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50 Rules to Lead The Field

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

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

Nothing works unless you do the work.

Just home from the tour that included stops in Zurich, Stockholm, Kuwait, Moscow, Saudi Arabia and Lisbon.

I know I should be in refueling mode but I needed to share these 50 Rules with you. These will remind you that leadership is less about a title and more about a decision…

…to work with wonder, achieve with awe, go the extra mile in all you do, innovate like Beethoven composed music, radiate optimism like Mr. Mandela led and pretty much lift up everyone you meet by the gift of your masterful example.

Our world demands that of you and I, yes?

I guess what I’m suggesting with love and respect is really this…

…leadership’s not just for CEOs and Presidents…we ALL can lead. Because leadership’s mostly a mindset and a way of doing things…

Taxi drivers can lead and street sweepers can lead and teachers can lead as can managers, artists and salespeople…

These 50 Rules are drawn from my over 18 years of passionate work with the Fortune 500 and from The Leader Who Had No Title

If you still haven’t read this book that’s been a complete game-changer for so many people and organizations, you can get it here

Ok. Let’s go…

#1. To lead is to serve.

#2. At the heart of mastery lives consistency.

#3. Take care of the relationship and the money will take care of itself.

#4. The seduction of safety is always more dangerous than the illusion of uncertainty.

#5. To double your income triple your investment in your professional education and your personal development.

#6. The swiftest way to grow your company is to grow your people.

#7. If you’re not leaving a trail of leaders behind you you’re not leading–you’re following.

#8. An addiction to distraction is the end of creative production.

#9. The caliber of your practice determines the quality of your performance.

#10. Leaders Without Titles are less about ego and more about getting things done.

#11. Don’t worry about the economy when you can be so genius at what you do that you create your very own personal economy.

#12. Lead where you are planted. Start where you stand. And remember that much of winning is just beginning.

#13. The true measure of our leadership is how we perform in volatile conditions versus in times of ease.

#14. To lead is to be yourself in a world of clones.

I recently re-read one of my favorite business books–Do You, the bestseller by Russell Simmons, the legendary entrepreneur who founded (and sold) Phat Farm clothing and co-founded Def Jam records. He reminds us that to win in business, “do you” by staying true to your vision even when everybody’s laughing…

BIG NEWS…Russell Simmons has just signed on as a member of my faculty for The Titan Summit 2014, joining Sir Richard Branson, Dr. Daniel Amen, Todd Henry, Dr. John Izzo and Dr. James Rouse. All these thought leaders will be in the room with us helping you grow your business and mindset so you become unstoppable…

Watch this short but inspiring video to get one of the remaining seats before they’re gone and you miss this once in a lifetime opportunity.

#15. Aim for iconic. Why be in it if you’re not dreaming of being in the history books? But be kind, decent and ethical along the way.

#16. The humblest is the greatest.

#17. Energy is more valuable than intelligence. Health is more brilliant than gold.

#18. The thing you most fear carries your greatest growth.

#19. All change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.

#20. Criticism is the price brave people pay to arrive at iconic.

#21. If you’re not lifting people up you’re bringing people down.

#22. Leadership has less to do with authority and more to do with a mindset.

#23. Where the victim sees a problem a leader sees an opportunity.

#24. Don’t wait until you’re successful to work on your optimism. Work on your optimism and you’ll become a lot more successful.

#25. Be alone a lot. All massively creative people value solitude. It allows them to protect their dreams from the voices of dissent, refuel their creativity and get far more done–free from distraction.

#26. Small daily micro-wins when done continually over time lead to staggering results.

#27. Genius has less to do with natural talent and divinely blessed gifts and more to do with relentless focus (to the point of obsession), extreme practice and uncommon grit.

#28. Disrupt or be disrupted.

#29. Be the most honest person in every room.

#30. Remember that people don’t leave companies. They leave the people they worked for.

#31. Saying you’ll “try” is expressing “I’m not really committed.”

#32. The secret of passion is purpose. As I shared years ago in Leadership Wisdom from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, when you know your why, the hows just start showing up.

#33. If you’re the smartest person you know it’s time to know new people.

#34. Outlearning everyone around you is a game-changer. The best love learning. Because once you know more you can achieve more.

#35. To make more money, help more people.

#36. Leaders Without Titles talk about ideas versus people and dreams versus others.

#37. Eat less food, get more done.

#38. The way you begin your day determines how you live it. So put mind over mattress. Win the battle of the bed. And join The 5 am Club (another total game-changer).

#39. Develop an obsessive attention to detail. World-class user experiences are all about winning at the small stuff everyone else doesn’t care about.

#40. Even if you clean toilets, do it with pride and love. This summer I met a man who cleans toilets at the Johannesburg airport. He beamed “welcome to my office” as I entered. The place was flawless. His passion was palpable. That man is my hero. And he reminded me that all work has dignity and honor.

#41. Leaders Without Titles are in the business of making people feel bigger versus smaller. And smarter versus less knowledgeable. And seeing gifts and talents they’ve never seen before.

#42. Lean into your fears. Commit to what frightens you. Life’s way too short to play small.

