Mozart’s Secret

By Robin Sharma
#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

If you don't believe that you have the potential to be one of the best there ever was at your chosen craft or skill, then there's no way you'll do what it takes to get there

Today’s post is one of the most important I’ve ever written…

…because it speaks to the vast potential within you, how easy it is to betray it and then offers some extremely valuable moves you can make to ensure the world gets to experience it.

Albert Einstein once observed:

“Only those who devote themselves to a cause with their whole strength and soul can be true masters. For this reason, mastery demands all of a person.”

Beautiful.

If you’ve attended one of my live events or been a member of one of my online courses, then you already know this fundamental principle for world-class performance: becoming best in class is less about natural talent and more about what you do with what you’ve been given.

The most gifted tennis player doesn’t become the champion…the most focused, practiced and passionate one does.

The most innately talented violinist doesn’t become the virtuoso…the most dedicated and devoted one does.

The most brilliant entrepreneur doesn’t reap the fortune and change the course of history…the one with the most discipline, work ethic and grit does.

Yes, I know…

…this thinking is so counterintuitive to the way society has taught us to consider genius and exceptionalizm. We’re told that the Mozarts and Michelangeos, the Bachs and the Basquiats, the Eminems and the Jordans are cut from some divinely-blessed cloth.

And born into their breathtakingly great gifts.

But a growing body of research into exceptional performance (much of it led by Anders Ericsson who was first to report the now-famous “10,000 Hour Rule”) is confirming that concept of naturally gifted genius is pure myth…

And the reality?

…That those we admire–the awesome mathematicians and the fantastic chess players and the remarkable artists and the heroic business-builders–are just normal people who, early on, made a few uncommon choices and installed a few unusual habits. And in so doing, generated rare-air results.

In my popular online course The Robin Sharma Success System I go deep into exactly how to build your personal genius, unleash your truest power and walk you through the advanced steps that anyone can take to rise to the realm of “The Great Ones”. So in this post I wanted to focus on something‎ a little different…

…the 6 Threats to World-Class Performance…

These are the 6 most common (and often unconscious) ways we sabotage our potential for genius-level results, block our greatness and diminish our opportunity to be one of the best in the world at what we do.

Let’s get right into them…

#1: The Threat of Disbelief.

Powerful idea: if you don’t believe that you have the potential to be one of the best there ever was at your chosen craft or skill, then you won’t do what it takes to get there‎.

In other words…

Your belief about your potential really does determine whether you express it—or let it slumber quietly within you as you coast through your life.

My respectful encouragement is that you take a cold, hard look at the facts: the superstars in sports, music, science, society and business truly were ordinary people. But they, sometimes because of a coach and often due to a parent, came to train their brains to believe (and then expect) that they could be epic performers…if they put in the work, made the sacrifices, maintained the focus and got better every day.

But if you’ve fallen into the mass hypnosis that the people we view as geniuses are genetically different from you so you have no shot at making history, then this belief alone will prevent you from rising to into the realm of awesome.

And so this disbelief in the availability of mastery to you is a threat…please fight it.

#2. The Threat of Undercapitalization.

I recently listened to a superb interview of Warren Buffett and Bill Gates.

In it, Buffett admitted he’s not the smartest person in the room. The “secret” to his extraordinary success in the capital markets comes down to the “Horsepower Versus Output” distinction.

He explained that “horsepower” is the talent we’re born with but “output” is how much of that reservoir we have the commitment, discipline and guts to realize.

The term for translating potential into results is “capitalization”, because if you are seriously committed to mastery you need to fully capitalize on all the potential you have.

One of the finest ways to ensure complete capitalization of your talent is to start your pursuit of becoming the best in the world at your chosen skill as early as possible (my “dream big, start small, begin now” mantra).

And then to get in the 10,000 hours that Anders Ericsson has discovered is the minimum viable amount of training needed before genius begins to present itself (“The 10,000 Hour Rule” I mentioned earlier; yes, recent writers have popularized it but Ericsson’s the man).

