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How I Stay Inspired (Personal)

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

By Robin Sharma

#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

Adversity is the medicine that makes scared citizens braveā€Ž.

I’m no guru. My life’s not flawless. I’m a work in progress (who works harder than you’ll ever know to live my message)…some days are epic…some days yield challenges…

Through my life, I’ve been at the top of the summit of success as well as spent time walking through the valley of darkness and pain…

…that’s just life happening, yes? [I have also come to believe that apparent setbacks are just growth blessings in wolf’s clothing. Adversity is the medicine that makes scared citizens brave].

But the real game of the legendary performer is to play at wow no matter what’s going on in their outer world. To remain focused, productive, creative, graceful, grateful…and inspired…when things are going great or when it’s all falling apart.

The foundation of it all–in many ways–is your mindset. When you think inspired, you’ll feel inspired. And when you feel inspired, you’ll do inspired.

Here are 5 of the practices I run to keep my inspiration levels at peak:

#1. Be With Beauty.

I’m an aesthete. I adore being around beauty, whether that’s the beauty of amazing modern art at The Tate in London or under the big African sky in Cape Town or walking in a forest with my children or a three hour meal simply but beautifully prepared in a Roman enoteca. Beauty inspires. Seek it daily.

#2. Get Your Soundtrack Right.

Music’s awesome. Been listening to a lot of War Against
Drugs/Courtney Barnett/Wax Tailor and Mogwai lately as well my favorite loungey chill out music. I make playlists based on the season as well as the pocket of life I’m experiencing. Music is one of my go to protocols. It kickstarts my production, inspires my hours and becomes the soundtrack to my life. A house with great music is a cool home.

#3. Walk With Giants.

I’ve been sending you very robust posts over the past few weeks in my ongoing effort to be a source of rich value to you and I didn’t want to go too deep on this one but simply know that there’s a ton of good science confirming that we adopt the mindsets + habits of the people we spend most of our time with…

…hang with C-players and world-class complainers who dismiss their opportunity for a bolder future and that will become your reality too.

…populate your life with optimists, game-changers, masters of their crafts and visionaries who are obsessed with lifting the world and their influence lifts you with them. You really will become your conversations…

Fyi–if you want to spend 4 days with me and my superstar faculty that has included Richard Branson, Seth Godin, Darren Hardy and Daniel Amen at The Titan Summit 2015 to 100X your business + life forever, I strongly encourage you to get onto the advance registration list right here

This iconic event is my premier live event and only happens once a year. My team wants me to open doors pretty soon and getting onto this priority list is not only your best chance at a seat but you’ll get the early registration price versus the regular $25,000 tuition fee.

#4. Run “The Two Massage Protocol”.

Two massages a week. Like any great athlete on the playing field of life. You’ll feel stronger, more relaxed, happier and deeply inspired to do amazing things with the power that inhabits you. Yes, it costs, but as Warren Buffett taught me, exceptionalists focus more on value than cost. And the value this practice will deliver will far outweigh what you pay.

#5. Reconnect to Your Mighty Why.

I’ve been writing about knowing your cause + mission for many years. Da Vinci said it well: “Fix your course to a star then you can navigate any storm.” Knowing the main aim that you’re donating the rest of your life to taps the neurobiological instinct we all have to lead lives that matter. Once you know that reason that’s bigger than yourself, the game totally changes…

…impact becomes more important than income. Delivering value starts to trump vanity. And every fiber of your being begins to fill with inspiration born of rare-air contribution.

Ok. That’s my piece for today. Hope it helps–even a little. Remember: small daily optimizations over time lead to epic results.

I’ll leave you with a final thought from Emerson that always inspires me:

“Self-trust is the first secret of success, the belief that if you are here the authorities of the universe put you here, and for cause, or with some task strictly appointed you in your constitution, and so long as you work at that you are well and successful.”

With love + respect,

P.S. We’ll be opening registration for The Titan Summit 2015, widely considered one of the world’s best business + personal mastery events, shortly…

…this famous event isn’t for everyone but if you’re going to join me and my faculty of top experts on elite performance/longevity and peak health/business acceleration/global contribution, definitely get onto my advance registration list here otherwise you’ll miss this opportunity.

