The 53 Greatest Lessons 2013 Taught Me

By Robin Sharma
Author of the #1 bestseller The Leader Who Had No Title

Life Lessons for 2014

As we wind down 2013 and hopefully refuel during these next few quiet weeks, sending out a list of the best lessons I’ve learned/applied over the past 12 months has become my tradition…

I’m all set to help you make 2014 the single best year of your life yet…and these 53 lessons will provide you with a platform to start the journey with me…some great things to think about…

So that come January, you’re on fire with focus, passion and outright excellence…

…you’re talented and smart so you know this KEY IDEA: the decisions you make in January completely set the stage for whether you fly or get stuck so I really want you to start POWERFULLY…


Here are 53 things that 2013 taught me…

  1. Success has less to do with hard work and more to do with massive focus on your few best opportunities.

  2. Why resist change when it’s the main source of your growth?

  3. The more you invest in growing and developing your mindset and way of seeing the world, the more everything you touch transforms in a breathtakingly positive way.

  4. Pursuing perfection really does matter (in a world highly accepting of mediocrity).

  5. Spending full days with zero technology to refuel or do important work is a game-changer.

  6. Doing something super-nice for at least one stranger a day gives them a gift and an even larger one to yourself.

  7. Adore your parents. You’ll miss them when they’re gone.

  8. The smartest thing you can do to grow a great company is to first sweat getting A-players only onto your team and then sweat training and developing them so they play their A-game.

  9. Most tv is toxic.

  10. Have the discipline to clean out all the energy-draining people in your life. You really do rise or fall to the level of your associations.

  11. Doing huge dreams we have never done can be frightening. Yet when we push to the edges of our limits, our limits expand.

  12. If you don’t make the time for yourself to get inspired, no one around you will ever be inspired.

  13. Your diet affects your moods. Eat like a superstar.

  14. Talk less. Do more.

  15. Integrity is more valuable than income.

  16. Model Mandela and you’ll find at the end of your life you lived an awesome one.

  17. Learn to love yourself. It’s the great rule for being loving with other people.

  18. When your dominant business focus is to deliver outrageous amounts of value to your customers every time they do business with you, they become fanatical followers who tell the world about what you do.

  19. Money invested in personal development and professional growth generally has a 30X plus return on investment (I went to more high-level seminars and programs than ever before and the ROI made them all free).

  20. Real leaders have the guts to have the hard conversations.

  21. Your environment (your home, your office, the magazines you read etc.) dramatically affects your levels of achievement.

  22. The quality of your practice affects the caliber of your performance.

  23. Reviewing your Big 5 annual goals every morning and working on your plan every day is an exceptionally powerful way to breed unbeatable focus and drive.

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  24. Measure your success via your influence and impact versus only by your income and net worth.

  25. To become successful, first learn how to be happy. Too many think that the route to happiness is to get successful. Untrue.

  26. Getting ultra-fit lifts every other area of your life.

  27. Self-belief is so incredibly important. Because if you don’t believe you can achieve a vision/goal, then you won’t even start to do the work needed to achieve that vision/goal.

  28. Our biggest enemy is our own self-doubt. We really can achieve extraordinary things in our lives. But we sabotage our greatness because of our fear.

  29. Drink more water.

  30. Watch the documentary “Searching for Sugarman”.

  31. Join a mastermind group. It’s just remarkable what being in a room full of people who are smarter than yourself does for your performance.

  32. Related to the above, remember what Dennis Kimbro once said: “If you’re the smartest one of your friends, you need new friends.”

  33. Dopamine is the elite performers best friend. [I really dug deep into the neurobiology of high-achievement in this past year and discovered that this neurotransmitter is the key to motivation...and it is released when we push our envelopes and do things that are difficult].

  34. You rarely go wrong when you trust yourself.

  35. Writing learning down works so much better than typing things down on a computer.

  36. If you try to do it all yourself you get very little done. The most productive people set the dream and then hand it over swiftly to a project manager to execute with precision.

