Robin Sharma is considered to be one of the top 5 leadership experts in the world. His work is embraced by rock stars, royalty, billionaires and many celebrity CEOs.
His clients include NASA, Microsoft, Nike, Unilever, General Electric, FedEx, HP, Starbucks, Oracle, Yale University, PwC, IBM Watson, and the Young Presidents’ Organization.
His #1 international bestsellers such as The 5AM Club, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, and Who Will Cry When You Die? have sold millions of copies in over ninety-two languages and dialects; making him one of the most widely read authors in the world.
-Key takeaways of the Book “The 5 AM Club, Own Your Morning, Elevate Your Life”, Author: Robin Sharma.
Key Takeaways and Summary of The 5 AM Club
These are 5 standard operating procedures that Sharma encourage you to wire into your daily life, through consistent practice, and that I would like to share with you. In every ritual I made an easy list of Sharma’s quotes that I consider his key points.
Ritual 1 – Early Rising
- “The way you begin each day, sets up the way you live each day.”
- “Sweat more in training, bleed less in war.”
- “If you want to be unstoppable in life, you really want to dial in your morning routine.“
- “Do things such as: sweating, that releases BDNF, brain-derived neuro trofic factor which repairs brains cells from stress, sweating also increases your metabolic rate which gives you energy.”
- “Energy is even more valuable than intelligence.”
- “Journal in the morning, detect your values, reconnect with your goals each day, get to know yourself even more.“
- “Awareness is the beginning of transformation.”
- “You want to get your morning routine right so that you take some time at the front end of your day to learn.”
- “As you learn more you know you’re going to achieve more.”
- “As you understand better you can achieve larger.”
Ritual 2 – Strategic Time Blocking:
- “Show me your schedule and I’ll get a sense of your true values.”
- “Your schedule each day really does predict the rest of your life.“
- “It’s not about what you talk about, it’s about what you schedule.“
- “The things that you schedule are the things that get done.”
- “There’s something absolutely powerful about taking out a written sheet of paper and having that map, it’s almost like a war sheet, like a warrior, and every day is a battle, obviously a positive and productive battle. But you literally start to schedule out every single day.”
- “I schedule my days out on Sunday mornings. It’s like a sacred routine that I do. I take out a piece of paper and write Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I call this my blueprint for a beautiful week.”
- “I like writing it out because if I put it in my digital device I forget about it, I’m a very visual type of person, like a lot of creative people.”
- “I block out times at the office with my team. I block out times in creative work, I actually block that out. I block out times for beautiful family dinners with my loved ones. I block out my two massages every week. I block out my 5am routines. After this process which takes me about 45mins to do every Sunday morning. I have blocked out my highest priorities.”
- “So now I have a visual template, a visual map for a world-class week.”
- “The things that get scheduled are the things that get done.”
- “Vague goals lead to vague results, but with precision of these times blocks and a very detailed schedule you will do remarkable things in your week.”
Ritual 3 – Over Delivering:
- “Consistently go the extra mile.”
- “You have a gorgeous opportunity to lead the field in everything that you do.”
- “Practice every single day, because it is a muscle, the ritual of over-delivering.”
- “Don’t just give your customers what they expect, give them 10X more than what they expect.“
- “Show them something that is so rare in today’s economy, initiative.”
- “Consistently dial in on the habit of over-delivering on people’s expectations. And guess what, you become a merchant of wow.“
Ritual 4 – The 60 Minute Student:
- “You absolutely must if you want to be legendary in your marketplace, schedule 60 minutes a day for your learning.”
- “You can spend time listening to audio books, listening to podcasts, reading quietly, writing in a journal. Writing in a journal about what you’re learning, what you learn from your day, and what you’re learning from your life, that is learning.”
- “60 minutes a day of learning. I absolutely challenge you with great love and respect to wire it into your day because that ritual will allow you to know more about your than anyone who has ever done your field in the history of the world.”
- “Education is inoculation against disruption.”
- “As you know more you can achieve more.”
- “We do live in a world where there is such a fascination with entertainment. And it’s really easy to spend the best hour of your best days looking at what your friends are eating.
- “Think like a student.”
- “Every person needs a peer group to keep them accountability. “
- “Every master thinks like a beginner. They are always learning.“
- “Masters deconstruct.”
Ritual 5 – Private Reflection:
- “The antidote to busyness is reflection.”
- “It’s very easy being busy being busy.”
- “What’s the point of being really busy in your work life or your personal life if you’re busy around the wrong things.”
- “It makes no sense to spend the best hours of your finest days climbing these mountains only to realize on the last hour of your last day you climbed the wrong ones.”
- “100 years ago we would spend time in reflection, taking long walks, writing in a journal, having conversations with intimate friends where we would reflect on deeper things.”
- “The fifth ritual that will absolutely predict your success is how much time you spend in silence, solitude, and stillness, just thinking.”
- “Thinking about how you’re living, working, and whether your daily behavior is aligned with your deepest values. Thinking about what’s your impact through the work you’re doing.”
- “Reflect on this question and write about it in your journal, ask yourself this question, what is the one project that if I did it flawlessly over the next three months would literally change the game for me within my organization and within my marketplace?”
- “If you look at the people who are getting traction on great results, they are people who spend a lot of time alone, and they spend a lot of time thinking, and they spend a lot of time in this ritual of reflection.”
Like Sharma recommends in the path of success…
“Take the rituals and absolutely practice them today because when you do that it’s the beginning of a whole new way of working, a whole new way of living, and a whole new way of impacting the world that we live in.”
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