So…let’s get granular so we really really get you going…

That’s 2 hours and 44 minutes of daily practice at one thing for ten years…

And now I know you’re beginning to see that discipline, practice and extreme amounts of training are the “secrets” behind the illusion of “natural talent” and “innate genius.”

…The truth is that you just have to put in ridiculous amounts of time and effort to reach world-class performance.

You really can get there (and you disrespect your potential if you don’t). But most of us are just too distracted, too interested in easy, too affected by criticism and too invested in comfort to heed the call on our lives and do what’s needed to become iconic.

Sad. Don’t let that happen to you. Please.

#3. The Threat of ‎Talent Circle Apathy.

Who you associate with dramatically influences the way you behave and how excellently you perform.

The science behind it involves concepts like “attitudinal contagion” (we subconsciously adopt the mindsets of the people we are closest to) and “goal-contagion” (we assume the same aspirations of the dominant members of our circle of influence).

If the people in your immediate network are aiming for best in world, up at 5 am to start their training, working with mentors who kickstart their mastery and practising from sunrise to sunset, then there’s a great chance you’ll be modelling that ethic.

On the other hand, if the people you’ve populated your life with spend their finest hours being busy being busy, gossiping, watching too much TV and playing too many video games, then your results will reflect those influences.

All geniuses and exceptional performers were parts of hubs of talent…

…kids in The Dominican Republic dream of playing baseball and spend most of their waking hours on the field.‎ Their heroes are major league stars from their country who made it big. And they plan to be just like them.

…children in Brazil aspire to become celebrated soccer players while some Canadian youth regularly pass 10,000 hours on the ice by the time ‎they’re fifteen. All their friends do the same.

…teenagers in Silicon Valley long to launch startups, go to workshops that teach them to code and spend sleepless nights iterating their craft‎. Everyone these kids know wants to be the next Jack Dorsey or Mark Zuckerberg.

Your circle of associations matter. And being apathetic and lazy about who you surround yourself with comes at a very real cost to your performance, success and impact on the world with it.

Definitely avoid this threat.

#4. The Threat of Complexity.

Picasso didn’t practice the piano. Jay-Z’s not spending his best hours becoming a chess master. And Stephen King definitely isn’t obsessed with joining the NBA.

All people who rise to genius have another thing in common: singularity of focus.

All masters are monomaniacally focused on their skill. And epic performance is much more about the things you have the discipline to say no to rather than the things you say yes to…

The point I’m suggesting to you is really this one…

…you can try to do many things but you’ll always play at mediocrity. Or you can commit to just one thing. And enter the ring of mastery.

So simplify. Subtract. Get great at saying diplomatic nos. Your potential demands nothing less.

#5. The Threat of Comfort.

Absolutely fascinating to me how many elite performers came from poverty. Seems that they pretty much knew that if they didn’t focus passionately and practice relentlessly they’d not only not live the life of their dreams, they’d likely have little food to eat.

That kind of condition fuels immense drive, unbeatable determination and an iron will to win. And that’s why comfort can be dangerous to greatness…

…Maya Angelou, the famous poet, leaves her home to work in a gritty motel room.

…one of my buddies–one of the bestselling authors on Earth–lived in a hostel for a full year to push himself to do his best work.

…even when Steve Jobs was a billionaire, he slept on a futon.

No matter how revered you become, you just can’t let comfort make you slow, sloppy and old.

To reach legendary levels of creativity, productivity and acumen, you want to keep pushing yourself like your life depends on it—because it does.

And the best way to expand your limits is to consistently push to the edges of them.

As the Spartan warriors said: the person who sweats more in practice bleeds less in war.

#6. The Threat of Infirmity.

Someone once taught me that health is the crown on the well person’s head that only the ill person can see.

It’s not common to link fitness with genius. But being in ultra-strong physical condition is mission-critical.