  37. Become one of the rare people who don’t know how to quit (unless it really is time to quit).

  38. Smile. It truly makes a difference to the people around you.

  39. Just because excellent manners are not so common doesn’t mean that excellent manners are not incredibly important.

  40. Always remember that there’s food on your table thanks to the customers you are privileged to serve.

  41. It’s so much better to fail trying than to not even get into the game.

  42. Music just makes life a whole lot better.

  43. You can change the world or you can worry about fitting in but you just can’t do both.

  44. Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and beautiful at the end.

  45. The real key to getting great things done is stop doing so many good things.

  46. Small little details done excellently and consistently stack up into something the world sees as Mastery.

  47. Spend time in nature to renew and refuel.

  48. Less entertainment, more education.

  49. Gratitude is the antidote to misery.

  50. We become happier not by accumulating more things but by creating richer experiences.

  51. Your self-identity is what really determines your income, influence, impact and lifestyle. Retrain that and your bigness comes out to play.

  52. The more you serve, the more joyful you’ll become.

  53. Life’s short. Have fun.

Hope these lessons kickstart your mindset and your game so you start 2014 on an ultra-powerful note.

And if you want me to help you ensure that this New Year is the single greatest year of your life to date, get onto the waiting list for a membership into my online course Your Absolute Best Year Yet

If you’re not ready to join us in the program, totally fine with me and I hope these lessons have been of service to you.

Make 2014 awesome.

Your success partner,

P.S. Memberships into Your Absolute Best Year Yet are very limited and it sells out every year so get onto the waiting list here so you get first chance at one.

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73 Responses to “The 53 Greatest Lessons 2013 Taught Me”

  1. satish bagul says:

    you are adding positive thoughts in our life God bless you! thanking you!

  2. alex says:

    Your books are awesome. Keep up. You are such an encouragement. Blessed 2014.

  3. Ramakrishna Dasoju says:

    I am actually waiting for this, as I have gone through 2012′s remarks. I wonder why this # 53. Any special reason, just wanted to know.

    I was reading through your information over a 2-3 months now, this really brought a good change in me.

    Wish you a happy, prosperous & successful new year 2014 to all members.

    Thanks, Look forward to more tips and messages.

    Good luck to you all.

  4. tebogo simon legadima says:

    Hi Robin

    am really touched by your book the monk who sold his Ferrari which i read a year ago but the fact of the matter is i could have read it years earlier so hear my story. i love books specially the inspiring ones so i when to the book shop in search for the latest book to inspire myself then i saw these book with the title “the monk who sold his Ferrari ‘” then i thought the “monk” which i no nothing about and “Ferrari” am not in cars that much, that is exactly what when through my mind on that day and i did not buy the book.

    in 2012 something happen i went to church for a weekend and come back on Sunday afternoon and on Monday at about 12 pm the the title”the monk who sold his Ferrari” came to my mind like a strike of lightning, i was working by then so i keep asking colleagues about the book and no one knew about it, but the good thing was that one of my colleague which am close to was going to the shopping mall, so he give me the ride to the mall and when i got the i could not find anything with that title.

    then i ask the man behind the counter and he was so humble he help me to look in shelfs then we find one of Robin Sharma book but not the one that am look for so the humble gentlemen went to the storeroom to see if he can find something and he did find something, three wrapped books as special package. i ended up buying three books of Robin Sharma and the monk who sold his Ferrari, i spend my whole monthly salary on that day.thanks God for giving me idea and the courage to go for that special book, Robin Sharma you are a blessing to my life and i thank lord of that

    your client Tebogo

  5. Phil Taberner says:


    The content of your books transformed my life and my outlook on life.

    In my late 30′s (before reading your first book) I was heading to being massively overweight and settling for mediocrity. I’m now 44, I’ve competed in the world Ironman series for the last 4 years and aim to carry on every year til I’m 80! I have a wonderful wife who I appreciate immensley and a beautiful daughter who has been brought up believeing and understanding that you can be whatever you want to be or you can do whatever you want to do, as long as you work hard and focus on your goals.

