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The Price of Excellence: Tim Grover on Winning and Success Renowned performance coach Tim Grover uncovers the often-overlooked elements of achieving success, providing fresh insights into the journey to greatness.

By Jeff Fenster

Key Takeaways

  • The Solitude of Success: Grover brings to light the often overlooked solitude that accompanies the pursuit of success. It's in these moments of quiet reflection where champions can fully grasp the magnitude of their achievement and the efforts they've made.
  • From Motivation to Elevation: Grover differentiates between the initial spark of motivation and the sustaining fire of elevation. He underscores that real success goes beyond the initial motivation, and depends on the sustained passion, drive, and determination one can maintain.
  • The Indispensable Guide: Grover emphasizes the critical role a coach or mentor plays in the journey to success. Drawing examples from legends like Kobe, Jordan, and LeBron, he underscores the necessity of having a guiding figure through the challenging voyage towards greatness.
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What separates champions from the ordinary? What is the path that leads to the pinnacle of success? These are questions that endlessly fascinate us, and rightfully so. Tim Grover, renowned performance coach who has transformed great athletes like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant into the legends they are today, dissects these mysteries in a compelling conversation with Jeff Fenster, the force behind everbowl and host of 'The Jeff Fenster Show'.

The Solitude of Success

Grover paints a rather unexpected picture of success: a champion, alone, basking in the glow of victory. This seeming paradox, according to Grover, is integral to achieving greatness. It's the solitude that forces champions to confront the efforts that fuel their triumph and truly appreciate their journey. This nuanced view of success upends the traditional narrative, offering a poignant look at the hidden toll of excellence.

Finding Your 'Why'

Another essential piece of the success puzzle that Grover emphasizes is the 'why'. Every successful person, whether an athlete, a CEO, or an entrepreneur, has a purpose that serves as the driving force behind their journey. The pursuit of a goal is meaningless without a purpose, a mission, a vision. According to Grover, this 'why' is what keeps one fueled during trying times. It's an interesting perspective that underscores the importance of purpose in any endeavor.

Motivation vs Elevation: Understanding the Difference

Most people believe motivation is the key to success. Grover challenges this notion, drawing a crucial distinction between motivation and elevation. He eloquently states, "Motivation is the spark that gets you going. Elevation is the fire that keeps you going." This paradigm shift reminds us that motivation is just the beginning. The fire that propels us forward, keeps us going, is the passion, the drive, the determination, and the relentless will to succeed.

Counting the Cost of Excellence

Grover doesn't sugarcoat the harsh reality of the pursuit of excellence. He lays it bare: "Winning will cost you everything, but we will reward you with so much more." This stark reminder underscores the commitment required to reach the pinnacle of greatness. It serves as a wake-up call to those who seek the rewards of success without being willing to pay the price.

The Indispensable Role of a Coach

Grover also emphasizes the often-underestimated role of a mentor in the journey to success. He points out that even the best, like Kobe, Jordan, or LeBron, had a coach guiding them through their toughest moments. He argues for the necessity of having a guiding light to navigate the dark and challenging moments in one's journey.

In conclusion, Grover's insights into the nature of success force us to question our conventional understanding. His philosophies - the importance of understanding the loneliness of success, finding one's 'why', distinguishing between motivation and elevation, acknowledging the cost of excellence, and recognizing the role of a mentor, provide a thought-provoking narrative on what it truly takes to achieve greatness. As Grover succinctly states, "Winning will cost you everything, but we will reward you with so much more," reminding us of the trials and triumphs inherent in the pursuit of success.

Jeff Fenster

Founder, Everbowl

Jeff Fenster is an award winning entrepreneur, best selling author, podcast host and expert in relationship capital.

His entrepreneurial success is vast - ranging from a quick serve restaurant chain, payroll and HR company, digital marketing agency and a construction company. But no matter what venture Jeff pursues, he lives by the principle of putting people first.

He was named a Empact100 Showcase Top 100 Entrepreneur in 2013, 2019's Top 40 Executive Under 40 by the San Diego Business Journal, and a Top Entrepreneur to Watch for 2020 by Thrive Global.

Jeff’s acclaimed podcast, The Jeff Fenster Show, features successful entrepreneurs, celebrities and athletes sharing their insights and stories of success. Today, Jeff speaks around the country on entrepreneurial mindset, authentic networking and vertical integration.

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