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A Personal Story on Turning Fear into Freedom

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

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

Feeling scared just means you're making progress. Fear's your friend. So turn it into fuel.

As you pursue the highest version of your largest vision, it’s so very easy to fall into the trap of thinking you’re the only one who deals with self-doubt, faces endless obstacles and the icy fingers of a thing called fear…

…but you’re not…

scared is the price brave people pay to enjoy lives that make history

…and the feeling of fear just means you’re making nice progress. And being a hero to every single one of us watching your rise…

I feel frightened too. I’ll admit it. I confront–and walk with–fear all the time. Pretty much every day, actually…

Why?

…because I relentlessly hold myself to a standard higher than you could ever imagine (yes, that standard is an ideal and I’m far from where I want to be–I’m a work in progress, like every human).

…because I push for better endlessly, move toward my discomfort daily and am viscerally devoted to spending the rest of my life realizing my potential. And giving everything I have to lifting others up with me…

…and because in my mind, good enough (even when everyone around you thinks you’re uber-successful) isn’t very good. The whole game of life is to leverage every day to become more, create more and give more, no?

Just one example…from my own life…and one of the icons of our world…

…last year I made a dream come true. I’d always longed to create and then deliver a world-class 4-day business and personal change event that not only created revolutions in peoples’ lives but allowed them to make friends with people at the highest level of success, wealth, decency and service to our world.

…I put together an elite faculty of top experts on peak performance, business mastery, health and longevity and social impact that included Seth Godin, Darren Hardy, Verne Harnish, James Rouse, James Victore and Kevin Harrington.

…I called the gathering The Titan Summit: The Ultimate Mastermind for Ultra-Successful Performers.

…I limited the the group to just 100 seats so it was intimate, transformational and unforgettable…and my team and I poured our hearts into making it epic.

…it turned out to be one of the single greatest experiences of my 18 year career.

…some called the event “poetic” and have used what they learned to build fortunes. Some took the insights and advanced tools and raised their personal lifestyles to the point where they feel true freedom for the first time in decades. Some left the event and rewired their mindset for deep gratitude, daily happiness and their finest health of their lives. The success stories still pour in…

Ok…

…it would have been so easy for me to repeat what I did last year and see similar results…

…but I need to push myself 100X. Always. So I came up with an idea…it was dramatic…and it scared me

…what if I reached out to Sir Richard Branson, widely considered the most famous entrepreneur on the planet, a veritable Titan and asked him to join us for this year’s gathering?

…look, I come from very humble beginnings. My parents are immigrants. I grew up in a town of 2000 people. No silver spoon in my mouth…so this was a reach…

…those in my inner circle told me it was impossible. He was too busy with Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, philanthropic ventures and unleashing all his other big ideas on the world.

…those around me said that even if I could get to him, he would say no.

…but the impossible is mostly just the untried. And so I set about on a fierce mission to make my dream happen. I made phone call after phone call, sent email after email and did whatever was in my power to get my goal done.

…I was scared (of rejection, of success, of being laughed at). But forged forward anyway knowing that the more we practice being fearless, the more fearless becomes our way of being

…after relentless effort, I was connected with the person at Virgin who is responsible for Sir Richard’s engagements. And after more calls, communications and interactions, we got the job done.

…Sir Richard Branson will be at The Titan Summit 2014 LIVE along with my all-star faculty who will show the Titans in the room how to create EXPONENTIAL growth within their business and personal lives.

…I’m now turning my focus and drive to bring a hip-hop legend to the event. Who knows whether I can get to him and if he’ll come. But I need to give perfect effort to see what can be. And it never hurts to ask :)

If you’re interested in getting one of the very limited seats to The Titan Summit 2014, please check your inbox this Wednesday. I’ll open registration then.

Watch this short video trailer about the event.

With much respect and appreciation,

P.S. Kindly note I’ll only be offering about 100 seats to The Titan Summit 2014 with Sir Richard Branson (the rest of the spaces have already been sold to last year’s participants and clients at T48T this past June)…

…so if you feel you belong in that room, watch for my “registration open” message this Wednesday.

