How Great Masters Think

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…

Sorry…for everyone asking, registration for The Titan Summit 2015 (which has featured thought leaders ranging from Sir Richard Branson to Todd Henry, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. James Rouse and Verne Harnish) hasn’t opened yet!

The best way to get one of the very limited seats to this event that many call the premier peak performance + business acceleration summit in the world is to get onto my priority access list here

You’ll go 100X deeper into the material in this post, get my most advanced information on growing a world-class company + life and spend 4 days with my amazing faculty. AND where else can you spend 4 life-changing days at The Ritz-Carlton in a room full of billionaires, sports stars, successful entrepreneurs and all round awesome human beings that will shape the rest of your life?

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…

Can you really afford not to be in the room with us?….get onto the advance registration list here to get a chance at a seat.

Be great.

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Your Return to Greatness

By Robin Sharma

#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

Have the wisdom, the guts, the courage, the bravery to live your own life.

As a child, your eyes sparkled with the majesty of your dazzling future.

You were connected to your power. You spoke in truths. Your heart was wide open.

The world was a safe place. Open for dreamers of every sort. Welcoming to the possibilities that all of us represent.

Then something happened to most of us…

The doubts of those around us became our beliefs as well. We embraced their limits. We adopted their fears.

This happened quietly + gradually and incrementally, so we couldn’t even see it happening to us. But our highest natures knew it: our boldness was diminishing. And our lights were dimming.

We started to settle. For average work. For minimum health. For scarcity of too many sorts. For a small amount of love in our lives.

And when we say the ones who lived like lions. The Brave Few. We called them geniuses and gifted and otherworldly–denying the same potential hiding within ourselves.

But a day comes in every life when we can no longer run from the call for greatness that inhabits us. We must return to it. We have no choice.

For some it’s leaving the safe harbor of an old way of being.

For some it will be leaving a job to launch a dream.

For some it will be finding new love.

And for a few of us, it will be battling the critics in the fight for a better world.

I don’t know your dreams. I have no idea as to your desires. I likely don’t even know you personally…

…but I do know what you’re made of. It’s pure possibility. It’s a core made of power. It’s a mind made for visions. It’s a heart built for love. It’s a spirit designed to wow.

And so today, as you move through your hours, let’s go of who you were to become all you are. Please.

Return to Greatness. Model Mastery. Show us what the best of being human is all about. And lift us with your light.

Make this day epic. And let’s not take our tomorrows for granted.

With love + respect,

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6 Minute Audio Inspiration

By Robin Sharma

#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

Robin Sharma shares an audio recording that will remind you of your highest nature and the poetic possibility you're truly built for.

A gorgeous spring day in my hometown, as I write this. It’s what I schedule out as a “Deep Creative Day”. So no technology, no distractions and zero interruptions. Just real work versus the fake stuff ;)

My game plan is to end the day doing my new favorite sport: mountain-biking in the woods. I just adore being in the forest, blitzing along the trails with a grin on my face at the joy I’m feeling–like I’m 8 years old again. With not a care in the world.

Anyway, that’s fun for later. My reward for doing what I’ve set out to do today…

…But for now, I want you to know that in a burst of inspiration that showed up this morning, I pulled out my smartphone and recorded a 6 minute audio that will do 2 things for you:

#1. Remind you of your highest nature and the poetic possibility you’re truly built for. [Life gets us off course...My obsession is to get you on course].

#2. Teach you The 7 Acronyms of A-Performers (you know I love my acronyms and these ones will be fascinating for you).

Oh–before I get to the link, so many people have been asking me how they can get a seat to my legendary 4-day event The Titan Summit that many are calling the single best business acceleration + peak health/longevity + self-mastery event in the world today.

…Kindly know I still haven’t opened doors but if you want to get a chance at a seat definitely get onto my Advance Registration List…

I expect over 5000 people will be on this list for one of the limited seats so obviously not everyone will get in but it’s your smartest move if you want to join me, my remarkable faculty (that has included Sir Richard Branson, Seth Godin, Dr. Daniel Amen, Darren Hardy, Jonathan Fields and Dr. James Rouse) and the amazing human beings that attend from across the planet every year. [32 nations were represented in that room at The Ritz-Carlton Toronto last December].

