Book Title: The 5AM Club
Author : Robin Sharma
Publication: Jaico Books
Reviewer : Puja Roy
Puja is an avid reader who loves to explore life’s various facets and bring them out through her short stories. A Copywriter by profession, she also blogs at speakometer.wordpress.com.
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Blurb: “Legendary leadership and elite performance expert Robin Sharma introduced The 5am Club concept over twenty years ago, based on a revolutionary morning routine that has helped his clients maximize their productivity, activate their best health and bulletproof their serenity in this age of overwhelming complexity. Now, in this life-changing book, handcrafted by the author over a rigorous four-year period, you will discover the early-rising habit that has helped so many accomplish epic results while upgrading their happiness, helpfulness and feelings of aliveness. “
Robin Sharma, at the start of this book, humbly dedicates this book to the readers, and rightfully says, ‘the world needs more heroes and why wait for them- when you have it in you to become one. Starting today.’ Each page of this book is a pearl that is taken out of the depths of the ocean of wisdom and experience.
The book unfolds in the form of a story wherein an entrepreneur and an artist happens to attend a ‘personal optimization conference’ where they meet the ‘spellbinder’, who is now in his eighties and is revered throughout the world as a grandmaster of inspiration, a legend of leadership and a sincere statesman helping everyday people realize their greatest gifts. It is here that these two also meet a billionaire (Mr. Riley Stone). The story then travels to different parts of the world as the journey of learning about the techniques to ‘own the morning’ gets explored slowly.
Robin Sharma’s mastery at elucidating a certain point through a quote or a saying is not unknown to anyone. He does it deftly here too; one such example from the several others in the book is where the entrepreneur asks as to why is she being thanked, when it should be the other way round, the other person replies, ‘in his final sermon when he was assassinated, Martin Luther King, Jr., said, ‘everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to make you serve. You don’t have to know the Second theory of thermodynamics and physics to serve. You only need a heart full f grace. A soul generated by love.”
Having said all that, finally joining the 5 am Club isn’t easy. The book therefore mentions few techniques that can slowly lead to us to finally achieve it. For example, he talks about the ‘The habit installation protocol’ for 66 days minimum to reach the ‘automaticity point’ (for any habit to become our second nature):
Stage 1 (1 to 22 days) – destruction phase
Stage 2 (23 to 44 days)-installation phase
Stage 3(45 to 66 days)-integration phase
He also talks about the 5 scientific truths behind excellent habits, the 3 values of Heroic Habit-Makers and most importantly the 20/20/20 formula as the core way of managing the 1st hour of the morning.
What I liked most about the book is Robin’s forceful language, which is just so energizing, captivating and inspiring. It is the manner in which he takes his readers slowly into the entire lifestyle training that makes the reading so joyful. For all those who have been struggling to make a morning regime but have been unsuccessful, I recommend this book to them. Robin shares some excellent ways and means that would surely help you all in achieving your target and get amazing rewards out of them.
Part manifesto for mastery, part playbook for genius-grade productivity and part companion for a life lived beautifully, The 5am Club is a work that will transform your life. Forever.