Written by: Tim S. Grover
272 Pages (Paperback)
Scribner Publishing (2014)
Genre: NonFiction, Leadership, Motivation, Training
3 Sentence Summary
Relentless gives us a rare glimpse inside the headspace of elite level athletes and discusses the traits they share with those who achieve greatness in other walks of life. Throughout the book, Tim Grover shares gems from over two decades of experience working with the likes of MJ, Kobe and Dwayne Wade. In a lot of ways, this book is an unapologetically honest look at what it takes to become legendary.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It made me feel… “normal”, in a sense (whatever that means). I think it’s because deep down inside I felt good to know that my insatiable compulsions to seek out progress were actually working in my favor, though most reasonable people might call such behaviour obsessive. Grover doesn’t waste time dressing up his ideas in academic prose or complicated metaphors. Instead, he cuts to the chase to make his point loud and clear. This book is like the best friend you never had, who can keep it real with you and tell you exactly what you need to hear at the risk of hurting your feelings. On the whole, this book is easy to read because it’s more of a compelling story than a long-winded lecture. The advice inspires action, which is the ultimate measure of effectiveness. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to separate themselves from the pack. It doesn’t matter if you are an athlete, a student or a career professional Relentless outlines a model of greatness that can take you from good, to great to unstoppable.
- Stop looking around for confirmation and support. Just focus on controllable factors. In the end, success is between you and you.
- Don’t just look for advice that supports your current point of view. Stay open to all kinds of feedback.
- Find your triggers and master them. Never let someone else push your buttons, instead, learn to channel your emotions into relentless energy.
Words From The Author
“Everything you need to be great is already inside you.” (p.5)
“Being relentless means demanding more of yourself than anyone else could ever demand of you, knowing that every time you stop, you can still do more. You must do more.” (p.5)
“Decide. Commit. Act. Succeed. Repeat.” (p.5)
“From this point, your strategy is to make everyone else get on your level; you’re not going down to theirs. You’re not competing with anyone else, ever again. They’re going to have to compete with you.” (p.8)
“If you want to be great, deliver the unexpected. If you want to be the best, deliver a miracle.” (p.19)
“You can’t claim you ran a marathon if you started at the seventeenth mile.” (p.164)
“Every dream you imagine, everything you see and hear and feel in your sleep, that’s not a fantasy, that’s your deep instinct telling you it can all be real.” (p.231)
“The greatest battles you will ever fight are with yourself, and you must always be your toughest opponent.” (p.231)
“Life can be complicated; the truth is not.” (p.232)
- Everyone has different motivations for their grind. Grover suggests that “to have what you really want, you must first be who you really are.” When was the last time that you sat in silence and thought about what you would be doing with your life if money was no object?
- In one way or another, sacrifice always precedes achievement. What are you willing to give up in exchange for the chance to reach your biggest goals? Where do you draw the line? What sacrifices are off limits?
- In the words of the author, “you don’t have to love the hard work; you just have to crave the end result.” Do you agree? Is desire alone really enough to inspire life-changing action or does it take something more? What is the main thing stopping you from making your biggest goal a reality?
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