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The Methods for Superhuman Productivity

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

By Robin Sharma

#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

Robin Sharma shares 4 game-changing methods for superhuman productivity.

We live in The Age of Dramatic Distraction. Many shiny toys to chase every waking moment yet so few of those pursuits create real value and grow a life brilliantly lived.

Too many of us are overscheduled, overconnected and overstimulated by all the noise, interruptions and complexity of current society.

The cost of this way of operating? You’ll arrive at the last hour of your final day and realize you spent your highest potential on your lowest leverage activities.

Epic performers, A-Players and World-Builders play a very different game. The Elon Musks, The Mark Zuckerbergs, great artists and top scientists all run their days under completely different mindsets and rituals than those who get trapped in the groove of “being busy being busy.”

As a private coach to many of the most successful entrepreneurs on the planet and founder of The Titan Summit, which brings together ultra-performers from 43+ nations for 4 days of elite training on productivity, business acceleration and lifestyle optimization every December in Toronto, I’ve observed firsthand how human beings who get more done in a week than most get done in a quarter realize their results. I’ve also developed a complete methodology for exponential productivity that I teach participants at this event.

Here are 4 of the game-changing elements of my approach:

#1. The 20/20/20 Formula.

The way you start your day powerfully shapes how productively you live it. Reserve the first 60 minutes for personal preparation. As the Spartan warriors said: “Sweat more in training and you’ll bleed less in war.” Spend your first 20 minutes in intense exercise. Sweating releases BDNF, a brain chemical that actually grows neural connections. Working out also releases dopamine (the neurotransmitter of motivation) and serotonin, which makes you feel happy.

For the next “20 minute pocket”, review your annual plan and reflect deeply on your quarterly goals. Clarity precedes mastery and this practice will deepen your focus through the day.

Invest the final 20 minutes of this morning routine on learning (i.e., read autobiographies of great humans or listen to a leadership podcast or download the lessons of yesterday into your journal).

#2. The 90/90/1 Rule.

This habit alone has delivered vast value for my clients. Simply stated: for the next 90 days, dedicate the first 90 minutes of your work day to your single most important opportunity, the one thing that if you executed on it flawlessly, would cause everything to rise.

Average performers get to work and check their email or surf the net. For the true leader, reaching the office is the start of showtime. They understand that developing a monomaniacal focus on their vital few priorities unleashes legendary results.

#3. The 60/10 Method.

Good research confirms that what makes the best athletes the best in the world is not what they do in their sport but how effectively they recover. For example, it was the rituals that star tennis players did in between points that made them stars. What made the Russian weightlifters so undefeatable was their “work-rest ratios”.

So, set a timer for 60 minutes and during those intervals, turn off your technology, shut your door and dive—with massive intensity—into the project that matters. Then, recover with a pristine break like walking, listening to music or reading. Just try this protocol for a month and witness the gains.

#4. Find Your Circle of Genius.

Behavioral scientists have discovered the phenomenon of “emotional contagion.” This describes the fact that, unconsciously, we adopt the beliefs, feelings and behaviors of the people we spend most of our time with.

Want to get ultra-fit? One of the finest ways is to join a running group or make friends with athletes. Ready to be happier? Then remove the energy vampires and complainers from your life. Set to build a truly world-class company? Then start spending far more time with those who have been there and done it. Their mindsets and ways of being will automatically influence you, over time. And associating with people whose lives you want to be living shows you what’s possible. And once you know more, you can achieve more.

Finally, please allow me to remind you about the shortness of life. Even the longest one is a relatively short ride. You owe it to the talent you were born into, the team you lead, the family you love and the world that longs for you to display your greatness to do whatever it takes to reach exponential productivity.

Hopefully, you’ll embrace the methodology I’ve shared to fulfill your leadership potential.

As always, I hope this message has delivered real value to you and sets you up to finish what remains of this year “in the rare air of outright mastery.”

Your partner in leadership + success,

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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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Daily Routines of The Rock Stars of Achievement

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

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

The quality of your habits defines the caliber of your performance.

The other day I promised you a valuable piece on the daily habits and best practices of some of the highest achieving people our world has ever known.

If you’ve been following me on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube or reading my books, you’re now familiar with my brain tattoo: “To have the results only 5% have, you need to do the things that only 5% are willing to do.”

That insight–and the others I’ve been sharing with you recently in an effort to help you end this year STRONG–comes from my formula for extreme achievement that has helped millions of people do amazing things with their lives…

To make the ideas I’ve been sharing even more relevant to YOU personally, I set about searching for some of the powerful–and sometimes eccentric–moves that the best among us make.

Some come from research papers. Others come from biographies I’ve read. Yet more come from the superb book by Mason Curry called Daily Rituals

Read the habits below. Run them. Live them…

Ernest Hemingway: Up at 5:30 every morning to write even if he’d been drinking the night before. He wrote as a practice, not just when he felt inspired.

Benjamin Franklin: Sat naked every morning in fresh air for his “bath” which he swore fuelled his energy and creativity. He also listed 13 character traits he wanted to build and measured how he lived against each of them every night before he slept (in a journal).

Padmasree Warrior (Chief Technology Officer at Cisco Systems): Regular “digital detoxes” where she unplugs from technology to reboot her brain and replenish her creative reserves.

Leonardo da Vinci: Slept via small naps throughout the day versus sleeping 8 hours straight. The famed inventor Thomas Edison reportedly did the same thing (as does Hip-Hop mogul Sean “P. Diddy” Combs).

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Daily walks which shifted his mindset from the mundane to the original. The Great Nelson Mandela used to walk entire days for the exercise and mind-clearing effects the discipline would deliver. So many extreme achievers take a walk every day; ideally take your walk in nature. And bring a means to capture the outpouring of fresh insights that will flow.

Steve Jobs: Would fast for extended periods of time, recognizing that it created a sense of euphoria within him that motivated his dazzling output of ideas. He also loved carrots, eating so many during one period that his skin turned to a soft orange color.

Maya Angelou: Writes in a cheap and spartan hotel room she rents. She awakes at home around 5:30 each morning, has coffee with her husband and then shows up at the hotel room to do seriously productive work by 7 am. “It’s lonely and it’s marvellous” she says. Personally, I’ve done the most important work of my career in hotel rooms from Buenos Aires to Auckland. And on airplanes (the longer the flight the more I get done).

Ludwig Van Beethoven: Loved his coffee and measured out his beans with meticulous love and care: 60 beans per cup. Many elite performers use this drink as a productivity tool. But please do so in moderation: Balzac drank 50 cups a day. Sadly, he died from a heart attack at 51.

Mick Jagger: Exercises 6 days a week and includes ballet, pilates and yoga in his regimen. Sir Mick clearly gets that fitness rewires the brain to fight fear, reduces the stress response and multiplies stamina.

Stephen King: Writes every single day of the year and does not get up from the pursuit of his craft until his daily quota of two thousand words has been met.

Please also remember that: The quality of your habits defines the caliber of your performance.

Later this week I’ll send you a message with my 20 best quotes for extreme achievement so check your inbox for it.

Talk soon,

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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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