Relentless

22 Books – Episode 2

Written by: Tim S. Grover

272 Pages (Paperback)

Scribner Publishing (2014)

Genre: NonFiction, Leadership, Motivation, Training

Purchase on Amazon : Download for iBooks

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.

22’s Review

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.

Actionable Advice

  1. Stop looking around for confirmation and support. Just focus on controllable factors. In the end, success is between you and you.
  2. Don’t just look for advice that supports your current point of view. Stay open to all kinds of feedback.
  3. 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)

3 Thoughts…

  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. 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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Johnny Sears Jr. Interview – Giving Back

The Streets of Hamilton were a little warmer this winter thanks to Johnny Sears Jr.

A Channel 22 Exclusive Interview

I’m all about positivity. I created this site to tell my story and share my experiences with family, friends, and fans.

I want to use this platform to promote the positive initiatives that my teammates and friends support in the community. Channel 22 gives me a chance to do just that.

These are the stories of local heroes making plays outside of the lines.

I’ve always admired journalistic mastery. That being said, I’m a little new to this whole thing, so bare with me. Take it for what it is, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy the message. It took a while, but I’ve finally gotten the time (and resources) to put a little something together, so without further ado – Episode 1 of my blog mini-series/podcast Channel 22. Enjoy.

Check out my 1 on 1 with pro football player Johnny Sear here…


Listen to the extended interview with 5 minutes of bonus content Here…

Recap – The Streets of Hamilton were a little warmer this winter thanks to Johnny Sears Jr.

A few weeks before Christmas 2016, seven-year pro Johnny Sears Jr. had an idea that made a lot of sense. He thought it would be cool to give away all of the socks and shoes that he had laying around his house since he no longer had any use for them.

So, he went to the grocery store, got a big cardboard box and made a sign that he could tape onto the front of the box.

Johnny put the first box at the main entrance of Tim Hortin’s Field, in Hamilton – Home of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats CFL football team. Slowly the word spread. First came the socks. Then came the shoes and boots. Then came the emails.

Soon there were two boxes, then three… Eventually, the initiative was collecting donations at over 10 locations all across the city and the surrounding area.

People couldn’t help but agree – This was a great idea.

-22

To hear more about the amazing story of Johnny’s project…

Watch our 1 on 1 on YouTube

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Facebook: Johny Sears Jr.

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Credits

To all of the sponsors and volunteers who helped to make this event a success, Thank You!

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Make It Entertainment

Taylor Moving

AIM

Joelle’s & Jeff’s Guy Shop

Auger Properties

Barry’s Jewellers

First Ontario Credit Union (Stony Creek)

Hamilton Tiger-Cats Football Club

Overtime Football Club

The Reid Family

The Keary Family

Larry Irish

Arlene Frehs

Staff at Heritage Place Retirement Home

Juanita Stephen

J.R. Ahk

Mr. Ken

St Matthew  (School)

St Thomas the Apostle  (School)

Immaculate Conception (School)

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The Four Agreements

22 Books – Episode 1

Written by: Don Miguel Ruiz

138 Pages

Amber – Allen Publishing (1997)

Genre: NonFiction, Self Help, Spirituality

Purchase on Amazon : Download for iBooks

3 Sentence Summary

The Four Agreements is a guide to finding peace within yourself and freedom from negativity. Ruiz addresses the challenge of being yourself in a world where we live to please others. Ultimately, this book asks readers to test their reality in hopes of uncovering a new outlook on life.

22’s Review

This book is short and to the point. I read it in just a few days, and it wasn’t overly challenging to get through.  The author is somewhat mystical in his approach. He dabbles in spirituality and existential themes, but overall he keeps things grounded with concepts that pretty much anyone can grasp. There is no shortage of metaphors throughout the book. Ruiz’s style is creative, which allows him to dress up some rather simple lessons in the garb of age-old wisdom. Ultimately, this book is compelling because of the practical applications of the advice it teaches. I would recommend this to anyone who has ever felt like they just can’t get out of their own way, or for the person knee-deep in a bad situation. We all could use a positive influence on our lives, and The Four Agreements can stand in as that sound advice we needed to hear.

Actionable Advice

  1. Treat yourself better when situations don’t work out as planned. Harboring guilt and fear can only hold you back.
  2. Strive for clarity in all communication. To be right or wrong is less important than to be understood.
  3. Focus on the life you want to create. The opinions that you accept to be true determine your reality.

Words From The Author

“We keep searching and searching when everything is already within us.” p.15

“We have millions of questions that need answers because there are so many things that the reasoning mind cannot explain. It is not important if the answer is correct; just the answer itself makes us feel safe.” p.68

“Practice makes the master.” p.86

“The first step is to become aware of the fog in your mind.” p.106

3 Thoughts…

  1. What is something that you are grateful for today? What are three things you value above everything else in this world? 
  2. The author suggests that we lose track of who we are as we adopt the views of those around us.  If you never had to measure up to outside expectations from your parents and peers, what life choices might you have made differently along your journey to right now?
  3. According to Ruiz, our outlook is heavily dependent on our emotional state.  Do you have strong emotions? What are some feelings that tend to get you in trouble from time to time? (e.g., fear, jealousy, anxiety, apprehension, laziness, love, dedication, enthusiasm, empathy, etc.)

