There’s a lot of people who think watching sports is a waste of time. They are well within their right to think so.
There’s also a lot of people who think it’s pointless to watch sports, and that doing so is for losers.
Well, I think those people are the real losers. If you cannot glean a lesson from another person’s greatness that’s been derived from a place of tireless work effort, that’s a you problem.
A lot of people, when studying the ‘greats’ of the world — as in, those who have invented revolutionary items/materials or achieved undisputed, unequivocal success in general — will often mention the likes of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, etc.
The work ethic of athletes can be studied, as well. However, a ton of people write that off by saying, “Well, that’s all talent!” Oh? If it’s all talent, then you wouldn’t see so many draft busts in professional sports. You know what I mean: players with a lot of hype backed by a ton of talent who don’t work out very well in the pros. If you don’t think work ethic, mental/physical toughness and an unshakable, resilient drive through action to be the best is a factor in the lives of these folks, then you are a goddamn dunce.
Everybody, no matter who you are, in all walks of life can peruse this book and reap lessons and motivation from this book. Grover preaches taking action and not thinking in order to be a go-getter. What I mean by not thinking is, overthinking! Overthinking kills your happiness and breeds self-doubt.
He also writes about consistency and overcoming mental/physical pains, knowing your limits and still doing what you need to do to work at your passion.
In one part of the book, he writes about how after every game he’d ask Michael Jordan, “five, six or seven?” in reference to when they were going to train the next morning. MJ would give Grover his answer and, sure enough, the next day Grover would be outside his door and they’d head to the gym, whether it was after a win, loss, good game, bad game, soreness, fatigue… didn’t fucking matter. Jordan would be working at his craft. Same with Kobe Bryant.
Even if you are a nail stylist… how can you not garner a remnant of motivation from that? You go out and be the best damn nail stylist you can possible be. Be the best in the world!
Be insatiable in your desire to work.
If you ever venture to Reddit, you’d know the /r/getmotivated subreddit is an absolute plague… Negative Nancys left and right.
Somebody made a post about a year ago about how you are not always going to feel like doing the things necessary to help you grow. That’s a truth. That person also wrote that, perhaps, for certain amounts of time you might find yourself in an occupation or at a school you aren’t going to want to be at, but since it’s temporary and you can find a light at the end of the tunnel, you could have the self-discipline to push yourself through bad days and otherwise tough times.
I agreed and agree (now) wholeheartedly with that.
However, a few of the good ol’ cynics, Simpleton Susies and negative Nancys of Reddit disagreed.
Some guy said, “Well, if you don’t do something you love, you are going to quit eventually or you are going to lose every ounce of your soul doing something that’s life-sucking.”
These people missed the point.
Life isn’t going to be sunshine and rainbows every day. You can’t enjoy every single thing you do. That’s not a negative mindset. That’s a realist view of the world. It’s not all black and white; there’s more gray than anything. There’s nothing wrong about going through a little bit of pain and despair to get what you want or where you need to be.
Wasn’t it Bob Ross, the painter, who said that you have to have some rain to appreciate the sunshine?
What separates the haves from the have nots is a willingness to not embrace excuses and to show up, do what you need to do regardless of whether you feel good or not.
Planning without action is mental masturbation. Action without planning is equally weak, because it’s not sustainable if you don’t know what the hell you are doing.
It’s a damn good book and I highly recommend reading it no matter where you are in life.