This is my favorite event. I pour my heart and soul into giving attendees 10X the value of their investment. My team shows up at 1000%. And this year’s event will be nothing less than mind-altering and limit-shattering–taking the rest of your life in its highest direction.

This isn’t for everyone but if you feel like you’re ready to attend an event of this caliber, get onto the list here

And here’s the 6 minute audio I call Your Return to Greatness

All green lights + go for great + make your mark,

P.S. Go here to get onto my Advance Registration List to have your best chance at getting a seat at The Titan Summit 2015.

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How to Grow Self-Discipline

By Robin Sharma

#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

Robin Sharma shares that learning the latest methods to improve your willpower is one of the best ways to create immense success.

I’ve been longing to write this piece for you…

Why?…Because learning the latest science + methods to improve your willpower is one of the best ways to create immense success.

At the base of all legendary performance in business, sports, music, relationships and life lies a strong character—born from well practiced self-control.

Study Kobe Bryant and Roger Federer. Gandhi and Zuckerberg. Darwin to Gaga. They all rose to where they are via the vehicle of inner strength.

You see it takes self-discipline to:

–put in the 10 years of practice research like Anders Ericsson’s has taught us is the minimal amount of training time needed before genius-level performances begin to present themselves.

–make the sacrifices needed to be made to get epic results. You can play video games for hours each day or become the undisputed master of your craft. But you can’t do both.

–to be relentless and display the grit needed to stay in the game and remain loyal to your vision long after the initial inspiration has vanished.

–keep learning each day, iterating your moves and optimizing your performance.

–remain focused, centered and devoted in the face of the inevitable ridicule and laughter that your aim for iconic will generate. People residing within The Cult of Average don’t like to see others rise. It threatens their security. And spotlights their low self-worth.

As well, it’s my humble observation that we live in a world that doesn’t value the development of willpower so much. We revere the over-selfied TV stars and pedestal the viral video “fails”. But…

…the craftsperson quietly making art in her studio gets no due.

…the startup entrepreneur who gave up his luxuries to launch the dream is considered crazy.

…the mother or father who resists many social obligations to spend peak-quality time with their children is called an outlier.

…the manager who awakes at 5 am to run their morning ritual so they fly at work is labelled an eccentric.

Society invites us to pursue instant pleasure + fast bursts of joy + quick hits of feeling good.

But as you know if you’ve been following my work for a while: To have the results only 5% have, you have to do what only 5% are willing to do.

And high on the list is the pursuit of self-discipline. So here are some of the keys (many confirmed by recent research and good science) to help you to install world-class willpower:

#1. Please know that self-control (scientists refer to it as “self-regulation”) has been found to be a lot like a muscle: the more you exercise it the stronger it grows. It’s pure myth that elite achievers are born with gifts you don’t have. And buying into that idea is a great way to avoid the discomfort of doing the work you need to do to enjoy the success you deserve to have.

#2. Research is also revealing that, every day, we draw willpower from the same reservoir. This means that checking your social notifications, watching the news, surfing the web and shopping online steals the self-discipline that could be used for developing a core skill, scaling your business, getting ultra-fit, nourishing a gorgeous family life or strengthening your internal world.

#3. As you exercise the muscle of your will by making decisions, taking actions and pursuing activities, your self-control “muscle” depletes. One of the world’s foremost researchers in this field, Roy Baumeister (definitely read his superb book Willpower) calls this phenomenon “ego depletion”. This explains the behavior of celebrities that have destroyed their careers by one foolish move: they used up so much of their self-discipline energy on their crafts/practicing/performing that they had none left to wisely handle a temptation.

#4. By installing a daily routine to ensure “willpower renewal”, you’ll avoid ego depletion–and perform at your highest level. I suggest you schedule practices like visualization, conversation, smart entertainment and even napping into your day to make that happen.

#5. By pushing yourself to do what’s important but not easy, your self-control reservoir will expand. The places where your discomfort lives are the places where your power lies.

#6. Science also confirms that when we are tired, under stress and depleted, we have low glucose in our systems. And low levels of glucose diminish our self-discipline. By eating low glycemic index foods like meat, vegetables and nuts, you’ll avoid that crash. And getting enough sleep also keeps your glucose levels where they should be. Sleep-deprived people don’t do beautiful work.

