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Become a Rockstar of Productivity

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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

You can do world-class work. Or you can please everyone around you. But you can't do both.

Today I wanted to share some of my most powerful productivity insights and tools with you…

…so you become The Bono of Your Craft, The Jagger of Your Field and The Drake of Your Game (ok–Drake’s not a rocker but you get my point ;)

Let’s dive right in…

#1. Get Your Routines Right

Ultra-productive producers focus less on using their willpower and a lot more on building their routines.

Stephen King starts writing every day between 8 and 8:30 am, whether he’s motivated or not. He has his vitamin pill, sits in the same seat and plays the same music.

This ritual triggers his imagination. And kickstarts his inspiration.

A while ago I was at a Yankees game in New York City. A major financial player was seated next to me. He shared that he’d recently brought NBA legend‎ Magic Johnson to speak to his corporate team.

Magic spoke of the fact that during one season Larry Bird dominated him when it came to free throw success. And so, Magic vowed that the next year, he’d show Bird his own mastery.

For the next 6 months, Magic built the following morning routine: he’d wake early and go down to his home basketball court. And he wouldn’t leave until he’d make 100 successful free throws. In a row.

Some days, Magic would be done by 7 am. Other days he’d still be shooting at noon. But he never left before making his 100 daily consecutive free throws‎. It was a dedicated routine.

The next year, Magic Johnson beat his rival Larry Bird in free throws.

I also adore Maya Angelou’s daily routine. She says she can’t work in pretty places like her home. So after she wakes up at 5:30 am each morning and has her coffee, she drives to a spartan, gritty motel room that she rents.

The rough nature of that environment pushes her to her creative edges. And provokes her greatest work.

She starts writing at 7 am and keeps at it until 2 pm. This is how she gets exceptional things done.

So get your routines right.

And please remember that inspiration isn’t some random event. No, it’s an organized result.

#2. Enjoy Being Disliked

Look, I get it. Part of being human involves a need to be liked. To fit in. To avoid conflict.

This neurobiological need served us when we lived on the savannah hundreds of years ago. If we strayed from the herd, we’d be eaten by tigers. Or die of starvation.

But now we’re in a world without the same threats. And with a staggering array of comforts.

Yet we still work and live in a way designed to sustain the approval of all those around us.

Here’s my real point: you can do world-class work. Or you can please everyone around you. But you can’t do both.

The very nature of being massively productive and creating masterful output means you’ll have to block out all the emails asking for immediate responses, turn off your mobile demanding your attention and say no to a ton of social obligations that only serve to distract you from the body of work that will raise you to iconic.

And this means people will be unhappy.

But the full expression of your gifts, talents and genius into the world is more than worth the disapproval you’ll attract. Actually, your mastery demands it.

#3. Value Suffering

I know this one won’t be popular with most people. But whoever said you’re playing at “most people level”…

We live in a society that sells us easy.

Anything that seems hard or uncomfortable or messy is called bad.

And the quick-fix, pleasurable and fast is considered good.

But here’s the thing: every master suffers. And to become the single most productive person you know, you’ll have to accept some pain along the path.

Van Gogh remained mostly anonymous his entire life, only reaching fame after his death. Yet, he kept on producing his art.

Steve Jobs was considered a misfit, eccentric and oddball. Yet, nothing stopped his monomaniacal pursuit of world-class.

JK Rowling couldn’t get Harry Potter published. And still she persisted and persevered until one editor got the brilliance of her concept.

I guess what I’m suggesting is that every visionary is initially ridiculed and later revered.

Every artist, chef, manager, athlete, entrepreneur and scientist committed to mastery faces criticism as they pursue originality, cynicism as they hunt their passion and ‎condemnation as they chase their commitment.

And so they suffer for their dream, knowing that…

…the thing that’s easiest to do is rarely the thing that’s the best thing to do.

#4. Do Real Work Versus Fake Work

Really important distinction here….

Average producers confuse activity with productivity.

They think movement equals effectiveness.

And they get trapped into spending the best hours of their best days climbing mountains only to realize that at the end of the day they scaled the wrong ones.

Peter Drucker said it beautifully: “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which shouldn’t be done at all.”

