Hello friends. This post is a collection of quotes from The 5 AM Club book by Robin Sharma. The 5 AM Club is about the early-rising habit that has helped so many accomplish epic results while upgrading their happiness, helpfulness, and feelings of aliveness.
Life's too short to play small with your talents. You were born into the opportunity as well as the responsibility to become legendary. You've been built to achieve masterwork-level projects, designed to realize unusually important pursuits and constructed to be a force for good on this tiny planet.
The great women and men of the world were all givers, not takers. Renounce the common delusion that those who accumulate the most win.
Limitation is nothing more than a mentality that too many good people practice daily until they believe it's reality. It breaks my heart to see so many potentially powerful human beings stuck in a story about why they can't be extraordinary, professionally and personally. You need to remember that your excuses are seducers, your fears are liars and your doubts are thieves.
No matter where you are on the pathway of your life, please don't let the pain of an imperfect past hinder the glory of your fabulous future.
If you sense your life's a mess right now, this is simply because your fears are just a little stronger than your faith. With practice, you can turn down the volume of the voice of your scared self. And increase the tone of your most triumphant side.
Every challenging event you've experienced, each toxic person that you've encountered and all the trials you've endured have been perfect preparation to make you into the person that you now are. You needed these lessons to activate the treasures, talents and powers that are now awakening within you. Nothing was an accident. Zero was a waste.
Ideas are worth nothing unless backed by application. The smallest of implementations is always worth more than the grandest of intentions.
Hard is good. Real greatness and the realization of your inherent genius is meant to be a difficult sport. Only those devoted enough to go to the fiery edges of their highest limits will expand them.
A major key to happiness - and internal peace - is knowing you've done whatever it took to earn your rewards and passionately invested the effortful audacity to become your best.
Becoming legendary is never easy. But I'd prefer that journey to the heartbreak of being stuck in ordinary that so many potentially heroic people deal with constantly.
The place where your greatest discomfort lies is also the spot where your largest opportunity lives. The beliefs that disturb you, the feelings that threaten you, the projects that unnerve you and the unfoldments of your talents that the insecure part of you is resisting are precisely where you need to go to.
Walking into the very things that scare you is how you reclaim your forgotten power. And how you get back the innocence and awe you lost after childhood.
The world's going a little berserk. Too much greed and not enough good sense.
The moment when you most feel like giving up is the instant when you must find it in you to press ahead.
Life's way too valuable to hang with people who don't get you. Who you just don't vibe with. Who have different values and lower standards than you do.
The real purpose of commerce is not only to make your personal fortune. The true reason to be in the game is to be helpful to society.
Tragedy is nature's great purifier. It burns away the fakeness, fear and arrogance that is of the ego. Returns us to our brilliance and genius, if you have the courage to go into that which wounds you.
High victory is made in those early morning hours when no one's watching and while everyone else is sleeping.
We only hear what we're ready to hear. All learning meets us exactly where we're at. And as we grow greater, we understand better.
In a culture of cyber-zombies, addicted to distraction and afflicted with interruption, the wisest way to guarantee that you consistently produce mastery-level results in the most important areas of your professional and personal life is to install a world-class morning routine. Winning starts at your beginning. And your first hours are when heroes are made.
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.
Gargantuan results are much less about your inherited genetics and far more about your daily habits. And your morning ritual is by far the most essential one to calibrate. And then automate.
Remember, every professional was once an amateur, and every master started as a beginner. Ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary feats, once they've routinized the right habits.
To find your best self you must lose your weak self. And that only happens through relentless improvement, continuous reflection and ongoing self-excavation. If you don't keep rising daily you'll get stuck in your life, for the rest of your life.
Too many dumb people around these days. Taking stupid fashion pictures of themselves with pouty lips in clothes they can't afford. Hanging with people they don't even like. I'd rather live a thoughtful life. A risky life. A real life. An artist's life. Drives me crazy how superficial people have become.
The soreness of growth is so much less expensive than the devastating costs of regret.
All change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.
Leadership isn't just for global icons and marketplace titans. It's an arena everyone gets to play in. Because leadership is a lot less about having a formal title, a large office and money in the bank. And a lot more about committing to mastery over all you do - and in who you are.
Leadership is about making a difference, right where you're planted.
Be a virtuoso. A standout. An exceptionalist. The Top 5% are a lot less concerned with fame, cash and approval and a lot more invested in punching above their weight class within their craft, playing above their pay grade around their talents and creating the kind of productivity that inspires - and serves - millions. That's often why they make millions.