…and watch this video now.

All green lights! :)

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The 8 Acronyms of Extreme Achievement

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

By Robin Sharma
#1 Bestselling author of “The Leader Who Had No Title”

Please read with care

A quick but strong and valuable piece of information about getting you from where you now are to where you’ve always wanted to be is below…please read it with care…

I’m in Moscow as I write this…just finished a 3 hour presentation for Russia’s business elite.

They were smart, energetic and open to learning (remember: the moment you think you know everything you know nothing).

One of the pieces that kickstarted their passion and got them all talking was the section on The 8 Acronyms for Extreme Achievement…

…if you’ve read my books like The Leader Who Had No Title and The Greatness Guide you know I adore my acronyms…

…and here are 8 of the best (apply them over the next 90 days so you finish this year at your very best…there’s still enough time to make this year legendary…but you need to get moving swiftly now)…

The 8 Acronyms for Extreme Achievement

#1: APR: Absolute Personal Responsibility

Nothing in your personal, physical, professional and financial life will change until you start making your changes. Human beings are really really good at self-deception (lying to ourselves keeps us from pain). And playing The Victim.

But the beginning of transformation is awareness. And the very moment we stop blaming others and conditions for what’s not world-class in our lives is the moment we take back our power to dramatically alter our situation.

APR is all about waking up to the reality that your current reality (in whatever areas are most important to you) have not been caused by your boss or by your spouse or by your childhood or by the world. You created them (via your thinking, behaviors and performance). And once you truly get this, you’ll be in the beautiful position to make the new choices that will deliver all-new results.

#2. NSI: Never Stop Improving

Study Jay-Z or Cirque du Soleil or Zuckerberg or Lady Gaga. All extreme achievers have one belief in common: good enough is definitely not good enough.

To start seeing explosive gains in your achievement levels, I invite you to make the commitment to using every single day of the rest of your long life as a platform for improvement and a vehicle for daily optimization.

Remember: as you live this day, so you craft your life (the best way to predict the future is to create it in the present). Leave everything you touch 1% better. Never stop improving your mindset. Never stop improving your communication. Never stop improving your fitness. Never stop improving your productivity. Never stop improving your knowledge base…you get my point…

#3. BIW: Best In the World

The whole name of the game is to win. And winning is less about being better than others and a whole lot more about outperforming who you were yesterday (hint: you can’t get to be the extreme achiever you’ve always dreamed of becoming, stuck in the think and action patterns of the person you’ve always been).

And when you’re all about the hot pursuit of Mastery, Excellence and Exceptionalism (not so you become the best in the world but so you express your best), the inevitable result is that you become one of the best in the world.

You really were born into greatness. But the world may have schooled it out of you.

You really have something special within you. But life may have suggested it out of you.

Today’s an awesome day to make the choice that will change the game for you…and start standing for your highest and best.

#4. ABDOV: Always Be Delivering Outrageous Value

Your life comes alive when you devote it to service. The secret of happiness truly is helpfulness.

We live in The Generosity Economy…the person who helps the most will profit the most (not only in terms of your joy-levels but financially as well).

When you train your brain to focus on the mission “how may I help the most people?” and when you begin to see yourself as a walking talking living breathing value contributor, success, abundance and breathtaking levels of well-being beat a path to your front door.

#5. KMF: Keep Moving Forward

Study the excellent research of Angela Lee Duckworth and you’ll discover that the #1 factor that determines whether you’ll become an extreme achiever or an average person comes down to one thing…

…it’s not your IQ.

…it’s not your looks.

…it’s not where you live or where you’ve been.

It’s a world she calls “Grit”…your ability to persist, stay passionate and get your biggest goals done (in the face of being laughed at, bumping into obstacles and even being filled with self-doubt).

KMF is all about moving ahead–when things are easy but even more essentially, when times are hard.

You show us how badly you want your dreams when you press ahead in the most difficult of times. Remember: Victims surrender to adversity while Extreme Achievers exploit it to their advantage.

