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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…

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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…

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Be great.

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Why Mandela Won

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

By Robin Sharma

#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

Every movement we've made has created a consequence. Every cause has had an effect...

My fascination is with Icons. Titans. Heroes. And Legends…

…the great souls who accept the call to greatness we each have on our lives and rise up to their best.

On a visit to Johannesburg to deliver a leadership presentation a while ago, I had the privilege to have a private conversation with someone in Nelson Mandela’s inner circle.

I learned more of his visionary nature, his rare-air discipline and his longing to be a force for good in an increasingly chaotic world.

What has stayed with me most is that I heard Mr. Mandela only became Nelson Mandela during his years in prison. In other words, it was the solitude, degradation, devastation and inhumanity of that time in confinement that made him who he became.

Here’s my real point…

…it was the time away from the world that allowed him to lead in the world.

While he was on Robben Island, he read the books of the iconic leaders. He studied the habits of the great souls. He reflected on the key moral virtues. He transmuted hostility into opportunity. He transformed his anger into forgiveness.

And as the gorgeous result of his inner work, when he was made president of South Africa, his jailers were invited to the ceremony. When asked why, he replied that if they were not there, he’d still be in prison (because his mind would still be in chains).

And so, I ask you with true respect…are you longing to work and live at wow in the world but walking through your days with a mind shackled by chains?

Nothing is more important than building your inner architecture of undefeatability and greatness.

Nothing is more important than strengthening your character, elevating your thinking and releasing your fearful beliefs.

Nothing is more important than cleansing your heart of resentment and forgiving those who have wronged you.

Nothing is more important than shifting from selfish to selfless–and donating the rest of your life to a mission that is bigger than yourself.

I guess the idea I’m really inviting you to play with over the next few days is that your outer world is a beautiful (or messy) reflection of your inner world.

Victims blame everything on everyone. But to really LEAD your life, you and I absolutely must own that all that’s in our lives right now is the result of our own actions. Every movement we’ve made has created a consequence. Every cause has had an effect…

…and as we make the rise to excellence of thought, performance and being, all we do rises with us.

Anyway, hope this relatively quick piece I’ve just tapped out in a burst of inspiration and desire to serve is helpful. And that it reminds you of your truest nature…as well as the potential within you asking to be expressed.

Make today epic. This IS your time. And I’m here with you on this ride.

With much appreciation + encouragement,

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My Eyes Burned

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

By Robin Sharma

#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

Achieve your goals in 2015

My eyes burn as I watch you overcome your trials, stand in the fire and still walk forward to touch your dreams.

I am awed to see how you leverage adversity and turn it into bravery.

You make me feel stronger as I see you battling your fears, transcending your doubts and releasing your excuses so you visit the places that frighten you.

I grow inspired as I witness your relentless devotion to improving every aspect of your self, your life and our world.

You clearly get that there are no extra people alive today. We are all built to do epic things. And walk with the giants.

You get that there is a call on your life, a mission you’ve been delivered and a dream that must be done. Anything less is surrender.

Heroes aren’t just the warriors, the firefighters and the teachers.

Heroes are the women and men, who each day, pursue a silent personal victory. A victory over average. A win against mediocrity. And a success above defeat.

I know reaching for what’s highest can be hard. I’ve faced my own times in the valley. But please trust that every season has its end. The darkness always becomes overwhelmed by the light. And icy winters inevitably make way for the fullest blossoms of breathtaking spring.

So on this day, I want you to know, that you are a gift. You have power beyond what you currently know. Strength beyond today’s evidence. And gifts that each one of us alive today long to see.

I believe this. And I know it to be true.

Today, go own your best. We’ll always love you for it.

With heartfelt gratitude and an appreciation deeper than you’ll ever know,

VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE:

As a courtesy, I’m letting you know that doors are closing to my famous online course, Your Absolute Best Year Yet.

This course is widely considered one of the finest personal transformation programs in the world–the exact system that has helped thousands of people just like you achieve EPIC success and live lives they adore.

It’s shown people just like you how to:

  • rewire their mindsets to become unbeatable
  • install the habits of the super successful
  • grow financial fortunes
  • get ultra-fit and feel better than ever before
  • balance work and family
  • do world-class work that inspires others
  • achieve all the goals that they never could achieve before

People already in the course this year are telling me it’s the best program they’ve ever encountered…and that they’re already losing weight, multiplying their happiness, achieving their goals and doing their dreams…

The response to me opening up the course for the first time in a year has been INCREDIBLE, with new members joining from 50+ countries…

But SORRY–it’s time to close enrollment…

…and if you wait (and find excuses not to join versus getting off the fence and taking action to have a much better life), you’ll miss the single greatest opportunity to make 2015 your best year yet…

Actually, not joining us will cost you a lot more in terms of all you could have learned and achieved but didn’t because you hesitated…

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…the whole course is worth over $20,000 of REAL value…

…yet I’m offering you your membership for only $477 because I want to help you fly this year!

And you get full access to everything for the entire lifetime of the site.

