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The ONE Thing Titans Do

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

The ONE Thing Titans Do

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

Really important message today. It’s a little long because I’ve put A LOT of effort, research and thought into what’s below…

…But the ideas, hard-core “elite performance intel” (and the announcement at the end) are DEFINITELY worth 3 minutes of your precious time…

I’m in Durban, South Africa as I write this. At a special little hotel called The Oyster Box. It’s a rest day on this tour. My windows are open, the sea roars and the breeze is salty.

I’m genuinely hoping you are feeling on game, fuelled by your mission and executing brilliantly on your vision for 2013. Not so much time left to make this year your best yet….

Which brings me to the idea of being “A Titan”.

…In Greek mythology, “Titan” referred to a member of an ancient race of powerful Gods with incredible strength, power and influence.

…In today’s world, a Titan is a man or a woman who is a member of the financial, business and social elite.

Ultra-billionaires Carlos Slim, Bill Gates, Amancio Ortega, Warren Buffett, Li Ka-Shing, Liliane Bettencourt, Elon Musk and Bernard Arnault are just a few who come to mind.

But so do athletes like Roger Federer, LeBron James, Lionel Messi, Floyd Mayweather and Maria Sharapova.

Artists like Jay-Z, Rihanna, Basquiat and Warhol are Titans.

22 year old chess wunderkind Magnus Carlsen qualifies…as do former Navy Seal Eric Greitens, author J.K. Rowling and inventor of the Internet Tim Berners-Lee.

And of course world-builders like Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. are Titans.

So what’s the ONE thing each of these people have in common?

— yes, each of them has what University of Pennsylvania psychology professor Angela Duckworth calls “grit”. [Her research has proved that people with "grit"---the trait of exceptional persistence and devotion in the face of obstacles---consistently outperform those with higher IQs].

— yes, each of them understands that “focus plus time equals genius” so that while average people are trying to do 100 things, these performers are monomaniacally focused on doing just a few things really, really well.

— yes, these SuperAchievers all have an uncommon respect for time (time truly is priceless and the hours average people waste on gossip, tv and video games, Titans use to create remarkable results).

— yes, these people all engaged in deep daily practice which led to their exceptionalism (please read the article “The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance” by Anders Ericsson–the father of “The 10,000 Hour Rule” and you’ll have all the science you need to understand that greatness in ANY field is far less about natural talent and far more about deliberate practice).

— yes, they take “hedged risks” (versus betting the farm) that ordinary people don’t take because it makes them feel too uncomfortable and scared.

— yes, most Titans invest far less on entertainment and so much more in their education (especially on their personal development). The world TRULY belongs to the learners because the more you learn the more you will achieve.

— and absolutely yes these people had the guts to believe in their own vision of their future even when they were the only people on the planet who believed in that vision.

But out of all that I’ve observed coaching so many of the financial elite and ultra-achievers for 17+ years, sharing long meals with them and traveling to exotic locales with them, the ONE thing they all have in common is this:

All Titans live and breathe “The Law of Association” (which says that “your results always rise to the level of your influences.”).

This is REALLY REALLY important my friend…

To create world-class results you absolutely MUST spend time with people whose lives you want to be living.

BECAUSE…

— Science has proven that mindsets and emotions are contagious. Associate with elite performers, those leading world-class lives, who are in the top .001% financially, super-healthy and seriously great human beings and their ways of thinking, doing and being unconsciously start to influence you.

And…The Law of Association also ensures that:

#1. Your income generally is the median income of the 10 people you spend most of your time with.

#2. Your levels of motivation will look A LOT like the motivation of the people in your social circle.

#3. Your ability to execute on your goals and deliver results on your dreams will be a lot like the “execution intelligence” of your friends and associates.

#4. Your lifestyle will reflect the lifestyles of the people who populate your life.

#5. And your overall beliefs and happiness-levels are definitely a mirror of the beliefs of those you associate with most of the time.

So my strong encouragement is to take a good hard look at who you associate with (as well as your environmental influences).

Few things are as important as getting this piece of the “uber-success code” right.

So starting today, my strong and respectful encouragement is that you have the guts to clean out associations that are toxic, limiting and demotivating…

Your productivity, wealth, fitness, mindset and family life will transform when you get this one thing flawlessly done. And the highest level of success and performance is my greatest wish for you.