#6. FMOB: The First, The Most, The Only and The Best

First mover advantage. The great spoils of success don’t come to the person who got the brilliant idea but to the performer who got the idea done.

Ideation without execution is mere delusion.

Stop telling us you’ll start your business or get ultra-fit or fall in love or change the world. Talk’s just cheap. Action speaks louder. Just go do it…and then tell us what you did.

Being a FMOB is about committing to becoming legendary. An icon. A giant on the planet. And using your life to make history.

#7. LWT: Lead Without a Title.

You can lead without the need for a position or formal authority. I’ve spent over a decade criss-crossing the world teaching this concept to the likes of FedEx, GE, NIKE, The Coca-Cola Company, IBM and Oracle.

The real idea is this: every day when you walk out into the world, you have a choice: you can show victimhood or you can inspire us via your leadership.

—the flight attendant on the Delta flight from San Diego to Minneapolis last week who gave me green tea from her purse showed pure leadership.

—the school crossing guard who I saw dancing on the street to make the kids laugh is a leader.

—the chef at the Colombian restaurant I ate at recently who worked like Picasso painted and lit up the room with his fierce passion for perfection is a leader.

Become the CEO of your job responsibility, the Master of Your Craft and The Captain of Your Fate…

…and please own the idea that success is not reserved for the lucky…it’s the domain of the leaders…and people just like you with the vision, guts, discipline and devotion to use their lives to make spectacular things happen.

You CAN do this…will you?

#8. WTOH: What’s The Opportunity Here?

This is a tool I teach to my elite coaching clients. And it works wonders when used consistently, to the point of it become your default way of thinking.

You see, a problem only becomes a problem when you view it as a problem.

Thanks…much respect…be great…speak soon.

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How to Achieve Your Biggest Goals

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

By Robin Sharma
Author of the #1 International Bestseller “The Leader Who Had No Title”

On a recent trip to New York City to attend a conference (not to speak, but to learn), I recorded a video that will really help you achieve your biggest and most meaningful goals.

I think it’s one of the most important videos I’ve ever done. (By the way, it’s 15 mins long: it will be the best 15 mins you’ve spent in a long time.)

It’s not edited…. just me speaking from the heart….

…Extreme achievement in any area of your life isn’t about getting lucky. It’s about running a specific formula.

In this video I share a key piece of the formula that I’ve personally used to experience exceptional results.

Watch the video so you see big improvements today

My obsession is to help you fly. To take back your power and create a life you adore.

Your life will be better for it. And so will our world.

You can do this. You can change the game. You can become one of the GREAT ONES.

In a few days I’ll be posting another video that shares the next piece of my formula for extreme achievement. It’s all about how to get up early so each of your days are world class.

My best wishes,

P.S. If you feel stuck or even if you’re successful but want to reach the next level, today’s video is key to watch

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Ted Turner’s Wealth Psychology

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

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

Ted Turner's Wealth Psychology

Ted Turner’s a pretty amazing man…

—he founded CNN from nothing

—he started the Cartoon Network

—he’s won the America’s Cup

—he created Ted’s Montana Grill

—he launched the Goodwill Games

—he’s given away billions to great causes

So how did he build such a TEL (Truly Epic Life)?…

…In today’s message, I’m not going to get into his winning business choices

…I’m not going to rant about his daily success habits nor the rewards that his associations with the entrepreneurial elite brought to him

…And I’m not going to get into his strong relationship with his powerful father and the influence that connection had on him

This piece (that I’ve worked really hard to get right for you) is about something else…the root cause of all rare-air productive, financial, personal and global success…

…your psychology.

If you’re not thinking like the dominant star of your industry, your performance will never rise to match that expectation.

If you’re not thinking you can get your massive dreams done, your behavior will never be sufficient to get giant goals done.

If you’re not thinking like someone who’s the rockstar of their field, financially free, healthy as an athlete and happier than you could ever imagine, then there’s no way you’ll get there.

Why? Because your outcomes always reflect your self-identity (a.k.a. your psychology).

Researchers like Sonja Lyubomirsky have done some fascinating work on “the power of the self-fulfilling prophecy”. Definitely read her book The How of Happiness this week.