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How Great Masters Think

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

By Robin Sharma

#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

To believe in you when no one believes in you is to start your rise to genius. Every master was a beginner. Every pro, once an amateur. Just believe in your dream + talent. Then start.

It’s springtime in my hometown. The tulips bloom. The leaves return. The warm breezes flow.

Reading the TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and fascinated not only by the choices but by the common commitment to utter excellence that infiltrates their lives…

They mention famed author Haruki Murakami, whose book What I Talk About When I Talk About Running I truly adore. Murakami is a marathon runner (he started at 33), a former jazz club owner and self-described loner who took up writing because he wasn’t a great musician. More importantly, his painstaking devotion to his craft has allowed him to have an explosive impact on the world of literature.

They list Harry Potter star Emma Watson (she auditioned for the first movie at the age of 9), a gender equality advocate whose “HeForShe” speech before the United Nations moved me deeply and reminded me that few things matter more than standing for a cause you’d take a bullet for.

They include Kanye West whose debut album College Dropout is without a doubt one of the greatest Hip Hop works of all-time (Do yourself a favor and listen to the song Last Call before you ever give up on a dream–you’ll get a sense of the struggles he had to transcend over many years to become “an overnight sensation”). Love him or dis-love him, West’s devotion to total craft mastery is indisputable. And inspirational.

TIME also profiles tech visionary Elizabeth Holmes, the 31 year old billionaire founder of Theranos. Henry Kissinger, on hearing her vision for her healthcare company after she’d just dropped out of Stanford, told her she had only two prospects: “total failure or vast success.” She clearly committed to the latter. And at a young age has become a master maker in the entrepreneurial field.

A discussion of rare-air influencers and epic producers also makes me think of…

–U2. I know they’ve been around for years but these guys are absolutely relentless in their pursuit of perfection. If the result is not amazing, they just don’t mess with it. Just listen to Bono sing Every Breaking Wave live on YouTube and tears will flow as you witness the pure mastery born of an adult lifetime of practice, gorgeously expressing itself.

–Jazz legend John Coltrane. As a sax player in his school band, he was unremarkable (just like Mozart’s first 10 years of musical compositions showed zero signs of genius). But after being blown away by a performance of Charlie Parker, he committed to the monomaniacal focus, study, training and sacrifice that eventually allowed him to produce sounds that no one had ever heard before (he practiced the sax so hard the reeds would be soaked with his blood).

–William Shakespeare. According to the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, Shakespeare wrote almost 1/10th of the most quoted lines in the English language and has been said to have introduced nearly 3000 words to it. A true titan of production.

So what do these A-players of immense achievement + global impact have in common that you can consider, to find your ideal approach?

The 4 Mindsets of Genius

#1. Nothing Matters More Than The Work.

Not fame. Not fortune. Not glory. “Balance” just isn’t the game of most people playing at legendary performance. Their lives are all about their craft. It’s their true love, their greatest passion and their central mission. And because of this, they overcome the impatience, self-doubt, fear of stumbling and attraction to distraction that causes most of us to give up prior to genius showing up.

#2. The Process Matters More Than The Masterpiece.

Icons of their fields get that elite performance takes years of deep training. They see themselves as apprentices, learning the skill (often at the feet of a master) step by step, day by day. They commit to their education. They ritualize the discipline. They understand greatness takes time (Darwin had the devotion to study barnacles for 8 years as part of forging his scientific understanding).

#3. The Audacity of Originality Is The Dream.

Great performers go through a series of phases. They start as beginners (every pro was once an amateur). In this period, they watch the masters and copy their moves. With focus, grit and practice they reach the next part: technical brilliance. Audiences are delighted by their proficiency. But what lacks is soul and bravery and audacity. As the performer continues, they reach the final stage. This is where world-class skill meets serious heart. The performer has the guts to express their own voice. Do their own thing. Behave in ways no one has ever seen. This is the goal of every A-Player. To become a phenomenon.

