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Relentless From Good to Great to Unstoppable Paperback – 1 March 2014
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"I consider Tim Grover to be second to none in his knowledge of sports training, and he was an invaluable part of my training program. He is a take-charge person, with a deliberate but energetic and enthusiastic technique." -- Michael Jordan
"Tim Grover’s insight into leadership and excellence has taken the greats to the top, and his book will do the same for you. Relentless is about breaking the rules that hold you back and trusting your instincts to take you where you want to be."
-- Mike "Coach K" Krzyzewski, Duke University and USA Men’s Olympic Basketball head coach, and bestselling author of Leading with the Heart
“This book will do for you what Tim has done for me--take you to the next level, and show you how to be the best at whatever you do. I have unbelievable trust and faith in him.”
-- Dwyane Wade
"In all the years that I coached, inspired and trained world class athletes there was no better resource to collaborate with than Tim Grover." -- Pat Riley, 8-time NBA champion and NBA Hall-of-Fame coach
"If you compete at anything--sports or business or life--you need this book. No one knows more than Tim Grover about competitive intensity, killer instinct and crushing the other guy. He is the best at what he does: Creating champions." -- Charles Barkley
“Grover finally marches the public behind the curtain of decades of work with the likes of Jordan and Kobe Bryant, a riveting read that balances the illumination of the work of those stars and how it can apply to everyone else. . . Magnificent.” -- Adrian Wojnarowski ― ESPN
Straight up. Relentless...is one of the best books I've ever read. -- Jim Rome
“An opus on successful thinking.” ― Sun Sentinel
"A must-read... Grover calls upon his decades of experience working with the world's most eliteathletes to dissect what it takes not just to succeed, but to be the absolutebest." ― Stack.com
About the Author
Shari Lesser Wenk is the cowriter of Tim Grover’s Relentless as well as Start Something with Earl Woods and the Tiger Woods Foundation. She has been a sports agent and bestselling collaborator since 1983. She lives in Chicago.
- Publisher : Scribner (1 March 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1476714207
- ISBN-13 : 978-1476714202
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.29 x 21.27 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If this was the first book you had ever read on sport psychology, then it would probably be quite insightful. However, some of the content on a "champion's mindset" wasn't particularly original.
If you are less interested in basketball references and examples and more interested in sports psychology/the champion's mind there are better books out there.
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I'm not sure if the author taught this mindset to Kobe Bryant, developed this theory from observations of top athletes or just needed three convenient ways of saying "good, better, winner".
Teenage-me would have spooned this stuff up, but as a grown up I find it hard to buy into all these psychological insights that seem to built on barstool anecdotes.
Plus the author is just too much: "Like my friend and client Charles Barkley... threw a guy through a plate glass window... told the judge "I wish I'd taken him to the third floor and thrown him." Oh behave!
There's nothing about how to actually gain the Cleaner mindset. At times he skates close to giving some useful tips, but then just name drops and moves on.
And ultimately I couldn't take the Closer, Cooler, Cleaner concept seriously. I mean really? Are those the best names he could come up with or just the first ones that popped into his head?
There were a few key takeaway points for the real world, but overall this book was just self promoting the author & was directed at other basketball stars that might want to use him.
1. The Cooler
3. The Cleaner
A person that you give a job to, and you will get the desired result. You will not get anything above that or extraordinary. The desired result will be satisfactory, and in the borders of what you asked for. You are not going to get anything exceptional.
Closer is a level above cooler. Closers are people that you can give a task to do and they will deliver great results back . They will deliver it the majority of the time, as long as not too many variables are thrown at them.
This is a whole new level, a “ I do not think” person. They are so well prepared, they do not think and just do. They spend hours and hours of time (years actually) getting prepared, that no matter what is thrown at them they are going to deliver that end result at all times, over and over and over again. They will be exceptional at it. Their instincts are so dead-on, that no matter what variable, what problem is thrown at them, they can adjust on the fly and have the ability to get themselves in the “zone”.
Tim Grover talks about a few of the athletes he has worked with, from the late Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. Reading this book made me also think of soccer super star, Cristiano Ronaldo and how he is a cleaner too. These lessons from sport can be applied in business too. This is one of the best quotes I got from the book: "A great leader knows the best way to get people to raise their performance is to put them where they can truly excel, not just where you want them to excel. Cleaners don't block others from reaching the top with them, if they're capable and ready."
Overall a great read, especially if you are one of those people wanting to keep doing better and better.
1. Mentality of great basketball players
2. Their daily rituals
3. Their mental strength through tough times
4. How you can toughen your mind to become great.
Q. Best thing about the book?
The blunt style of author. Tim uses straight forward approach. No bull_hit no indirect message. Just pure simple easy ways to become great.
Q. Any criticism about the book?
If you are a self help reader then you won't find it that much helpful. Author is giving general advice by relating it with basketball players.
Good read though