Relentless by Tim Grover
When I picked this book, I had no idea who Tim S. Grover was.
I assumed he was a Navy Seal, and I put the book in the same category as the book, Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin. However, I subsequently discovered that the author is actually a very famous basketball coach!
Basketball is not a big sport in the U.K., so you can forgive me for now knowing who he was.
What’s the book about?
The book is all about how to be unstoppable and how to be relentless.
What makes some basketball players, such as Michael Jordan and Koby Bryant, stand out from all the other great players? What is it that makes them a cut above the rest?
It’s their mindset, their attitude, and their work ethic which helps make them the best of the best of the best.
It’s being relentless! ..and that’s what this book tries to teach.
A quote that helps to sum-up the relentless mindset perfectly, is “You don’t have to love the hard work; you just have to crave the end result.”
But something’s missing …
I love the whole ethos of the book and the lessons that it teaches. However, I feel as though there is something missing…
…but I don’t know what that something is.
It could be that Tim is trying to teach something that it simply unteachable. Either you have it in you, or you don’t.
It’s all a blur
At times, I felt as though the layout was rather messy.
Although the content is broken down into chapters and each chapter does have a focus, they all just seem to blur into one, and nothing really stands out on its own.
For me, the lessons that the author is trying to teach just didn’t come across in a clear way.
I’m also going to make an assumption that the author didn’t actually write this book. Instead, I think he narrated it and someone else wrote it for him. That’s totally fine. Lots of people use ghostwriters. But this may explain why the book felt messy and the chapters blurred; because the book is based on a speaking explanation.
To give you more of a flavor of what’s included in the book, here are a few of the chapters headings and qualities that make someone relentless and unstoppable.
- “You keep pushing yourself harder when everyone else has had enough.”
- “You’re not intimidated by pressure. You thrive on it.”
- “You have a dark side that refuses to be taught to be good.”
- “You know exactly who you are.”
- “You trust very few people but those you trust better never let you down.”
- “You don’t celebrate your achievements because you always want more.”
In each chapter, the author goes into these qualities in more detail and notes how he’s observed them in those top players.
My overall thoughts
Overall, I love what this book stands for and what it’s teaching. I love what the author has to say and the whole concept of the book.
It’s not trying to ‘glam’ anything up. Tim is brutally honest about what it takes to be the best of the best of the best. It’s far from easy and it’s far from glamorous. You have to be prepared to give more of your own blood, sweat, and tears, than anyone else.
Sadly, I just feel that there’s something missing from the book. It may be the way the book is structured, or it may be that Tim is trying to teach something that is, in fact, unteachable.
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