#4. Genius Is an Inner Play.

Here’s what I mean by this observation: genius is less about natural gifts than internal character. The titans of sport + science + art + enterprise are not the smartest nor the most talented (just think of all the super-talented people who do nothing with their potential). No, the best of the best are those with the character traits that allow them to stick to the vision, transcend insecurity, endure the pain of intense practice and ignore the envious ridicule of their critics.

At this year’s Titan Summit, my legendary annual event for people ready to rise to best in world in their work and personal lives, I’m bringing in the top experts on the planet to help those who get a seat make genius performances a way of being as well as create lives they adore…

For now, please allow me to offer you these practices to start installing today to fuel your rise:

A. Set Initiations. All rare-air performers set clear challenges like the writer who sets a goal to produce a book within 60 days that contains languaging well-beyond anything she’s ever done. Or the tech star who creates the app that disrupts an industry. Or the athlete who runs farther than he’s ever run. Committing to regularly going past your limits, painful as this behavior is, is how you blow past them.

B. Leverage Solitude. We live in a world afraid of being alone. But masters get that isolation breeds ideation. We do our best thinking–and download our genius–away from the world, not within it. When we work alone in our studio or walk solo in the woods, our brain waves shift from beta to alpha. Neurochemicals like serotonin, dopamine and anandamide (the brain chemical of bliss) get made. Our pre-frontal cortex (the part of our brains that do all the thinking–and self-criticizing) becomes quiet. And we access the staggering brilliance that lies within each one of us.

C. Renew Your Assets. For the legendary producer, there are 3 main assets needed to sustain fantastic results: focus + willpower + energy. If all you do all day is use these resources without replenishing them, they will deplete. The wells will empty. You’ll descend from mastery to mediocrity. Your greatness will decline.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT…

Sorry…for everyone asking, registration for The Titan Summit 2015 (which has featured thought leaders ranging from Sir Richard Branson to Todd Henry, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. James Rouse and Verne Harnish) hasn’t opened yet!

The best way to get one of the very limited seats to this event that many call the premier peak performance + business acceleration summit in the world is to get onto my priority access list here

You’ll go 100X deeper into the material in this post, get my most advanced information on growing a world-class company + life and spend 4 days with my amazing faculty. AND where else can you spend 4 life-changing days at The Ritz-Carlton in a room full of billionaires, sports stars, successful entrepreneurs and all round awesome human beings that will shape the rest of your life?

Get onto my advance registration list here to get first chance at one of the limited seats before we sell out the event again this year.

Ok. That’s it for today. Worked hard on this post. Hope it is super valuable + actionable!

Believe in the call on your life to do amazing things…and today, please just START! :)

P.S. A seat at The Titan Summit is one of the hottest growth event tickets anywhere these days…these 4 days with me and my rare-air faculty will help you create exponential results in your confidence, mindset, productivity, prosperity, business growth and impact on the world…

Can you really afford not to be in the room with us?….get onto the advance registration list here to get a chance at a seat.

Be great.

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Your Return to Greatness

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

By Robin Sharma

#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

Have the wisdom, the guts, the courage, the bravery to live your own life.

As a child, your eyes sparkled with the majesty of your dazzling future.

You were connected to your power. You spoke in truths. Your heart was wide open.

The world was a safe place. Open for dreamers of every sort. Welcoming to the possibilities that all of us represent.

Then something happened to most of us…

The doubts of those around us became our beliefs as well. We embraced their limits. We adopted their fears.

This happened quietly + gradually and incrementally, so we couldn’t even see it happening to us. But our highest natures knew it: our boldness was diminishing. And our lights were dimming.

We started to settle. For average work. For minimum health. For scarcity of too many sorts. For a small amount of love in our lives.

And when we say the ones who lived like lions. The Brave Few. We called them geniuses and gifted and otherworldly–denying the same potential hiding within ourselves.

But a day comes in every life when we can no longer run from the call for greatness that inhabits us. We must return to it. We have no choice.

For some it’s leaving the safe harbor of an old way of being.

For some it will be leaving a job to launch a dream.

