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The 5AM Club: Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life by Robin Sharma

"No one has ever conquered their world without first mastering the initial moments of their day," asserts T. Writes. If this resonates with you, then the concept outlined here is one you will likely appreciate.

Robin Sharma is considered to be one of the top 5 leadership experts in the world. His work has been embraced by athletes, royalty, billionaires, and many celebrity CEOs.

These are my book insights of Robin Sharma's "The 5 AM Club". My notes are informal and contain quotes from the book and my thoughts. Each book summary has a short description, top lessons from the book, chapter-by-chapter summary, and favorite quotes. Enjoy!

In his book, "The 5 AM Club," the main focus is on the benefits of rising early. However, this is not about mere daydreaming; it's a systematically structured concept comprising various tasks that one must follow for 66 days to instill a new habit, according to research by University College London. This period of discomfort is essential for establishing what is termed "66 days of madness" until it becomes your new norm.

The way you start your day sets the tone for the rest of it. When you commit to consistently having great mornings, this leads to amazing days, builds great weeks, quarters, months, and years.

So, how is it done? You don't just wake up to stretch, check your phone, or stare at the ceiling. If you're intrigued and eager to delve deeper, here are the 10 most crucial aspects I've extracted from the book:

  1. The 20/20/20 Formula: Sharma suggests starting your day with this 60-minute routine divided into three 20-minute segments:

    1. 20 minutes of movement: Exercise to awaken your body, boost your mood, and increase your energy levels. Physical activity releases endorphins and prepares you mentally and physically for the day.

    2. 20 minutes of reflection: Spend time in meditation, prayer, journaling, or any form of mindfulness practice. This helps set your intentions, clarify your goals, and cultivate a positive mindset.

    3. 20 minutes of growth: Engage in learning or reading to stimulate your mind and inspire creativity. This could involve studying a new subject, reading, or listening to a podcast.

  2. The Importance of Sleep: Emphasizing the significance of quality sleep, Sharma advises creating a restful environment and establishing a nighttime routine that promotes deep sleep. Avoid screens before bed, minimize exposure to blue light, and ensure your sleeping area is conducive to rest.

  3. The 4 Interior Empires: Sharma introduces the concept of the four "interior empires" that one should cultivate:

    1. Mindset: Your psychological state and beliefs.

    2. Heartset: Your emotional well-being and ability to love and be compassionate.

    3. Healthset: Your physical health and vitality.

    4. Soulset: Your spiritual practices and connection to a higher purpose.

  4. The Victory Hour: The period from 5 AM to 6 AM is described as the "Victory Hour," a crucial time for personal development and self-care before the day's demands begin.

  5. Lifelong Learning: Dedicate time each day to learning, whether through reading, online courses, or other educational activities.

  6. Time Management and Productivity: Implementing effective time management techniques, such as prioritizing tasks and minimizing distractions, is key to making the most of your day.

  7. The Value of Solitude: Finding time for solitude and silence can spark creativity, enhance problem-solving skills, and provide space for reflection.

  8. Serving Others: By focusing on giving rather than receiving, you can find deeper fulfillment and purpose.

  9. Embracing Change: View change as an opportunity for growth. Be open to new experiences and willing to step out of your comfort zone.

  10. Technology Management: Be mindful of how you use technology. Limit distractions and focus on activities that contribute to your growth and well-being.

Favorite quotes from the book:


“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours.” 

Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged


"Do not act as if you were going to live ten thousand years. Death hangs over you. While you live, while it is in your power, be good."

“Sometimes I’ve believed as many as 6 impossible things before breakfast” 

Alice in Wonderland from Lewis Carrol 


“Everyone holds his fortune in his own hands, like a sculptor the raw material he will fashion into a figure. But it’s the same with that type of artistic activity as with all others: We are merely born with the capability to do it. The skill to mold the material into what we want must be learned and attentively cultivated.” 

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang

'It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.'


Beyond the book:

Robin Sharma's YouTube channel offers a lot of inspirational content, including motivational clips, productivity and leadership strategies, plus highlights from his speeches and workshops. Engaging with the 5 AM Club community on Facebook can provide motivation and accountability. 

And, for those new to Sharma's philosophy and curious about the 5 AM routine, an interview with Marie Forleo serves as an excellent introduction.

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