Checking email first thing in the morning, pushing paper, doing senseless meetings and engaging in administrivia when you should be creating remarkable value are all examples of doing fake work…

…the kind of work designed to make you feel like you’re getting big things done but actually dig you deeper into the hole of mediocrity and overwhelm.

At my upcoming annual self-mastery event The 48 Hour Transformation, I’ll walk all the participants from around the world through my advanced ideas on elite productivity so they get more important things done in a week than most people get done in a quarter.

But for now, please allow me to share The 90/90/1 Rule that has created huge breakthroughs for so many of my beloved clients…

…for the next 90 days, spend the first 90 minutes of your workday on your #1 opportunity.

Just stop doing any fake work first thing in the morning. Check your email after lunch. Make your phone calls in the afternoon. Surf the Net in the evening.

#5. Be an Incrementalist

Massive productivity isn’t the result of one revolutionary act.

Instead, it’s actually the result of supertiny daily wins.

5 little acts of progress on your key plays every day delivers 1850 wins in a year.

“A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules,” observed British novelist Anthony Trollope.

Beautifully said.

So please remember: the things you do regularly are 100X more important than those things you do rarely.

#6. Understand that Elite Productivity without Deep Refuelling Causes Dramatic Depletion

Try carrying a heavy load for a long time and you’ll be forced to stop in a short time.

But take rest breaks every little while, and you can go farther than you’ve ever dreamed…

Old-school performers think that the best way to get more done is to work harder. But research shows that’s actually the way to get less done.

Pushing yourself relentlessly without regular periods of renewal has actually been proven to deplete your key assets of focus, energy and productivity over time.

The smarter move? Work in intense bursts of total focus for 90 minutes and then take 10 minutes to rest, refuel and relax. Run these cycles through your workday and watch your energy and overall performance rise to breathtakingly great levels.

#7. Know The Power of The 3 S’s

Here’s a valuable idea: exceptional creativity and uncommon productivity need a space to present themselves.

Ordinary producers are always so distracted and busy being busy that there’s no opportunity for their best ideas and performance to come out and play.

Ultra-productive performers get that time alone allows the brain to shift from the left side into the right side–the realm where your personal genius resides.

With quiet time, your brain waves shift into alpha state. And you receive the insights and reflections that truly can move you to change the game within your industry and inside of your life.

I learned The 3 S’s from my work as the private advisor to some of the most successful business-buil‎ders and entrepreneurial titans on the planet…

…the best of them understand the value of a period of daily Solitude, Silence and Stillness. They’d carve out time to think, plan and visualize. Every 24 hours. Without fail…

And ironically, by making the time to reflect, the actions that followed were vastly more focused, productive and excellent.

By “doing nothing”, they achieve everything.

#8. Practice Spectacularity

Ok. I made up a word here. Forgive me.

But the principle is this: practice being spectacularly productive long enough and being spectacularly productive will become your way of being.

Recent science confirms it’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than think your way into a new way of acting (super important idea here).

So by behaving like the most productive person you know (for 66 days says the habit-installation research of University College of London)–even when you’re not there yet, you’ll rewire your brain patterns to the point where world-class productivity soon becomes automatic. Your default. And your new normal.

And this is my great wish for you.

Ok. So there you go Rockstar…

…8 of the best tactics for seriously amazing productivity that have helped so many of my clients produce epic results and become legendary within their fields.

Be great. Bye.

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49 Ways to Get Inspired

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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

The quickest way to change the game is to change your brain

#1. Do work that pushes you to your edges.

#2. Waste zero time on the past.

#‎3. Focus on being masterful at one thing versus mediocre at many things.

#4. Spend more time around art.

#5. Read biographies of lives greatly lived.

#6. 20X your goals, plans and dreams.

#7. Associate with game-changers, visionaries and titans.

#8. Celebrate how far you’ve come versus the distance still to go.

#9. Cause a little trouble by disrupting the status quo.

#10. Accept the project you fear the most.

#11. Leave an inspirational quote on a stranger’s windshield.

#12. Stop watching the news.

#13. Think a decade ahead rather than a day in advance.

#14. Start a movement.

#15. Wow a customer.

#16. Install a new habit.

#17. Remember that the mother of genius is simplicity.

#18. Know that the thing that is easiest to do is rarely the thing that is best to do.

