Tim S. Grover quotes

Who is Tim S. Grover?

Tim S. Grover was the personal trainer of basketball heroes Michael Jordan, Dwyane Wade and the late great Kobe Bryant. Grover is also the author of the motivational book 'Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable'.

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Tim S. Grover quotes

“A true Cleaner never tells you what he’s doing or what he’s planning. You find out after the job is complete.”

Tim S. Grover Relentless

“After every game, I used to ask Michael Jordan one question: Five, six, or seven? As in, what time are we hitting the gym tomorrow morning? And he’d snap back a time, and that was it.

Especially after a loss, when there wasn’t a whole lot else to say. No discussion, no debate, no lame attempt to convince me he needed the morning off. You good? I’m good. See you in the morning.

And the next morning at whatever time he’d decided, he’d awaken to find me standing outside his door. No matter what had happened the night before – good game, bad game, soreness, fatigue – he was up working out every morning while most of the other guys slept.”

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“Always alone, even in a crowd, even when you’re surrounded by an entire arena of fans screaming your name. Alone in your head, alone with that buzz no one but you can feel… no outside static. No distraction.”

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“Anyone can start something; very few people can finish.”

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“Are you listening to others, or to your own instincts?”

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“As long as you continue to deny responsibility , you have the added burden of covering your mistake, and you know the truth will eventually come out anyway. Why bother prolonging the drama? You screwed up, admit it.”

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“As you sit back doing nothing because you are afraid to make a mistake, someone else is out there making all kinds of mistakes, learning from them, and getting to where you wanted to be. And probably laughing at your weakness.”

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“Ask yourself where are you now, and where you want to be instead. Ask yourself what you’re willing to do to get there. Then make a plan to get there. Act on it.”

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“Athletic success is the result of knowing what to do, the willingness to do it, and the drive to continually improve at it.”

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“Be honest: Would you be as successful if you followed all the rules and always behaved and never took chances? No, you’d be just like everyone else, scared about failing and worried about being liked.”

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“Being relentless means 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.”

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“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 means becoming a Cleaner.”

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“Being the best means engineering your life so you never stop until you get what you want, and then you keep going until you get what’s next. And then you go for even more.”

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“Believe this: Everything you need to be great is already inside you. All your ambitions and secrets, your darkest dreams. They’re waiting for you to just let go.”

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“Can you be the best? Of course you can. Then why are you still questioning your ability to do it?

Quick answer: because at some point, you made something simple into something complicated, and you stopped trusting yourself.”

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“Can you get comfortable being uncomfortable?”

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“Cleaner Law: when you are going through a world of pain, you never hide. You show up to work ready to go, you face adversity and your critics and those who judge you, you step into the zone and perform at that top level when everyone is expecting you to falter. That’s being a professional.”

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“Cleaner’s attitude can be summed up in three words: I own this. He walks in with confidence and leaves with results. A Cleaner has the guts and the vision to steer everything to his advantage.”

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“Cleaners are rule-breakers when they have to be; they only care about the end result. When things go wrong and everyone else starts to panic, the Cleaner is calm and unflappable, cool and steady, never too high or too low, never too happy or too depressed.”

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“Cleaners do the hardest things first, just to show there’s no task too big.”

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“Cleaners don’t care about instant gratification. The invest in the long therm payoff.”

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“Cleaners have a dark side, and 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.”

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“Cleaners never feel external pressure; they only believe what’s inside them. You can criticize, analyze, demonize a Cleaner, but he’s still only going to feel pressure from within. He knows what he’s doing right, and what he’s doing wrong. He does not care what you think. He steps out of his comfort zone and challenges himself to get to the next level.”

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“Cleaners sacrifice the rest to get what they want the most.”

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“Cleaners understand they don’t have to love the work to be successful; they just have to be relentless about achieving it, and everything else in between is a diversion and a distraction from the ultimate prize.”

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“Complete focus for complete results.”

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“Crave the result so intensely that the work is irrelevant.”

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“Decide. Commit. Act. Succeed. Repeat.”

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“Do the work every day! You have to do something you don’t want to do. Every day. Challenge yourself to be uncomfortable, push past the apathy and laziness and fear. Otherwise, the next day you’re going to have two things you don’t want to do, then three and four and five, and pretty soon, you can’t even get back to the first thing.”

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“Do you truly want to get even with everyone, or do you really want to get ahead of them? Why stand next to anyone when you can push beyond them? In the game of basketball, you get around someone so you can get past them. Play this game the same way. You go for the win, you don’t settle for a tie.”

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“Don’t tell me the glass is half-full or half-empty; you either have something in that glass or you don’t.”

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“Every accomplishment is just a stepping-stone to the next challenge; as soon as they’ve hit their target, they’re already stalking their next conquest.”