Bottom line: the hard-core psychologists confirm that your psychology and expectations for your performance determine your results.

You absolutely have to learn to think like the very best do to experience the rewards and lifestyle that the VERY best have.

So back to Ted Turner…

…even when he was the “new kid” going up against ABC, NBC and CBS–with nothing but the unreasonable idea for a 24 hour news network– he believed that he’d win because he surrounded himself with other visionaries and “industry disruptors” who modeled massive success. [The Law of Association].

…even when he was kicked out of the company that he founded, he started a new one (Ted’s Montana Grill) because his psychology was such that he had developed the “neural architecture” of resilience and radical confidence. [The Law of BounceBack].

[Btw: none of this is natural talent. It’s all the result of learning how to think like this and then practicing it until it becomes a habit].

…even when his beloved father died, he kept his fierce focus on his greatest dream alive by outworking, out-innovating and outproducing everyone around him because he got his psychology right. [The Law of Grit].

So what were the core beliefs that he practiced relentlessly until they hardwired in as his psychology of fantastic productivity, ingenuity, wealth, confidence, influence and impact?

I’ve identified 5 of them below and have observed the same ones in the industry titans and international superstars that I advise:

#1. Ted was Obsessed with Making Everything Better

In an interview with famed broadcaster Charlie Rose, Ted Turner said:

“I like to make things better. When I was in the news business, I was just trying to make things better. In the restaurant business, I’m just trying to make things better…

…when I was a boy my parents said ‘Do The Best You Can’. I’m just following orders.”

#2. Ted Focused on Producing Value vs. Making Money

This way of thinking is so contrarian to the way most businesspeople think (and that’s why most businesspeople never join the ranks of the financial and influential elite).

If your whole focus is on making money, it’s off delivering the staggering value that will create the fanatical followers who will pay you money.

Ted Turner was a Rotarian (as was my father and myself). The motto of Rotary is: “He profits most who serves the best.”

Of course, serve for the beauty and internal fulfillment of serving. But know that the inevitable by-product of phenomenal service to others (your customers, communities etc.) is material prosperity well-beyond anything you’ve yet to experience.

#3. Ted Played The Long Game

Some things never change as society changes. No matter what anyone tells you, traits like integrity and honesty will always yield success and victory. Yes–if you play the short game and cut ethical corners, you may win for a while.

But nothing is more valuable (and an industry differentiator) than the value of your good name. Making your reputation a priceless asset is a brilliant decision.

Turner was always honest. Always ethical. Always did his best to stay true to his word.

“I wanted my Dad to think I was worthwhile, like every son. And I wanted to impress my mother. It was great to have her proud of me.”

#4. Ted Went for Uncommon Opportunities

Turner said that building a television network was actually easy. Why? Because the barriers to entry were so high that most people didn’t have the capital nor the stomach to get in.

He did. And so he made a fortune. And changed the world.

The belief worth wiring into your mindset: go for the opportunities very few believe they can realize. It’ll be a lot easier than you think to get traction as well as to lead the field because there’s so little competition.

#5. Ted Built Bridges

Turner and Rupert Murdoch had been fighting for years. But as Ted Turner matured, he realized that energy spent on conflict is energy stolen from “production”.

So when Rupert Murdoch “went green” (Turner is a passionate advocate for environmental causes), he reached out to him with sincere congratulations.

Murdoch replied with an invitation for lunch. And a truce was forged.

Ted’s psychology: pick your battles. And focus on getting great things done versus trivialities and pettiness.

Ok. There you go my friend. Ted Turner’s psychological foundations that allowed him to craft an iconic life.

And as always, THAT’S my greatest wish for you.

All green lights…your fan,

My Answers to Your Questions…

Speaking of business icons, would you like to be in a small room with Sir Richard Branson and learn his insights on building a great company while living an inspiring life?

And would you love to spend 4 game-changing days in this room with me and some of the most successful, innovative and inspiring people on the planet at a rare gathering that will radically alter the way the rest of your life unfolds?

