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.
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].
–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.”
…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