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The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma | Book Summary, Analysis and Rating | Free Audiobook

The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma | Book Summary, Analysis and Rating | Free Audiobook

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Robin Sharma’s Perspective

Robin Sharma is considered one of the top 5 leadership experts worldwide. He is also the author of the bestselling books, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and Who Will Cry When You Die?. Sharma is admired by some of the world's most successful people. He has advised rock stars, royalty, billionaires, and famous CEOs. Sharma quit his career as a lawyer at the age of 25 to pursue stress management and spirituality.

Introduction to The 5 AM Club

The 5 AM Club offers advice on making your mornings the kickstart you need to attain your most remarkable achievements. Mornings are often a struggle for people. But Robin Sharma believes his formula can help anybody feel inspired and focused early in the morning. He also offers neuroscientific support for approaches that will help you rise far more quickly than the rest of society.

The 5 AM Club is a parable about genuine success. The kind of success that will turn you into a hero. Heroism may sound romantic, but it is possible for anyone to achieve it by embracing discomfort and working on daily habits for self-improvement. The first habit is to simply wake up at 5 a.m. and to use the first hour of your day to get ahead.

StoryShot #1: The Five Ground Rules

A key feature of your success will be effective preparation. So, Robin Sharma breaks this preparation down into five fundamentals you must consider:

  1. An addiction to distraction is the end of your creative production. Empire makers and history creators take one hour for themselves before dawn. This time allows them to develop a synergy with opportunities that go beyond everyday complexity. They can then best prepare themselves for a world-class day.
  2. Excuses do not breed moments of genius. Just because you haven’t installed the early-rising habit before doesn’t mean you cannot do it now. Release your rationalizations and remember that small daily improvements can lead to stunning results when done consistently over time.
  3. All change is complicated at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end. Everything you now find easy, you first found complex. Consistently getting up early in the morning will soon become your new routine.
  4. To get to the top 5%, you must start doing what 95% of people are unwilling to do. As you start to live like this, the majority will call you crazy. Remember that being labeled a freak is the price of greatness.
  5. When you feel like surrendering, continue. More often than not, those who are relentless will succeed in the end.

StoryShot #2: The Three-Step Success Formula

Sharma provides a three-step formula that you can apply to all parts of your life. First, you should be working on improving your awareness. This heightened level of insight and consciousness will then optimize your daily decisions. Improved awareness will lead to better choices. Finally, once you get your daily choices correct, you will dramatically accelerate your ability to accomplish and have a significant impact as a leader.

So, these better choices will lead to better results.

StoryShot #3: The Four Focuses of History Makers

Sharma researched where the most influential people place their focus. The result of this research is his four focuses of history makers.

These four focuses are:

Capitalization IQ

Natural talent is not what defines great individuals. It is the extent of that potential that they capitalize on through consistency and relentlessness. It doesn’t matter what sport or specialism an individual engages with. Those willing to put in exceptional dedication and commitment will become iconic.

Freedom from Distraction

An addiction to distraction is the death of your creative production. Strip away all the layers of complexity from your days. Simplify and streamline everything. Less is more. Concentrate on only a few projects, so you can make them exceptional. A few groundbreaking projects are better than spreading your attention across multiple tasks and producing lackluster results. Prioritize quality over quantity.

Have a few friends, but go deep with them. This will ensure that each of your relationships is prosperous for both parties. As with your projects and your tasks, it is much better to focus on developing solid relationships than making multiple shallow-level friendships. You want to have friends you can always trust.

Stop managing your time and start managing your focus. It might appear like spreading yourself thin saves you time. But your focus is ultimately the most important thing.

Personal Mastery Practice

All your actions within your environment are a result of what’s happening within you. Your fortune always follows your fearlessness, and your influence in the world is entirely attributable to the glory, nobility, vitality, and luminosity you have accessed in your consciousness.

External always expresses internal. Your creativity, productivity, prosperity, performance, and impact on the planet are always an expression of what’s going on inside you. Your internal reflections will always manifest within your external behaviors. So, challenge yourself when you are negative or distracted. If you can master your inner world, you will master the external world too.

Day Stacking

Each day is equally important in the bigger picture of your life. So, craft your life based on each day, focusing on the bigger picture of your life. Each of your special days represents your precious life in miniature. What we are doing today is creating our future. So, always consistently and relentlessly stick to your focus.

StoryShot #4: The Secret of Morning Genius

When we get up at five in the morning, the stillness, solitude, and silence trigger our brains. Our brain waves shift from beta to alpha, through to theta. And then, a pharmacy of mastery is stimulated in our brain. These changes help us produce groundbreaking thoughts that would not have previously been possible.

The cortisol levels in the brain decrease, while the dopamine and serotonin levels increase. The prefrontal cortex then rests, which allows us to enter into the flow state. Flow is a state of mind when we are genuinely engaged in the activity that we pursue and lose track of time. This state is most easily achievable in the early mornings because that’s when we have the factors required.


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