The way you begin your day really does determine the extent of focus, energy, excitement and excellence you bring to it. Each early morning is a page in the story that becomes your legacy. Each new dawn is a fresh chance to unleash your brilliance, unprison your potency and play in the big leagues of iconic results. You have such power within you and it reveals itself most with the first rays of daybreak.
Those who feel more than most people sometimes believe they have been cursed. In fact, they have been granted a gift: one that allows them to sense what others miss, experience the delights that most neglect and notice the majesty in ordinary moments. Yes, such people get hurt more easily, yet they are also the ones who create great symphonies, architect dazzling buildings and find cures for the sick.
Generosity - not scarcity - is the trait of all of the great men and women who have upgraded our world.
We need leaders, pure leaders and not narcissists obsessed with their own self-interests, as never before.
When you feel like surrendering, continue. Triumph loves the relentless.
So many good souls among us are just so scared they refuse the call on their lives to go out into the blue ocean of possibility where mastery, the dignity of bravery and the authenticity of audacity await them.
Our culture tells us to pursue titles and trinkets, applause and acclaim, money and mansions. All that's fine - it truly is - so long as you don't get brainwashed into defining your worth as a human being by these things. Enjoy them, just don't get attached to them. Have them, just don't base your identity around them. Appreciate them, just don't need them.
Genuine power - the stuff legends are made of - doesn't arise from who you are outside and what you possess externally. The world is lost right now. True and enduring power expresses itself when you contact your original gifts and realize your most lavish talents as a human.
When we are young we sacrifice our health for wealth and when we grow old and wise we realize what's most important - and become willing to sacrifice all our wealth for even one day of good health. You never want to be the richest person in the graveyard, you know.
Elite production without quiet vacation causes lasting depletion. Rest and recovery isn't a luxury for anyone committed to mastery - it's a necessity.
Inspiration gets fed by isolation, away from the ceaseless digital diversion and mindless overcommunication that dominates the hours of the majority these days.
Anyone can be a critic. Takes guts to be an encourager.
Having lots of money doesn't make you different. It just makes you more of who you were before you made the cash.
Nothing beats going to sleep early each night with an unspoiled conscience and a mess-free heart.
The grade of work you offer to the world reflects the strength of the respect you have for yourself. Those with unfathomable personal esteem wouldn't dare send out anything average. It would diminish them too much.
There's a ton of competition at ordinary, but there's almost none at extraordinary. There's never been such a glamorous opportunity to become peerless because so few people are dedicated to world-class in this age of such scattered focus, eroded values and deteriorated faith in ourselves along with the inherent primal power we hold.
Please remember that great companies and wonderful lives don't happen by sudden revolution. Nope. They materialize via incremental evolution. Tiny, daily wins and iterations stack into outcomes of excellence, over the long-term. But few of us have the patience these days to endure the long game. As a result, not many of us ever become legends.
All shadows of insecurity dissolve in the warm glow of persistency.
Most of us alive today wish we had more time. Yet we waste the time we have.
Dedication and discipline beats brilliance and giftedness every day of the week.
Human beings are hardwired to act in alignment with our self-identity, always. You'll never rise higher than your personal story.
A problem will persist until you get the education it showed up to bring.
Human beings have a tragic habit of remembering the things that would be smart to forget and forgetting the wonderful things it would be wise to remember.
Stop managing your time and start managing your focus.
It takes an awesome amount of courage to feel the terror of true personal and professional growth - and to keep going - even when you sort of feel you're dying. But continuing when you're frightened is how you become a legend.
Your influence in the world mirrors the glory, nobility, vitality and luminosity you've accessed in yourself. [...] External always expresses internal, without always reflects within. Your creativity, productivity, prosperity, performance and impact on the planet are always a sublime expression of what's going on inside of you.
Your past is a place to be learned from, not a home to be lived in.
Every day is just dramatically better with some exercise in it.
Always stay sincere to what's most important in a life greatly lived. Be not seduced by the superficialities that suffocate the human spirit and divorce us from the best within us.
Elite producers and everyday heroes understand that what you do each day matters far more than what you do once in a while. Consistency really is a key ingredient of mastery. And regularity is a necessity if you're amped to make history.
What makes the best the best is not their genetics but their habits. And not the extent of their gifts, but the strength of their grit.
