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In red lettering over the paper that had yellowed by the advances of time, it read: "All change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end."
Take excellent care of the front end of your day, and the rest of your day will pretty much take care of itself. Own your morning. Elevate your life.
But here's one key thing I've learned: the soreness of growth is so much less expensive than the devastating costs of regret."
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5 AM Club, The: Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life. Paperback – Illustrated, January 7, 2020
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The 5 am Club is the trailblazing—and astonishing—story of two everyday human beings seeking greater productivity, prosperity and serenity in this age of digital distraction and overwhelming complexity who meet a most weird and wonderful tycoon.
The quirky yet brilliant billionaire takes them on a marvelous voyage across the world that dramatically upgrades their businesses, rewires their effectiveness and awakens their happiness, along with their sense of personal freedom.
Part manifesto for mastery, part playbook for genius-grade productivity and part companion for a life lived beautifully, The 5 am Club is a work that will transform your life. Forever.
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ROBIN SHARMA is a humanitarian who has devoted his life to helping people express their highest natural gifts. He is widely regarded as one of the top leadership and personal-mastery experts in the world. His clients include NASA, Microsoft, NIKE, Unilever, GE, FedEx, HP, Starbucks, Oracle, Yale University, PwC, IBM Watson and the Young Presidents’ Organization. His #1 international bestsellers, such as The 5 AM Club, The Greatness Guide and Who Will Cry When You Die?, have sold millions of copies in over ninety-two languages, making him one of the most widely read authors on the planet.
- Publisher : HarperCollins Publishers; Reprint edition (January 7, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1443460710
- ISBN-13 : 978-1443460712
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.5 x 7.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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UPDATE: Just finished it. Wow. Writing that is often so bad that I laughed out loud; fiction is NOT Mr Sharma's gift and hard to understand how his editor would allow this to be published in it's current form. Forced dialogue, shallow characters, overall clumsy storytelling. (And I just read another reviewer say it's the best book he's ever read !??!!!??? He must be fairly new to reading, or otherwise have not been exposed to any skillful storytelling.)
And yet - there are some lovely, powerful ideas here. Nothing new - all of this familiar and timeless advice is available many other places - but a decent compendium of useful guidance and tips on achievement, habit development, life in general and a variety of personal growth/development ideas. This would have been a GREAT and really useful 20 page eBook guide if stripped of the shallow, repetitive, awkward storytelling.
So I guess I'll stick with my 3 star review, tho if there was a 2.5 option available, I'd have chosen that.
PS: Recently finished James Clear's "Atomic Habits" - excellent. The scope of that book is narrower than this book, but TERRIFIC habit formation and related advice.
1. You need to push yourself outside of your comfort zone
2. You need to wake up an hour earlier and dedicate that time to your growth
3. You should split up your "extra" morning hour to 3 20 minute chunks where you move/sweat, learn, and reflect
For those that have ever read or listened to Robin you will find just about EVERY principle he has ever taught in this book. You will also find WHY those principles WORK. There is a reason Robin is not only living an Epic Life, but has helped lead many to that life. It starts with WORK.... Yes you have to Work. But it's also important to understand the physiology, psychology, and neurology by those that are at the cutting edge in these areas. YES that stuff is in this book. It's also vital to understand, as Robin mentions in the book it takes 66 days to form habits. By the fact the book has only been out a couple of weeks, apparently the results for the negative reviewers after a few days of implementation wasn't enough to transform their lives. I am laughing as I type this (hahahaha). I guess reading Arnolds book on Body Building better give me the results I've always wanted after a week or NEGATIVE reviews for his book will be spewed by day 8. I am only focusing on the negative reviewers because it's a joke the way they have analyzed The 5 a.m. Club.
I will simply close with the advice I give my patients and those I coach in the real world. Do the work and SEE if it works!!! It's as simple as that. The knowledge and tools are all in this book. The effort to follow Robin's guidance will be MONUMENTAL if you do it. It won't be easy but it will transform your life. Don't believe me. Do it for 66 days then write your review.
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Reviewed in India on March 11, 2019
The language is abysmal, he seems to enjoy coining new phrases and words which are just atrocious and frankly unnecessary. The number of quotes from other people that appear "on the back of a t-shirt" or written here and there is such a lazy way of padding out a book and getting a point across. Each character seems to have the memory of an elephant and can recall huge swathes of text verbatim from this famous person or that one.
Save yourself the trouble and buy "the miracle morning". It is by far a better book and essentially conveys the same points (but with an even better toolkit for when you go to sleep at night). Sorry Robin, you've seriously missed the mark with this one.
Robin Sharma has emerged as a master storyteller ever since his first book "The monk who sold his Ferrari," published way back in 1997. I read that book sometime around the year 2000. And ever since then, I have become his ardent fan. I have the entire collection of his books, and personally, I have been benefitted in every walk of my life. (I hope he does not ask for a royalty!)
Robin created a lot of buzz around this new book for the past four years, and he has lived up to the expectations. "The 5 AM Club" is not a story. It has all the lessons required to succeed in our personal, family and professional lives. Robin compels us to change for better, with his signature quote, "Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end." He has introduced several innovative infographics to help readers understand his masterly concepts as he passionately narrates his story. There are also several cinematic twists and turns to keep the readers bound to the book. And of-course there are many of his game changing formulas. The book can easily be made into a motion picture as it follows Aaron Sorkin's 3-act structure. And now Robin has become a poet also! There are 2 - 3 beautiful poems.
Here are the three most important take-home messages for me from this brand new Robin's page-turner:
1. "Life's is too short to play small with your talents."
2. "Your excuses are seducers, your fears are liars, and your doubts are thieves."
3. "The moment when you most feel like giving up is the instant when you must find it in you to press ahead."
Robin has been my Dronacharya, and I hope this review of this Ekalavya for his book will be an apt Guru Dakshina (Royalty!).
Dr. Prahlada N.B
I scanned through the first few pages of the book where it goes into the story of the millionaire, spellbinder, artist and homeless person. The early part of the book was not that interesting for me. I flicked to where it got into the teachings and that’s where the book came alive for me. I’ve never underlined so much in a book!