    You are a true inspiration and just wished there was a way we could teach all the children of the world this material. It would I’m sure, revolutionise the globe and achieve world peace and harmony.

  6. Virginia Nastase says:

    Hi Robin,

    I’m from Romania. I just saw the documentary ”Searching for sugarman” (no.30) – great story! I put the link on my facebook page, thank you.
    I’ve read your book “The monk who sold his Ferrari” – really impressive; now I have the ”Little Black Book For Stunning Success” – nice gift for Chrismas…
    Just wanted to thank you for all your work, your contribution in my life and to send you my best wishes for 2014!
    With respect and appreciation,

  7. Sanjay Singhal says:

    Dear Robin Sir,
    My life has changed almost 70% from my past life but still I suffering from bad habit of smoking will u please help me in this way what I have to do to escape from this so that I may become one of your best student,also send the name of your latest book after the Seven Secret Letters.

    Thanks to save my life.

  8. Haytham says:

    Hello Robin,

    you’re amazing as usual, that’s very inspiring

  9. rocky balboa says:

    dude you are amazing!!!!
    may god bless you

  10. Aabha says:

    Thanks a lot for inspiring us by your books and blogs……..for me your works are a very big source of motivation and drive me at every moment whenever i feel dejected…….thanks a tonn robin…….

  11. Kushal Nagpure says:

    truly amazing,, liked it 4m d bottom of my hreart,, even most of these m following so feeling gret in the mrng,, n moving towards my goals n setting a target of starting to start business very soon in new year..

  12. Ms Rao says:

    Thank you for the inspiring words!

  13. Nishtha Gehija says:


  14. Hady says:

    Thank you for the inspiring statements. Would love to attend any of your conferences the coming year if i get the opportunity.

  15. Geraldine del Rosario says:

    Hi Robin,

    I’m currently reading “The monk who sold his Ferrari.” I am really fascinated by the simplicity and wisdom of this book. It always gets me moving, every time I’ve visit your blog or read some of your inspirational articles.

    You really rock. 2014 is so bright, we really need sunglasses! All I can say is the best is yet to come. :)


  16. Lenari says:

    Hi Robin Sharma,

    We inspire your morals, ideas and value them!

    Thanks n Best Regards!


  17. Sejal.Kotak says:

    Thankyou Robin for sharing your 53 Greatest Lessons of 2013. All your books are very inspirational n motivating, infact your book “Who Will Cry When You Die” is my bedside book forever and I just pick the book and open any page and read and I feel great.
    Thankyou very much.

  18. Sejal.Kotak says:

    Thankyou Robin for sharing your 53 Greatest Lesson of 2013. All your books are very inspirational and motivating, infact your book “Who Will Cry When You Die” is my bedside book forever and any number of times I open that book and read any page, I feel great…it is so insightful.
    Thankyou very much.

  19. Agneta says:

    Hi Robin, I cannot say “thank you” enough! I have followed your advice and made great changes in my life. I have used your tools when my mind has turned negative and now it’s a “piece of cake” to change thought patterns. I hope the Toronto workshop will take place in June as it is part of my 2014 goals :)
    Have a great New Year!

  20. Venkat Kumaresan says:

    Hi Robin,

    I love the way the book “Who will cry when you die” is written. Lot of great things packed in simple 2 pages in each chapter. Its a book to be preserved and cherished for life – an Ultimate guide like the Bagavad Gita.

  21. Manoj Mudhoo says:

    Dear Robin,
    Its a heartfelt thanks from Mauritius. Thank you for your fabulous post. It will be of paramount help for me to shape out my 2014 as the best year ever!
    Thanks & Regards,

  22. Sagar Raithatha says:

    Thank u sir for your all inspirational books and quotes

  23. CHANDAN SINGH says:

    Hi Robin,

    Your books and articles give readers internal strength, moral values, happiness and wisdom.

    Love to see new books and articles from you.

    Chandan S Bora

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