Because…

…how can you put in your ten years of practice if you are sick?

…how can you rebound when you fail if you have no energy?

…how can you do the study and invest in the learning if you lack stamina?

And getting into your best fitness isn’t really about getting the trophies, receiving the fame and basking in the accolades.

That’s all fine. But there’s something more important…

Being strong and healthy and radiant and dynamic allows you to be of use.

You see, when you live your potential and rise to genius, it’s not just you who wins…the world does as well.

We all get to be inspired by the greatness you model. We all feel we too are more than we thought we were. We all get to benefit from your artistry, accomplishments or inventions.

You become our hero. And each of us needs more of them.

Ok…

…I hope this post is of genuine value to you. I worked really hard on it so it helps you beautifully.

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…for 11 months, people from across the world have been urging me to make my famous online course The Robin Sharma Success System available again.

…this is the world-class training program that has helped thousands and thousands of people just like you live their greatest potential and enjoy lives they adore.

I’ll open doors again (for a very short period of time) in a few weeks so if you want to get one of the limited memberships I’ll be offering, I strongly recommend you get onto my priority access list right now.

I’ll give you a chance to get one of the memberships before I open doors to the public…

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As always, hope this all helps. All great wishes,

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Talk soon. Bye.

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45 Responses to “Mozart’s Secret”

  1. Dr. Anshul Taran says:

    Really thankful to you sir for the inspirations you are giving me…for the help you are giving me to achieve success in my field…it not only benefits me but also benefits others to whom i am sharing…
    I purchased your book “the leader who has no title” and reading it alongwith my preperation for pg.. Even i am suggesting to my friends who are also warriors like me… As a student i dont have money to attend your seminars but will do it positively n will meet you personally and will share with you my success story and also how i am able to serve others because of you…
    Again big THANK YOU for making me “BIW” and i am also trying to be “FMOB”.. :-)
    God bless u always Sir… :-)

  2. akash says:

    is it okay to have 3 big goals every years ? including being a good speaker, developing a good physique and developing leadership ……

  3. Dr. Anshul Taran says:

    and one more thing sir… i want you to know it that i always place your this book in front of me so that i can able to see your face on book cover as it gives me intensity alongwith reaffirms all the values and principles which i learn from you everytime…. :-)

  4. nasir says:

    Hi Robin, I am an ardent follower of ur teachings. Every time I read ur books iget inspired. Thnx

  5. radhe tado says:

    thank you so much sir..for your inspirational message…!!! your message has really helped me especially 66days formula…!!! at this stage of life I m really in need of inspiration to keep my desire at its peak level. Your every article has something worth reading and I never miss it. Thank you sir…

  6. Tina says:

    I”m working on #4, the threat of complexity.

    Question: what if I have two goals?
    To be a best selling author AND highly successful coach? They link and I’m currently focused on my writing my first book and this focus is working well for me and producing good results. But what about my coaching goal. Is it just a matter of priorities?

    Thank you
    Tina

  7. Shankar says:

    Hello Robin,
    I promise to go by what you have written.
    Shankar, Mysore,India,

  8. pawan says:

    Really world class..thank you so very much!!!

  9. Pujan says:

    Keep it up, Robin! You’re doing great job!!! Heartfelt thanks for your inspirations….

  10. vinayak says:

    Hello RobiN,

    Really your are soo genius
    Thanks to god who made you

  11. Main a azimio says:

    wao!
    Thank you so much Robin for this posting.

    It is my best read so far. I have decided I will come to Canada for the 48Hrs course what comes may.
    Am having a big problem disconnecting myself from the pple around me who slow me down in my mastery progression.

    what should I do if these are members of immediate family? colleagues at work?

    How do I navigate thro this because i run a business which i pulled in my family to work with me thinking am training them to take charge but they have have become the biggest threat to the business?