#43. The secret to genius is doing less. Developing a monomaniacal focus on being brilliant at one thing is the the key to mastery. You’re smart so you know that the person who tries to get great at many things ends up mediocre at all of them, no?

#44. The moment you think you’re a virtuoso you’ve lost your virtuosity. The best always think like a beginner. And they know that nothing fails like success.

#45. Be decent and kind and loving. At the end you’ll have wished you were.

#46. Never lose the sparkle in your eyes and your sense of wonder about the things most people take for granted. Leadership, business and life is awesome. Don’t miss the simple rewards of standing for world-class.

[Note: there are two types of income...external (money and title) and internal (pride on doing great work and pursuing mastery). The ordinary chase the first. The exceptional want the last].

#47. Remember that the things that get scheduled are the things that get done.

#48. Say please and thank you.

#49. Practice gratitude daily. To lead is to see the blessings each day brings. You’ll also release dopamine–the neurotransmitter of motivation–which will kickstart your performance. The value of being grateful reminds me of the Persian proverb: “I cursed the fact that I had no shoes….until I saw the man who had no feet.”

#50. Do your part. Be the leader you wish the people around you would be. As Mother Teresa said: “If each of us would sweep our own doorstep, the whole world would be clean.”

Now, please go lead….

With every great wish for your rise to iconic…

RESOURCE: If you’d like your team to shift from average performance to Leadership Without a Title so your organization becomes unbeatable, check out my new program to grow leaders at every level fast

AND…

…If you are seriously ready to enjoy exponential growth in your business, performance and lifestyle and rise to the ranks of the global elite, come join me, business icon Sir Richard Branson, entrepreneurial legend Russell Simmons and the rest of my all-star faculty at The Titan Summit 2014

…I predict you’re life will never be the same after these four days.

…you’ll learn exactly what the best in the world do to get their results and save years of frustration and wasted time.

…you’ll network with people who will share their insights and lift your thinking, game and results dramatically.

…and you’ll get 10X the value of what you invest to be in the room with me, my faculty and many of the world’s most successful people (remember: ordinary people focus on the cost…ultra-successful people focus on the value and ROI)…

…actually, it’ll cost you more to miss this opportunity.

So if you’re gut is telling you that you deserve to be in the room with us, get off the fence and just do this…you’ll never look back.

Go ahead and snap up one of the remaining few seats, before you miss this chance.

And definitely apply the 50 Rules I’ve so carefully shared with you.

Speak soon.

Robin

P.S. Watch this video to experience the power of The Titan Summit.

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How to Predict the Future

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

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

Nothing works unless you do the work.

Drinking good coffee (Costa Rican) and listening to some great chillout music as I write this message to you.

The first hints of Autumn fill the air. The leaves are filling with color. The vibe is crisper and cooler. And this new season brings with it gifts, blessings and opportunities…

In my thinking, we’re on the final stretch of this year. Just a few months left to go…

…excellent if you started strong. But what makes mastery is how wow you END it…

And the best way to predict how you’ll finish this year within the epic we call your life are the choices you’ll make today.

So, with great respect and encouragement I ask you…on this fine day, will you…

–run your workout so you’re amped and on fire with energy?

–protect your focus and just concentrate monomaniacally on purely what matters?

–dig deep when it’s hard and deliver when it’s tough?

–aim for legendary, hold yourself to Mandela-Level standards and reach for the highest in everything you do?

–think peak thoughts and speak good words?

–be radically helpful, acutely of use to other humans and walk with love in your heart?

And–TODAY–will you learn something new?…

…you’re smart, strong and talented…so you get that all it takes are a few fresh insights, practiced consistently over time, to completely change the direction of your life. Forever…

…a massive commitment to learning and a love of knowledge is a game-changer…because as you know more you can achieve more.

…recently I offered free access for a limited time to a private webinar I delivered to my top coaching clients. The information I shared was worth a fortune…

…people who watched the webinar were stunned by the wealth of value, original insights and uncommon tactics for high performance that I delivered.

…in case you missed it, here it is

…if you only watch one webinar this year, do yourself a favor and watch this one

Hope all this information I’ve worked countless hours to create for you is fueling your inspiration, productivity, happiness and contribution to the construction of a better world.

I’m here to help. And serve.

Your success partner,

P.S. This webinar has enormous value. Many of the ideas you’ll discover are total mind-shifters and game-changers…

Why wouldn’t you make the time to watch this?

Go ahead and watch my webinar now

Talk soon. Your fan always, Robin

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Turning The Pain of Excuses into The Seeds of Greatness

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

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

Now’s your time to fly and to shine and to rise up. This is your day to show the world who you truly are.

I posted this piece on my Facebook page the other day and within hours it had over 45,000 likes.

It’s clearly touched something deep in a lot of people–and fueled a wealth of inspiration within them.

The main insight from the post: the instant we drop our excuses is the moment we enjoy freedom from pain

…because potential unexpressed and dreams left undone are what cause the regret that powers all suffering.

