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For Real Human Beings Only

Monday, August 31st, 2015

By Robin Sharma

#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

Robin Sharma reflects on what it means to be human.

As I sit here on a glorious day during late Summer, I reflect on what it means to be human…

My thoughts are offered with humility. These are just my observations based on the best of my understanding.

To be human means:

- to stand for your dreams + heart’s desires and deepest values no matter what stones those who do not understand may toss at you.

- to wake up each day radiating hope, strength, wisdom and love, regardless of whether your’e at the peak of the mountain or lost in the valley of disruption.

- to find the blessings of your work and notice the dignity within it, whether you run a nation, lead a family, drive a taxi, teach a class, dig graves or bake bread.

[To all my friends in JoBurg, please find the janitor in the men’s WC/restroom at the airport and tell him his shining example of leadership + decency still walks with me to this day - I’d really appreciate him knowing how much he matters to me].

- to look for the good in every person you encounter, and to celebrate it without the expectation of any return.

- to live life on your own terms, even if all around you call you weird, strange, crazy or a fool.

- to go to the edges of what you believe to be possible on a daily basis. Our growth and the full realization of our human potential lies in licking the razor’s edge often. In other words, fear is just an illusion that gets torn down via your bravery.

- to be creative and make things that are important to the expression of genius that you have been born into. We come alive when we produce value we are happy to offer to the world.

- to be around people who understand us, who cherish us, who honor us, who witness all we are becoming and who love us as we are.

- to know that all it takes is one person, devoted to standing in the fire of doubt/insecurity by doing their inner work, to lift all of us by their gorgeous example.

I write this with a heart committed to serving you, to inspiring your loftiest ambitions, to reminding you of your brilliance and encouraging you to make this coming week a week of courage + mastery + compassion + festivity.

Until my last breath, I’ll be here to push for you to absolutely realize all that you are.

Your fan always,

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The Beautiful Source of Happiness

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

By Robin Sharma

#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

Robin Sharma shares how inner power can be a beautiful source of happiness.

So much change in the world. The planet is experiencing decay. Old-school business organizations are becoming obsolete. Nations + economies are in decline. And the very nature of how we function as human beings is being reworked + rewired…

Which brings me to power

…the traditional idea of power is all about externals: you get this type of power when you make enough cash and secure the right amount of fame and get the right houses and receive the big title.

…Currently, our world celebrates this form of power. And the vast majority of people in our world still crave it. [I've never cared so little about it; been there, got the t-shirt, didn't mean much].

The problem with external power is that it never brings enduring happiness. And it doesn’t really make us better people. And it rarely lifts the world.

There’s another type of power I encourage you to play with and seriously think about: Inner Power.

On his death, Mahatma Gandhi left behind merely his glasses, his sandals, a spinning wheel and his watch along with a few other simple possessions. But he had this kind of power in multiples. So he influenced the generations.

A few years ago, I stood in the room that Mother Teresa lived in. Pretty much just a bed and a desk. I was awed. And reminded that it was her inner power that moved millions.

This past weekend I read about a kid from Kenya. Poor as dirt. Didn’t get shoes until his teens. One of 11 children in his family. Yet he longed to run. To lead his field. To represent his country. He’d run 125 miles a week yet work as a rock-smasher in a quarry to feed himself. All he had was his power. Inner power. Years later, Geoffrey Mutai is now considered one of the greatest marathoners in history. He’s rich, he’s famous. But those external valuations are just by-products of his bigness from within…

Inner power. We all can access it–and if we want, refine it, stoke it, polish it and radiate it……

This is the power of a strong character + an honest tongue + a creative mind + a wide open heart + a spirit that lives for a cause larger than itself.…

And the uber-cool thing is that when you train in the releasing of this type of power, you not only find an illustrious happiness (and real success) but who you become automatically unchains the same potential within everyone else who inhabits your social group. [You’ve gotta read Connected by Nicholas Christakis].…

Remember Marianne Williamson’s quote in her awesome book A Return to Love?……

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world…and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

So inner power truly is available to each person walking the planet today. This is the only true power–and the one that delivers lasting happiness, profound fulfillment, boundless energy and a world free of hate/war/destruction/decline.

So…how do you kindle the fire of inner power?

I’ve identified 6 Summits to scale on this adventure into your brightest self and genuine leadership [yes, I’ve been watching a ton of mountain climbing documentaries on my summer break including the excellent Higher by the marvelous snowboarder Jeremy Jones]:

Summit #1. Thinking. It seems like a platitude but it’s truth too: your thinking creates your world. Starting to run the new belief that you’re not a victim and that within you this very moment lies a kingdom of pure power is a game-changer. How do you make this thinking your new default? Like most other skills you practice it–every day. [Remember the tools I've shared in my videos and posts?...journaling/meditation/visualization/affirmation/introspection].

Summit #2. Intention. Your dominant thinking will then generate new intentions. These are your drives + desires + motivations. These are the internal fuels that give birth to big results down the road. The clearer your intentions, the more breathtaking their products become.

Summit #3. Volition. Your intentions give rise to your volition–your choices. Choices made from a place of owning and then standing in your inner power are so much more beautiful and inspirational for those around you to watch than those coming from a place of fear and weakness. Get your choices aligned with your authentic greatness and you’ll leave your small, scared you in the dust. Forever.

Summit #4. Responsibility. APR is the acronym I teach to my clients: Absolute Personal Responsibility. When you stop giving away your inner power by making excuses, blaming others and playing “poor me”, you take the power you gave your problems back…and become more powerful. So after making better choices in your behavior, you’ll find you begin to assume better responsibility over your life. This is when we really grow up. We experience a vast awakening…and fully understand that all that isn’t world-class in our world is not because of the world. It’s due to us.

Summit #5. Performance. With “a way of being” called personal responsibility set as our human operating software, we’re then amped for elite performance, no matter where you live and what you do. Whether you’re a teacher or a preacher or an astronaut or a baker, you rise to doing wow-level work. You’ll amaze those who witness you. You’ll get “scary good” at your craft. You’ll spill ridiculous amounts of value into your marketplace. You’ll also discover seemingly superhuman reserves of energy, ingenuity, bravery + compassion enter into your days.

Summit #6. Influence. The final result of climbing this vertical path? Simple: you brilliantly affect others. Your inner power becomes contagious. Their mirror neurons model your example. Their belief in their own gifts + talents + potential grows. Their hearts open too. And you truly leverage your life to raise the world.

With much love,

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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…

Fyi–if you want to spend 4 days with me and my superstar faculty that has included Richard Branson, Seth Godin, Darren Hardy and Daniel Amen at The Titan Summit 2015 to 100X your business + life forever, I strongly encourage you to get onto the advance registration list right here

This iconic event is my premier live event and only happens once a year. My team wants me to open doors pretty soon and getting onto this priority list is not only your best chance at a seat but you’ll get the early registration price versus the regular $25,000 tuition fee.

#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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