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The 8 Acronyms of Extreme Achievement

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

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

Please read with care

A quick but strong and valuable piece of information about getting you from where you now are to where you’ve always wanted to be is below…please read it with care…

I’m in Moscow as I write this…just finished a 3 hour presentation for Russia’s business elite.

They were smart, energetic and open to learning (remember: the moment you think you know everything you know nothing).

One of the pieces that kickstarted their passion and got them all talking was the section on The 8 Acronyms for Extreme Achievement…

…if you’ve read my books like The Leader Who Had No Title and The Greatness Guide you know I adore my acronyms…

…and here are 8 of the best (apply them over the next 90 days so you finish this year at your very best…there’s still enough time to make this year legendary…but you need to get moving swiftly now)…

The 8 Acronyms for Extreme Achievement

#1: APR: Absolute Personal Responsibility

Nothing in your personal, physical, professional and financial life will change until you start making your changes. Human beings are really really good at self-deception (lying to ourselves keeps us from pain). And playing The Victim.

But the beginning of transformation is awareness. And the very moment we stop blaming others and conditions for what’s not world-class in our lives is the moment we take back our power to dramatically alter our situation.

APR is all about waking up to the reality that your current reality (in whatever areas are most important to you) have not been caused by your boss or by your spouse or by your childhood or by the world. You created them (via your thinking, behaviors and performance). And once you truly get this, you’ll be in the beautiful position to make the new choices that will deliver all-new results.

#2. NSI: Never Stop Improving

Study Jay-Z or Cirque du Soleil or Zuckerberg or Lady Gaga. All extreme achievers have one belief in common: good enough is definitely not good enough.

To start seeing explosive gains in your achievement levels, I invite you to make the commitment to using every single day of the rest of your long life as a platform for improvement and a vehicle for daily optimization.

Remember: as you live this day, so you craft your life (the best way to predict the future is to create it in the present). Leave everything you touch 1% better. Never stop improving your mindset. Never stop improving your communication. Never stop improving your fitness. Never stop improving your productivity. Never stop improving your knowledge base…you get my point…

#3. BIW: Best In the World

The whole name of the game is to win. And winning is less about being better than others and a whole lot more about outperforming who you were yesterday (hint: you can’t get to be the extreme achiever you’ve always dreamed of becoming, stuck in the think and action patterns of the person you’ve always been).

And when you’re all about the hot pursuit of Mastery, Excellence and Exceptionalism (not so you become the best in the world but so you express your best), the inevitable result is that you become one of the best in the world.

You really were born into greatness. But the world may have schooled it out of you.

You really have something special within you. But life may have suggested it out of you.

Today’s an awesome day to make the choice that will change the game for you…and start standing for your highest and best.

#4. ABDOV: Always Be Delivering Outrageous Value

Your life comes alive when you devote it to service. The secret of happiness truly is helpfulness.

We live in The Generosity Economy…the person who helps the most will profit the most (not only in terms of your joy-levels but financially as well).

When you train your brain to focus on the mission “how may I help the most people?” and when you begin to see yourself as a walking talking living breathing value contributor, success, abundance and breathtaking levels of well-being beat a path to your front door.

#5. KMF: Keep Moving Forward

Study the excellent research of Angela Lee Duckworth and you’ll discover that the #1 factor that determines whether you’ll become an extreme achiever or an average person comes down to one thing…

…it’s not your IQ.

…it’s not your looks.

…it’s not where you live or where you’ve been.

It’s a world she calls “Grit”…your ability to persist, stay passionate and get your biggest goals done (in the face of being laughed at, bumping into obstacles and even being filled with self-doubt).

KMF is all about moving ahead–when things are easy but even more essentially, when times are hard.

You show us how badly you want your dreams when you press ahead in the most difficult of times. Remember: Victims surrender to adversity while Extreme Achievers exploit it to their advantage.

#6. FMOB: The First, The Most, The Only and The Best

First mover advantage. The great spoils of success don’t come to the person who got the brilliant idea but to the performer who got the idea done.

Ideation without execution is mere delusion.

Stop telling us you’ll start your business or get ultra-fit or fall in love or change the world. Talk’s just cheap. Action speaks louder. Just go do it…and then tell us what you did.

