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Robin Sharma

Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life.

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The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma is a self-help book that highlights the importance of waking up early to increase productivity and creativity. The author provides a framework for creating a morning routine that promotes personal growth and success.

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    A chance meeting drew a disillusioned entrepreneur and a frustrated artist to the secrets of the 5 AM club.

    In these blinks, we’ll follow the fictitious tale of a curious group of people: A depressed entrepreneur, in need of revitalization; a frustrated artist, trying to refuel his creativity and develop a legacy; and a billionaire with a string of successes behind him and a desire to pass on the knowledge of how to live an extraordinary life.

    The three met at a personal optimization conference addressed by a legendary business guru, the Spellbinder, someone renowned for his ability to weave magic and captivate his audience with the power of his insights. The billionaire approached the entrepreneur and the artist after the Spellbinder’s speech had finished but they didn’t know that he was a billionaire. The billionaire was disguised as a poor man, a habit he had developed to remind himself that money isn’t everything. The only clue to his actual wealth was his expensive watch. The impoverished-looking billionaire told the two that he’d made a fortune thanks to the Spellbinder, who’d taught him that while many people wish that extraordinary things will happen to them, truly elite performers learn that they can make extraordinary things happen themselves.

    The entrepreneur and the artist became more and more curious about this mysterious man who talked like he was a guru himself. They listened as the billionaire explained how the Spellbinder – who, in fact, was the billionaire’s personal mentor – had taught him one thing that was more important than anything else.

    What was it? That the most reliable way to generate the best results in your personal and professional life is to build a world-beating morning routine. Being a generous man, the billionaire made an incredible offer. If the entrepreneur and artist wanted to come hang with him at his beach house in Mauritius, he would teach them the secrets of a world-class morning routine. All they needed to do was meet the next morning at 5:00 a.m.

    The entrepreneur and the artist were a little skeptical the next morning, but it started to soften when a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce collected them and delivered them to a hangar containing a sleek, ivory-colored private jet, which bore the logo: “5AC.”

    The entrepreneur asked the chauffeur what the logo meant, and he explained that it stood for “The 5 AM Club.” And so began their journey toward understanding a revolutionary morning routine and a whole new outlook on life with the potential to transform everything for the better.

    Early the next morning, the billionaire told the entrepreneur and artist how getting up at 5:00 a.m. was the way he had learned to escape mediocrity and achieve greatness. Getting up at 5:00 a.m. had promoted his creativity, doubled his energy, and tripled his productivity. How?

    Well, the billionaire told them, many true greats throughout history, from novelist John Grisham to composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, have understood that the isolation that comes from getting up at 5:00 a.m. has a multiplying effect.

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    What is The 5 AM Club about?

    The 5 AM Club (2018) shows how embracing a revolutionary morning routine can deliver epic results. Through the enchanting story of an entrepreneur, an artist, and their eccentric billionaire mentor, it explains how you can use the first hour of your day to drive personal growth and get the most out of life.

    The 5 AM Club Review

    The 5 AM Club (2018) by Robin Sharma is a compelling book that offers valuable insights on how waking up early can transform our lives. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It provides practical strategies to help us reclaim our mornings and maximize our productivity.
    • Combining personal anecdotes, scientific research, and fictional storytelling, the book presents its ideas in an engaging and relatable way.
    • By emphasizing the importance of a morning routine and offering actionable steps, the book keeps readers engaged and motivated, ensuring that it is definitely not boring.

    Best quote from The 5 AM Club

    5am is the time of least distraction, highest human glory and greatest peace.

    —Robin Sharma
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    Who should read The 5 AM Club?

    • Those who feel they could try and get more out of the day
    • People who want to achieve great things in life
    • Anyone in need of an energizing and positive morning routine

    About the Author

    Robin Sharma is one of the world’s top leadership gurus and the best-selling author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. He has helped millions of people to become better leaders, improve their productivity, and lead better lives.

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    The main message of The 5 AM Club is the power of starting your day early and prioritizing personal growth.

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    The 5 AM Club is worth reading for its insights on creating a successful morning routine and transforming your life.

    Who is the author of The 5 AM Club?

    The author of The 5 AM Club is Robin Sharma.

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