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How to Sustain Your A-Game (Every Day)

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

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

Fine to play at world-class for a week...but what makes legendary is sustaining it for a lifetime

Been reading Tim Grover’s book Relentless. And getting a ton of insights on rare-air performance from it.

[Reading's such a game-changer, yes? Dad always told me: "Robin, if you have to, cut back on other things. But always fill your life with books."]

One of Tim’s insights (he coaches NBA players) is that a lot of star athletes aim to be great. But the Kobe’s and Jordan’s aspire to an even higher standard…

to become the best there ever was.

During my summer break, I thought for hours on end about what the real game’s all about…

…and one of the concepts that’s really shaping up inside my thinking is that it’s fine to play at world-class for a week…but what makes legendary is sustaining it for a lifetime.

This Tuesday, I’ll be sending you a VERY valuable surprise that will take you through some of my most advanced thinking on this point and walk you through the mental model I’ve created around it called The Icon’s Decline…so check your inbox for my message.

Until then, please allow me to share some core ideas to help you sustain your A-Game every day:

#1. Start with your mindset. Your performance in the world is simply the result of the things you believe. If you really don’t think you’re the kind of person who produces epic results or becomes uber-fit or creates a financial fortune or elevates entire communities, then you’re just not going to do what it takes to make these visions real…

…change your private story about your potential and your behavior changes by itself. Begin within. Always.

#2. Clear out the constraints. So many of us want to sustain our A-Games over an entire career versus being one hit wonders. But we fill our lives with so many energy drains and constraints that we never create greatness that endures. My encouragement: delete the energy vampires from your life, clean out all complexity, build a team around you that frees you to fly, remove anything toxic and cherish simplicity. Because that’s where genius lives.

#3. Walk with icons. You’re smart and talented. So you get that the caliber of your associations determines the level of your success…

…some intelligent research has been done on the drivers of exceptional performance (read Talent is Overrated, for example). And one of the keys to genius is that every great performer was a member of a “talent hub”…

…in other words, associating with others aiming to become world-class lifts up–and sustains–your A-Game. To make the final months of this year the single best months in the history of your entire life, you absolutely must commit to having conversations–and building alliances–with people who are a few levels above you.

[If you want to join me, Sir Richard Branson and other thought-leaders at an intimate and exclusive gathering of some of the world’s most successful people this December, watch this video.]

#4: Maintain the extreme training. So easy to get to a great place and then slow down on your practice protocols. But the very best of the best practice even harder as they become more successful…

…remember what the Spartan warriors taught us: “sweat more in practice and you’ll bleed less at war.”

#5. Get your routines right. I did a blog post on this recently called Create New (And Awesome) Habits Fast. The main idea was simply this: epic production has less to do with your willpower and more to do with the routines you install. Get those right and you’ll enjoy exponential results automatically.

#6. Never Rest on Your Success. Success is ever so dangerous. Once you rise to success, it’s so easy to stop doing the things that made you successful. The fire in the belly to become legendary can begin to diminish. Arrogance can creep in. Taking customers for granted often happens. And the will to amp up to your next level can be left behind…

…what makes true icons is that they know that the top of one mountain just allows you to see the next peaks to climb.

…for those devoted to sustaining their A-Games over a lifetime, the whole nature of the pursuit is to see how high they can rise, to capitalize on as much of their potential as possible and to contribute as much value to humanity as they can.

VERY IMPORTANT…

…Congratulations to everyone who snapped up one of the limited seats that I just opened up to The Titan Summit 2014 featuring Sir Richard Branson and my all-star faculty of experts who will show you how to build an iconic business and live a life that makes history….

…you’ve now joined my inner circle and are a part of a group of the most successful, inspiring and decent people I know…

…please note that this block of seats has SOLD OUT.

I’ve just opened up a few more seats so go ahead and get yours now while you still can.

…as mentioned, The Titan Summit 2014 features Sir Richard Branson (in person) and a faculty of globally respected thought-leaders on business growth, brain optimization, peak health and longevity, maximum productivity and creating a legacy for humanity…

…this is not one of my live events with 5000+ people. This is an exclusive and intimate gathering of people operating at the highest level…and the value here is simply priceless.

…I wanted to do something ever so special for my Titans and am giving everything I can to make it “a once in a lifetime experience”.

here are the details

…this event is not for everyone. Just for elite performers who want to associate with business icons, thought-leaders and epic producers so they create exponential business and personal results.

this video shares the power of The Titan Summit and the testimonials of alumni who were blown away by the return on their investment.

I’d love to help you and see you in the room with the rest of the Titans. Get one of the limited seats here

not being at this exclusive and small gathering of superstars will actually cost you more. So release any excuses and invest in your biggest future by joining us now

All green lights! Let’s get you to beyond great. You deserve no less.

Your success partner,

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How to Wake Up Early

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

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

Did you know we collectively spend 100,000,000 minutes a day playing Angry Birds on smartphones?

Did you know that most people spend 2 hours or more each day being distracted from doing important things that will deliver their dreams by watching dancing cats on YouTube?

Did you know that the more you allow yourself to be interrupted, the more you actually develop a brain that can’t focus?

It’s just unbelievable how many of us are spending the best hours of our days chasing trivial pursuits that add zero value to our lives.

It’s the #1 success destroyer these days…all these distractions that have invaded your best hours…

So how can you break free of “The Addiction to Distraction” so your days become WILDLY productive? And so you create a life you adore?

One of the absolute best ways I know of is learning how to wake up early. Get this one habit right and you’ll achieve more in one day than most people get done in one month.

FACT: From 5 am to 8 am are “The Golden Hours” that the most successful achievers in the world use to set up their days for success. The way you begin your day really does determine how you live your day.

These 3 hours are the hours of least distraction in your day. And when your energy is at its peak.

So in response to the thousands of requests, I took the time to shoot a new training video that shares the next piece of my formula for extreme achievement. It will teach you exactly how to get up early.

Follow the steps I share and you’ll be getting up early within a few days (so you can achieve important things).

Watch the “How to Get Up Early” video now

May it serve your productivity and success beautifully.

Welcome to The 5 am Club :)

You now have two pieces of my formula for extreme achievement. Watch your inbox next week for my next video which will share the third piece of the formula…

…this next video will share the number #1 solution to the number #1 obstacle people around the world have told me is blocking them from the massive success they know they deserve.

Now is your time to shine. I’m here to help and with this formula for extreme achievement I’ve been sharing with you, your life is about to rise to a completely new level of WOW!

Wishing you all green lights!

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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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