Being a FMOB is about committing to becoming legendary. An icon. A giant on the planet. And using your life to make history.

#7. LWT: Lead Without a Title.

You can lead without the need for a position or formal authority. I’ve spent over a decade criss-crossing the world teaching this concept to the likes of FedEx, GE, NIKE, The Coca-Cola Company, IBM and Oracle.

The real idea is this: every day when you walk out into the world, you have a choice: you can show victimhood or you can inspire us via your leadership.

—the flight attendant on the Delta flight from San Diego to Minneapolis last week who gave me green tea from her purse showed pure leadership.

—the school crossing guard who I saw dancing on the street to make the kids laugh is a leader.

—the chef at the Colombian restaurant I ate at recently who worked like Picasso painted and lit up the room with his fierce passion for perfection is a leader.

Become the CEO of your job responsibility, the Master of Your Craft and The Captain of Your Fate…

…and please own the idea that success is not reserved for the lucky…it’s the domain of the leaders…and people just like you with the vision, guts, discipline and devotion to use their lives to make spectacular things happen.

You CAN do this…will you?

#8. WTOH: What’s The Opportunity Here?

This is a tool I teach to my elite coaching clients. And it works wonders when used consistently, to the point of it become your default way of thinking.

You see, a problem only becomes a problem when you view it as a problem.

Thanks…much respect…be great…speak soon.

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Saturday, October 5th, 2013

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

The Perfect Human

In Mauritius as I write this to you. I come here to think, plan, create, evaluate and refuel.

It’s early a.m. The best time to be alive as far as I’m concerned.

Doc Gyneco plays. Espresso simmers. Waves crash.

I think of you. Your hopes. Your dreams. Your fears. Your life.

I want you to fly. To win. To be the hero of your days. To create beauty, value and utter awesomeness. So–at the end–you’ll be proud of how you showed up, what you made and the many you served.

Yes–you’re that big. That strong. That good.

I also think of a strange idea: What Makes The Perfect Human? And what does it take to create a life that’s so excellent it’s unbelievable?

Honestly, who knows. I’m just one man writing words on a smartphone, hoping in some way to be a little more helpful than yesterday.

But please allow me to try to come up with an answer (I could add many more but these 10 swiftly come to mind):

#1. The Perfect Human Wants to Be Better

To me, a great part of being human is the relentless quest for better. Yes–be content. But study Michelangeo, Federer, Einstein or Jobs. Madonna and Gaga. Slim and Rockefeller. Each one of them had a lust to grow. To excel. To win. To make everything they touched better.

#2. The Perfect Human Cares

Being fully human’s also about a mastery of the details. So yes, I definitely mean being caring in the loving sense. But I also mean just caring about polishing the little details that average people dismiss as insignificant. The downside of this is that you’ll be seen as difficult. Who cares? All world-builders were called that.

#3. The Perfect Human is Brave

You just can’t get to great (and I’m no where near that–just a messenger) without an insane level of raw courage. TPH (The Perfect Human) gets that. And so she speaks her truth even when her voice shakes. He stands for his cherished values even when facing a bullet. They do what’s right even when it’s hard. And nothing–absolutely nothing–stops them from breathing reality into their once imaginary dreams.

#4. The Perfect Human Loves Fit

Fitness is a game-changer. It just is. Once you get to your best physical condition, your focus soars, your mood elevates, your resilience grows and your stamina flows. TPH is like a hunter on the ancient plains–knowing that only the fittest survive. And yes–when you get fit you’ll get giant goals done (so your life gets good). But also get ultra-healthy so you’re of improved service to our world. (We all need you to shine).

#5. The Perfect Human Values Honor

To be fully human and alive is to live in a way that’s aligned with the noble virtues of honesty, patience, understanding, respect, persistence and compassion. Decency’s still cool–at least in the world I want to live in. The best of us–my heroes–live like that. And that’s why I love them.

#6. The Perfect Human Needs Little

Look–I spend a lot of my pro life helping large companies and industry titans make greater fortunes. Money brings freedom (and allows businesses to give people livelihoods). Nice things are part of the sensual pleasures of the world–why not enjoy them? But The Perfect Human doesn’t need them. They don’t make the title, the net worth, the social status, the watch and the house their God. Nope. They just enjoy them–fully knowing the real goal of the ride is self-mastery and contribution.