    Kindly advice

  12. Shweta says:

    Hello Robin,

    Thanks.Thank You.
    You OPEN my eyes.

    Your Fan

    Shweta

  13. V Nirmhal kumar says:

    Everyday we are looking for your blogs which keep us encouraged,motivated and pushing.

  14. Akshay says:

    Hi Robin,

    I am starting to see the effects/good things happening to and around me after quite a while since I have been practicing your teachings through various books and other resources.

    I just want to say that, now I so much absolutely look forward to your stuff. I mean it’s just vital for the lives we live in today’s world.

    Great work Robin, great work…

    Keep posting & helping us to get to our untapped greatness.

    Also, since I have been following you & your work for quite a long time, but never wrote back to you with my feedback, today I wanted to let you know that – My getting introduced to you and your work was like a serendipity, totally in my moments of adversity. It was a setup.. Adversity leftover me with your great stuff and somehow I picked it up and started working and here I am, far off from where I started and more great roads to walk down.

    It’s so true, how you say that adversity and challenges are good, they are like signs wanting you to pay attention and get the good thing done even if it hurts because its going to teach you and get you to your greatest calling. Love it!

    Big Fan,
    Akshay

  15. Shubham says:

    We are really proud of you Robin Sir. Your words are filled with yons of inspiration and motivation and I m sure we all will be the leaders with no titles and will transcend all limits to become the most successful and most happiest persons in the world. The world is going to witness this revolution where every people can truly savour the magical dance of life.
    Yours fan,
    Shubham goel

  16. Yinka Ekundayo says:

    Thanks Robin for these awesome instructions.

  17. Pooja says:

    Hey Robin,

    Your words always and always inspires me… Thnaks for being there as guide, friend, mentor
    Whenever I feel low, I look to your valuable stuff, and it makes me keep going

  18. avinash says:

    Hi Robin

    I am really moved by all the thoughts that you share and try my best to implement what ever you say in order to improve my life. I am really thankful to you for being there as my motivation.

    Regards

  19. Rachael Banda says:

    Hi Robin,

    I really get inspired by your work i thank the day my husband borrowed one of your books for me knowing how much i enjoy reading while being a house wife -The greatness guide. since then (2009) i have been your follower. Meeting you in person is one of my 101 list of things to do before i die. Your books are one of the assets that i will leave for my kids and generations to come in my lineage.Stay blessed always

  20. Mohit Jain says:

    You are the best person I’ve ever encountered.
    Read each and every book you’ve written.
    Before giving up or starting any task , your books and blogs are the best to peep at , It gives ample confidence and self believe that I can change the mere ideation into action.
    One of your lines that I always remember when I plan my work is : Ideation without execution is delusion.
    It boosts me to take actions. NOW! :)

    Thank you Robin Sir. :)
    I’m one of your students in this material world.

  21. aishwarya says:

    Thank..u..so..much sir..

  22. Zeeshan Lakhpaty says:

    Hello Robin,

    Excellent Writing. I have experienced these points during the start up of my entrepreneur journey and I really made it quite close to my goals. I am glad that you mentioned about the health point b/c too many people forget about their health in their success journey and regret later. Also, one must keep a balance life and must never ignore their families in the quest to achieve success. Keep inspiring.

    Zeeshan Lakhpaty

  23. Pema Nidup says:

    Sir,
    I am an ardent follower of your wisdom and is making difference in my life.
    Thank you for that.
    I want to ask help from you sir ie
    Whenever when i speak in public i start stamering.
    The same thing hapen when i converse with senior officials.

    But when i talk with friends,spouse and parents i dont stamer and can talk fluently.This
    Problem is sabotaging my talent.
    Sir, pls help me solve this problem.

    Your faithfully
    Pema Nidup
    Bhutan

  24. Sameer ahmed says:

    Thank you so much, I really needed it!

  25. Upamanyu says:

    Hi,

    Singularity of focus – it was the phrase which got me.