And if you want to learn a lot more of this kind of cutting-edge information so you become the highest performing person you know, completely lead your field at work and experience the success you’ve always wanted, you can get onto my priority access list to get a chance at one of the limited seats for my famous four-day live event The Titan Summit 2015 when I open up registration by going here

Hope all this helps. I know you have the capacity for your own form of greatness. I hope you’ll do whatever it takes to realize it.

Wishing you all great things,

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The Real Reason We Fail

By Robin Sharma

#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

Robin Sharma shares some insights to help you not only take your performance to the next level but to make your life exponentially more meaningful.

Having my morning coffee. In a small town by the sea. People still smile at strangers, strike up random conversations and wear their hearts on their sleeves…I love it here.

I wanted to share some thoughts I’ve been thinking. To help you not only take your performance to the next level but to make your life exponentially more meaningful. I’ll jump right in…

#1. There’s a paradox of success: mostly, what we want isn’t really what we want.

Just one example: many make cash their God. But it’s not really the money they want. It’s the feelings of prosperity, abundance and freedom from fear they’re after. If they could only see that, and fill the hole within, they would play a different game. But too many don’t, and so they fail. Why? Because they live a life that just isn’t theirs.

My humble suggestion: dig deep and ask yourself, is what you think you want truly the thing you want or is it a deeper feeling you’re really after?

#2. Disappointment is better than regret.

I believe that the heartbreak of regret is always 100x bigger than the pain of trying and failing. So much smarter–as you lead and grow–to have the guts to go for epic…who cares if you fail? That just makes your life richer, more colorful and much cooler.

I get society doesn’t think like this. But you wouldn’t be following my work and be with me on this ride if you were building your life around what society thinks.

…Personally, I’d rather live FULL-ON–and play full out–versus joining the timid souls who never risk and arrive at their ends with hearts full of regret.

#3. Fear offers a shot at fearlessness.

The vast majority of human beings run from fear. An opportunity to dare is resisted. A chance to stand in the fire is denied. But here’s the powerful idea: each of the situations that frighten you are–in truth–special gifts for bravery training. The more you get knocked down by fear and then rise above it, the more fearless you become.

#4. Success is less about luck and more about character.

Look, there may be some luck in it all. I just happened to be in the right bookstore at the right time when the then-president of HarperCollins, Ed Carson, saw my self-published version of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and gave me the break that changed my life. Maybe it was pure luck. Not sure. Forever grateful though.

But here’s what life has taught me so far: a strong character always beats waiting for luck to visit…

–hard work profoundly makes a difference
–gritty persistence vastly raises your chances
–optimism amid adversity grows your results
–treating people with respect yields blessings

#5. Your daily habits matter more than your natural talents.

What made Musk and Edison and Beckham and Mandela were more their habits than their talent. The world is full of misused genius…

Take care of your days and a legendary life will take care of itself. What makes the best performers the best, are really their routines. And if you’ve followed my work for a while, you know some of the ones I teach. Like The 20/20/20 Formula, The 90 Minute Rule, The Daily 5 and, of course, The 5 am Club.

Practice them until they become your default. Then mastery will become your normal.

#6. Be More Loving.

Yes, my work is with leaders. The FORTUNE 500. And elite entrepreneurs. And top producers. And game-changers. And titans…

But I have zero issue reminding you to be more loving to every person you’ll meet today. Love is the glue that keeps us together. It inspires, uplifts and affirms the value of each human being walking the planet today.

We live in a world where so many of us are putting up walls around ourselves. I was in a coffee shop yesterday. People had headphones on their ears and eyes riveted on computer screens. Not much conversation. Very little connection. What has happened?

When you show love to others, you not only remind them of their truest nature. You access that greater part of yourself. It’s there for you this moment. Longing for you to honor it.

Hope today’s message has been of service to you. If you’ve liked it, please share it. My mission is to help as many people and organizations as possible.

Be great..always…

P.S. For everyone asking, I’m still not ready to open registration to The Titan Summit 2015. Seats will be hard to get this year given how legendary this four-day event has become.

If you want a chance at a seat, please look out for my next post which will contain details on how to get on the priority access list.

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