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The Everyday Hero Manifesto by Robin Sharma

Updated: Feb 16

Let me admit that I've known about Robin Sharma for years. I remember the buzz around his visit to Belgrade and the leadership conference where many well-known leaders and top performers attended. My resistance to exploring his work was broken when my dear high school French teacher met me before the new year and gifted me his book, "The Everyday Hero Manifesto." This book uplifts, instills the belief that you can achieve anything, helps you discover your talents, shows you the beauty of daily life, and, most importantly, equips you with a toolbox for your journey. Summarizing such a transformative book is challenging, but I'll highlight the most striking points I noted for myself. Enjoy!

Top 10 Lessons from the Book:

1.    Protect Your Respect: Safeguard your respect for yourself and your work from those who are masters of theories but haven't created anything. Obstacles will come in various forms, testing your commitment to your goals. A notable example is J.K. Rowling, who was turned down by 12 publishers before finding success with the Harry Potter books.

2.    Daily Habits for Success: Understand the importance of consistent, small, daily actions, such as 5 am exercise, morning prayer, daily journaling, fasting, 20 minutes of sun exposure, 60 minutes of daily reading, a nap, and a weekly schedule.

3.    Continuous Learning: Foster a mindset of continuous learning and improvement. Seek new knowledge, cultivate a reading habit of at least 60 minutes a day, and disconnect from your phone for a couple of hours daily.

4.    Four Interior Empires Concept: Representing four different aspects—mindset (the power of thoughts and beliefs), heart set (emotional aspect), health (physical well-being), and soul set (sense of purpose and fulfillment)—nurturing each of these dimensions creates a strong foundation for a fulfilling life.

5.    Real Transformation in Chaos: True transformation occurs in chaos. Opportunities lie within storms.

6.    Give to the World: Instead of taking from the world, make it a consistent enthusiasm to give. An everyday hero understands that helping others enriches their own life, leading to true happiness, satisfaction, and pride.

7.    Craft Your Life Daily: Your days are your life in miniature. As you live your days, so you craft your life. Check Sharma's insights on planning a week.

8.    Capacity for Great Work: The capacity for great work lies within all of us. It's our job and duty to find it, polish it, and let it shine.

9.    Trinity of Exercise, Nutrition, and Health: Use focused time blocks to combat attention residue. Schedule time for specific tasks, eliminate distractions, and maintain a perfect trinity throughout the day, and my favourite one

10. Lead Without a Title: You can lead without a title, show inspiration without a position, and express virtuosity, humbleness, and a desire to help many without formal permissions.

In conclusion 

This book is transformative. It goes beyond inspiration and the generation of great ideas. It definitely helps in providing clarity regarding what matters most to you and your life, offering a strategic plan of action for effective implementation. Moreover, it reinforces the powerful belief that we all have the capacity to be everyday heroes.

I can assure you that after reading this book you will feel upliftment and empowerment. At times, that is all one could hope for.

Favorite quotes from the book:

Mark Twain — 'Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered — either by themselves or by others.
Alber Einstein - Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master.
Rosa Parks “People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”
Nelson Mandela “It is so easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build.”
Lao Tzu's quote, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,"
Helen Keller “We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.”
Edward Stanley “Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”
Francis Bacon "some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed and some few to be chewed and digested" 

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