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The Laws of the Ring

The Laws of the Ring

by Urijah Faber, Tim Keown


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For readers of leadership books like The 48 Laws of Power and classic Eastern philosophy like the Art of War and the Book of Five Rings, comes martial arts pioneer Urijah “The California Kid” Faber’s guide to mental dominance in and outside the cage, drawing on his experiences as a world champion MMA fighter and top UFC draw to provide readers with an unconventional path to personal success.

What's your passion?

For Urijah "The California Kid" Faber, fighting is not just a thrill but an act of self-expression. From his first fight in the outlaw MMA days of 2003, Urijah recognized his passion for the sport—and since then the former WEC World Featherweight Champion, now fighting as a top bantamweight in the UFC, has been living his dream. As one of the most exciting, charismatic fighters today, with a loyal following in the MMA community, Urijah is well known for his inventive fight style, cutting-edge approach to fitness, and California swag.

In The Laws of the Ring, Urijah relates the full story of how he has made a career out of a highly demanding sport. Even outside the ring, his passion for fighting has motivated him to do so much more—to open his own fitness center, create a sports clothing line, lead a fight team, and recently to coach up-and-coming fighters in the television show The Ultimate Fighter. But even the California Kid couldn't do it all without constant hard work, healthy habits, and a whole lot of positive thinking. With his thirty-six "Laws of Power," Urijah shares the life lessons he's learned along his unconventional path, drawing from personal experience to give readers a sense of life inside the ring—and show how to take those lessons into their own worlds.

Part manifesto for success, personal journey, and meditation on a well-lived life, The Laws of the Ring is filled with funny, provocative, and inspirational stories for a colorful glimpse into the rise of a young superstar, and the philosophy behind his accomplishments. With clear-eyed perspective and down-to-earth advice, Urijah zeroes in on getting the life you want—and living it to the fullest.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062112415
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/16/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,171,622
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Urijah Faber is one of the most popular mixed martial arts fighters in the world. A former featherweight champ in World Extreme Cagefighting, Urijah is an American mixed martial artist currently fighting as a bantamweight in the UFC. He is the leader of Team Alpha Male, which fights out of his hometown of Sacramento, California.

New York Times bestselling author Tim Keown most recently cowrote Rick Harrison's License to Pawn, and was the cowriter of bestsellers Bad as I Wanna Be by Dennis Rodman and Beyond Belief by Josh Hamilton.

Table of Contents

The First Fight ix

Introduction: What's Your Passion? 1

Prologue: Know What You're Fighting For 7

The Laws of Power

1 Positive Thinking Breeds Success 9

2 Enjoy What You Have 13

3 Create Healthier Habits 16

4 Life Is About the Journey, Not the Destination 21

5 Know Yourself 24

8 Work Harder and Smarter (Stumbling vs. Planning) 26

7 Push Through Life's Hiccups (Dealing with Change) 29

8 Learn from Your Mistakes 43

9 Understand Your Talents: The Competency Model 52

10 Use Your Head… Whatever Way You Can 65

11 Your Fate Is Not Predetermined 68

12 Fight Adversity with Passion 74

13 Everyone Needs a Little Reassurance-but Ask Someone Who Knows 92

14 Let Passion Lead (You Know What's Best for You) 96

15 Emulate the Successful 104

16 Eyes Forward 109

17 You Never Know Who's Watching: The Power of Personal Credit 112

18 Opinions Don't Drive Reality 117

19 Keep It Real: Build Your Name by Being You 123

20 Build a Community of Potential 128

21 Go the Extra Mile 132

22 Create Your Own Opportunities: Think Outside the Box 137

23 Connect the People You Trust 143

24 It Is Who You Know-and More 147

25 Everyone Has Strengths: Let Them Complement Each Other 154

26 Talk the Talk-Walk the Walk 158

27 Tough Love Is an Art 166

28 Money Is a Nagging Reality 168

29 Be the Bigger Man 173

30 The Power of Friendship 185

31 Block Out Fear 188

32 The Dignity of the Good Loss 197

33 Fight to the Bitter End: The Power of Giving Your All 203

34 Find the Good in Bad Situations (The Hidden Benefit of Two Useless Hands) 207

35 Know Your Enemy 210

36 There's No Excuse for a Lame Excuse 219

A Final Word: Live the Dream 222

Acknowledgments 225

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