#7. The Perfect Human Respects Work

Work is a means to grow stronger, bigger and better. I wish more people got that. A job’s just a job if you choose to see it as a job. All work is a means to express your awesome talent, beat your fears and produce gorgeous value for other human beings. TPH respects work. And works hard for the internal and external rewards it brings.

#8. The Perfect Human Craves Achievement

We are most alive when we are playing at our edges. Go to your limits and you’ll find your limits expand. Few things are as exciting, inspiring and fulfilling as the ongoing pursuit of doing things you once thought impossible. Forget the naysayers: extreme achievement is one of the ultimate keys to happiness (for you analyticals: getting important things done releases the neurotransmitter dopamine, the chemical of happiness and motivation).

#9. The Perfect Human Adores Family

At the end, few things matter more than how well you loved those who love you. I adore my work. I live for my mission to encourage, champion and be an instrument of service. But even more, I adore my family.

#10. The Perfect Human Savors Life

Albert Camus said it 10,000X better than I could on my best day: Live to The Point of Tears. TPH feels life, both the blessings and the sufferings. They all contain an original form of utter beauty. So savor the starry night, your child’s laughter, the morning walk, the nightly study, the daily routines. And the bold espresso.

All green lights,

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The Antidote To Fear

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

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

A blatant yet often forgotten truth I’d love you to consider (and maybe journal about) today…

…Success doesn’t have much to do with luck, coincidence or even natural talent.

Instead, it has everything to do with a formula (and as you noticed, I’ve been sharing key pieces from my personal formula with you).

It’s like if you want to make an awesome meal, you can take weeks to experiment to try and get it right. Or you can get the recipe from the chef in 60 seconds.

People who achieve amazing results are no smarter than you. They’ve just learned the formula. They’ve just cracked the code.

No matter where you’re at in your life, no matter what’s happened in the past and no matter where you are today, if you run the right formula, you’ll start seeing fantastic results. GUARANTEED!

One of the master keys to the formula is to replace fear with faith and worry with action.

The #1 obstacle people have told me that is blocking them from extreme success is a lack of confidence.

The best kept secret of super achievers is that they too are scared. But they know the antidote to fear is action.

All green lights to you,

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How to Achieve Your Biggest Goals

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

By Robin Sharma
Author of the #1 International Bestseller “The Leader Who Had No Title”

On a recent trip to New York City to attend a conference (not to speak, but to learn), I recorded a video that will really help you achieve your biggest and most meaningful goals.

I think it’s one of the most important videos I’ve ever done. (By the way, it’s 15 mins long: it will be the best 15 mins you’ve spent in a long time.)

It’s not edited…. just me speaking from the heart….

…Extreme achievement in any area of your life isn’t about getting lucky. It’s about running a specific formula.

In this video I share a key piece of the formula that I’ve personally used to experience exceptional results.

Watch the video so you see big improvements today

My obsession is to help you fly. To take back your power and create a life you adore.

Your life will be better for it. And so will our world.

You can do this. You can change the game. You can become one of the GREAT ONES.

In a few days I’ll be posting another video that shares the next piece of my formula for extreme achievement. It’s all about how to get up early so each of your days are world class.

My best wishes,

P.S. If you feel stuck or even if you’re successful but want to reach the next level, today’s video is key to watch

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Ted Turner’s Wealth Psychology

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

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

Ted Turner's Wealth Psychology

Ted Turner’s a pretty amazing man…

—he founded CNN from nothing

—he started the Cartoon Network

—he’s won the America’s Cup

—he created Ted’s Montana Grill

—he launched the Goodwill Games

—he’s given away billions to great causes

So how did he build such a TEL (Truly Epic Life)?…

…In today’s message, I’m not going to get into his winning business choices

…I’m not going to rant about his daily success habits nor the rewards that his associations with the entrepreneurial elite brought to him

…And I’m not going to get into his strong relationship with his powerful father and the influence that connection had on him

This piece (that I’ve worked really hard to get right for you) is about something else…the root cause of all rare-air productive, financial, personal and global success…

…your psychology.