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The Top 10 Things Amazing Leaders Do

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

The Top 10 Things Amazing Leaders Do

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

Leadership. Love that word.

Makes me think of Mandela and Gandhi. Gates and Edison. Mozart and Beckham. Bono and Bieber ;)

It’s a word I’ve passionately built the past 17 years of my life around–reminding so called ordinary people that they are called to lead. And create. And contribute. And win.

These are strange and gorgeous times. Tons of challenges. Dazzling possibilities.

And I viscerally want you to leverage these times to fly. To express your talent. To do your dreams. To make the world better.

To help you Lead Without a Title, I’ve distilled 10 of the most valuable and practical insights on leadership that I’ve taught to our global corporate clients like Starbucks, IBM, Nike, GE and FedEx. These ideas have helped them do some great things. My deep wish is that they deliver the same results for you.

#1. THE JOB OF A LEADER IS TO GROW MORE LEADERS.

I’ll be blunt: if you’re not building more leaders, then you’re not leading, you’re following. Your job (regardless of whether or not you have a title) is to help people do work they never dreamed they could do. Your job is to inspire people to own their talents, express their gifts and do the best work of their lives. That’s part of what it truly means to lead.

#2. NOTHING HAPPENS UNTIL YOU MOVE.

Start small, dream huge but begin today. Nothing happens until you take massive action. The sad reality is that procrastination is nothing more than the defense mechanism of choice used by scared people. Here’s what I mean: if we actually did our goals and acted on our visions, we’d become ultra-successful. And spectacular success brings responsibility. That frightens most among us. And so we put off getting great things done. And blame the world for any mediocrity that infuses our lives.

#3. YOUR BEHAVIOR REVEALS YOUR BELIEFS.

You tell the world what you believe via how you behave. Complain all day long and you reveal a deeply ingrained set of beliefs that you are powerless and apathetic. Present work that has typos and poor wording and you express a belief that average is cool with you. Mistreat others and you reveal that you’re selfish–and disconnected from the beautiful humanity that surrounds you. The good news is that as you wire in the beliefs of leadership (versus victimhood), your behavior changes automatically.

#4. IDEAS ARE WORTHLESS WITHOUT EXECUTION.

I’d rather have an average idea that my team and I flawlessly execute on than a genius-level idea with poor execution. The best Leaders Without Titles and the organizations that win big are all about “less talk and more do”. Less meetings and more delivery. Less analysis and more rolling up of sleeves and getting amazing projects done.

#5. WHEN YOU LEARN MORE YOU GET TO ACHIEVE MORE.

To double your income, triple your rate of learning. Few things have served my professional career–and the careers of the billionaires, Titans and CEOS I privately coach than this idea. Please simply remember that genius is much less about natural talent and much more about out-studying, out-preparing, out-practising and out-learning everyone around you. Almost nothing yields the return on investment that investing in workshops, conferences, online course, audiobooks/books and coaching does..

#6. TAKE CARE OF THE RELATIONSHIP AND THE MONEY TAKES CARE OF ITSELF.

Leadership is about relationships. The smartest, fastest and most effective leaders all get that the whole game is about people–developing teammates + serving customers + making the world a whole lot better by the way you show up in it. Learn to listen like a master. Commit to being more inspirational. Keep your promises. Do nice things for people. Be the most generous person you know. Staggeringly great opportunities will come your way. Trust me.

#7. RESPECT IS NOT GRANTED BUT EARNED.

A title, position and a large office do not guarantee people will respect you. Nope. You’ve got to earn that gift. And the quickest way to earn respect is to give it. No need to say much more.

#8. DONT CONFUSE MOVEMENT WITH PROGRESS.

Yes, we live in The Age of Dramatic Distraction. According to The Financial Times we collectively spend 100,000,000 minutes a day playing Angry Birds on our smartphones. Most people in business are spending the absolute best hours of their days being busy being busy. Leaders Without Titles are completely different. I teach my clients a whole system of tactics to 20X productivity but a few to apply are these: start your day at 5 am/set 5 daily goals and get them done before leaving the office (that’s 1850 “small wins” in 12 months)/use your first 90 minutes at work to fuel your most important project/get good at saying no.

#9. VICTIMS DON’T DO GIANT THINGS.

