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The Misfit’s Manifesto

Friday, April 28th, 2017

By Robin Sharma

Global Leadership Expert. #1 Bestselling Author. Humanitarian.

Not easy standing for your highest.

The highway to the resident genius within you is a massively messy ride.

The path to personal heroism + private elevation is confusing, uncomfortable and dangerous.

Just saying.

And my loving [I really do love you] and deeply sincere suggestion to you is that this way of living out the remainder of your life is the wisest [and bravest] decision you’ll ever make.

Your very legacy depends on this one choice. It does.

Not sure if I’m being super clear for you here, as I wish to be. So allow me to go more granular.

We live in a broken world…

–we shoot and kill brothers and sisters of our own global family

–we violently drag grandfathers off airplanes for no real reason

–we flee our creativity via an addiction to escapism on our phones, mindless video games and following the days of people we don’t even know on the “social” media [who only show you what they want you to see from their un-perfect lives; because we all have parts of our lives that are under construction.]

–a person who fiercely protects their productivity, ferociously expresses their greatest talents + joyfully does work that serves many is considered weird.

–someone who works really hard, shows up early, overdelivers on expectations, has good manners, sweats tiny details and keeps their promises is called strange.

–one who verbally appreciates people, smiles with radiant positivity and looks people in the eyes [versus down at some device], wears their feelings on their sleeves and stands for a blinding love of humanity is considered a freak.

–an individual who dares to be an individual, soaks in their originality and pursues their own colorful vision of a glorious ambition is labeled an eccentric…

In a damaged world a truly high-functioning human is not only vastly misunderstood. They are seen as broken.

See, the job of society is to get you to fit in, never stand out.

The main aim of our culture is to produce factory workers who think like the herd, behave like the crowd and smother the fire for outright greatness that is the natural birthright of every one of us.

“Don’t you dare think you can play at world-class”, they tell you.

Be not so foolish to believe you can do work that wows, have health that soars and a life that allows you to feel alive. And makes history [in your own unique way].

Nope.

–Stay on that phone.

–Numb out those feelings [How can you love until you first feel I ask you?].

–Block those brave thoughts.

–Stifle the big ideas that would allow you to own your industry.

–Dismiss your instincts to choose mastery [over mediocrity] of your craft.

–Close that heart that longs to open—and connect.

–Miss the breezes, avoid the magical moments [starry nights, simple food beautifully prepared, children laughing in a playground, a wise book that stirs your soul, music that makes you want to jump like you were 5 again].

–And definitely don’t talk to strangers.

Sidenote: A week and a half ago I was in a bookstore. I stood in the Economics section [yes, I read widely]. The man next to me sneezed…

…I said “Bless you.”

He remained quiet. Looked at me oddly. I walked a little closer…

…”Everyone needs as many blessings as we can get”, I offered.

He paused, didn’t say a word. For an extended minute.

Then, tenderly, he grabbed my shoulder. For just an instant. Sadness [and tears] filled his eyes. Silently telling me my little act of decency helped him in a hard time.

People are in a lot of pain, you know.

Saw a flight attendant the other day, smiling throughout the cabin. On her game. Proud of her impact. A Leader Without a Title. Then she vanished behind the curtain. Finally able to take some time to breathe.

I went up to use the washroom. Noticed she was crying.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Ian Maclaren

Look: I’ve never said I was a guru.

Never. No interest in that. No need for you to applaud me, appreciate me or elevate me. I have my talents. And I have my flaws. I have my precious hopes for the future and carry the scars of my past cuts. Very imperfect. Just a man.

…Trying to be a light.

I love the line: everyone seems normal—until you get to know them.

All I’m saying in this message is this…

…The things that make you a misfit in the eyes of the majority are the very things that make you special [and great/beautiful/a standout].

These are your gifts.

Maybe today, you and me will start honoring how we’re built. Celebrating what makes us who we are. And cherishing our wiring.