If you’re not thinking like the dominant star of your industry, your performance will never rise to match that expectation.

If you’re not thinking you can get your massive dreams done, your behavior will never be sufficient to get giant goals done.

If you’re not thinking like someone who’s the rockstar of their field, financially free, healthy as an athlete and happier than you could ever imagine, then there’s no way you’ll get there.

Why? Because your outcomes always reflect your self-identity (a.k.a. your psychology).

Researchers like Sonja Lyubomirsky have done some fascinating work on “the power of the self-fulfilling prophecy”. Definitely read her book The How of Happiness this week.

Bottom line: the hard-core psychologists confirm that your psychology and expectations for your performance determine your results.

You absolutely have to learn to think like the very best do to experience the rewards and lifestyle that the VERY best have.

So back to Ted Turner…

…even when he was the “new kid” going up against ABC, NBC and CBS–with nothing but the unreasonable idea for a 24 hour news network– he believed that he’d win because he surrounded himself with other visionaries and “industry disruptors” who modeled massive success. [The Law of Association].

…even when he was kicked out of the company that he founded, he started a new one (Ted’s Montana Grill) because his psychology was such that he had developed the “neural architecture” of resilience and radical confidence. [The Law of BounceBack].

[Btw: none of this is natural talent. It’s all the result of learning how to think like this and then practicing it until it becomes a habit].

…even when his beloved father died, he kept his fierce focus on his greatest dream alive by outworking, out-innovating and outproducing everyone around him because he got his psychology right. [The Law of Grit].

So what were the core beliefs that he practiced relentlessly until they hardwired in as his psychology of fantastic productivity, ingenuity, wealth, confidence, influence and impact?

I’ve identified 5 of them below and have observed the same ones in the industry titans and international superstars that I advise:

#1. Ted was Obsessed with Making Everything Better

In an interview with famed broadcaster Charlie Rose, Ted Turner said:

“I like to make things better. When I was in the news business, I was just trying to make things better. In the restaurant business, I’m just trying to make things better…

…when I was a boy my parents said ‘Do The Best You Can’. I’m just following orders.”

#2. Ted Focused on Producing Value vs. Making Money

This way of thinking is so contrarian to the way most businesspeople think (and that’s why most businesspeople never join the ranks of the financial and influential elite).

If your whole focus is on making money, it’s off delivering the staggering value that will create the fanatical followers who will pay you money.

Ted Turner was a Rotarian (as was my father and myself). The motto of Rotary is: “He profits most who serves the best.”

Of course, serve for the beauty and internal fulfillment of serving. But know that the inevitable by-product of phenomenal service to others (your customers, communities etc.) is material prosperity well-beyond anything you’ve yet to experience.

#3. Ted Played The Long Game

Some things never change as society changes. No matter what anyone tells you, traits like integrity and honesty will always yield success and victory. Yes–if you play the short game and cut ethical corners, you may win for a while.

But nothing is more valuable (and an industry differentiator) than the value of your good name. Making your reputation a priceless asset is a brilliant decision.

Turner was always honest. Always ethical. Always did his best to stay true to his word.

“I wanted my Dad to think I was worthwhile, like every son. And I wanted to impress my mother. It was great to have her proud of me.”

#4. Ted Went for Uncommon Opportunities

Turner said that building a television network was actually easy. Why? Because the barriers to entry were so high that most people didn’t have the capital nor the stomach to get in.

He did. And so he made a fortune. And changed the world.

The belief worth wiring into your mindset: go for the opportunities very few believe they can realize. It’ll be a lot easier than you think to get traction as well as to lead the field because there’s so little competition.

#5. Ted Built Bridges

Turner and Rupert Murdoch had been fighting for years. But as Ted Turner matured, he realized that energy spent on conflict is energy stolen from “production”.

So when Rupert Murdoch “went green” (Turner is a passionate advocate for environmental causes), he reached out to him with sincere congratulations.

Murdoch replied with an invitation for lunch. And a truce was forged.

Ted’s psychology: pick your battles. And focus on getting great things done versus trivialities and pettiness.

Ok. There you go my friend. Ted Turner’s psychological foundations that allowed him to craft an iconic life.

And as always, THAT’S my greatest wish for you.

All green lights…your fan,

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