    As I was starting to read this article, I was working on being the best in at least 3 areas. No wonder I was just getting mediocre results in all of them.

    Now I better get back to the drawing board and wipe out two of them. It’s difficult to let go of the dreams but then its better to let one live than choke three to death.

    Thank you,
    Upamanyu

  26. Brin says:

    Dear Robin, what else can I say but thank you again and again. Beautifully expressed. I marvel at the way you write such profound messages in a comprehensible way, simple and straightforward. You do live by the quote, “simplicity is a sign of genius”

  27. Noufalg says:

    awesome thoughts….

  28. Amol says:

    You have changed my life. My wife and I have read most of your books, posts, joined the 5am club. Right now working very hard to get into peak health. My son says, is he your Sir, I say yes.

  29. Padmaja says:

    Hi Robin,

    What can i say more.. you are doing the best thing here that anyone can dream of.. inspires people, their day to day activities.. their personal and professional life. I just hated reading books, but now if am buying books then just searching by your name.. Thanks for being their directly or indirectly in everyone’s life..May god bless you with all wisdom and fortune for the work you are doing..
    Loads of respect..

  30. Dhara says:

    Brilliant!! Jes brilliant:-)

  31. Rahul says:

    Thank you so much Robin!!!!!!!!!

  32. surendra says:

    Hi,
    Good one.
    Thanks,

  33. dr jasmine says:

    thank u sir . give me some tips on getting up early …..

  34. harnisha says:

    u seem to be a secret angel of god, thnxx for such essential insights, helping me a lot, will keep following u :)

  35. satrk says:

    sir..i dont hav words for ur this divine posts to my mail..i am a civil service aspirant…needs to work the way u says…
    whenever i am in a depressed mood ur posts boosting me…like a soothing breeze in stress….i lv ur great work…i admire ur awesome job….if god bless with great fortune as per my work and effort…i will definitely pay a visit to u…after all it became one of my ambition…to meet u and give a shake hand……thank u Robin….god bless u and ur work

  36. Maria Alvarez says:

    Thank you, I really appreciate the afford and the time you put into this information, it is so powerful.

  37. Er. Chetan says:

    the treat of comfort
    I like & motivated by this ..special the way u wrote I energize my goals..
    thanks a lot. sir keep posting

  38. Vishan Dadia says:

    Thanks…..
    Some of the Points were really inspiring and thoughtful.

    Look forward to more stuff from you Robin.

  39. Alice Waweru says:

    Thank you,may my God be with you.

  40. Marina says:

    Dear Robin!

    I am so grateful for your unbelieveable talent and energy, your outstanding and enormously inspiring work!!! I can definitely tell you, that you’ve already made my life much better, much more focused and happy, and I feel now that I am at the very beginning of this wonderful journey, called the Great and Happy life of world-class level!

    Thank you many-many times! And wishing you great success in everything you do and happiness with the thought, that you DO make this World for better!

    With the warmest regards,
    Marina

  41. JOHANNES says:

    Thanks you so much you are a real inspiration and promise to follow you.

  42. Snehal says:

    Hi Robin,

    You truly are an inspirational and world class speaker.You inspire me everyday to work towards being the BEST. Thank you for Inspiring me and many others.

    Keep up the good work.May God Bless you.

    Snehal

  43. pradeep ( dubai) says:

    Dear Robin

    Lots of love and blessings to you. At 50 Ifeel just great to have received 3 promotions over consequtive years.
    just inspired to do the best, for self , family and team ,company.

    kind regards
    pradeep

  44. Tariq Khanzada says:

    Thanks Mr. Sharma for Such Nice and Informative Sharing (Y)

  45. Hirak Bhayani says:

    What a beautiful value addition to my day Robin ! Your writings are extremely inspiring and insightful and make me want to go that extra mile to achieve my goals ! Suddenly the out of reach seems to be well within grasp. Keep blogging…. your posts hit the right chord. Always.

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