#19. Speak less and listen better.

#20. Do a dream collage with images of your ideal moments.

#21. Record your ideal day in your journal.

#22. Forgive someone.

#23. Thank someone.

#24. Don’t confuse money with meaning nor income with impact.

#25. Spend the first 20 minutes of your day in exercise (it seriously optimizes brain and personal performance).

#26. Do your “Nightly 3″, writing 3 good things that happened to you during the day that’s ending.

#27. Speak your truth even when your voice shakes.

#28. Join Traffic University and leverage time commuting to learn and grow via audio programs.

#29. Visit a new city.

#30. Discover a new restaurant.

#31. Get good at being alone (you’re the only person you’ll be with your entire life so why not become comfortable in your own skin).

#32. See your work as your craft.

#33. Watch the movie “Searching for Sugar Man”.

#34. Do meetings standing up so they end quicker.

#35. Stop using the words “can’t”, “impossible” and “hate”.

#36. Practice harder (mastery isn’t a natural gift, it’s a daily devotion).

#37. Write handwritten thank you notes.

#38. Publish a book.

#39. Thank a mentor.

#40. Call your parents.

#41. Get out of the office and go invest in your personal development.

#42. Stop complaining.

#43. Use social media to uplift, encourage, teach and share.

#44. Less TV. More reading.

#45. Join a mastermind group.

#46. Spend the first 90 minutes of the next 90 days focused on your single largest opportunity.

#47. Remember that for every one masterpiece, Picasso painted 1000 paintings.

#48. Don’t listen to naysayers.

#49. Live like you mean it.

As always, hope these move you to play at wow and dazzle the world by your mastery.

And…

… a very special thank you to all the people from across the planet who snapped up the first blocks of seating for my annual live event The 48 Hour Transformation.‎

Congratulations on making the decision that will revolutionize the results in your work, financial, health and personal life forever.

This self-mastery event has helped people from 50+ nations make the changes they’ve never been able to make…

And it’s widely considered one of the best personal change live programs in the world.

So come join me and all the others who have already snapped up the limited seats to this famous live event with me.

I’d truly love to help you step into the highest version of your greatest vision and create an amazing life…

I’ve just released a few more seats today‎…

…go ahead and get yours now

Wishing you all success and epic performance.

We’re well into 2014 so definitely take some fresh action so it’s not just a repeat of last year.

And I really really hope you act on the 49 ideas and share them with your friends.

Talk soon,

P.S. The 48 Hour Transformation only happens once a year…

…and we’ll definitely sell out.

And I’m not sure I’ll do it in 2015 given the way my schedule’s looking these days…

So snap up a seat for you and a friend now

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We Did This Together

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

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

we did this together

Together, we’re building a movement of people in nearly 100 nations who are breaking free of their limits, doing work that matters and living lives that inspire.

The world is full of possibility yet still filled with a ton of negativity.

You, me and all the others in our global community of brave dreamers and game-changers continue to have a call on our lives…

…to rise up, model mastery and encourage all those around us to do the same.

Almost 20 years ago I self-published a book in a Kinko’s copy shop while I was still a litigation lawyer. I was ridiculed for my vision, mocked for my passion and discouraged for my enthusiasm.

But thanks to your support–and that of so many others– I’ve continued. And you’ll never know how much I appreciate you for the faith.

To help you make this new month the greatest month of the year to date, here are 6 key resources I invite you to jump all over:

#1. My YouTube Channel

I’ve posted nearly 126 free content-rich videos on peak mindset, work mastery, elite productivity and personal happiness.

With over 3,500,000 views, watching the training videos is worth the investment of your time. Share them with your team and friends as well so we spread the message.

Subscribe here

#2. My Facebook Page

I put in a ton of effort to get this right and to serve you strongly here each day. And there are some big things happening on this platform that you really need to be a part of…

From inspirational quotes with powerful images to keep you fired up to quotes from my bestsellers like The Leader Who Had No Title and The Greatness Guide to real-life tips to win, this page is a constant stream of insights for your best life.