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Do More With Your 24

You have to be willing to work on your craft every day. Here’s how I make time and stay productive.

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(My Northern Illinois Huskies practice in sunny Miami before a showdown with Florida State in the 2013 BCS Orange Bowl)

Sometimes life can get busy. That is true for everyone. But, if you want to be great at what you do, you need to be consistently productive. You have to be willing to work on your craft every day. You have to build a winning routine.

A routine is just a series of habits. Reflexes and patterns of action.

When the behaviours that you unconsciously fall back on are productive, then you are in luck. Productive habits help people make the most of their time. On the other hand, if you lack focus and have a tendency to be distracted or unmotivated, you should think about building some positive habits to get you moving in the right direction.

When trying to become more efficient, remember this fundamental rule. To create free time, you need to a) work less, b) work faster, or c) waste less time. The secret is to set yourself up for success.  It is always easiest to execute when you have a plan and the right resources.

 “Time is the most valuable currency you can spend and you ought to be in control of how you invest it.” – 22

Here are a few time management strategies that have helped me streamline my life. If you are trying to Be More Productive  consider these ideas:

“1 Tasking” – Do one thing at a time instead of multitasking. The majority of “wasted time” is lost in the transition from one task to another, focussing and refocusing. Work to complete one task at a time, so you will spend less time reorienting your divided attention.

Be Unavailable – Don’t respond to text messages or emails right away. Instead, schedule two or three blocks of time in the workday to filter through your messages and make any necessary replies. If you need to, turn off your notifications while you’re in “work mode”.

Wake up Earlier – This is the simplest way to add hours to your day. Obviously, not everyone is a morning person, but when you start your day early, you can get more done. Morning momentum can have a resonating effect that lasts through the rest of your day. Going to bed earlier is the easiest way to start this new routine. To give yourself the best chance to rise and shine; don’t skip meals, drink lots of water and try to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night.

Be Honest with Yourself – There is a difference between keeping busy and making progress. Are you prioritising your time so that the most important tasks are getting done first? Don’t just work hard, work smart! Get the most out of your day by setting goals and working towards milestones. Clear objectives will help you stay on task in the long run.

Make a List – People have made “to-do” lists since the beginning of time, but not all lists are created equal. The real value of a list is in its ability to illuminate a path to the finish line. Start with priority number one. Make a habit of writing a list before you go to bed each night. Then when you wake up, you can get right to it!

Use a Calendar – Have you ever wondered why every cell phone, tablet and laptop has a calendar app? Well, because they work! What if you’re not big on technology? No problem. Just print out a hard copy of the monthly calendar and put it up on your wall or bulletin board.  Write down important dates, so you can quickly remind yourself of what’s upcoming in the next few weeks.

Unplug Your Distractions – I used to play video games all day, non-stop. Then as my training schedule picked up and I started travelling more, I found myself out of time to work on important projects. I needed to make a change.  It took some major willpower, but eventually, I decided to take the batteries out of my Xbox One controllers and unplug the system from the wall.* This way it would be a huge hassle to plug it back in, turn it on and get distracted. To this day, one of the best moves I ever made.

For a good book related to this subject check out:

The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

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The ONE Thing by Gary W. Keller & Jay Papasan

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*moment of silence for my Xbox One… thank you

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Football 101: Off Man Coverage

Every DB wants to be labeled a playmaker, but before you can show off your ball skills and footwork you need to master the basics.

If you line up against some of the best receivers in pro football week in and week out you can bet that your technique is going to be put to the test.

In my years of experience, I’ve realized that it takes hard work and lots of practice to become a shutdown cover guy at any level. A good defensive back relies on sharp reflexes, great instincts, and composure under pressure to make plays and impact the game.

Of course, you want all of your players to become playmakers, but before they can show off their ball skills and footwork you need to help them master the basics.

As a coach, you want all of your players to become great playmakers, but before they can show off their ball skills and footwork you need to help them master the basics.

When you teach man-to-man coverage (m2m) keep these 3 Coaching Points in mind:

  • Alignment
  • Pad Level
  • Eyes

Continue reading “Football 101: Off Man Coverage”

How to Make a Solid Highlight Video

“You can accomplish a lot with a camera and a laptop.” – 22

Each year thousands of student athletes across the country compete to earn a spot at the next level. Everybody wants to get noticed, but the question is “How?”.

Photo Credit – Hamilton Tiger-Cats
If you want to be recruited, or better yet, if you want to earn a scholarship offer you have to catch the attention of university scouts. Some people believe that if you are talented enough, scouts will simply find you and the rest will take care of itself. I’m not sold on that theory. That probably works for some people, but why leave it completely up to chance? Why not take control of your recruiting destiny?