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“Every minute that you sit around trying to figure out what to do, someone else is already doing it. Make a choice or a choice will be made for you. A Cleaner makes decisions because there’s no chance in the world he’s going to let anyone else make a decision for him.”

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“Every time you think you can’t, you have to do it anyway.”

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“Everyone is given some ability at birth.”

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“Everything gets easier when you stop expecting it to be easy.”

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“Figure out what you do, then do it. And do it better than anyone else.”

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“From this point, your strategy is to make everyone else get on your level, you’re not going down to theirs. You’re not competing with anyone else, ever again. They’re going to have to compete with you. From now on, the end result is all that matters.”

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“Fuck 'try'. Trying is an open invitation to failure, just another way of saying, “If I fail, it’s not my fault, I tried...”

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“Get comfortable being uncomfortable, or find another place to fail.”

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“Good things come to those who work.”

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“Greatness makes you a legend; being the best makes you an icon. If you want to be great, deliver the unexpected. If you want to be the best, deliver a miracle.”

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“Have the confidence to trust that you can handle anything.”

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“He never sees problems, only situations to resolve, and when he finds the solution, he doesn’t waste time explaining it. He just says, 'I got this'.”

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“He played a near-perfect game, but to him, not perfect enough.”

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“Here’s the key: I’m not going to tell you how to change. People don’t change. I want you to trust who you already are, and get to that zone where you can shut out all the noise, all the negativity and fear and distractions and lies, and achieve whatever you want, in whatever you do.”

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“I can’t believe how lucky that guy is, I could do that if… Stop. You could do that if… what? If you put in more time and effort? If you commit to whatever is making it work for him? If you’re willing to pay the price he’s paying? What’s he doing that you can’t do?”

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“I don’t care how good you think you are, or how great others think you are—you can improve, and you will. Being relentless means 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 minute your mind thinks, 'Done', your instincts say, 'Next'.”

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“I don’t understand the concept of failure. If you don’t succeed at everything you do on your first attempt, does that mean you ‘failed’? Isn’t it a good thing that you keep coming back and working at it until you succeed? How can that be a failure?”

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“I know it’s not easy, but you can’t stay in your comfort zone and expect results. Challenge yourself. Don’t be afraid to be uncomfortable. We can’t help people committed to failure.”

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“If you did it, own it. If you said it, stand by it. Not just the mistakes, but all your decisions and choices. That’s your reputation. Make it count. If you want your opinions to have value, you have to be willing to put them out there and mean what you say. Two things you can’t let anyone take from you: your reputation and your balls. That means accepting the pressure of taking responsibility for everything you say and do.”

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“If you had a bad night and you can’t show up the next day ready to go, or you can’t show up at all, that doesn’t affect just you, it affects everyone around you. A professional doesn’t let other people down just because of personal issues. If you need to show up, you show up. You might detest every individual in the room, but if your presence makes them all feel better, if it pulls the team together, if it results in better performances, then you’ve helped yourself to get one step closer to your own goal. That’s how you get others to come up to your level: show them where it is, and set the example that allows them to get there.”

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“If you start with someone average, someone with limited expectations, everything is an improvement.”

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“In anything you do, it takes no talent to work hard. You just have to want to do it.”

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“In order to have what you really want, you must first be who you really are.”

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“It’s easy to improve on mediocrity, not so easy to improve on excellence.”

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“It’s not weak to recognize when it’s time to shift directions.”

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“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.”

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“Just show up, work hard, and listen. That’s your part of the deal. Do the work.”

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“Make a plan that truly reflects your goals and interests, and you'll be more likely to execute. Why pretend you're going to work out every single day when you know you're only going to do it three times a week?”

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“Mental toughness is believing without a doubt, that whatever happens, you got this.”

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“Most people are the lion in the cage. Safe, tame, predictable, waiting for something to happen. But for humans, the cage isn’t made of glass and steel bars, it’s made of bad advice and low self-esteem and bullshit rules and tortured thinking about what you can’t do or what you’re supposed to do.”

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“Most people who claim to have killer instinct rarely do, because when you have that kind of power, you don’t talk about it. You don’t think about it. You just use it.”

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“No trainer or coach or expert can make you good or great or unstoppable if you’re not going to do the work, if you’re waiting for someone to make it happen for you. It’s on you. And that’s why I’m telling you all of this, not because I want you to know what I do for my guys, but because I want you to know what you have to do for yourself.”

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“Once you start blaming others, you’re admitting you had no control over the situation. And without that control, you can’t create a solution.”

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“Our challenge in life is to use the abilities we have, and to compensate for the abilities we don’t have. Successful people compensate for what they don’t have. Unsuccessful people make excuses, blame everyone else and never get past the deficiencies.”

