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Book review: ‘Every Bloke’s a Champion – Even You.’

If you’re a bloke looking for some encouragement instead of being ‘kicked in the guts’ then pick up “Every Bloke’s a Champion – Even You.”every blokes a champion book

Author of ‘Every Bloke’s a Champion – Even You’,  Ian ‘Watto’ Watson is also the founder of men’s Shed Happens nights across Australia. He travels far and wide encouraging men to be who they were created to be. He also owns his truck driving training centre and is a mad Carlton Blues fan. (We won’t hold that against him.) You can follow him at wattobooks.com and on twitter.

My review:

When you pick up and read this book it’ll be as though Ian Watson is in front of you at a half time footy huddle firing up the charges for a final big effort.

Ian writes in a way that connects to the ordinary Aussie bloke. He ‘hits the nail on the head’ with a lot of stuff that hold us blokes back.

We all take words from people differently but to hear words of encouragement more so than words that pull you down is refreshing and uplifting. He’ll help you conquer feelings of hatred, bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness. All this stop us from being who the Big Fella wants us to be.

Our hearts are what makes us come alive so to read how to tap into that big ticker is exciting.

Watto sheds the stuff of how he has worked through things in his life.  Being encouraged to be the champion bloke is what you’ll get in this shortish, large printed book.

Here’s a snippet of the first chapter just to wet your whistle. You can read the whole first chapter here.

Turbocharged words that launch champions

One day, 2 of my truckie mates happened to be having haircuts at my ‘barber shop’ which was under our house in the laundry. Big Jonesy was one of them, and I thought the world of him. He was 10 years older and wiser than I was, and his words meant plenty to me.

I told these 2 mates that I was planning to leave the security of my office job and buy a truck. They both burst out laughing. Jonesy said, ‘Watto, you’re a bloody idiot. Leave that bludgy job?’ They were just teasing me, the way blokes do. I tried not to show it but my pride and ego were smashed.

It didn’t stay that way, though. Jonesy must have somehow seen that this was important to me. His face changed and he looked me in the eye and said, ‘Watto, you’ll never look back.’ His words came from the bottom of his big heart and I felt it smack bang in the middle of my heart. Jonesy had affirmed me. His words meant: ‘You’re OK, and you’ll be good at it!’ It was a turbocharged word just for me.

When someone you love, admire and respect empowers you, you are ready to launch to the moon. It can put a whole new life and purpose into you.

This book has fired me up to live a better life. If you need some words that pick you up then don’t hesitate and grab this book.

It’s designed to be read whenever you feel. There is no pressure to read it in one hit. There are so many one liners that will help you get through each day.

You could even do what I did and leave it behind the dunny door and have a flick through when you feel the need!

On that note, I highly recommend ‘Every Bloke’s a Champion – Even You.’

And to finish up here is a short word from Ian Watson himself.

G’day Champion son or daughter of the King,

In Melbourne two months ago I experienced two great moments – I picked up the first copy of my book and saw the Swans win the Grand Final.

What an amazing journey of many months of ripping into the book with my wife Margaret typing over, over and over and working with my editor Belinda Pollard in taking it to the finishing line.

Thanks so much for all the prayers that have kept this ‘bird’ soaring high up with the eagles.

It sure is mighty humbling to speak with so many men and women, young and old, about different parts of the book that have encouraged them on their own journeys.

Then there’s amazement at being able to speak about different chapters over the radio stations and to meet up with people who happened to be listening, including a bloke I haven’t had contact with for 47 years since National Service training. I also received a text message from a shed man fishing off Sarina and another working in Perth.

All thanks and honour to our mighty Creator of the Universe for the privilege of writing a book into the hearts of my fellow brothers and sisters as we all take the journey of life together.

May my book be an encouragement to all those who it meets along the highways and in the sheds, and may it help ‘shed’ the stuff that gets in the way of the champion life.

If you are considering a copy for a Christmas gift, here’s how to get one: –

  • the Murrumba Downs Truck Yard Office, 19 Blyth Road
  • from the back of my X-Trail
  • an autographed copy posted to you anywhere in Australia, $20 plus $5 handling

Bookstores

  • Koorong
  • Dymocks – Chermside & Indooroopilly

Online

Bless ya heaps. Love ya guts.

Watto

I’ve never seen a bloke go backwards with encouragement.

Keep in touch with wattobooks.com


Shed Night Australia

Shed nights are sweeping their way across Australia. They provide a safe place for men to get together and do life together. The shed is giving blokes an opportunity and a space for them to meet their Creator one on one.

One of the biggest killers of men today is loneliness. Going through life by yourself is no good! It doesn’t have to be that way anymore.  We’ve been designed to connect with each other. Once a month you can come to a shed night and meet a bunch of champion blokes.

You will be encouraged to become the ‘real’ blokes you were created to be. Seeing men speak from their hearts instead of their heads is healing relationships across this nation.

Below is a ‘top notch’ 3 minute youtube clip which explains more about shed nights. Check it out.

There is more information at the website shednight.com. If you’re on facebook then check out the shed night page here.


You get out what you put in.

Are you a spectator or a player? Do you sit on the fence and shout abuse or tell others how to play the game? Or are you right in the thick of it? At the bottom of the pack, dishing out the handballs, taking the hits and tackles.

You know in the game we call life, you get out of it what you put in. If you’re prepared to go the extra mile and get involved with something, your life will return peace, contentment and good results.

This weekend myself and a mate headed to the Riverland to encourage a bunch of blokes to become the ‘real deal’ bloke we were created to be. We spent 7 hours travelling in the car and spoke to the blokes about shed nights for 45 minutes. Most people would think we’re mad doing that. But you know… we had the best road trip. Sitting,chatting, listening and getting to know a bloke at a deeper level was the outcome. But we did the hard yards and gave up our time for the benefit of 22 other champion blokes.

The encouragement they received from us was repaid to us in spades. Fellas thanked us for coming and pumped us up to continue shed nights in our own area. The least we can do is to pass on what we’re learning to others.  So instead of discouraging someone and telling them how crap they are, try something that is way out there. Maybe encourage them instead. If you seem to be getting no where by discouraging others – try the reverse. What have you got to lose? Not much I reckon. But by hang… you have a lot to gain!

I played for the Central Yorke Cougars in 2007 and won the A grade footy flag. In that year we worked pretty hard to get the result. But we got out what we put in. Life is exactly the same.

So it’s time to get off the fence and get in the game. You have no impact as a spectator. Just have a crack.

Don’t wait for the perfect opportunity to do something or to get involved in your community. Do it now. You’ll learn on the run but I guarantee you’ll get out of it what you put in.

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