George Bernard Shaw made the point so much more brilliantly than I can in this moment:

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

…If you’ve been with me on this leadership + personal mastery ride over the 20+ years I’ve been in this game, you know my “To have what very few have you need to do what very few do” brain tattoo.

…By these words I mean that to experience the rewards of the top .001% of producers on the planet [think Mandela + Gandhi, Musk + Branson, Serena + Messi, Da Vinci + Basquiat—and that legendary Starbucks barista at the Phoenix airport named Alya who utterly models possibility], you need to get super-cool with being an outcast.

Because every visionary is first ridiculed before they become revered.

As Kanye says in his masterful song Life of Pablo: “They call every genius crazy.”

And so…

If this post validates the way you would really love to start living

…And if you feel you’re finally ready to express your gifts, declare victory over your fears, feel extraordinarily happy/strong/peaceful and rise to a way of being that’s world-class…

…Then you really should watch this inspirational video because your highest life is waiting for you and days are slipping away.

And I also strongly encourage you to let go of all your excuses and make the choice that will beautifully [and swiftly] elevate the rest of your life by getting one of the final seats left for my famous event Personal Mastery Academy here.

We’re 97% sold out…

I would really really really love to teach you how the most successful and fulfilled people on the planet do it…

…When you get one of the few seats that remain before we’re sold out for another year you’ll learn:

–how to rewire your thinking so greatness is automatic + and fearlessness is your default

–the science behind genius and the tools for you to live it daily through my proprietary world-builder systems

–my advanced methods for exponential productivity + prosperity that I teach only to the billionaires I advise [these techniques alone will pay for your tuition investment x50].

–potent ways to break through your limits to own your game and be the heavyweight champion of your field

–revolutionary tactics to live a life you absolutely adore

And you’ll spend two days with some of the most successful + wonderful people on the planet…

Wait and you’ll probably not get in this year…

So just DO THIS: go ahead and get one of the few remaining seats here

Hope this post I worked hard for you on has helped.

Make this time of your life an epic time of your life. Believe in your talents. Honor your gifts. And get ready to inspire the world.

Love + respect,

P.S. Definitely go ahead and watch this inspirational video now before it comes down

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The 11 Things Life’s All About

Monday, April 24th, 2017

By Robin Sharma

Global Leadership Expert. #1 Bestselling Author. Humanitarian.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the thick of thin things.

So seductive to spend your finest hours climbing mountains that, at the end, turn out to be the wrong ones.

I want you to experience an uncommon life.

One where you feel fully alive, release your chains, display your gifts and help the world.

So kindly remember…

The true leader–the genuine world-builder–lives to the point. Acutely concentrated on the few high priorities that will deliver the life of their greatest aspirations. At the end.

Please find below what I believe to be [as best as I can tell] the 11 most essential pursuits of a legendary life:

#1. Self-honor. This means being true to yourself. Celebrating your virtues. Accepting your flaws. Respecting your values. Doing your dreams. Even if all around you don’t get you.

#2. Personal heroism. The brighter the fire in your belly to achieve something special, the more hurts you’ll have. The more you play out on the jagged edges of your greatest potential, the more fears you’ll face. And the more falls you’ll take. Continuing with what you’ve committed to breeds deep fulfillment. And authentic power.

#3. Genuine connection. We are built to love. Have the bravery to open the heart you have contracted from life’s disappointments. This is how the heroes roll.

#4. Creative expression. I’m a super creative person. Ideas flow relentlessly [often captured on air sickness bags on airplanes]. Ridiculously curious. Adore learning. Home is packed [stacked] with books. My guess is you’re the same. And really dialling in your devotion to express your creativity will fuel your joy. And raise your impact.

#5. Delivery on opportunity. The job of the leader is to get things done. The obsession of the Titan is implementation, not just conversation. Amazing what happens to your self-identity and confidence when you transcend procrastination and do what you need to do. No matter how hard.

