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30 Insights for a Life of Acute Brilliance

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

By Robin Sharma

#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

Robin Sharma shares 30 quick and valuable insights on what to focus on as you continue your rise to world-class.

I’m on summer break. Reading wonderful books like Stephen King’s On Writing and Florence Scovel Shinn’s The Game of Life along with thought-enriching magazines like Monocle and Porter

…savoring long mountain bike rides and introspective walks in nature…

…and spending time with my loved ones in the mountains or talking well into the evening over simple meals, as the sun gently sets like a child ready for peaceful sleep.

During these days, my heart is often filled with deeply humbling gratitude…for your generous faith in my work (may I keep earning it)…

…for the team that helps me (may we keep growing–and serving–together)…

…for the opportunity this unremarkable person from a small town has somehow been blessed with to make a contribution to those who dream of a better life–and a greater world.

The Autumn will bring me back onto the road…with events in places like Romania + Monaco + Amman + Vegas + Rome (for my private coaching group IconX), as well as see the launch of my new online program The Game-Changer’s Blueprint. And, of course, the year will end with my flagship 4-day annual gathering, The Titan Summit, where I hope we will meet.

I just wanted to send you this note, thank you, share a little on what’s coming up so you’re in the know and offer you these 30 quick (but hopefully valuable) insights on what to focus on as you continue your rise to world-class:

30 Insights for a Life of Acute Brilliance

#1. The great call on our lives is to do our part to make other lives better.

#2. Get enough rest. It’s a key factor in high performance + longevity.

#3. Focus on how far you’ve come versus how far you still have to go.

#4. Make the time to thank those who have encouraged you along the way.

#5. Remind yourself relentlessly that mastery comes from going to your edges rather than clinging to what’s known.

#6. Do more things that make you happy.

#7. Practice removing complaint from your vocabulary (bonus tip: complaint is often frozen anger).

#8. See your work as your craft. And devote yourself to knowing more about what you do than anyone who has ever done what you do.

#9. Remember that creativity + peak productivity are seasonal: there’s a time to plant and a time to harvest.

#10. Be kind to strangers. You just might save a life this way.

#11. Regularly rewrite how you will have wished you will have lived on the last day of your life in your journal. This heightens your focus on doing what counts. And trains your brain to get it done.

#12. Read for an hour a day. This ritual opens up frontiers that will make you a better producer, a deeper thinker and a richer human.

#13. Walk into the situations that terrify you. This is how bravery grows. And the finest way I know of to take your power back.

#14. Know that internal power, cultivated via years of inner work (reading + visualizing + contemplating + affirming + journaling + discussing + meditating + going to conferences etc.) is exponentially more valuable (and fulfilling) than external power (titles/status/cash)…a strong character always beats a large bank account…and decency lasts longer than fame.

#15. When you stumble, just say “I am sorry”.

#16. When you hurt, just feel the hurt.

#17. When you love, just trust in it fully.

#18. When you dream, know it’s the wisest part of you suggesting the next level available to you. Take the hint.

#19. Remind yourself that health is wealth. And should you lose yours, nothing will be more important than getting it back.

#20. Protect your mindset. Negative stimuli have never been so everywhere. So please: Less news and more beauty. Less gossip and more art. Less grumbling and more gratitude.

#21. Learn from the past but don’t wallow in it.

#22. Remember that your income will never exceed your self-identity. And that your outer results mirror your inner story.

#23. When you fall, get back up. When you win, decide how you’ll make it even better.

#24. Work hard on being more present. Presence is rare these days–and a phenomenal gift to give those who intersect your days.

#25. Laugh at yourself. Life’s too short to take yourself too seriously.

#26. Trust that blaming others is excusing yourself.

#27. Know that success lies around a brilliant execution on the fundamentals.

#28. Having a grand vision is cool. Being amazing at getting it done is far hipper.

#29. Be good at living your own life + values versus great at living everyone else’s.

#30. Don’t miss the so-called ordinary pleasures every day brings to the wise soul who notices them…the singing birds or the beautiful coffee or the inspirational poem or the laughing child or the clean water or breezes winding through the lush trees…witnessing these forges a life gorgeously lived…

…that is my great wish for you.

With love + respect,

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The Movement Maker’s Mindset

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

By Robin Sharma

#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

Become so ridiculously great at what you do that you're the only one on the planet who can do what you do. Mastery is a rarity. But with devotion + practice + patience you'll be there.

In Vegas. Big event tomorrow. Deep into creative, locked away in my hotel room.

I’ve been quietly writing my new book, The 5 am Club. It’s all about the simple 60 minute morning ritual that has helped so many people–across the planet– grow their focus, energy, productivity, lifestyle and service to our world, exponentially.

Actually, the whole “5 am Club” concept that I’ve been evangelizing for nearly 20 years has morphed into a movement. People tweet about it and shoot YouTube videos on it and spread the idea about it. Fun…and fulfilling.

