Today’s book is called Raise Your Game, by Alan Stein Jr.
It’s a business-sports-psychology book that was making the rounds on IG last year and that I decided to pick up. Every month, I take a chance on a few books I’m not 100% I’m going to like, and in this case I came up with a winner.
One simple quote that stood out immediately came from Kobe Bryant, who left this life far too soon. He said that “If everyone worked as hard as I did, I’d be out of a job.”
Some of my notes on the book are below, and then we’ll get into a little bit of discussion regarding the above quote.
Today’s Book on Amazon: Raise Your Game, by Alan Stein Jr.
FROM MY NOTES:
“He has learned from the best, so he became the best.”
Success is a result of what we do all of the time
Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals
“You can’t pay someone else to do your push-ups.”
No one ever seems to complain about their own attitude and effort. They’re always complaining about things they can’t control.
“You don’t have to love the hard work. You just have to crave the end result so intensely that the hard work is irrelevant.”
“I didn’t come this far only to come this far.”
“The moment we are born, our hourglass gets flipped over.”
Unseen Hours: All the time and effort no one else gets to see.
“People are rewarded in public for things they practice for years in private.”
“For forty-five minutes I was shocked. For forty-five minutes I watched the best player in the world do the most basic drills.”
“If everyone worked as hard as I did, I’d be out of a job.”
“If you don’t change your direction, you will end up exactly where you are headed.”
Kobe Bryant said that “If everyone worked as hard I did, I’d be out of a job.” He means that he’s not talented, basically. Sure, he’s ‘talented,’ but it’s like, big deal. There are lots of people who are talented.
That being said, you never want to get outworked by someone with half your talent.
I would hate to lose if I knew that I only lost because I didn’t work hard enough. I would have won, but I was too damn lazy. I don’t know how people can handle that, psychologically!
Of course, since there’s nuance in everything, you may come to realize that you simply don’t WANT to work that hard. And that’s fine, but just realize that talent can only take you so far. You have certain natural gifts, other people have certain natural gifts, but the field of epi-genetics has shown us that our gifts, our genes, are only activated if we take certain actions.
That is, our potential is only fulfilled when we put in the requisite hard work.
All the best,
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