Victims make excuses while leaders drive exceptional results. You can spot a victim a mile away: they blame and complain and are negative and cynical. They’ve given away their power to achieve amazing things to other people and outer conditions for so long they’ve actually conditioned themselves to think they have none. You are not a victim. This day–and every one that follows for the rest of your life–offers a platform of possibility. And the great thing about using your power to make things better is that the more you use it, the more powerful you become.

#10. LIFE IS SHORT SO BE OF USE.

My Dad is awesome. He often said, “Robin, when you were born, you cried while the world rejoiced. Son, live your life in such a way that when you die, the world cries while you rejoice.” I’ve always remembered my Dad’s striking advice. And carried it with me in all that I do. To truly be a leader has nothing to do with ego-stroking, applause and fame. No, to be a leader is to make phenomenal contributions that make the world better and cause a lasting difference. To lead is to serve. And to be of use.

As always, hope these 10 points are helpful to you, your life, your team and your mission.

Please share them with your others, discuss them and–most importantly–live them.

Your fan always,

P.S. SUPER OPPORTUNITY FOR LEADERS:

On September 11, 12 & 13 I’m delivering the very FIRST “Lead Without a Title Train The Trainer Certification Class”. You’ll spend 2.5 days with me at a pretty little resort just outside of Toronto learning a truly world-class training curriculum based on my #1 global bestseller “The Leader Who Had No Title” and being trained in how to teach it to others in your company.

I’ll walk you through the best ideas from the book, show you precisely how to execute on them so your firm dominates your industry and give you a manual as well as access to a complete online platform built around the curriculum.

Once you are certified, I’ll license the entire course to your organization so you go back and teach the training program to the rest of your teammates or employees so your organization becomes an official “Lead Without a Title Company”. Pretty awesome opportunity.

It’s a SUPER cost-effective way to grow leaders at every level of your company and bring my “Lead Without a Title” training to each of your people.

If you’ve loved “The Leader Who Had No Title” and want to get the ideas and tactics from the book deep into the hearts and minds of your people so they work at world-class and help you build a GREAT company, then please DO NOT MISS this opportunity.

All the details are here and seats are very limited as I’m keeping the class size small so snap up yours before it’s too late

Thanks very much.

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7 Black Belt Insights for Elite Achievement

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Success in September

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

Hope all’s superb.

Sorry I haven’t been in touch with a blog post or training video for a while. I was on vacation with my family at a pretty little town by the sea.

Needed it. This year’s been intense so far with presentations in about 20 countries, writing a new book, a new train the trainer program and a hot new self-mastery summit my team and I kicked off in June…

If you’ve read my book “The Leader Who Had No Title” you know I strongly believe that a giant key to best performance is alternating periods of intense productivity with periods of deep renewal. So I was out by the ocean walking my talk.

Ok. So I’ve got some REALLY juicy + provocative insights for you today. To fuel the last 6 months of 2013. And to help you make sure this becomes your absolute best year yet…

…As mentioned, in June, over one truly unforgettable weekend in beautiful Toronto, Canada (one of the world’s great cities), people from over 30 countries attended my new self-mastery event called “The 48 Hour Transformation” (T48T).

Blew me away what unfolded…

We had a few billionaires with us, top executives, tons of entrepreneurs, peak athletes, artists, authors and other brave dreamers from so many walks of life ready to shatter their limits and achieve 20X the results they’d ever seen before.

Deeply held fears were released, all-new levels of confidence were installed, ridiculously positive mindsets were constructed and childhood dreams were rekindled.

What could be cooler than being a part of that?

And the transformations I witnessed by Sunday really were truly phenomenal. I feel BLESSED to have just been there.

Such inspiration, positive energy, devotion to world-class and commitment to making the world a better place.

So to be of service to your highest ambitions, I wanted to share 7 of the “black belt” ideas that were so valuable to the hundreds of people who attended, based on what they told me after the event.

My real hope is they will serve as catalysts for you to start making some radical changes in your own life:

#1. NOTHING WORKS UNTIL YOU DO THE WORK.

Look, the only thing that’s rocket science is rocket science.

The material, systems and daily performance rituals I taught at The 48 Hour Transformation work beautifully. But like anything, you need to make the commitment and then do the work. Not once a quarter. Not once a month. Daily. When you’re tired. When you don’t feel like it. When you want to give up. That’s how champions play.

And please also remember that consistency is the essence of mastery. Show up, practice hard, stay at it and awesome results will come.