#6. Modelling possibility. Yes–I know I say this a lot [because I seriously want this to be a foundational thought for you]: the world needs more heroes–why wait for them when you can become one of them? Each day you are blessed with the chance to show people what positivity/productivity/audacity and dignity look like. Doing so with undefeatable consistency is where the giants among us play.

#7. Experiencing beauty. Exceptional achievement without ongoing enjoyment is an empty win. Yes–own your craft, produce your mastery and exploit your potential. But please: travel widely. Read deep books. Laugh loudly with loved ones. Savor inspirational art. Eat awesome food. And spend time in Nature.

#8. Pushing adventure. The human brain [and spirit] craves novelty. We grow and expand our capacities by doing difficult things. What you most resist is holding your bravery. Take it back.

#9. Scaling humility. So the thing about success is when it shows up, it’s easy to lose the hunger/sincerity/empathy/industry and relatability that got you there. That’s why so many empires fall. And so many icons fail. The one thing you absolutely need to protect as you rise into rare-air is your “boots on the groundedness”. Because a major key to legendary is longevity. And the moment your ego rules your performance is the day you step onto the pathway of irrelevance.

#10. Serving humanity. Most of my adult life I’ve been spreading this core message [long before it became cool]: impact is more valuable than income. And what matters most isn’t only how you live. It’s who you help. Personally–I’ve never been so invested in doing my part to serve as many people as possible. It’s a primary calling for any real A-Player. And I respectfully ask you to do the same.

#11. Intimacy with mortality. Live with death in mind. Not in a sad and depleting way. But with the mindset [and heartset] that you, and I, never know when our last day will show up.

Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius said it so inspirationally: “In the life of a man, his time is but a moment, his being an incessant flux, his sense a dim rushlight, his body a prey of worms, his soul an unquiet eddy, his fortune dark and his fame doubtful.”

So stop overthinking every move. Stop worrying about things that probably will never happen. Stop playing small with your brilliance. Stop being so terrified of reflection. And start living the way the best part of you knows you need to be living.

So at the end, you’ll have been fully human. And genuinely amazing.

If this piece I’ve written for you with an open heart and, hopefully, the utmost of authenticity speaks to you…

…and if you feel you’re finally ready to express your gifts, declare victory over your fears, feel extraordinarily happy/strong/peaceful and rise to a way of being that’s world-class…

…then you really should watch this inspirational video because your highest life is waiting for you and days are slipping away.

And I also strongly encourage you to let go of all your excuses and make the choice that will beautifully [and swiftly] elevate the rest of your life by getting one of the final seats left for my famous event Personal Mastery Academy here.

We’re 96% sold out…

I would really really really love to teach you how the most successful and fulfilled people on the planet do it…

…when you get one of the few seats that remain before we’re sold out for another year you’ll learn:

–how to rewire your thinking so greatness is automatic + and fearlessness is your default

–the science behind genius and the tools for you to live it daily through my proprietary world-builder systems

–my advanced methods for exponential productivity + prosperity that I teach only to the billionaires I advise [these techniques alone will pay for your tuition investment x50].

–potent ways to break through your limits to own your game and be the heavyweight champion of your field

–revolutionary tactics to live a life you absolutely adore

And you’ll spend two days with some of the most successful + wonderful people on the planet…

Wait and you’ll probably not get in this year…

So just DO THIS: go ahead and get one of the few remaining seats here

Hope this post I worked hard for you on has helped.

Make this time of your life an epic time of your life. Believe in your talents. Honor your gifts. And get ready to inspire the world.

Love + respect,

P.S. Definitely go ahead and watch this inspirational video now before it comes down

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The World-Changer’s Conduct Code

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

By Robin Sharma

Global Leadership Expert. #1 Bestselling Author. Humanitarian.

I’m deep in my Dream Room as I write this potent piece for you [a space of isolation where I come to produce my true work, free from the attractive distractions that destroy our finest potential].

