ll discover in this book:

  • It’s best not to trust people too much, because that’s just setting yourself up for some nasty surprises. Be circumspect, if not paranoid, with people.
  • Go With Your Gut. Be alert to your instincts and what they are trying to tell you. Spend some time with this innate aspect of yourself. See handling your instincts as an acquired skill—they can give you an edge in many situations, business or otherwise.

I like books that give me things to do or think about. This book did not give me too much to do or think about, maybe because I already read some other ‘mindset’ related books – and they are all kind of similar.

But if it’s your first ‘mindset’ related book it might be a good one for you, especially if you like Donald Trump. He talks quite a bit about what he does at work, to explain his ideas with actual examples.

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About Jack
Jack Sarlo

More than 7 years ago Jack made his first few sales online as an affiliate marketer. His site ranked on Google for dozens of keywords, so later on, he built courses and software to teach his SEO "secrets". He also won a Flip Camera in an affiliate contest.

Now he reveals all the insights he's discovered throughout the years about Internet marketing, in his free guides and products!

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