In my ongoing devotion to be an instrument of service to you, I wanted to share the piece…I called it Turning The Pain of Excuses into The Seeds of Your Greatness

Here you go…

“Why make excuses when you can start your dreams?

Why do nothing when you can begin something?…

Look, you know you have a lot more power within you than you’re revealing to the world. We ALL do.

But because of the distractions and interruptions and responsibility and excuses we sell to ourselves, we coast along–at the same level–for the best years of our lives.

Only a few have the guts to make A LEAP…

…a leap into new habits, new routines and a whole new story about their place in the world–and their service to it.

The Gandhis and Mandelas and Zuckerbergs and Mozarts were just ordinary people who had an idea, protected it from the voices of dissent, advanced it daily via tiny wins and got up every time they got knocked down.

YOU have this power too. But power unused deteriorates. And potential unexpressed turns to PAIN.

Now’s your time to fly and to shine and to rise up. This is your day to show all the world who you truly are.”

PLEASE NOTE: the seats I recently released for The Titan Summit 2014 featuring Sir Richard Branson and my all-star faculty of experts on mindset, brain optimization, elite productivity and building an iconic business have now SOLD-OUT….(just an incredible response, yet again).

because so many people have asked, I’ve just opened up a few more seats today so go ahead and get yours now while you still can

…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 fun details

…this event is not for everyone. It’s expensive. But so worth it. This rare gathering’s just for extreme achievers who want to associate with business icons, thought-leaders and epic producers so they create exponential business and personal results.

this powerful 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

Now’s your time to step up to your absolute best.

With much respect and many great wishes

P.S. Here’s the video on the event

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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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Create New (And Awesome) Habits Fast

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

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

Awesome habits yield ‎amazing results. So start some better ones today.

The construction and installation of superior habits is a dominant focus for any epic producer.

Wire in awesome habits and amazing results follow automatically…

…and you’ll become a GIANT of getting big things done…

…so your life flies and you lift THE WORLD up with you…

When I watch the NBA players I’ve advised, the celebrity soccer stars who use my tools and the iconic business leaders who show up at my events like The Titan Summit [this year Sir Richard Branson will join me on the stage along with my all-star faculty], I see that their winning formulas have less to do with their willpower…and more to do with their routines.

Yes, of course it takes willpower while the habit is being installed. But once it gets wired in as a neural pathway and new way of being, the routine becomes easier to do than not to do…

…and the energy and willpower that was needed to create the habit gets freed up to improve your performance and achieve even greater results.

Ok. You know I’m obsessed with your rise to rare-air and producing results that wow…

So here’s an extremely powerful new tactic that has been delivering gorgeous results for the elite clients that I coach. [And please know that it's really helping me advance my own game massively, as well].

It’s called The Forced Optimization Strategy (FOS)…

…The idea’s this: forget self-discipline when it comes to getting to your health, career, financial and spiritual goals. What works 100X better is to install an automatic system that “forces” you to do the thing you need to do.

The reality of human nature is we generally get things done when there’s some fire under us to do them…so use this fact to give yourself a huge advantage…

Some simple examples:

Example #1: Getting ultra-fit is a game-changer. Everything in your life just works better when you’re alive with energy and peak health. But the reality is too many of us try to build the habit of working out via willpower. And so we end up giving up after a few weeks.

Using the Forced Optimization Strategy (FOS), you could “force” yourself to get uncommonly fit by hiring a trainer to come to your home at 6am three times a week. Now, you have to do the workout. Because she’ll be knocking at your front door tomorrow morning :)

Book this schedule onto your calendar for 3 or 4 months and you’re golden. It won’t be easy. But it’ll be worth it.

Example #2: If you like “The 2 Massage Protocol” I’ve been teaching at my live events recently because you get that massages dramatically boost energy, reduce the amount of sleep you need and keep you feeling like a lion, then book your therapist 3 months into the future so it’s a done deal.

No excuses. No alternatives. No lame reasons for not getting the ritual done.

Example #3: If this is the year you’re amped to grow your business/career exponentially (10% annual growth is so old-school), then “force” the creation of a new habit by meeting with your mastermind alliance every Friday afternoon or sign up for a webinar program that runs every week or schedule a team meeting every Monday where everyone comes to the table to clearly explain what they’ve done to accelerate results.

You can use the FOS to take more time off than you’ve taken off in years. Just ask yourself which trips and adventures would fuel your finest performance and help you live a life you love.

Then book the trips/adventures ahead 12 months. You’ll “force the optimization” even more if you pay for them.

I think you get the idea. Just run this protocol for a few weeks and you’ll get how awesome it is. And please remember: no idea works until you do the work :)

And…

I also want to sincerely congratulate everyone who got one of the few seats to The Titan Summit 2014 I opened up…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: the seats I made available have now SOLD-OUT….(just an incredible response to me opening up registration)…

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 an all-star faculty of international experts who will help you grow an iconic business and lead a life that makes history.

…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

And definitely set up your Forced Optimization Strategies today.

So you become a giant. And live a life that you’ll be proud of at the end.

With respect, encouragement and tons of great wishes,

P.S. Check out this video on the event

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