You’ll find what follows supervaluable if you’re someone amped to get much more premium quality product done in far less time. And set to own your field–while you serve the world.

T.S. Eliot once asked: “Do I dare disturb the universe?”

If you’re a world-changer, I suggest you have to.

…you have to install a vision so large it frightens you to your very core.

…you have to find a mission so close to your heart that you’d take a bullet to protect it.

…you have to build the inner power/resolve/relentlessness so you do whatever it takes to get your ambitions done, even if everyone around you tells you you’re a fool to pursue them.

[I was reflecting earlier this morning on the billionaire who ever so graciously gave me a meeting when I started out as an author + leadership teacher; he strongly suggested that I give up on my dream and return to the safety of my legal career; I appreciate his time but am so grateful I didn’t listen to him].

And so, with vast encouragement for your greatest success and largest impact, I offer you 7 performance behaviors to wire in to automatic if you’re really serious about authentic winning:

#1. Fireproof Your Character. I’ve been spending quiet amounts of time studying the ways of being of Roman military commanders. Yes, they were brave. True, they had fierce loyalty toward their empire. Agreed, they understood how to inspire their followers, so they achieved seemingly impossible things on the field of battle.

Yet–what speaks most acutely to me about these titans of heroism is that they were [in general] people of principles. The best of them performed in a way that was more concerned with an internal compass than exterior approval.

How many people do you know–in this age of selfies, addiction to our devices and oversharing of once private lives–who live in a way that is true to themselves?

So many among us have lost the ability to think for ourselves. To fashion our days on our own terms, aligned with our closest values and ferociously respectful of the virtues we most adore…

…Instead of blindly wearing what the celebrities wear, talking like the famous people talk and chasing a story of success that is impotent, superficial and ultimately, empty.

World-changers play in a whole different arena…

…It’s not about fitting in. It’s about standing out.

…It’s not about popularity. It’s about mastery.

…It’s not about being served. It’s about serving.

My respectful advice for you is to spend even more time than you already do refining your character. Trusting instinct over intellect. Developing wisdom, understanding, dignity, courage + grace.

In a world that has never longed for it so much.

#2. Exploit Your Genius Hours. We all have hours within our days when our productive assets of focus/energy/willpower are at their highest. What separates average performers from World-Changers is those that influence entire markets exploit their most valuable hours to deliver beautiful things instead of wasting them.

Fascinating how common it is to want the rewards of success yet not run the rituals and put in the work demanded to receive those very gifts.

While the excuse-maker is spending precious time watching tv/playing games on their phones/coasting at the office + complaining about the economy, the A-Player is dialling in their focus/rising to their best output/putting in the hours/learning daily + doing whatever it requires to become amazing.

You only have 24 hours each day. Use them well. Because as you live your days, so you craft your life.

#3. Engage in Strengthening Scenarios. I read the other night how Seneca, the philosopher, would advise his students to spend one day a month consuming only water and bread. And sleeping on the floor.

I had dinner in Switzerland with one of the most famous authors on the planet who shared that he took many months away from the world to write a book while living in a spartan motel, with little more than a shoddy bed and an ancient desk in it.

See, hard is more valuable than easy if you’re aiming for legendary.

People who produce exceptional work consistently and lead their games understand that we grow by having the guts to go to the jagged edges of our highest limits on a regular basis. And by so doing, those limits expand.

Consciously put yourself in situations designed to push you to excel. To become stronger. To get better. To learn more. To discover talents + capacities + abilities you never knew you had.

Sure, working and living like this, that’s a formula for a messy, confusing and dangerous life. To me, that’s 1000x a more valuable way to live than spending the best hours of our greatest days watching television in a subdivision.

#4. Invest in Morning Preparation. The reason why excellent warriors engage in extreme training at the beginning of each day is so that when they are at war, they perform at elite levels automatically.

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

And all victories are won before you even step onto the field.

