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Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable (Tim Grover Winning Series) Paperback – March 11, 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.
- ASIN : 1476714207
- Publisher : Scribner; 3/17/13 edition (March 11, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781476714202
- ISBN-13 : 978-1476714202
- Item Weight : 7.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.38 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I’m not the type of person that enjoys self-help books; I think the majority are either too cheesy or too self-righteous. “Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable” was the latter. The author is very full of himself, and it comes through in every page. Tim Grover loves to constantly mention all of the famous athletes that he has coached, which is fine to an extent, but it got to the point where it felt like name dropping.
However, my main issue with this book is the overall philosophy. Tim Grover postulates that you can only be truly great at one thing; he call this being a “Cleaner”, and encourages the reader to ignore every aspect of his or her life EXCEPT that one thing they want to achieve greatness in. Want to be an expert in the stock market? Welp, I guess you are going to have to ignore your wife and kids. Has it always been your dream to ski professionally? I guess you are just going to have to be poor until you make it big. This all-or-nothing philosophy is, in my opinion, inherently false and I believe a way for Tim Grover to feel better about ignoring most everything but is coaching career. I do think that it is important to work hard to achieve your goals, but philosophy outlined in this book takes it way too far.
A few other disturbing parts of this book:
1. There is a lot of talk that reminds me of an “alpha male” mentality. One chapter is called “When You’re a Cleaner...You Don’t Compete with Anyone, You Find Your Opponent’s Weakness and Attack”. I don’t want to “attack” anyone, I’m not an animal. I know that I can be successful without dragging others down.
2. Tim Grover thinks that everyone has a dark side, which is true to an extent, but he also believes that no one should apologize when they wrong other people. He believes that cleaners embrace that dark side. Do you think that Tiger Woods acted inappropriately and was right to take a break from golf? Tim Grover doesn’t! He thinks that Tiger Woods should not have apologized and that he was showing weakness by doing so.
3. According to this book, you should never be satisfied with your achievements. There is actually a chapter called “When You’re a Cleaner...You Don’t Celebrate Your Achievements Because You Always Want More”. Make sure that nothing you do is ever good enough, and be sure to work yourself into an early grave.
I’m a small forward for the girls varsity basketball team at my school. I did in fact play varsity my freshman year not only lettering, but also starting 99% of the games(only not starting when I was “ineligible”).
I started with four seniors, three of which had incredible talent. You can already see how I might have been a little intimidated.
I like to think i have pretty good skills. I ended the season averaging about 7 points a game, when I was only supposed to be a fifth person on the court.( I know it’s not really that impressive). The entire season I struggled to maintain my dominance on the court always being pushed down by the seniors. It got to the point where I was yelling at my teammates and referees on the court. It left me somewhat scarred and unable to return to the game I had originally came in with.
My mental game was destroyed even more than it already was. I have been repeatedly scolded by my couch in my summer league about my attitude and body language towards my teammates.
It’s hard to change who you are. It’s hard to suppress your anger when your teammates have no interest in winning. Right now we are 0-6 in a freaking summer league. I’ve been told by every adult in my life that I need to be a leader, but how can you be a leader when nobody listens and your coach constantly shuts you down?
This book has taught me that I don’t need to change who I am. I’m not broken. I’m not somebody who has to suppress their feelings to make everybody else happy. Tim Grover has written a book that tells people like me that who I am is my greatest asset. I should channel the anger I get while playing into my game. If my teammate misses a shot I should get the rebound and put it back up. If they turn the ball over I need to be the first one back on defense to stop the fast break.
This book is a work of gold. It’s not a self help book if that’s what you’re looking for. It’s not going to give you step by step details of how to be the best. Grover explains his experiences training the best of the best and how he helped them get there. He gave us a blueprint for success and invited us to take the journey needed to make it. I highly suggest you purchase this book.
Sorry if it’s a bit too TMI. I felt that I needed to really explain why and how this book impacted me. I hope that if you decide to purchase the book you succeed in whatever you’re striving for and I hope you’re ready to put in the work to make it happen.
So I bought the book.
BOOM! It nails it. I can relate to a lot of what he says. I've always known that there are just a lot of weak people out there that can't keep up or perform at top levels. That's not something to ignore and say "oh everybody is special in their own way" or "i'm sure he's a nice person so it's okay" - when it's time to perform you have to perform! End of story. This book is for the people who can (or at least have the desire and are working on being able to) perform at top levels. It goes into the mindset of a high achiever. It gives you permission to act the way you already know you want to act deep down inside. If you always listen to the weak people and their beliefs on how you should behave it begins to tame your inner beast! This book is a breath of fresh air in a world where there's an epidemic of mediocrity and conformity and weakness.
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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!
Sure he doesn't spoon feed everything to you as some 1 star reviewers are moaning about. And?
Read the book, interpret what he says and look at how you can apply it to your own life. I sincerely wish I had this book when I was a teenager.
Thank you TIm. You've unleashed something lying within me that I've left dormant for way too long.
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.