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“Overthinking imaginary problems just generates fear and anxiety. There is only a situation, your response and an outcome. Prepare yourself with everything you’ll need to succeed, then act.”

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“People are always asking me about the secrets and tricks I use to get results. Sorry if this disappoints you: There are no secrets. There are no tricks. If anything, it’s the opposite: Whether you’re a pro athlete or a guy running a business or driving a truck or going to school, it’s simple. Ask yourself where you are now, and where you want to be instead. Ask yourself what you’re willing to do to get there. Then make a plan to get there. Act on it. There are no shortcuts.”

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“People who don’t pursue their own dreams probably won’t encourage you to pursue yours.”

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“People who preach inner drive are dreamers with a lot of ideas and a lot of talk, and zero production.”

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“People who start at the top never understand what they missed at the bottom. The guy who started by sorting the mail, or cleaning the restaurant late at night, or fixing the equipment at the gym, that’s the guy who knows how things get done. After he’s eventually worked his way up through the ranks, he knows how everything works, why it works, what to do when it stops working. That’s the guy who will have longevity and value and impact, because he knows what it took to get to the top. You can’t claim you ran a marathon if you started at the seventeenth mile.”

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“Physical dominance can make you great. Mental dominance is what ultimately makes you unstoppable.”

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“Preparation is the key!”

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“Proving yourself over and over: you want it for yourself, not for anyone.”

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“Relentless is about never being satisfied, always driving to be the best, and then getting even better.”

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“Success isn’t the same as talent. The world is full of incredibly talented people who never succeed at anything. They show up, do what they do, and if it doesn’t work out, they blame everyone else because they believe talent should be enough. It’s not. If you want to be truly successful, you can’t be content with 'pretty good'. You need to find an extra gear.”

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“Surround yourself with those who want you to succeed, who recognize what it takes to be successful. People who don’t pursue their own dreams probably won’t encourage you to pursue yours.”

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“Talk never goes up in price, it’s always free, and you usually get what you pay for.”

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“Tell yourself what to do, and stop waiting for others to lay it all out.”

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“That’s how I learned: you figure it out.”

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“That’s what champions do; they put people in place to get results and make everyone else around them look better.”

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“The drive to close the gap between near-perfect and perfect is the difference between great and unstoppable.”

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“The greats never stop learning. Instinct and talent without technique just makes you reckless, like a teenager driving a powerful, high-performance vehicle. Instinct is raw clay that can be shaped into a masterpiece, if you develop skills that match your talent. That can only come from learning everything there is to know about what you do.”

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“The only exception to the emotions rule is anger: controlled anger is a deadly weapon.”

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“The only way you can light other people on fire is to be lit yourself, from the inside.”

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“There are not shortcuts, no luck.”

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“There’s no off-season when you’re serious about being a winner.”

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“We never saw obstacles or problems, we only saw situations in need of solutions.”

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“What would you have to sacrifice to have what you really want? Your social life? Relationships? Credit cards? Free time? Sleep? Now answer this question: What are you willing to sacrifice? If those two lists don’t match up, you don’t want it badly enough.”

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“When did hard work become a skill? It doesn’t take talent to work hard, anyone can do it. Show up, work hard and listen. It takes a willingness to be dedicated, to improve, to be better.”

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“When you are confident, you don’t care about what others think. You can take your mistakes seriously but still laugh because you know you can and will do better. Cleaners always have the confidence to know they’ll get it right. Accept the consequences and move on.”

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“When you feel jealousy, you shift all your attention and energy to whoever is making you jealous.”

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“When you use your body for a living, you have one job and it requires one thing: work hard to stay in peak condition. That’s it.”

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“When you’re great, you trust your instincts. When you’re unstoppable, your instincts trust you.”

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“When you’re tired, sore, and can’t do more, that’s the time to do more.”

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“Whether you’re an athlete, an entrepreneur, a CEO, a rock star, or you’re just starting out in life, know what you know and what you don’t know. Most of the time when we ask for advice, we don’t want the truth. We want the answer we are seeking. Be open to advice that goes against what you want.”

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“You already know what you have to do, and you know how to do it. What’s stopping you?”

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“You can be good playing it safe. You can’t be relentless unless you’re willing to take chances. Safe makes you good, chances make you great.”

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“You can’t keep improving if you fear others will disapprove of what you’re doing.”

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“You don’t become unstoppable by following the crowd, you get there by doing something better than anyone else can do it, and proving every day why you are the best at what you can do.”

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“You don’t have to love it. You just have to believe it’s worth it in the end.”

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“You have to be willing to fail if you are going to trust your yourself to act from the gut, and than adapt as you go. That’s the confidence that allows you to take risks and know that whatever happens, you will figure it out. Adapt, and adapt again.”

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“You make decisions, not suggestions; you know the answer while everyone else is still asking questions.”

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