Book Review : Achieve the Impossible – Professor Greg Whyte
Professor Greg Whyte is a former olympian and sports scientist, who has been the main motivator behind Comic Relief and Sport Reliefs momentous sporting challenges. Described as a “motivational god” by Comic Reliefs CEO Kevin Cahill and “the best mentor ever” by Davina McCall, Greg Whyte’s new book ‘Achieve the Impossible’ published March 2015, encourages us all to do just that.
‘Achieve the Impossible’ begins with a forward by David Williams, Davina McCall, John Bishop and Kevin Cahill. David Williams starts with “Whatever you do, please, I beg you, DO NOT read this book. Take it back to the shop and demand a refund. Burn it. Bury it. Perhaps it’s best to burn it and then bury it to be sure”. If you are not looking for a new challenge, this is sound advice, as by the middle of the first chapter, I was beginning to feel guilty about how little I do and by chapter five, I found myself starting imagining myself doing various extreme challenges.
Why its worth reading…
Having trained as a coach the business models Greg uses are not new to me but how he uses them is inspirational. Greg’s manta is “nothing good comes easy”. If you want something (and you have to really want it), you will have to work for it and you will have to plan how you are going to get it. He upholds that “Success isn’t an accident; you plan for it”. In order to succeed, whatever you want to succeed in “the structure is always the same: you analyse your goal, identify what you need to do and work out how to achieve it”.
Its difficult to know who the book is ultimately aimed at. Initially I thought this was its biggest weakness but perhaps its designed so that everybody can get out of it what they want. The challenges he has done with Comic Relief are amazing but he often gives examples of more down-to-earth challenge’s like weight-loss or getting fit.
Something I learnt…
I have used the wheel of life before, I have an elevator pitch and understand the benefits of teamwork. What I hadn’t thought about is how all these things whined together, providing the basis for proper, good quality, thorougher planning. What I learnt from reading this book is, that Im not sure I have ever planned properly. What Greg Whyte teaches, is that if you are planning to do something amazing, every tiny detail is important and every tiny detail you get right is a success, as it takes you one step closer to reaching your goal.
SO if you want to be an elite sports person, its not only training that will get you there, its proper planning and your team – your taxi-driver (parent), your school, your coach, your nutritionist, your pediatrist, your optician, your friends, your rivals. Planning is the key.