For some it will be finding new love.

And for a few of us, it will be battling the critics in the fight for a better world.

I don’t know your dreams. I have no idea as to your desires. I likely don’t even know you personally…

…but I do know what you’re made of. It’s pure possibility. It’s a core made of power. It’s a mind made for visions. It’s a heart built for love. It’s a spirit designed to wow.

And so today, as you move through your hours, let’s go of who you were to become all you are. Please.

Return to Greatness. Model Mastery. Show us what the best of being human is all about. And lift us with your light.

Make this day epic. And let’s not take our tomorrows for granted.

With love + respect,

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6 Minute Audio Inspiration

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

By Robin Sharma

#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

Robin Sharma shares an audio recording that will remind you of your highest nature and the poetic possibility you're truly built for.

A gorgeous spring day in my hometown, as I write this. It’s what I schedule out as a “Deep Creative Day”. So no technology, no distractions and zero interruptions. Just real work versus the fake stuff ;)

My game plan is to end the day doing my new favorite sport: mountain-biking in the woods. I just adore being in the forest, blitzing along the trails with a grin on my face at the joy I’m feeling–like I’m 8 years old again. With not a care in the world.

Anyway, that’s fun for later. My reward for doing what I’ve set out to do today…

…But for now, I want you to know that in a burst of inspiration that showed up this morning, I pulled out my smartphone and recorded a 6 minute audio that will do 2 things for you:

#1. Remind you of your highest nature and the poetic possibility you’re truly built for. [Life gets us off course...My obsession is to get you on course].

#2. Teach you The 7 Acronyms of A-Performers (you know I love my acronyms and these ones will be fascinating for you).

Oh–before I get to the link, so many people have been asking me how they can get a seat to my legendary 4-day event The Titan Summit that many are calling the single best business acceleration + peak health/longevity + self-mastery event in the world today.

…Kindly know I still haven’t opened doors but if you want to get a chance at a seat definitely get onto my Advance Registration List…

I expect over 5000 people will be on this list for one of the limited seats so obviously not everyone will get in but it’s your smartest move if you want to join me, my remarkable faculty (that has included Sir Richard Branson, Seth Godin, Dr. Daniel Amen, Darren Hardy, Jonathan Fields and Dr. James Rouse) and the amazing human beings that attend from across the planet every year. [32 nations were represented in that room at The Ritz-Carlton Toronto last December].

This is my favorite event. I pour my heart and soul into giving attendees 10X the value of their investment. My team shows up at 1000%. And this year’s event will be nothing less than mind-altering and limit-shattering–taking the rest of your life in its highest direction.

This isn’t for everyone but if you feel like you’re ready to attend an event of this caliber, get onto the list here

And here’s the 6 minute audio I call Your Return to Greatness

All green lights + go for great + make your mark,

P.S. Go here to get onto my Advance Registration List to have your best chance at getting a seat at The Titan Summit 2015.

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How to Remember How Powerful You Are

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

By Robin Sharma

#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

You were born into greatness. No evidence exists to suggest otherwise.

You were born into greatness.

No evidence exists to suggest otherwise.

But the chattering voices of critics and cynics may have made you forget how powerful you are.

You are a lion, not a sheep.

You are a victor, not a victim.

You are a leader, never a follower.

Within you lives vast reservoirs of beautiful creativity.

Potential so bright it blinds my eyes.

Bravery so heroic it inspires our hearts.

It’s time to remember how powerful you are.

Failure may cross your path.

It is simply training for your strength.

Doubt may enter your mind.

That’s just a test to see how much you want your dreams.

Apathy may set in. Action is your antidote.

No matter what, relentlessly move ahead.

Because this is your time. Now is your moment. Today is your day.

And our world demands that you rise to your best.

So you model the acute possibility your life was designed to be.

And when you win, your example will bring the rest of us with you.

And when you fly, you’ll give the rest of us our wings as well.

Thank you from my heart for following my work.

For believing in my message. For sharing my posts.

Together, we are making our world a better place.

Your fan always,

…BE GREAT TODAY.

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