#2. TO GET THE RESULTS ONLY 5% OF THE POPULATION GETS, HAVE THE GUTS TO DO WHAT ONLY 5% DO.

You can follow the herd or you can transform your world. But you can’t do both.

The majority of people have given up on living a “rare air life”. Sad.

They’ve been smacked down, told “no” to and hypnotized into performing at average so long they don’t believe in their genius any more.

What I helped people at the event to rewire as a core belief is that to have uncommon results, you need to start doing uncommon things. I then listed the 20+ best tactics including:

–being a part of a mastermind group of people who are exceptional
–joining The 5 am Club and running the 20/20/20 Rule
–seeing work as a craft and an opportunity for Mastery
–doing a “second wind workout” at the end of every day to kickstart energy and creativity
–getting a massage every week to stay strong and focused
–60 minutes a day without technology to think and plan
–journalling every night

#3. IF YOU’RE NOT FAILING A LOT YOU’RE NOT DOING VERY MUCH

Failure’s got a bad rap.

Failure’s necessary to win.

Failure is part of the learning process. It’s valuable. It’s helpful. It’s massively instructive.

But society teaches us that failure’s a mistake. It’s not. Da Vinci and Picasso and Jobs and Meg Whitman all understood that you can’t make progress without “beautiful setbacks.”

Understand that failure’s a kind teacher. Just leverage the data it delivers for even more success.

#4. CHANGE IS HARD AT FIRST, MESSY IN THE MIDDLE AND GORGEOUS AT THE END.

This idea really moved people at T48T. Inspired them. Helped them to viscerally get that change is a process.

At the beginning of any change (from losing weight to stopping worry to multiplying your sales to saving more money), you’re fighting the gravitational pull of your old habits.

And if you’ve practised those habits every day for decades, how can we expect them to be replaced in a day (the latest research from University College of London says it takes 66 days to install a new habit).

So it’s hard at first. And so most of us give up. But if you stay with it, you get to stage 2 and that’s where your old habit starts to crumble. And your new one begins to form. It’s messy at this point. Confusing. A little scary. And completely normal.

And then, with grit and devotion, the new habit becomes your new normal. This is a great time on the journey to unleashing your potential. And life’s never the same.

#5. SMALL DAILY IMPROVEMENTS OVER TIME LEAD TO STUNNING RESULTS

An amazing life isn’t constructed via revolution: one bold act on a sunny Tuesday that makes you great.

Nope.

All exceptional achievement (whether it’s chess mastery, entrepreneurial success, athletic championship or financial wealth) is the result of daily, consistent actions that over time creates explosive results.

It’s all about the hard work.

It’s all about the steady practice.

It’s all about the insane levels of persistence.

And if you do it (and start saying no to all of those time wasting activities so many of us are seduced by in this Age of Dramatic Distraction), you too will get to your mountaintop.

#6. TO DOUBLE YOUR INCOME, TRIPLE YOUR INVESTMENT IN LEARNING

Powerful idea: once you know more, you can achieve more.

The other night my Dad reminded me that “investing in education is the best investment of all.”

And I still recall a long lunch with a man who built a fortune where he shared “the years I spent three hours a day in personal development were the most financially rich years of my life.” Three hours. Each day. In learning. Studying. Improving. My hero.

If you really want to get to great in the important areas of your life, invest in the books. Go to a conference every quarter. Spend the cash on the online course. Download the audiobooks. And hang with the best (bonus tip: mindsets are contagious).

#7. YOU HAVE THE LIFE YOU’VE SETTLED FOR

This idea had people at The 48 Hour Transformation talking all weekend.

Attendees really got that awesome lives are not built on a foundation of excuses.

Sure-it’s easier to blame others or conditions for the lives we have. That way we don’t have to leave The Safe Harbor of The Known and make any changes. But that’s how cowards live, no?

We have the lives we’ve created.

We’re living the lives we’ve settled for.

And if your life isn’t working, it’s not because of anyone else or anything else. It’s because of us. Our beliefs (that drive our behavior). Our fears. Our habits. And our actions.

The moment you wrap your brain cells around this idea and accept APR (Absolute Personal Responsibility), life is NEVER the same.

You start taking back your power. Doing the difficult things. Taking chances and making leaps. Life gets exciting and colorful and precious and fantastic.

You deserve to live at world-class. So make your changes today.

