I recently started reading Tim Grover's 2013 book "Relentless". Grover is highly-regarded for his work with Championship and Hall of Fame athletes, including but not limited to Michael Jordan, Dwayne Wade and Kobe Bryant. In his book, Grover talks about three different kinds of people who pursue excellence and commitment.
First, there's the kind that are called "Coolers." These are the people who consider themselves and the work that they do as good. They feel content with what they believe they can accomplish, yet they don't look beyond what they believe they're capable of doing. For example, think about people you may have worked with who did their jobs decently. This can include people who may have started a new job and were very ambitious, but only just. Most of the time, they rely on other people to help them out, to tell them what to do, and to give them the direction they need rather than giving themselves direction.
|A typical employee-employer relationship|
|A peak, but not the peak, according to Cleaners|
If you look at any truly successful businesses or any truly successful person in any field, whether basketball superstar Jordan or the late boxer Muhammad Ali or the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs or the Pixar Animation Studios, these are people and companies that are (or were) consistently at the top of their game.
|The late Steve Jobs|
"Of course, Cleaners are still human, and like everyone else they feel the same excitement and anxiety and nerves before a big event. But the difference between Cleaners and everyone else is their ability to control those feelings, instead of allowing those feelings to control them. Even [Jordan] used to say he had butterflies before a big game. 'Get 'em all going in the same direction,' I'd tell him. They're not going away, but now you're controlling how you feel about them, instead of allowing them to make you feel nervous. Energy instead of emotion. Big difference."
In other words, energy-driven instead of emotion-driven. A big difference indeed.