Yes, I’ve been evangelizing The 5 AM Club for over 20 years [still writing the book; now in year 3. Yikes!]. But I do it because it’s a truly life-altering routine. At that time of the day, the world is asleep. You have time for yourself. To think, plan, write, meditate, exercise, read and simply be…

…Time to refine your mindset, optimize your Heartset, lift your Healthset + sculpt your Soulset. [I’ve been introducing these new words I’ve created– Heartset/Healthset/Soulset–in my work because, while I believe all the talk about “mindset” is valuable, true success requires training all four Interior Empires].

#5. Upgrade Your SOPs. I recently saw the movie The Founder. All about Ray Kroc, the man who scaled McDonald’s.

Part of his brilliance was to systematize processes. So every burger tastes the same no matter which restaurant you ate it in. So that every fry reflected one of the fundamentals every restaurant tries to get right: consistency.

World-Changers do the same. Precisely.

They have set up what I call “Structures + Systems” to automate the non-essential parts of their lives. And to ensure that even the important parts produce consistently high quality.

My encouragement is to think through what systems you need to install so you’re regularly producing at your absolute best. Then do what all leaders do: Execute on your ideas [because even the smallest of actions is superior to the noblest of intentions].

#6. Pursue Magic. New Standard: Only release work that is at a level of poetry. Watch what starts to happen to you.

Then radiate optimism, kindness, decency and love. And see what unfolds for you.

Next: focus purely on the good in others. And savor the gifts that come back to you.

Life gives you what you give it. Stand for world-class in this age of too much average and you’re pretty much guaranteed an epic journey.

Doesn’t mean it will be easy. [The Great Ones have all suffered the most; the fire purified and developed their heroic instincts].

But I promise you it will be worth it.

#7. Lead from Legacy Versus Scarcity. Been teaching this idea for two decades as well. Even wrote a book on it years ago called Who Will Cry When You Die?

One wisdom tradition states: a wise person thinks about their death every day. A fool, only about a good time.

While the ordinary person is focused on getting through the month, the World-Builder is obsessed with elevating the next generation.

I deeply believe, at the core of my heart, that life lived only for ourselves is a very small life.

To be great is to be helpful. And to become undefeatable–as you follow a Mighty Mission that is larger than your ego.

To walk with the icons, devote yourself to the building of a meaningful legacy.

One that inspires you to bring out the fullness of your natural genius, one that causes you to know powers in you that you didn’t know you had. And one that, at the end of your life, allows you to look back on the way you have conducted yourself and say…

“…I had times in the sun. I had seasons in the rain. I reached for my best. I raised others with me. And now, in a state of vast peace, I leave our world better than I found it.”

You’re meant to make a difference. This is your time. Now is your moment. Begin.

With love + respect…

Your fan always,

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My 11 Minutes in a Jail Cell

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

By Robin Sharma

Global Leadership Expert. #1 Bestselling Author. Humanitarian.

A life can be shifted in a matter of moments. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

A few months ago I was privileged to have been allowed into the prison cell Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his precious life in [of the total 27 years of his confinement].

I witnessed no bed. Just two rugged blankets swept over a cold concrete floor. And a small wooden desk the tall hero would kneel over, to write his reflections. And process through his pain.

In some unreasonable way, my heart rewired that day in South Africa. It will never quite be the same. And my perspective on leadership, personal greatness, individual dignity and the call on humanity was recoded in the process.

For the first time in a year, I’m releasing a new adventure video. In it I share my very private experience on Robben Island along with advanced information to own your craft + revolutionize your life this New Year.

If you only watch one video this year, watch this one

Play: Adventure Video 2017

I’m on fire to help you absolutely unshackle your gifts + express your brilliance in 2017. You’re not alone. I’ve got your back.

Let’s fly! It starts with you investing the time to watch and study this new video

With love + respect,

Robin

P.S. If you only watch one personal mastery/self-transformation video this year, watch this one

Hope all this handcrafted content I’ve been sending you so you start 2017 ultra-confident + super-strong is helping you!

