Imagine being able to learn from decades of experience, just by reading about 200 pages?
Just imagine, a person who tried and failed and learned and tried again, overcame adversity and struggled. It took years and years to acquire that knowledge that people write down in their books
While you can just take a book in your hands, read it, and learn from all that experience. At least to me, this is really impressive.
You may not really like reading books, and I get it, it can become quite monotonous and boring.
However, if you are seeking growth and are determined to get better, you'll find these books quite impressive.
If you want to have success, it's important to surround yourself with people and things that keep you accountable, push you to improve, and raise your standards.
The 5 books I'm about to share with you, do just that.
Sure, many of you are going to argue “I don’t want to spend money on books” or “I can’t afford it”…
Many of you are spending a huge amount of money on fast food and all that BS, but you don’t want to spend $20 on a book that, potentially, is going to help you earn $2,000,000 in the NBA?
It’s up to you to decide…
You can not become successful in basketball or any other area in life unless you understand the mindset of successful people.
So here are 5 books that had a really great influence on me, and I’m sure, can help you achieve your goals in basketball and life in general.
“Relentless” and “Winning” by Tim S. Grover
These two books had probably the most inspiring and strong influence on the way I go about basketball; not just physically, but also mentally.
Tim Grover is a legendary trainer, who trained countless successful athletes such as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Dwayne Wade.
In “Relentless: From good to great to unstoppable” and his new bestselling book “Winning: The unforgiving race to greatness”, he provides you with his unique experience of training these legends, and the way they think and approach the game. Be it on the court and off the court.
These two books are on the top of my booklist. They are really straightforward, with no BS, and will help get you real results if you are ready to pay the price.
Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable (Tim Grover Winning Series)
Winning: The Unforgiving Race to Greatness (Tim Grover Winning Series)
"The Mamba Mentality: How I play” by Kobe Bryant
I think many of you already heard about it or read this one.
In his book, Kobe explains his basketball journey and how he handled all the aspects and challenges the game brings to you.
You'll find a lot of insights and practical advice, on how to go about playing basketball professionally.
The Mamba Mentality: How I Play (Kobe Bryant)
“Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill
Think and Grow Rich was originally designed as a primary business book. However, almost all the principles are easily “translatable” to basketball
It's one of the first self-help books of its kind ever and provides you with proven tactics and strategies of successful people.
The best thing about it is that it's open-source now, which means you can get it for free on the internet.
Here you can download the ebook version:
And, here is a great version of the audiobook:
"Atomic Habits" by James Clear
"Good habits make time your ally. Bad habits make time your enemy" - James Clear
Even though we all want some kind of transformation - radical improvement and success - the majority of the road to winning happens in the dark. Days after day, months after month we strive to become the best version of ourselves.
This is how success is actually built.
This is what you don't get to see on all these social media accounts. Consistency, great systems, and habits are way more valuable than short-term motivation.
Atomic Habits teaches you how you can build these systems and habits so you can make the most out of your time and eventually reach your goals.
Here's is a great insight into what the book is about:
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
I highly recommend adding these to your booklist. They can have a bigger influence on your life than you can imagine.
If you have any questions/suggestions or just want to talk hoops, don't hesitate to reach out!
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Until next time!