Tim Grover is one of my personal heroes, the author of one of my favourite books, and a rather large reason why I decided to become a Strength Coach. Some might recognize that name from Michael Jordan’s Docuseries, The Last Dance, on Netflix, and others who are unfamiliar with Tim Grover might recognize a couple of his more prominent clients. Ever heard of Michael Jordan, Dwyane Wade or Kobe Bryant?. If Tim Grover and all of his awesome ideas are new to you, I would love to have the honour of putting you on!
After losing to the Pistons in the Eastern Conference Final for the second straight time in 1990, Jordan swore to quit getting "outmuscled" and teamed up with Tim Grover. The rest is history.
In this particular review, I am going to be going through Tim Grover’s book, Relentless. Being a best-selling author, however, is only a fraction of what Grover has found tremendous success doing in his lifetime. After his own basketball career got derailed due to a nasty knee injury, Tim Grover took it upon himself to be the best trainer of pro athletes in the world. Facing ridicule for going to school to get a degree in Kinesiology (relatable), he shut down all the comments about becoming a gym teacher or health club employee and trusted his goals.
A couple of years later and Tim Grover was now training some of the greatest basketball players of all time. Three of his rather successful athletes in Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Dwyane Wade have a combined 14 NBA Championships, 6 League MVPs, 9 Finals MVPs, and 13 NBA Scoring Titles. This guy gets results. He revolutionized the world of being a professional trainer, bringing so much more than a workout plan to his athletes. He was available 24/7, delivering lessons on mindset, tending to injury or even getting the pizza that gave Michael Jordan food poisoning before his infamous ‘Flu game’.
Two of Tim Grover’s most notable clients, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade, celebrating an Olympic Gold Medal after defeating Spain in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Grover has since transitioned into a keynote speaker, delivering straight to the point, sometimes uncomfortably honest speeches to individuals around the world looking to become relentless.
Now that you have an idea for the type of high-level results Tim Grover delivers to driven individuals, let’s dive into Relentless and transition you from Good to Great to Unstoppable!
Tim Grover holds individuals accountable and gives guidance on their journey to becoming their best selves, but knows that the only way that’s truly going to happen is from inside.
Tim Grover describes being relentless as “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.” The job always has to get done, and the end results are all that matters. Each time you reach a personal best, you create new goals. The relentless mindset that Grover describes is very similar to the Sled Dog Mentality that we try to instill into our athletes. Individuals who possess these qualities whether they are aware of it or not are what Grover calls Cleaners.
Tim Grover classifies people into 3 categories: Cleaners, Closers, and Coolers. Good, great, unstoppable.
You give a job to a Cooler and you will get the desired result. Nothing more, nothing less. Nothing exceptional is going to come from a Cooler, but for the most part, they are good at what they do.
A Closer is an individual who can get you great results time after time, granted there aren’t too many variables. Most of the time, a Closer will deliver amazing results.
A Cleaner is at the top of the totem pole. Cleaners define what it means to be relentless. No matter what challenges get thrown at them they will continue to deliver exceptional results every single time.
Source - Relentless by Tim Grover
It’s easy enough to say you’re a Cleaner, but hard to turn your words into action and be one. Cleaners are the top 1%, the individuals who can’t bear the idea of finishing anywhere other than first no matter what the scenario. Grover says that Cleaners live every day through the values present in the Relentless 13.
To truly understand and begin to implement the Relentless 13 into your life, I suggest that you actually read the book and absorb the examples that Tim Grover gives for each point. Nonetheless, here’s a quick list of the 13 values that Cleaners share in common. Remember that to be a Cleaner you don’t have to demonstrate all of these traits at all times, but all Cleaners have experienced them at some point.
When you’re a Cleaner…
Take a minute and think about each bullet point and where it applies/where you can apply it to your life.
Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan were two of the fiercest competitors to walk the face of the Earth and lived the identity of a Cleaner every single day.
If you’ve read the whole article, you should know my answer. Of course you should read this book. Even if you don’t completely agree with all 13 of Tim Grover’s traits (I know I don’t agree with controlling uncontrollables and not celebrating achievements), the mentality presented in this book will fuel you to succeed in whatever walk of life you wish, not only in sports.
Grover is direct, unapologetic, honest, and not afraid to say what he believes throughout the length of the book. Some might be put off from him because of this style, but Cleaners understand exactly where he’s coming from and why he’s saying the things that he’s saying.
The relentless mindset isn’t easy and it sure isn’t for everyone, but I know that the majority of the following that I have built on this website are high achieving individuals wanting to find an edge on the competition, so I believe that this book can bring tremendous value to a lot of your lives. Do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of Relentless by Tim Grover today.
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