Hope this post helps you win. And I hope you’ll post a comment below so we continue the conversation.

Your fan always,

P.S. PLEASE NOTE: The next “48 Hour Transformation” will be held in Toronto, Canada on June 7+8, 2014 (the VIP day will be June 9, 2014).

Many of the hundreds who attended T48T2013 are coming back and the interest in getting a seat is already extremely high.

So please mark the dates on your calendar and get onto our waiting list to get advance notice when registration opens up (there will be an early bird discount)…

Get onto the T48T2014 waiting list now.

Thanks again!

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Managing Change: Transforming a Hard Day into a Great One

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

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

Last week, some smart soul on Twitter asked me to share my thoughts and strategies on turning a so-called “bad day” into a positive one. So he could show leadership versus victimhood. And focus on opportunities versus stay stuck on problems.

Excellent request. Ready to reply. Thank you for asking.

The first idea I’ll suggest is that there’s really no such thing as a “bad day”. (I still adore Nietzsche’s genius line: “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.”)

Everything that we experience serves our growth + expansion + progress + excellence. Hard times deliver a relentless stream of rich gifts that–properly leveraged–makes us smarter/faster/tougher. And infuse even more success and excellence into your life.

These gifts include:

– insight and understanding
– mental and emotional strength
– greater levels of creativity and ingenuity
– all-new levels of wisdom + knowledge
– the confidence delivered via experience
– higher levels of leadership mastery
– humility and larger humanity

But, of course, The Blessings Within Adversity are easy to forget. We all have days that frustrate and discourage and irritate us. We all encounter moments that knock us off our game–and diminish our confidence and self-faith. That’s just part of the leadership and life ride you and I are privileged to be on. Part of being a human being. And aiming for rare-air.

When faced with a challenging day, many people play the victim. They crumble into retreat, blame conditions and other people and believe they are powerless. But giving away your power is excusing yourself. And no victim ever changed the world.

You’re different: a game-changer + exceptional producer + a true leader. So to keep you focused on getting giant things done and staying at your finest on even the most difficult of days, please remember these 6 practical ideas:

  1. All progress is messy. The very nature of any type of growth (business or health or personal or inner, for example) means you’ll experience disruption, confusion and what appears to be difficulty. Just keep in mind that problems are progress in wolf’s clothing. And that rather than going backward, your challenges are actually showing you you’re moving ahead. Brilliantly.

  2. Think Like An Entrepreneur. No matter what you do for a living, embracing the mindset of an entrepreneur will serve you well. Entrepreneurs get that the only way to win is to hunt for the opportunity amid adversity. They get that what makes the best the best is not how you perform when all’s going well but how masterfully you show up when everything’s falling apart.

  3. Keep Perspective. Here’s a good question to ask yourself on a bad day: “Has anyone died here?” Or simply remember that if you’re healthy + have work that matters + people who love you + a roof over your head, you’re a seriously fortunate person. I guess what I’m suggesting is that gratitude is the antidote to frustration. And that maintaining perspective in times of crisis is a beautiful leadership move.

  4. Manage Your Mindset. Related to keeping perspective is protecting your mindset (mindset’s even more valuable than IQ to do world-class work and create a life you love). On a challenging day, it’s so easy to start wallowing in self-pity, focusing on what isn’t working and getting messed up with negative thinking. So–instead–I encourage you to maintain “a pristine bubble of total focus on your most valuable opportunities.” Stop watching the news. Block out the noise of the naysayers (critics are just dreamers gone scared). Clear out any toxicity and get busy achieving giant results.

  5. Fuel You. Your productivity, performance and success are a direct reflection of what’s going on in your inner life. The doorway to success opens inward–not outward as the dominant messaging of society suggests to you. So–on a turbulent day–take great care of your “inner assets”. Go for a run. Eat like a nutritionist. Write in your journal. Connect with nature. Read the autobiographies of your heroes. Get some rest. Breathe.

  6. Stay Centered on Your Personal Everest. Here’s a quote from Leonardo Da Vinci that’s served me well over my 16 years as a leadership advisor to The FORTUNE 500 and top entrepreneurs: “Fix your course on a star and you’ll navigate any storm.” The key to staying strong and passionate is having a ridiculously clear mission and purpose (a vague vision delivers vague results). Know your mountaintop. Be monomaniacally focused on breathtakingly exciting goals. Then, when a hard day hits, you’ll take the knock. But keep on going. With greater conviction than ever before.

