Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. I recently finished reading The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma and it was one of the best self-development books I have read. Let’ get into it.
The book though a self-help one follows a story to show us what it’s like to be a member of The 5 AM Club and how it improves the life of its members. The story begins with an Entrepreneur who wants to take her own life but attends the talk of The Spellbinder where she gets inspired by his words and meets an artist there after some convo they are interrupted by a beggarly looking man whom they assume snuck in but to their surprise they see him wearing an expensive watch and promising an adventure of a lifetime with promises that a beggar could not fulfil. They learn that the beggar is also a follower of the Spellbinder’s work and the 3 of them compare notes with one another. The beggar invites them to Mauritius and offers to teach them the teachings of the Spellbinder that made him a multi-Billionaire. Though reluctant the entrepreneur and the artist agree and the beggarly looking man asks the 2 of them to meet them at the same place the next day. Upon being asked what time the beggarly man replied ‘’5 am. Own your morning Elevate your life”. This is the point from which the book becomes un-putdown-able the artist and the entrepreneur learn about the 5 am club and become members to it. The beggarly looking man who was a multi-Billionaire teaches them many different models and techniques to enhance their creativity and bring back their Child like genius.
The models taught by Robin Sharma in the book are unique and since this was the first book of his that I read I was surprised to find everything so beautifully explained and so simplified. The book may follow a story but the man focus of it is to teach the readers different concepts with learning models that make it much more simplified and handy to learn them. The very first teaching is of course waking up at 5 am but unlike other books this one gives you all the tricks and tactics you need to use to wake up at 5 am and implement all the teachings in the book. It’s not like wake up at 5 a and do this Robin teaches to use an alarm clock and set it half an hour late so that it tricks your brain to think you are waking up later. Robin doesn’t just teaches to wake up at 5 am he teaches what to do when you wake up and also tells us that the formula he teaches is customizable to everyone’s own wishes and how they want to run it.
The 20/20/20 formula is my favourite teaching and also one of the most useful. It tells the readers what to do from 5-6 am the hour that is called ‘The Victory Hour’. We get scientific proof as to why we should do what Robin explains in the book such as the increased chemicals with exercise, the increased positivity by reflection and the gift of growth by learning. These are the 3 pockets of the 20/20/20 formula Move, Reflect and Grow. That translates to exercise, meditate and learn. Giving 20 mins each to these pockets enhances your creativity and lets you awaken the primeval genius inside each of you. I ran the 20/20/20 formula myself and found that my days were so much more productive than they usually were. I found that the Victory hour was exactly the extra time I needed to reflect and grow. The advantage of the victory hour is that in that moment of tranquillity you can really reflect and grow. It gives you the peace and tranquillity that is such a rare thing to find in today’s life it really got my creativity juices flowing.
Robin also focuses greatly on not only the mindset but also healthset, heartset and soulset. These he calls the 4 interior empires and in order to dominate our field and build our exterior empires. I was greatly impressed by the fact that it wasn’t the usual mastery of the mind is the key Robin draws focus on the things that will lead us to world class performance. The mindset is explained about willpower. The healthset to keep us fit so that we can serve people. The heartset is about kindness and forgiveness. The soulset is all about spirituality and inner peace.
Another advice in the book is having distraction free times and zones called the tight bubble of focus. The book explains that not using any devices like your phone an hour before sleeping and an hour after waking up is highly beneficial as it does not allow our minds to get distracted and waste the precious creativity and mind power we have on stupid things. When we waste our brain energy on small tasks we are unable to perform the big task at world class performance. To prevent this we have been given the 90/90/1 formula and the 60/10 formula. I implemented the 60/10 formula and it had proven to give me great results. The 60 /10 formula tells us to work with total focus for 60 mins then take a break for 10 mins. Doing this allows your brain to work in total focus as we have a set time for our breaks. The main reason productivity decreases with extended periods of working is that our mind keeps wanting to relax and because we have no set time limit for the break we get distracted and move on something completely different from what we were doing leaving our work incomplete. Whereas if you keep working for long periods without a break you’ll eventually lose focus and interest and motivation. This will cause you to not deliver world class performance as you should.
Alright guys this is all I can say about the book it is really inspiring the teachings are great and if you love stories this one has a great story too. Do pick it up all the teachings in it are worth it that I could not fit in in this post. Comment down below if you are getting your copy of The 5 AM Club or not it is also available in audiobook or E-book form and if you do please tell me your favourite lessons.
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2 thoughts on “Review of The 5 AM Club”
Really interesting to read this review. I haven’t read this book but I have read ‘The monk who sold his Ferrari.’ I didn’t like it to be honest, as I found it rather contrived. But I know friends who absolutely loved it. As for the 5am thing, I’ve read this recommendation from other people not just Robin Sharma, and I’ve never really seen the point of it. If I were to get up at 5am I’d feel tired by 9pm and end up going to bed early, so the outcome would be neutral! But I hear what you say, that it doesn’t necessarily have to be 5am. Perhaps I am too cynical and should just give it a go. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
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Waking up at 5 am gives you an hour of tranquility from 5-6 am thus it being the victory hour. This is the hour where you are undisturbed and you can use the moments of peace to really go deep into Meditation and learning. The effect of waking up at 5 am is getting the victory hour the time of peace and tranquility. You should try it and see the difference I was once cynical of it too then I implemented it and it is one of the best things ever.
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