And seriously ready to 100X the few key areas of your life over the next 12 months while you enjoy life a lot more versus being frustrated and overwhelmed?…

…Excellent…here are my answers to all the questions I’ve been getting about my ultra-exclusive live event in December that everyone’s talking about…

yes, it’s true that all of the seats that I previously opened up to The Titan Summit 2014 have sold-out.

yes, Sir Richard Branson will be with us in person and on stage with me sharing his wisdom at The Titan Summit

yes, The Titan Summit is a truly world-class 4 day event featuring my all-star faculty of global experts on creating exponential results in your mindset, health, performance, business, lifestyle and service to our world.

yes, it will be held December 9-12 at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Toronto.

yes, this isn’t one of my live events with 5000+ people. I’m keeping this event exclusive and intimate for those fortunate enough to get one of the scarce seats. Last year I limited the gathering to only 100 seats.

yes, the investment is $25,000. It’s expensive. But so worth it. You’ll get 10X what you pay in terms of value, information and associations with iconic businesspeople. It’s not for everyone–just those who want to rise to the level of iconic and make history with their lives.

yes, I’m willing to open up a few more seats today at the early registration investment of only $9997

Get one of them now. They’ll be gone soon

The Titan Summit 2014 will definitely sell out…wait and the reality is you’ll miss this opportunity to be in the room with us, experiencing the learning, transformations and alliances that very few human beings will get…

So my strong encouragement is that you release any excuses and JUST DO THIS so you get in :)…you’ll never look back!…

Get one of the limited seats now

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How to Become Famous

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

How to become famous

By Robin Sharma
Author of the #1 International Bestseller “The Leader Who Had No Title”

Hope you’re excellent. I wrote today’s message with one idea in mind: to help accelerate your expertise.

So you become BIW (Best in the World within your field)….and just maybe the best there ever was (think “The Michelangelo of Manufacturing” or the “Federer of Finance” or the “Einstein of Entrepreneurs”).

My obsession is to help you reach this lofty realm. So you get your largest dreams done. And make the world better for the mastery you share…

I hope you can feel my passion, sense my faith in you and know how much I care…

I’ve been ever so focused on sending you information of exceptional value that really serves your success beautifully.

And in the coming weeks, I’ll be sending more (along with some exceedingly valuable videos, like the one I just shot in Africa on “How to Wake Up Early”).

It takes a lot of energy and time to create these pieces for you. All I ask is that if you like them, please share them with others…

Especially this one…

Because it’s all about being so good they can’t ignore you…

So insanely great as a high performer and elite producer of deep value that tears flow in the eyes of those watching you…

So, here we go…

Average performers work hard to fit in. UltraPerformers work really, really hard to stand out.

True, the global economy remains a mess (and I predict it will get a lot worse). But for those aiming for iconic and settling for nothing but their absolute best, economic volatility is irrelevant.

Why? Because they are so exceptional at what they do and the value they produce that they’ve created their own personal economy.

They are playing at such a high-level, so original and indispensable to their companies and customers that they’ve become famous.

It’s a pretty awesome goal for you to aspire to…

Becoming famous for how good you are at what you do.

Famous for your Mastery.

Famous for your Acumen.

Famous for your Expertise.

Famous for how superbly your work serves the world.

And the truth is that there’s just not much competition up in rare-air.

So to assist you in claiming your fame–so that masses of people beat a path to your door–I’ve listed the 27 best ways that I know of to become an expert…

Here you go:

#1. Model the mindsets, habits and behaviors of the people performing at the level you want to play at. Surround yourself with as many world-class experts in your field as you can possibly network with.

#2. Teach your craft. As you share what you’re learning about in your area of expertise, it deepens your understanding. And heightens your awareness. “Teacher learns the most” is a smart motto.

#3. Fail as quickly as you can. Each time you stumble, study the data, recalibrate and iterate your next move. Do this daily and you’ll see steady gains in your performance standards.

#4. Become monomaniacally focused on knowing all there is to know about one or two things. The secret to Mastery is concentration of attention. Period.

