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Robin Sharma’s Perspective
Robin Sharma is considered one of the top 5 leadership experts worldwide. He is also the author of the bestselling books, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and Who Will Cry When You Die?. Sharma is admired by some of the world’s most successful people. He has advised rock stars, royalty, billionaires, and famous CEOs. Sharma quit his career as a lawyer at the age of 25 to pursue stress management and spirituality.
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The 5 AM Club Synopsis
The 5 AM Club offers advice on making your mornings the kickstart you need to attain your most remarkable achievements. Mornings are often a struggle for people. But Robin Sharma believes his formula can help anybody feel inspired and focused early in the morning. He also offers neuroscientific support for approaches that will help you rise far more quickly than the rest of society.
The 5 AM Club is a parable about genuine success. The kind of success that will turn you into a hero. Heroism may sound romantic, but it is possible for anyone to achieve it by embracing discomfort and working on daily habits for self-improvement. The first habit is to simply wake up at 5 a.m. and to use the first hour of your day to get ahead.
StoryShot #1: The Five Ground Rules
A key feature of your success will be effective preparation. So, Robin Sharma breaks this preparation down into five fundamentals you must consider:
- Distractions are the death of creativity. Those who make history and build empires dedicate an hour before dawn to themselves. This time offers them new opportunities that surpass daily challenges. This sets them on the path to an outstanding day.
- Genius does not grow on excuses. Even if you have not developed the habit before, you can still establish it now. Don’t rationalize and remember that all it takes is a little bit of effort daily to achieve amazing results.
- The first part of any change is complicated, the middle is messy and the end is beautiful. The things you find simple now were once complex for you. Soon, you will become accustomed to getting up early.
- To get to the top 5%, you must start doing what 95% of people are not willing to do. The majority will call you mad as soon as you start living like this. You will pay for excellence by being dubbed a freak.
- Keep going even when you want to surrender. Success usually comes to those who are relentless.
StoryShot #2: The Three-Step Success Formula
Sharma provides a three-step formula that you can apply to all parts of your life. First, you should be working on improving your awareness. This heightened level of insight and consciousness will then optimize your daily decisions. Improved awareness will lead to better choices. Finally, once you get your daily choices correct, you will dramatically accelerate your ability to accomplish and have a significant impact as a leader.
So, these better choices will lead to better results.
StoryShot #3: The Four Focuses of History Makers
Sharma researched where the most influential people place their focus. The result of this research is his four focuses of history makers.
These four focuses are:
1) Capitalization IQ
Natural talent is not what defines great individuals. It is the extent of that potential that they capitalize on through consistency and relentlessness. It doesn’t matter what sport or specialism an individual engages with. Those willing to put in exceptional dedication and commitment will become iconic.
2) Freedom from Distraction
An addiction to distraction is the death of your creative production. Strip away all the layers of complexity from your days. Simplify and streamline everything. Less is more. Concentrate on only a few projects, so you can make them exceptional. A few groundbreaking projects are better than spreading your attention across multiple tasks and producing lackluster results. Prioritize quality over quantity.
Have a few friends, but go deep with them. This will ensure that each of your relationships is prosperous for both parties. As with your projects and your tasks, it is much better to focus on developing solid relationships than making multiple shallow-level friendships. You want to have friends you can always trust.
Stop managing your time and start managing your focus. It might appear like spreading yourself thin saves you time. But your focus is ultimately the most important thing.
3) Personal Mastery Practice
All your actions within your environment are a result of what’s happening within you. Your fortune always follows your fearlessness, and your influence in the world is entirely attributable to the glory, nobility, vitality, and luminosity you have accessed in your consciousness.
External always expresses internal. Your creativity, productivity, prosperity, performance, and impact on the planet are always an expression of what’s going on inside you. Your internal reflections will always manifest within your external behaviors. So, challenge yourself when you are negative or distracted. If you can master your inner world, you will master the external world too.
4) Day Stacking
Each day is equally important in the bigger picture of your life. So, craft your life based on each day, focusing on the bigger picture of your life. Each of your special days represents your precious life in miniature. What we are doing today is creating our future. So, always consistently and relentlessly stick to your focus.
StoryShot #4: The Secret of Morning Genius
When we get up at five in the morning, the stillness, solitude, and silence trigger our brains. Our brain waves shift from beta to alpha, through to theta. And then, a pharmacy of mastery is stimulated in our brain. These changes help us produce groundbreaking thoughts that would not have previously been possible.
The cortisol levels in the brain decrease, while the dopamine and serotonin levels increase. The prefrontal cortex then rests, which allows us to enter into the flow state. Flow is a state of mind when we are genuinely engaged in the activity that we pursue and lose track of time. This state is most easily achievable in the early mornings because that’s when we have the factors required.
StoryShot #5: The Four Interior Empires
To be a genius and thrive in the long run, we need to take care of ourselves. Sharma calls these our interior empires and provides the four most important ones:
- Mindset: Relates to the psychological aspect of our being, for example, our thinking and optimism.
- Heart set: Relates to our emotional intelligence. How good are we at managing our own emotions?
- Health set: Relates to our physical fitness.
- Soul set: Relates to spirituality. How are we connecting to that Supreme power?
By taking care of these four empires, we can all achieve remarkable things and obtain life goals we have held forever.
StoryShot #6: The Five Scientific Truths That Govern Successful Habits
Sharma uses science to guide his morning routine. Based on research, he offers you five scientific truths that will help you develop habits:
- Strong willpower isn’t something you’re born with. It’s a skill you can develop through constant practice. Getting up at 5 A.M. is perfect self-control training for the rest of your day. If you can push yourself to get up earlier than most other people, you can push yourself to do anything.
- Just like a muscle, personal discipline will grow if it’s put under pressure. So, we should actively create conditions of relative stress. These experiences will build natural power.
- Willpower weakens when you’re tired. So, to reach mastery, you should take time to recover and manage decision fatigue.
- Developing a new habit and sustaining it long-term follows a clear four-part pattern. We will get into this later.
- As you develop self-control in one area of your life, you will eventually improve it in all areas. That’s why being a member of the 5:00 AM club will give you a competitive edge in everything you do.
Sharma explains that the most proficient habit makers live by three key values. These are:
- Persistence and consistency are the keys to victory. Of course, anyone can be great for just one day. But to be great consistently is what is required to become heroic.
- Your level of respect for yourself is ultimately determined by how much work you put into completing what you have started.
- How you practice when no one’s watching you is exactly how you will perform when you have an audience.
We rate this book 4.3/5.
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