Motivation: Stories on Life and Success from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts

Narrated by: Pete Ferrand
Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
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This is a collection of intimate and sometimes shocking conversations about motivation with 12 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts.

The end result is 12 fascinating and unexpected stories about overcoming adversity and achieving success in life and Jiu-Jitsu.

Jiu-Jitsu has often been used as a metaphor of life, but you can replace Jiu-Jitsu with any sport, business or ambitious pursuit - the lessons are universal.

What drives ambitious people is often shaped by our subconscious mind. We are not always aware of the influences driving our behavior, but you will discover underlying themes which reveal answers to the following questions:

  • What drives highly successful people?
  • Are they born ambitious or is it learned?
  • What is common among extremely motivated people?
  • What lessons have they learned during their journey?
  • Were the sacrifices worth the rewards?
©2016 Chuck J. Rylant (P)2017 Chuck J. Rylant

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Great stories.

Good book. The narrator sounds like he's mocking the speaker when he reads quotes making it hard to keep my attention.

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good book for those who still haven't found out

good book for those who still haven't figured out bjj is not about the medals, belts, and losses.

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The narrator was good, but those Portuguese mispronunciations and name butcherings were a detractor for me.

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Nick

Chuck. Great audio book. Great stories about legends in the sport. Your chat at the end was great too. Thank you for putting effort into this and spreading the word of how much this martial art can improve one’s life.

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  • 02-09-20

Not what I expected

As an active BJJ practitioner I wanted more about the training and dedication aspect. I didn't care much for the narrator either. Would have been better if the narrator actually understood a little about JiuJitsu.

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Cool stories

I liked this book and would recommend it. It’s just a few short bios of BJJ success stories.

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Short Biographies of BJJ Black Belts

A collection of interesting condensed biographies of several jiu jitsu black belts. A quick and easy listen.

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I'm going to study Jujutsu now.

This book convinced me to look into studying Jujitsu. I had no idea about all the benefits.

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Love if... if you roll you know

There’s no technical or technique in this book just motivational stories I listen to them when I am depressed about bjj

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Good stories, uninspiring reader

The stories of each martial artist/ athlete’s life are good and insightful. The reader is tolerable, but I wouldn’t want to listen to him again. The writing itself is amateurish, like a B-minus high school paper. I learned about some people that I had never heard of, and I have continued to follow since finishing this book.

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  • C. Carey
  • 03-17-18

Sorry, but no

I wanted to support this book on principle, but it just doesn't gel. The narrator sounds absurd affecting some of the casual language of the featured interviewees. Worse really the content is a drab list-like bio of no doubt extraordinary bjj practitioners, shame it doesn't reach the heights of its potential. Check out Sam Sheridan's excellent books or Joe Rogan's (podcast) for an insightful view of modern martial arts and motivation.