Agent: Tracy Scott
Agent Activities: Co-owner of Score Transport
Location: Sydney, Australia
Where to find her: @TracyScottest70 (Twitter)
Author(s): Tim S. Grover with Sheri Lesser Wenk
Report Published: 24th May 2016
Tim Grover is best known for his work with Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade and has set the standard for elite athletics around the world through Attack Athletics. His book Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable will mean you will, after reading it and taking it to heart, literally go from good to unstoppable. It won’t be easy however, and it can at times be very dark and ugly, but it will be worth it!
Grover writes like he speaks with a no-holds barred style, about a topic that will be useful to anyone with an interest in sports. It will also speak to all QUAKE Book Agents that want to read a story that is hard to put down. It is also the type of book that you can read over and over again as each sentence is packed with relevant information.
Relentless is not a book about how to be motivated, it’s a guide on how to accomplish your dreams if you’re willing to do the hard work. Grover tells you exactly what you need to accomplish any goal you have in life. If you have ever wondered “why am I here”, Relentless is THE guidebook. Grover describes people according to his three-tiered system: Coolers, Closers, Cleaners. You can use this system to describe everyone in your life. Some are happy for life to guide their circumstances (Coolers), some are happy with “good enough” when they get it (Closers) and then there is a whole other level whose definition of success keeps changing (Cleaners).
If you are open to the possibility of doing more with what you already have, Grover gives you permission to trust the voice inside of yourself. This will allow you to push further and discover what you can already do and will do in the future.
“In order to have what you really want, you must first be who you really are.”
“Being relentless means never being satisfied. It means creating new goals every time you reach your personal best. If you’re good, it means you don’t stop until you’re great. If you’re great, it means you fight until you’re unstoppable.”
“It’s time to stop listening to what everyone else says about you, telling you what to do, how to act, how you should feel. Let them judge you by your results, and nothing else; it’s none of their business how you get where you’re going. If you’re relentless, there is no halfway, no could or should or maybe. Don’t tell me the glass is half-full or half-empty; you either have something in that glass or you don’t.”
I read Relentless while making a difficult transition from employee to entrepreneur. I was working for a very large multi-national organization and most would have thought that I was having the time of my life. During my 18+ years with the company, I worked hard and made my way up the corporate ladder; doing everything that I thought I should be doing. I had a high-paying job, I travelled extensively across Canada and even relocated to Australia! I was therefore completely blind-sided when my employer used a medical crisis I was going through, to make my position redundant.
I always knew that I would have my own business out of sheer necessity; I never felt like I fit into the corporate world. I hid elements of my true personality and thoughts for most of that time. Thankfully, I had already taken steps towards making my dreams a reality so becoming redundant was the best gift ever. It essentially pulled my security blanket out from under me and forced me to stand on my own two feet.
Relentless helped me understand that it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks about your dreams and gave me the courage to not immediately look for another job. We all need to continuously develop the Cleaner within us and become relentless in pursuing what we want. You shouldn’t care what anyone else thinks; it’s your dream.
Not only did Relentless help me understand that it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks about my dreams, but that I should push myself to dream bigger. Grover shows you how tap into what you already are and not focus on changing who you are. Not only should we not care what others think, but we shouldn’t stop thinking about our dreams. This is what allows you to maintain focus and ensure that you are continuously taking steps to make your dreams a reality.
What I appreciate even more, in hindsight, is Grover’s honesty. He clearly explains that the process isn’t pretty and his words helped me as I encountered more resistance to the changes I was making:
“Cleaners have a dark side, a zone you can’t enter. They get what they want, but they pay for it in solitude. Excellence is lonely. They never stop working, physically or mentally, because it gives them too much time to think about what they’ve had to endure and sacrifice to get to the top. Most people are afraid to climb that high, because if they fail, the fall will kill them. Cleaners are willing to die trying.”
Consequently, Relentless gave me permission to be unapologetically provocative. Bottom line is get people to think on your level and don’t dumb it down!