#5. Read. It’s something too few people do on a daily basis. Reading collapses learning time–and allows the brilliance of the best to rub off on your thinking.

#6. Get a mentor. I’ve had a number of key mentors in my life and watching them show up at peak was a game-changer. You just can’t reach your personal Everest without some help.

#7. Practice insane amounts of hours. Anders Ericsson is the world’s pre-eminent researcher on exceptional performance. His research (popularized by Malcolm Gladwell) showed that it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to make an expert. Put in the time and out will come the expert.

#8. Go to your edges. Elite athletes, violinists, writers and chess players all do the same thing: every day they have specific times that they push their skills to the edge. And by relentlessly pushing their talents past what’s comfortable, their talents quickly expand.

#9. Play to win versus playing to avoid failing. Experts have a tendency to pursue their idealized image of excellence while average performers behave in a way designed to avoid making mistakes. Big difference.

#10. Remember that things you once found hard you now find easy. You are built to grow, to flourish and to adapt to new standards.

#11. Set up a support team. At our annual self-mastery event The 48 Hour Transformation I encouraged the hundreds of participants to form “Navy Seal Teams”. The level of connection, support, sharing and helpfulness that took place in these groups was unforgettable. Find others like you–devoted to becoming the best in the world at their craft. And create an alliance.

#12. Keep a journal. Writing in a journal each morning or every night is a superb way to build expertise. It allows for you to reflect deeply on what you’re doing right–and celebrate those wins–and what areas of performance you can most improve.

#13. Remember that expertise is a process, not an event.

#14. Reward your successes. Staying passionate with your field of expertise and your lofty goals is absolutely essential to getting your through the inevitable failures/plateaus and obstacles on the path to Mastery. By setting up a clear reward structure, you’ll fuel your energy and stay amped to win.

#15. Read “Talent is Overrated” by Geoffrey Colvin. Superb book.

#16. Stick with the new move for 66 days. According to research at The University College of London, it takes 66 days of practice to wire in a new habit. So as you work on a new element within your field of expertise, do it for 66 days until the “neural highway” in your brain has been installed. The new move will then become automatic.

#17. Raise your standards. Our behavior reflects what we’ve settled for. All experts are obsessed with becoming the best there ever was. And so their performance matches that mindset.

#18. Know that becoming an expert isn’t easy (otherwise everyone would be doing it). But it’ll be truly worth it. That I promise you.

#19. Clear your mind. A messy mind causes messy results. Make all efforts to have fewer goals, priorities and responsibilities so your mind becomes incredibly centered on the dominant focus of your professional life: the one field you are committed to mastering.

#20. Go first-class. If you’re really serious about world-class performance then have the guts to invest in world-class training tools, world-class coaching, world-class instruments, world-class conference, world-class nutrition and a totally world-class environment to support your rise to the top.

#21. Watch the uber-inspiring documentary of expertise “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”.

#22. Sleep less to achieve more. Yes, sleep is essential for peak results. I get it. But too many people sleep too much. Most of the ultraAcheivers I work with sleep very little. They’d rather use that time to practice, study, produce awesome work, grow their fortunes, build their families and contribute beautifully to the world.

#23. Understand that mastery loves the hardworking.

#24. Keep the self-promises you make to yourself. It’s a fantastic way to increase self-discipline.

#25. Keep a written daily schedule. The things that get scheduled are the things that get done. Expertise comes from clear and structured effort. A written schedule of your practice times, study times, coaching times as well as a listing of your other essential life commitments will ensure you’re on track.

#26. Show up when you don’t feel like it. Experts don’t show up to do the work only when they feel strong, energized and excited. They show up when they’re tired, discouraged and exhausted. That’s what it takes to be the best.

#27. Do it for yourself as much as for the world. Becoming an expert is one of the finest methods I know of to move toward self-mastery. The process of expressing your greatest talents and potential develops your character. You teach yourself patience, perseverance and toughen your faith. Yes, you’ll help/inspire/create value for so many people via your inevitable expertise. But don’t just do it for that. Choose it for what this uncommon journey will make of you as a person.

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