Join the over 700,000 people who like the page here

#3. 51 Ways Ordinary People Reached World-Class

Many in our community have found this article to be valuable. I thought I should offer it to you. Read it here

#4. The Little Black Book of Stunning Success

This is a free eBook I wrote to express my gratitude. Full of ideas on superb performance. Nice and inspiring. Zero cost. With my thanks…

Get it here

#5. My App

This app will deliver my videos, tweets and push other pieces of fast content on best performance to you elegantly and simply.

Get it here

#6. The 48 Hour Transformation

This is my annual live personal mastery/peak achievement event. You’ll never be the same after being with me over this weekend where I share my advanced tactics on success, happiness and prosperity.

The event’s in June and the early bird special is on for a limited time.

Please note: The first two blocks of seating have already sold out so if you want to join us, definitely don’t delay.

And definitely sign up for the VIP day so we have dinner together and mastermind on the Monday.

Here are all the details

Ok…

We’re now into the second quarter of 2014. Please don’t let this year be just another year…

…use these resources to make the changes you need to make. So you CRUSH the goals you need to crush.

Your fan always,

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10 Simple Rules to Be Nice

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

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

Read, study and practice the 10 simple rules for being nice

I was skiing this past week. Gorgeous snow. Lots of sun. Precious moments.

Trying to refuel after the big tour…

But one morning I witnessed something that broke my heart…

…a woman, who was clearly a beginner, was having trouble getting onto the chairlift. She was with her son and just couldn’t get the hang of it.

…she looked embarrassed…and a little beaten.

There were a group of men behind me. Mature people, I thought. Seasoned skiers, for sure.

And they started ridiculing her! Out loud. Calling her an amateur. Making fun of her attire. Saying things like “hey, take your time–we have nothing else to do” and “nice backpack you have on there.”

It was incredible. To see such rudeness. Such insensitivity. Such uncompassion for this woman who needed help (and was being helped by the lift guards…known as “lifties” to those of us who adore skiing).

I just couldn’t believe how these humans operated. Bad manners. Zero decency. Pure mean.

This scene has stayed with me for two days.

It just has me thinking about the good and not so great in the world right now. And it fired me up to write the following 10 Simple Rules for Being Nice….

Please read them, study them and–above all else–practice them…

Rule #1: Think about others before you think about yourself.

Rule #2: Say “please”.

Rule #3: Say “thank you”.

Rule #4: Smile.

Rule #5: Say “sorry” when you need to say “sorry”.

Rule #6: Turn off your phone when you eat with your family.

Rule #7: Be on time. No, be early.

Rule #8: Radiate optimism and make people feel good.

Rule #9: Keep your promises.

Rule #10: Be humble.

Yes–I agree these are simple rules. But simplicity contains great power and beauty.

Please practice these rules (I will too), discuss them with your team and share them with your family. Our world will definitely rise once you do.

Big Announcement: T48T2014 doors are now open!

…It’s a BIG day for my team and I because today we open doors to my famous personal mastery event The 48 Hour Transformation.

I only do this LIVE weekend event once a year and I may not do it again given the ever-growing requests for my time…

Go ahead and get one of the limited seats now

As you know if you attended last year, there’s nothing quite like the energy of being at this live weekend event with me to shatter your limits, revolutionize your mindset and create massive breakthroughs you never dreamed you could make…

please also know…

…as with all my programs, seats are very limited to ensure your experience is world-class (my team and I just won’t do an event unless we can make it amazing) so definitely register today if you want to join us.

The Essential Details for You:

The content of T48T2014 is all-new because I want everyone who attended last year to return so we re-create the same magic — and give you your next series of transformations. [Full Disclosure: I'll keep the life-changing exercises that were so valuable to attendees at last year's event].

–If you were not there last year, everything will be totally fresh for you. And you’ll get the unique chance to make personal transformations you have never been able to make before (no matter how successful you’ve been).

–T48T2014 will be held at The Westin Harbour Castle on Saturday June 7 and Sunday June 8 in beautiful Toronto, Canada.

–Each seat is $5000 but I’m offering you the early bird rate of only $1497 right now (you save $3500). The reality is what you’ll experience is priceless.