And even though this phenomenon happened totally via accident, I’ve become fascinated by the power of movement-making…and community-building…and why some concepts become contagious.

You’re smart. So when you consider it, you’ll know that…

…nations have found freedom via movements. Insights have revolutionized our thinking via movements. Brands have risen to iconic via movements. New products have transformed how we live via movements…

…just imagine watching what you put out into the world taking on its own life and traveling virally, creating value and impact on user upon user–eventually reaching an inflection point where you and your team really don’t have to do anything. Your fanatical followers just start to do it for you. Because they’re so on fire by what you’ve done for them…

…and because they know what you do is good and honest and sincere and value-rich and inspirational and ever-so worthy of sharing.

So, to help you create a movement of your own that helps your highest dreams come true while making a staggering difference in our world (note: if I can help you 100x your influence + contribution, I feel I win too…I’ve always felt you and I are in this together), I’ve constructed an 8 point framework I lovingly encourage you to run with, beginning today:

#1. Know Your Cause. To be human is to crave a cause. We all need a powerful purpose to get us out of bed every morning and draw out the finest within us. I viscerally believe that one of the dominant reasons so many amongst us are addicted to distraction and living amid apathy is they haven’t found something larger than their own lives to stand for. Once you find your compelling cause, begin to share it with your community. Talk it up. Blog it out. This will give your followers hope + energy + drive. Your job is to bring meaning to people in need.

#2. Relate to Your Base. One of the reasons why Taylor Swift became Taylor Swift is that she’s not afraid to be human with the people she serves. I believe that when you’re vulnerable with people, they’ll fall in love with you. We live in a world where people long for authenticity over artificiality. Real versus fake. When Taylor’s heart is broken, she reveals it. When she’s on the mountaintop, she expresses it. When she’s stuck in something that we all get stuck in, she has the bravery to tell it to her constituents. And they adore her for it.

#3. Rise to Original. In my humble observation of performers and companies that become titans, I see they all have one thing in common: flagrant originality. Gaga achieved world-domination because she did what few did. Dali claimed immortality because he painted like few would. Tesla and Amazon rocked their fields because they contributed unique value at a time when fresh thinking was abnormal (still is, no?).

#4. Get Scary Good. Total game-changer here: become so ridiculously amazing at what you do that you’re the only one on the planet who can do what you do. Mastery is a rarity. Yet for those with the guts/dedication/discipline/monomaniacal focus and grit to put in the training/learning/iteration hours to reach world-class within their crafts, the rewards are immeasurable. Watch LeBron or Buffett, Koons or Ive, Rowling or Hawking. So good at what they do that we can’t stop watching–and talking about–what it is that they so geniusly do.

#5. Build in Virality. When I work with A-Level Companies that have forged their products into movements, I note that sharing is integrated into the work. Not sure if I’m expressing this component of movement-making clearly but what I’m trying to say is that you want the UX (user experience) to be so simple, elegant and wow-worthy that people are touched at an emotional level…to the point where they need to share their experience with everyone they know. Happened to me–again, by accident as I didn’t “build in virality” consciously (I just wrote from the heart)–with The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari (and a second time with The Leader Who Had No Title). Hardly any marketing pushes yet readers shared the books with utter enthusiasm. Thanks to “word of mouth”, these books have taken on lives of their own.

#6. Protect the Brand. It could take you years to scale your movement and 30 seconds of bad judgement on a sunny Tuesday afternoon to lose it all. One bad move–captured on a smartphone or noted by a follower–could destroy all you’ve built. As well, please consider that what makes a great brand/career/company is often what we have the discipline to say no to versus yes to. Example: the once-revered Hollywood stars who diluted their good name by taking weak roles, just for the money.

#7. Remain Indispensable. Fine to lead your field for a year. What makes legendary is sustaining it for a lifetime. Think Pacino + U2 + Sam Walton. Even organizationally, most big companies that are around right now won’t be around 10 years from now. Massive disruption coming. Only the amazing will survive. And one of the finest ways to come out of immense transition alive? Become absolutely indispensable to those who you have the privilege to serve. Which brings me to my final point in this post I’ve written given my ongoing obsession to be helpful to you…

#8. Always Give Back. I spoke for the global team at TOMS recently. Great people. Cool firm. Visionary founder. Here’s a pic with Blake Mycoskie:

Robin Sharma + Blake Mycoskie

One of the things that has made TOMS so revered is the “one for one” commitment which sees a child who needs shoes receive a pair, every time you buy your pair.

TOMS gets that giving–and doing good–matters. We all ache to serve. We all want to know our lives are making a dent in the universe (thanks Steve Jobs). We all need to feel we’re, somehow, helping those in need. Allow your movement to fulfill these dormant desires deep inside us. And we’ll tell the world about it.

With much respect + appreciation,

P.S. I know I haven’t been in touch so much these days. I’ll do a better job of keeping in contact. Thanks.

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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 brave‎.

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…

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#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.


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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! :)

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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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