The ability to stick to what we start is among the most challenging things for humans to do, especially in this age of minute by minute blast of distractions. The longer the journey and the loftier the end goal, the greater is the chance that the road will be littered with bumps. Some of them will make you wonder whether the journey is worth it, and you may even find yourself contemplating other avenues. Wondering how good it would feel to just quit.
But you then remember that others before you, who have managed to be successful also went through the same doubts you may be facing at the moment. You remember that the difference between them and many other dreamers who never made it was that the first group managed to stick to their vision no matter how hard it got.
The book “Relentless” is really a library of valuable lessons on the kind of mentality that drives the best to succeed. By adopting the way of thinking described in the book, you also, automatically earn the ability to stick to things. You learn how to deal with the storms that will eventually come your way, and still come out on top.
1.How hungry you are will influence how you engage with the world
The first lesson is that the degree of “hunger” will dictate how one engages with the world. Without giving away to much of the book, the author brings to light the idea that there are 3 kinds of people. Among their many differences, in a fundamental level they differ on how much they want to succeed at their field of choice. If you’re a part of the first group your desire for success is not very high, so much so that you may be content with nothing more than being a part of someone else’s success story. The second group wants to succeed for themselves but they have in their heads an idea of how much will be enough. The third group on the other hand, is constantly purusiuing success, so much so that they eventually manage to make a name for themselves not only when they’re alive, but long after that.
The point is not to make anyone feel bad for the way they are. It’s ok to want less or more. The point is to be aware of what it takes to get what you truly want.
2.You can’t strive to be the best at all areas of life
The second big lesson is that you can’t be successful in all areas of life. Today, it’s not enough to be successful in one’s career to be happy. One also has to have the perfect family and be the best neighbor one can be. The problem, as the author teaches, is that to excel in any one of the areas above one has to declare that he doesn’t care about anything else. Every one of these areas takes a lot of time and energy to be good at.
So the point is to accept the fact that there will be some areas of your life that you won’t excel at. In fact, there will some areas of life you will underperform especially when you decide to succeed at any one of them.
3.The importance of acting like a professional
The third deep lesson is to carry yourself like a professional. The author brings up the fact that the best carry themselves differently. Those who manage to stay in the collective memory don’t manage to do so by being sloppy. Their drive, focus, and perfectionism in their areas of choice are not localized. It also applies to how they carry themselves, from the way they dress, speak or drive. Always polished, and that’s in part what makes them even more memorable.
The point is that the way to become more memorable is to expand your perfectionism and drive to all areas of life.
This like the rest of the books I’ve reviewed so far has much more to offer and teach than we covered in this post alone. So for this case, I also strongly advise you to buy and read the book and feel free to leave your thoughts about it in the comment below.
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