Not everyone gets to play on a well known team with national exposure and media coverage. When I was in high school almost no one would come to our games. It wasn’t rare to have a handful of my friends and a few family members make up the majority of the crowd.  Our team had a reputation for underachieving, which meant that our games were usually skipped over when the scouts came to town – and you couldn’t really blame them either. I had to take matters into my own hands.

“You can accomplish a lot with a camera and a laptop.” – 22

In 2004 my older brothers helped me put together my first highlight tape. I was 15 at the time and believe it or not, YouTube didn’t even exist yet. Now, over 10 years and 10 videos later, I’ve had a chance refine my production process and identify the key elements you need to put together an eye-catching highlight reel.

Here’s the Formula

State Your Name – When your video begins viewers should immediately know who they are watching. List your first & last name, position, team name and the year you will be graduating. Make sure to also include any impressive measurables, statistics or awards that could add some credibility to the performance your audience is about to watch.

Highlight Yourself  – Before each play use on screen grahics to point yourself out. Without any direction most people will naturally just watch the ball. For the Quarterback or Running Back that works great, but when are any other position you need to draw attention to yourself. This helps the audience easily isolate you through the action leading up to the big moment.

Put Your Best Play First – You only get one chance to make a first impression. Set the tone for the rest of your video by starting off with a bang. Grab the attention of your audience with a Touchdown or a Big Hit. This video is your resume – be bold and really emphasize the things you do best. The average adult has an attention span between 7-10 seconds. Get them engaged early to give make them want to keep watching.

Quality Over Quantity – People don’t like long videos. They get bored. Limit your highlight reel to a couple of minutes. To be safe, no longer than one song. Remember, this is not an “every play you ever made” video.  Be selective with what you include and make sure that each clip is an example of your true talent and athleticism. Also, trim the few seconds leading up to the beginning of each play. Limit the breaks in the action. Often that will help shorten a video by 30 seconds or more.

Light On The Music – The truth is that most coaches are going to watch your video with the sound off. With that being said, you still don’t want your music distracting from your video.  Use instrumentals or clean versions only. Less is more.

Leave Your Email – The goal is to catch the eye of scouts and coaches by showing them a bit of your talent and athleticism. You don’t have to impress everyone, just someone. When you finally get that attention you’re looking for, make it easy for the coaches to get in touch with you.  At the end of the video leave an email address where they can reach you or your coach. No need to post your phone number publicly, an email address will get the job done. Also, don’t be afraid to leave your Instagram handle if you have one… as long as you manage your social media posts responsibly.

No matter what sport you play, if you want to get noticed you need to put yourself out there for the world to see. Next time you hit the field make sure the camera is rolling.

“Don’t tell people what kind of player you are, just put on the tape.” – 22

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The Formula for Success

The ABCs of Dream Chasing

The ABC’s

Ambition. Belief. Consistency.  Three ingredients that you can never get enough of.

(Ontario Varsity Football League HOF induction ceremony in Guelph, Spring 2016. Left to right – ME, Austin Huh, Jerome Messam)

From time to time I find myself in the midst of greatness. Over the course of my career I’ve had the privilege of meeting some amazing people. Athletes, executives, entrepreneurs,  parents – the list of people who have made their living while beating the odds is endless. Fascinated by their stories I always ask myself what they all have in common.

In the end, it’s simple. The difference between those who Do and those who Try comes down to three core principles. Ambition, Belief, Consistency. In almost every situation I found that the most successful people were passionate about their goals, made detailed plans and stuck to them.

The ABC’s

Ambition comes from a very personal place inside you.  Ambition is deeper than a craving or a passing thought. Ambition is like hunger. Ambition comes from purpose. When your goals are attached to a worthy cause you will be able to channel new energy to get over any obstacles that may threaten your mission. That energy is called motivation. Only you know what means the world to you. Find something you are passionate about and use that as motivation to propel you towards your goals. When obstacles appear, remember the reason you started and keep your eyes on your ambitions.

“Chase your dream or stay asleep.” – 22

Belief is a strong word.  We usually look for proof of something before we can truly believe it. When it comes to believing in yourself, the proof is in the plan. Not every situation can be planned for ahead of time, but a good strategy goes a long way in avoiding unnecessary trouble.  Set yourself up for success. Find mentors who have experiences to share with you.  Keep yourself accountable by writing things down and setting deadlines.  Your vision will only become clearer as you begin to execute your plan. Monitor your progress and always take the time to plan your next steps.

“Confidence is a product of preparation. Be Confident.” – 22

Consistency is the key. They say that nothing works unless you do. Everyone on earth is given the same 24 hours each day, but it’s what we do with our time that separates us.  Consistency means waking up with the same mindset everyday, looking for that next step towards progress. Think of each day as a deposit in the bank and when you reach your goal you get to make one big withdrawal! Not very many people have the discipline to stay dedicated to their plans. Let your commitment separate you from the pack.  Speed is overrated. It doesn’t matter how fast you work, but rather that you just keep working. Fast or slow, you will always be making more progress than someone who quit.

“Just keep making deposits…” – 22

When it comes to getting the things you want in life just keep it simple. Decide what you want. Make a plan. Work towards it day by day, decision by decision. If you can stay committed, you can make it happen.

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