I celebrate your success. And honour your talents. Keep Leading Without a Title. And go make awesome things happen! Please.

Your fan always,

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Ok. That’s it for now. Go do something great today. Please.

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The 10 Best Personal Development Books?

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

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

Greetings from New York City.

Just did a light run through Soho (exercising FIRST thing in the morning has been such a game-changer). You owe it to yourself to try it for 7 days.

Now I’m settled into creative mode. Great Colombian coffee. Book-filled room. Fresh flowers. (Another tip: your environment dramatically influences your creativity).

So, I wanted to share some more good information with you in my ongoing OBSESSION to help you Lead Without a Title + build out a life THAT MAKES HISTORY.

I’m often asked which books are most transformational for people like us who want to do fantastic work and lead our best lives.

So here are 10 of the best. Read them. Share them. Study them. LIVE them…

  1. Jonathan Livingston Seagull. By Richard Bach.

    With lines like: “Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation,” this book will move you deeply. I re-read it in Thailand. Still amazingly good.

  2. Think and Grow Rich. By Napoleon Hill.

    Fantastic book. Not so much about financial wealth as it is about the making of a rich life. You’ll learn how important it is to have a burning desire (this galvanizes your focus and causes the release of your creativity) + the imperative of setting clear goals + the value of “a mastermind alliance”. This book truly changed my life when I was starting out as a self-published author with nothing but a dream in my hands. Times were tough. This book got me through.

  3. The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. By–well, Marcus Aurelius.

    Marcus Aurelius was a warrior—who then became a Roman emperor. He wrote his lessons on greatness and a life well lived during a multi-year military campaign. Someone got his notes. And put it into this book. I go back to this book often. It strengthens my character. And resolve to help more people.

  4. Steve Jobs. By Walter Isaacson.

    One of the best books I’ve ever read. Period.

  5. Long Walk To Freedom. By Nelson Mandela.

    Nelson Mandela’s one of my heroes. Noble. Courageous. Focused. A visionary. If I could be 1/100 of who he is, I’d be overjoyed. This is his autobiography. You’ll walk with him through his days as a lawyer, his time as a disruptor, his prison years and his period as the positional leader of South Africa.

  6. Stop Acting Rich. By Thomas Stanley.

    Thomas Stanley became famous for “The Millionaire Next Door”. But this book–not so well known–is exceptional. He explains the concept of “The Glittering Rich”, shares how too many of us live beyond our means and how to create true financial freedom. Like most of the books I read, I listened to it.

  7. As You Think. By James Allen.

    Maybe 10 times. That’s at least how many times I’ve read this book. And like all great books, it seems better+wiser and deeper every time I read it. Of course, the book hasn’t changed. Just my ability to grasp the information. And understand the concepts. This book is all about the power of your daily thinking. And how it drives your life’s behavior. As you know so well: your behavior shows us your beliefs. And this awesome book will inspire you to build new ones.

  8. The Magic of Thinking Big. By David Schwartz.

    Uber-practical. Tons of value. Great concepts, like “Go Through Life First-Class.” Every student, teammate and human being should read this book (along with “How To Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie–that work should also be on my list. True.).

  9. Talent is Overrated. By Geoff Colvin.

    Read this one a few years ago. Changed the way I viewed Genius. Confirms a lot of the work of exceptional performance researchers like the famed Anders Ericsson that talent is less about natural gifts and far more about devotion to a skill, relentless practice and patience. Another superb audiobook.

  10. Spark. By John Ratey.

    One of the best books I’ve read in years. I’m on my 3rd reading. Shares the latest (and so fascinating) research on how exercise transforms the brain, our performance, our productivity and even builds a new type of brain that is excellent at resisting stress. Please do your life a giant favor. And read this book. Today!

Ok. So there you go. Some of my favorite books. Go study them. And use them.

Please remember, ideas–flawlessly translated into reality are the keys to breathtaking success. And you becoming more of who you truly are.

Oh–and definitely make some time each day to read. Small little advances in your knowledge base lead to quantum improvements in your performance over time.

Thanks for making the time to read my posts. I work hard to make them valuable for you. So we get you to your best. Sooner versus later.

Be great. And dream even bigger. The world needs you to shine.

Speak soon,

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