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My Best Rituals to x100 Your Results [Deep Post]

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

By Robin Sharma

Global Leadership Expert. #1 Bestselling Author. Humanitarian.

Your genetics predict your success so much less than your daily rituals do.

Install world-class habits and you’ll experience world-class results.

The pros get this. The amateurs don’t.

With this in mind (and heart), I’m doing something special for you today.

I usually only teach The Rituals of Legendary Producers to my Titans. Or at Personal Mastery Academy each June. But today I’ll walk you through three of them.

Yes, they are eccentric.

Yes, they work like rocket fuel.

Yes, you need to do the work to get the glory.

Ritual #1: The Second Wind Workout [2WW]

Working out is one of the finest methods known for multiplying your productivity and prosperity. You’ll reduce the fear hormone cortisol in your system, release the inspirational neurotransmitter dopamine and recalibrate serotonin (which kickstarts your joy).

Add to these beautiful truths the gorgeous facts that you’ll keep body fat low, heighten energy and promote longevity and getting fit like Federer is a game-changer.

Here’s the thing: if you truly get how great fitness is, why would you only work out once a day?

And so…

…I teach clients at The Titan Summit and Personal Mastery Academy to do a “Second Wind Workout” (2WW) at the end of their workday.

Gives them massive game in the evening. Beats depletion. And makes the end of the day one of the best pieces of the day.

Ritual #2: The Daily 5 + The Nightly 3

I’ve been teaching this one for years. To NIKE and Starbucks. To NBA stars and music legends. It works because research has confirmed that when we celebrate “small wins”, our brains get fired up and motivation comes alive.

And because greatness is more about evolution versus revolution: small daily optimizations, when done consistently over time, deliver epic results.

So every morning, please record 5 tiny acts of beautiful progress that you commit to executing on before the day is done.

The Daily 5 ritual ensures you’ll finish 150+ acts of excellence every month. And 1800+ achievements one year from today. Remarkable, yes?

You’re going to get to one year from today anyway. Why not arrive at this destination with a whole new level of momentum, mastery and personal power?

The Nightly 3 routine involves simply writing down three great things that happened to you during your day.

The brain has a negativity bias we need to relentlessly fight against. This primitive instinct served us 1000+ years ago. Destroys our brilliance today.

Noticing items to be grateful for is the antidote to apathy. And the cure for stagnation.

Please note: If you want to get one of the limited memberships into Personal Mastery Academy Online where I teach you all of the daily routines of the world’s most successful people + my most advanced self-transformation tactics, go here

Ritual #3: The 2 Massage Protocol [2MP]

All I can share with you is this: seems strange and works like magic.

Want to sleep less so you join my famous 5 AM Club that now has members in the millions?

Set to have ridiculous amounts of focus, stamina, vitality and creativity?

Ok. Good. Go get two massages a week.

“But Robin, I don’t have time and what would my team think and that’s pretty expensive,” I’ve heard 1000 times.

Trust the ritual by the ROI (Return on Investment).

Your output will pay for itself exponentially. And your team will say zero when they watch you produce like Michelangelo.

Ok. Longer message than usual but you know I’m obsessed with delivering value. And helping you grow. And ensuring you fly.

If you understand the power of learning to transform your life, then definitely make the decision that I predict will change the way the rest of your life unfolds…

…and get one of the remaining memberships here to my ultra-powerful course Personal Mastery Academy Online (PMAO).

PMAO will walk you through the best information I teach on becoming an elite performer.

PMAO will teach you how the billionaires I coach think, how the sports stars I advise live and how the masters stay at world-class.

PMAO comes with a total money-back guarantee so there is ZERO risk to try this out. It’s a beautiful training course. Very results-oriented. Absolutely first-rate content.

We’re closing doors soon so wait and you’ll be too late.

Snap up your membership here

Hope this post really helps you x100 your professional and personal results.

Life’s too short to play small with your talent.

Be great. Bye.

Robin

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