Robin Sharma: The 5 AM Club – The 33voices Dialogue

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Key Takeaways

  • “Success without soulfulness is a very empty victory”
  • “Every visionary is initially ridiculed before they’re revered and if people aren’t laughing at your ambition then you’re not dreaming big enough”
  • Everything in your outer life – from your relationships to your income to your health to your happiness – is all a reflection of your inner game
  • The Four Internal Empires:
    • Soulset + Mindset + Heartset + Healthset = Personal Mastery
  • The 20-20-20 Method For Staring Your Morning
    • Get up at 5 AM
    • Do 20 minutes of exercise in order to optimize your cognition and energy
    • Reflect from 5:20-5:40 with meditation or journaling
    • From 5:40-6:00 AM, do something that contributes to personal growth (like reading)
  • “We build intimacy with our genius in solitude, not out in the world”
  • “Nothing fails likes success. The moment you start resting on your laurels and your winning formula as a business person and human being, you’re on the path to irrelevance.”
  • Commonalities Among Elite Performers:
    • They’re able to tolerate failure without a second thought
    • They’re relentless
      • “It is stunning how far you can get when you are monomaniacally relentless and you stay with a singular mission longer than the world thinks you should”
    • They take the time to do things right with an absurd attention to detail
    • They have an obsession with delivering value
      • “Whatever your customers are expecting in terms of the money they’re giving you, deliver ten times more than value that they’re expecting”
    •  They’re OBSESSED with user experience
      • Make sure the product you deliver to the world is a piece of magic that leaves people breathless

Intro

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

  • In his 20s, Robin used to be a litigation lawyer
    • Although he was making great money and was seemingly successful on the outside – he was miserable internally
      • “Success without soulfulness is a very empty victory”
        • If you’re successful in the eyes of society, but absolutely miserable on the inside, you’re in for a very empty life
  • Deciding to do a complete 180, Robin went on a journey to find true happiness and internal success
  • Some nuggets of wisdom Robin picked up from the process of writing and self-publishing the book:
    • “Every visionary is initially ridiculed before they’re revered and if people aren’t laughing at your gorgeous ambition then you’re not dreaming big enough”
    • “I think what makes a titan and what makes a hero is you take the rocks that people throw at you and you build them into monuments of mastery that honor your potential, values, and your dreams”

The 5 AM Club 

  • This is Robin’s latest book, focusing on the practice of deep introspection and working on your inner game during the early morning hours
    • “The doorway to success swings inward, it does not swing outward. Your income and your impact will never rise any higher than your self-identity.”
      • Everything in your outer life – from your relationships to your income to your health to your happiness – its all a reflection of your inner game
    • “If you are angry or insecure and you haven’t connected to the primal hero that lurks at your core, then no matter what you do on the outside… it’s never going to transform the world because you’ll still be dealing with your inner toxicity”

The Four Interior Empires – Heartset, Mindset, Soulset, and Healthset

  • This a model Robin discusses more in The 5 AM Club
    • All parts of the equation (NOT just mindset) come together to equate to personal mastery, epic productivity, and living a world-class life
    • “Once you understand the four interior empires, you leave egoism and rise into your native heroism”
  •  Soulset
    • “Your soulset is simply your relationship with your truest self, your greatest wisdom, your loftiest values, and that primal hero that lives inside of you”
    • “Your soulset is understanding how to turn down the voice of your ego so you can turn up the voice of your hero”
  • Note – They don’t really dive into depth on heartset, mindset, or healthset but you get the idea

The 20-20-20 Method For Staring Your Morning

  • This is another concept discussed in The 5 AM Club
  • What’s the process?
    • Get up at 5 AM
    • Do 20 minutes of exercise in order to optimize your cognition and energy
    • Reflect from 5:20-5:40  
      • Write in a journal or meditate – think think about your future, your values, your weaknesses, and what you want to stand for
    • From 5:40-6:00 AM, do something that contributes to personal growth (like reading)

More on the Reflective Period of the 20-20-20 Method

  • “If you look at most business people and even most people on the planet right now, they’re addicted to distraction and they’re busy being busy. What’s the point of spending the finest hours of your greatest days doing trivialities and things that have no impact?”
  • You might journal during this time
    • “Journaling has saved my life… When you Journal you step out of your day and you start to focus on how you’re living”
    • In the silence of jorunaling, you start to think about how you can actually improve your productivity and whether or not you’re living according to your values
    • The process of writing gets you outside of your self – this awareness is the beginning of transformation
  • You can also meditate during this time
    • “We build intimacy with our genius in solitude, not out in the world”
      • The practice of meditation reconnects us with our bravest, wisest, and truest self
  • Or you can pray (even if you aren’t religious), do affirmations, or just enjoy the silence

Robin’s Creative Process

  • “We live in a time where a lot of people push mediocrity out into the world – whether it’s a piece of code, a new product, or a new business… If you take the time to put magic and mastery out into the world, it takes a lot longer, but the world will reply with magic”
    • Just like Michelangelo did with the Sistine Chapel, take the time to make your work as close to perfect as you can
  • Robin is a proponent of writing in cities that inspire him (like Rome, NYC, or the island of Mauritius)
    • When he was writing The 5 AM Club in Rome, he’d wake up, take a mountain bike ride to Villa Borghese, head back to his apartment, drink 2 cups of coffee, and then dive into deep and total focused work while still in the fasted state

The “AFRO” Method For Working Through Fear and Other Toxic Emotions

  • AFRO – Awareness, Feeling, Release, Optimize
  • Awareness
    • When you’re feeling scared, fearful, or threatened – stop and become aware of the feeling (then label it)
  • Feeling
    • Examine for where the feeling is located within your body
      • Ex. – You might feel fear within your chest
  • Release and Let Go
    • “Feel the feeling” and then release
    • This step is important – built up toxic emotions (sadness, resentment, and anger) prevent optimal creativity, productivity, and performance
  • Optimize
    • Once you let go of the emotion, optimize your state through something like meditation, gratitude practice, having a cup of coffee, or going for a walk

Nothing Fails Likes Like Success – Why You Need to Continuously Reinvent Yourself

  • “Nothing fails likes success. The moment you start resting on your laurels and your winning formula as a business person and human being, you’re on the path to irrelevance.”
    • Just look what happened to Blockbuster and Blackberry
    • There are SO MANY one hit wonders in the music and film industries
  • You are only as good as your last book/song/piece of work
    • ALWAYS be hacking/updating your winning formula

The Commonalities Among Elite Performers

  • “Someone on a path to excellence will be failing and failing and failing – you just have to learn to love the failure and keep going”
  • KMF – Keep Moving Forward
    • “It is stunning how far you can get when you are monomaniacally relentless and you stay with a singular mission longer than the world thinks you should.”
  • The greats are perfectionists – they take the time to do things right with an absurd attention to detail
  • They have an obsession with delivering value
    • “Whatever your customers are expecting in terms of the money they’re giving you, deliver ten times more than value that they’re expecting”
  •  They’re OBSESSED with user experience
    • Make sure the product you deliver to the world is a piece of magic that leaves people breathless

Great Quotes

  • “If you think a billion dollars will bring you joy, I think you’re playing a very dangerous and messy game”
  • “There is a magic that the great saints, creatives, poets, and titans have figured out how to enter, and once you enter that, you realize the world most people are living is pure illusion”
  • “Doubt is just a movie coming from fear”
  • “Most of us tell ourselves a limited story that we repeat daily until it becomes our reality”
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