…I’ve done everything I could to make this course full of world-class information and of massive value. And I’d LOVE to help you make big things happen for you in 2015…

So just do it…and register now before I close doors and you miss out

Together, let’s make this YOUR year…the year you changed the game and made HISTORY.

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The Last Days of Average

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

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

You were born to win. Built to wow and designed to inspire. Live that potential today.

You were constructed to win.

You’ve been designed to wow.

And you’ve been built to inspire.

As we get you to your NLWC (Next Level of World-Class), I wanted to run you through some of the core distinctions between those who operate at average…

…and those who have the guts and acumen to aim for ICONIC…

Fair Warning: This piece is a little longer than usual. We live in a world where too many people have given up the ability to go deep and read intensely, preferring dancing cat videos and short bursts of cotton-candy content designed to entertain versus educate…

…my heartfelt encouragement is stay with this post until the end. Reflect on the insights I’ve worked so hard to share. And most key, live the message

And so

#1. Average performers love to talk about others. Iconic producers are obsessed with discussing their dreams.

#2. Average performers adore leisure. They know the hot tv shows, spend their finest hours playing video games and are first among friends to secure the latest gadget. Iconic producers are vastly different…their addiction is learning. They invest in books, go to conferences, mastermind with masters and do whatever it takes to make their tomorrows better than their todays. Please remember: the more you know, the more you can achieve. Knowledge is the greatness creator.

#3. Average performers resign themselves to mediocrity, thinking that the elite are somehow smarter, faster and cut from a different cloth. I call this The Myth of Genius. Don’t buy into it. Iconic producers have a different perception. They get that genius and legendary is not the result of divinely-orchestrated talent. Nope. It’s a lot more about focus, discipline, sacrifice, suffering, stamina and ridiculous amounts of hard work. They get that rising to world-class is never easy. But it’s always worth it.

#4. Average performers disrespect time. You’ll see them waiting hours for a great table in a cool restaurant. They buy groceries when everyone else buys groceries. They are often late and known for procrastination. Iconic producers understand that time is a blessing. They use their best hours for their most important pursuits. They have a clear written plan for the next 10 years, 5 years and this year. They schedule their days, knowing that structure is the doorway into freedom.

#5. Average performers use victimspeak. Everything is “a mess” or “trouble” or “a problem”. But the words you use drive the energy you feel. And to rise to exceptional, you need to tap into your natural reservoir of massive energy. So iconic producers leverage their words to raise their games. Their language inspires. And reveals the fact that–deep within–they view themselves as captains of their fate versus powerless little pawns.

#6. Average performers stop when they’re scared. Iconic producers press ahead when stricken by fear, understanding that persistence is the DNA of becoming a game-changer. And that bravery is the result of practice versus a natural gift.

#7. Average performers follow the crowd. Their dominant focus is to fit in, be liked and receive tribal acceptance. Iconic performers care not what others think. They’ve developed the confidence to think for themselves. They set their own dreams, run their own values and march to their personal drumbeat. That not only causes rare-air success. It produces enduring happiness.

#8. Average performers are pleasure-driven. Everything they do is about fulfilling their desires and feeling good in the moment (often done as an escape from the pain of potential betrayed). Iconic producers are purpose-driven. They are fuelled by their Mighty Why–that singular and gorgeous vision of a bigger future that keeps them up late and gets them out of bed early. They viscerally understand that the secret of passion is purpose. And that once you articulate your why, the hows automatically present themselves.

#9. The average performer is pure consumer. It’s all about buying and having things. Their self-identity is based on the brands, labels and badges of the moment. Iconic producers care very little about stuff. What stokes their fire has less to do with being a consumer and a lot more to do with being a maker. For them, their compelling cause is all about using their creativity, energy, talents and time to produce value that not only delivers their personal dreams but makes the world a greater place.

I sincerely hope these nine points inspire, help and serve your rise.

Your time really is now. My respectful suggestion: release all excuses, reasons, rationales and resentments. Today’s a fresh canvas. A new beginning. And your beautiful opportunity to step into the life you ache to live…

THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT:

…And for everyone who loved the video I sent out the other day and has been asking me to open up registration for The Titan Summit 2014 this December, please note I’ll do so next week (so check your inbox for my message so you get one of the limited seats)…

THANK YOU for the interest. It’s been overwhelming

If you missed my video, definitely watch it now.

Oh–and the BIG announcement everyone’s been wondering about is…

Sir Richard Branson will be on the stage with me live at this year’s gathering of people from across the planet coming together to share, learn and build epic businesses + legendary lives.

…I’m going all out for those who get in…

…my faculty is all-star, global experts on creating EXPONENTIAL results in your business, mindset, health, finances and impact on our world.

…I should mention that this 4-day event is not for everyone. Only people who get the value of world-class information and who understand the awesome value of spending 4 days in a room with billionaires, industry legends and ultra-successful human beings should come.

…so save December 9-12 (at The Ritz-Carlton in Toronto) on your calendar and watch for my message next week signalling that registration is open (I’m limiting seats again this year to keep the gathering ultra-exclusive).

See you in December. Tons of respect and appreciation,

P.S. Go ahead and watch my video 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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