Interview with Michael Jordan’s personal trainer and Relentless author, Tim Grover
Grover divides performers into 3 levels of effectiveness: Coolers, Closers, and Cleaners. The “Cleaners” are top level, clutch performers who always reach down inside themselves to nail the winning shot. They are instinctual in their approach, deeply focused on the task at hand, and they set the standard for excellence.
“Your obligation to yourself to be the best has to be greater than any outside pressure on you.” Tim cites Tom Brady and MJ as athletes who exemplify this trait.
“We’re not born with greatness. That’s bullshit! You earn greatness. You have to fight like hell to get to paradise. People don’t know how to fight anymore. People quit [too often these days]… It’s the icons who fight like hell to succeed.”
We’re all going to fail at something. It’s only failure if you don’t bounce back.
On dealing with pressure: “Everybody can handle pressure. Most people decide not to. We run from it. Stress is just pressure you won’t deal with.”
The Importance of Mindset: “Before you have an exceptional skill set, you need to have a great mindset.