–By popular demand, I’m doing the VIP option again this year…

…I’ll likely only accept around 30 people into the VIP class so this will be very powerful and personal…

…it was incredibly cool the way we stayed well past the 5 pm ending time on the T48T VIP Day last year so I could order in food for everyone and keep jamming on the content…

…this year, with the VIP Option, you’ll get the weekend event and then a private dinner with me and the other VIPs on the Sunday night (June 8) as well as the exclusive VIP day on the Monday which proved to be so epic last year. The standard cost for the 3 day VIP option is $25,000 but the early bird price is $5000.

Ok…so…

I’d love to help you create your best life so get your seats here now

If you’ve ever been to one of my live events, you know this is personal for me…

…I give you my very best content, tactics and strategies to create real and lasting results in the important areas of your life.

…I deliver huge amounts of value so you feel your investment in the program was returned many, many times.

…I create a world-class user experience that delights and wows you.

And the people who show up from around the world are many of the smartest, most successful and amazing human beings you will ever be blessed to meet. (Spending 3 days with people of this caliber is alone worth the price of your investment in T48T2014).

So get your seats today

Please remember: the most successful people on Earth all have one thing in common, they invest in their personal development and professional performance.

I so want you to “play in rare air” so you live the life you are built to live. And so you elevate the world by the example you set.

So get your seats, fasten your seatbelts and I’ll see you in Toronto this June!

With much respect, appreciation and inspiration,

P.S. T48T2014 will sell out again this year…

You’ll never regret making the decision to join me and all the other wonderful people from around the world at this life-changing live event.

So go ahead and get your seat now

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4 “Quiet” Lessons I’ve Learned On This Tour

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

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

Lessons from the road

Hope you’re in superb spirits, nailing your 2014 vision and inspiring everyone around you to reach for world-class.

I’m still out on this tour–spreading the Lead Without a Title message that’s grown into a movement. And doing my utmost to be of service.

I’ve learned a lot on this tour. The purity of the road births deep thoughtfulness and on each of the stops so far (Zurich, Zagreb, Nairobi, Seychelles and Bahrain), I’ve discovered new insights.

Please allow me to share 4 of the finest of them with you since I feel you’re with me on this ride. Most of them are “quiet”–meaning–not so well known…

  1. The nature of the goals you set is massively important. Goals based on looking better than others deliver less motivation and persistence than goals based on trying to improve your performance. So set “mastery goals” versus “ego goals”.

  2. Optimism isn’t some soft concept for weak people. Nope. It’s an absolutely essential element for anyone in hot pursuit of elite performance and professional mastery. Here’s my point: we often tell ourselves we’ll cultivate optimism once we become successful. But recent reasearch confirms that developing optimism leads to success….

    …optimists have been shown to have greater mental focus, more energy, better creativity and more stamina when things get hard.

  3. The best way to get more done is to do a lot less. I know I’ve been on this learned minimalism kick for the past few years, but I’m getting it at a whole new level.

    On this trip, I noticed a woman carrying a handbag made by a famed watchmaker. This firm makes genius-level watches. But highly ugly handbags. They seem to have forgotten what they do best. And are now in the process of destroying their brand and alienating their fans.

    So to get more done, say no to most of the fantastic opportunities that are presented to you but are not a part of your sweetspot. Build your business life and your personal world around just a few things. And have the discipline to say a diplomatic no to everything else. Mastery comes via a monomaniacal focus on simplicity versus an addiction to complexity.

  4. Your belief about your potential determines whether you’ll express your potential…

    …Psychologists are writing about “implicit theories” these days. Basically, these are the unconscious beliefs we have about our talents, abilities and place in the world.

    They come from every possible influence: our parents, our teachers, our friends, television, every book we’ve read and every place we’ve been. They all come together–subconsciously–to form our personal story. Cool, yes?

    And here’s the powerful idea: we always behave in a way consistent with our self-identity. What we think about our potential determines whether we take steps to fully express it or whether we leave it lying on the table of unfulfilled promise.

So there you go. Four ideas to practice and live.

100 thanks to everyone who showed up at the events, stopped me in airports and approached me on the streets. I am humbled to be helpful and am so grateful my work is valuable to you.

As for everyone asking me whether I’ve decided to do The 48 Hour Transformation–my 2 day personal mastery event–again this year, the answer is yes. It’ll be held on June 7 + 8 in Toronto, Canada. Can’t wait to see the Alumni from last year and all the new faces from across the world.

Be great,

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