Ambition without implementation is a ridiculous delusion.
Mastery isn't a sudden event. It really is a ceaseless process that may take years of painstaking craftsmanship, practice, sacrifice and suffering before the finished project intensifies to a level that moves the world.
Small, daily, seemingly insignificant improvements, when done consistently over time, yield staggering results.
Do not betray the powers that sleep within you by staying too late in a soft bed that keeps you sedated. The great men and women of the world became so not because they lounged glamorously under the covers, but because they set sublime ambitions that they then proceeded to do - even as the majority called them crazy.
A wishbone without a backbone doesn't really get you very far.
Failing to keep self-promises is one of the reasons so many of us don't love ourselves. Not following through on what we tell ourselves we'll do so destroys our sense of personal worth and dissolves our self-esteem. Keep behaving like that and the unconscious part of you will begin to believe you're not worth anything.
In so many ways, reflection is a main source of transformation because once you know better, you definitely can do better.
The quickest way out of hard emotions is to have the wisdom and courage to go straight into them. Feel them to heal them. Name them to let go of them. Put a written voice to the dark energy of life's burdens to dissolve them.
People who hurt others really are hurting within themselves. They are behaving in the wisest way they know how to behave. If they were capable of conducting themselves with greater leadership, generosity and humanity, they would have done so.
On the other side of every tragedy lives a triumph. And beyond adversity exists a bridge into enduring victory, if one has the eyes to see it.
Everyone dreams of being a legend until it comes time to do the work that legends do.
The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.
Massive productivity in society without an abundant heart, an authentic sense of joyfulness and enduring inner peace was no different from the game a hamster plays on a running wheel. It thinks it's moving, yet it remains in a cage.
You really must learn how to balance working intensely and brilliantly with deep rest and recovery so you can remain fresh and strong over a long career. As you do this, you won't blow out your gifts by hyperextending them, in the same way that some pro athletes blow out their knees - preventing them from ever playing again.
All work and no break depletes your greatness, over time.
Time away from work isn't a waste. It's a must. Offers a space for incubation of the very ideas that will make you a fortune.
Heaven on Earth isn't some mystical, spiritual place to aspire to. It's not some realm reserved only for saints, seers and sages. Not at all. I've discovered [...] that Heaven on Earth is a state, that anyone can create.
I've learned that being successful without feeling soulful is the highest of defeats.
God, life is beautiful. Don't miss out on all of its awesomeness and incredibleness. It's there for you - no matter what you might be going through.
Follow your joy. Only be around those people who fuel your joy. Only perform those pursuits that feed your bliss. Only be in those places that make you feel most alive.
Your heart is always wiser than your head. It knows where you must be. Follow it. Trust it. You'll find the magic.
Ultimately, you're the only person you'll be with your entire life. Why not strengthen your relationship with your greatest self, fully know your genius and start a lifetime love affair with your most noble nature?
The determinants of a magnificent life have remained the same for centuries: a sense that you're growing and capitalizing on your human potential; effortful work that draws out your finest productivity and is profitable for humanity; weighty connections with positive people who escalate your jubilation; and time doing that which nurtures your spirit as you advance through your days with a grateful heart.
Become a collector of awesome experiences instead of a consumer of material things. Simplify your life and make a return to the essential enjoyments that are sitting right under your noses. As you do, you will overcome the forces that have suppressed your fire and tear down the charade of superficiality that so many fine souls among us are stuck in. And as you continue, you will come to know how gorgeous and terrific your life really is.
Should someone do you wrong, let karma do the dirty work. And let a world-class life be your revenge.
Poverty is the consequence of an inner condition, not an outer situation. To believe otherwise is to hand over your capacity to produce the magic of the prosperity that you want to the very things you are complaining of.
Keep the shortness of life at the forefront of your focus. Don't put off your happiness until you have more time, or you get the promotion, or you have more money in the bank.
All the best men and women of the world have one thing in common, extreme suffering. And each of them evolved into their greatness because they chose to leverage their circumstances to heal, purify and uplift themselves.
To lead is to inspire others by the way that you live. To lead is to walk through the fires of your hardest times to step up into forgiveness. To lead is to remove any form of mediocrity from infiltrating the quarters of your life in a dazzling celebration of the majesty that is your birthright. To lead is to turn your terrors into triumphs and translate each of your heartbreaks into heroism. And more than all else, to lead is to be a force for good on this tiny planet of ours.