In The 5 AM Club: Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life, Canadian elite performance and leadership writer Robin Sharma describes the morning routine of high achievers – he calls the regimen: The 5 AM Club. In the book, he shared lots of thought-provoking quotes and insights from high achievers and elite performers.
The hero does not become great during periods of comfort. The illustrious and noble souls of our world became strong, brave and moral whilst standing resolutely in the storms of adversity, difficulty and doubt. It is in the moment that you face your deepest weakness that you receive the chance to forge your greatest strengths. Real power, then, comes not from a life of ease but one of intense effort, devoted discipline and demanding action in the direction of what your supreme self knows to be right. To continue at a time when you ache to stop. To advance when you long to quit. To persist in the instant when you feel like giving up is to claim your membership among the great warriors and honorable characters who led humanity to a better place through their earned invincibility.
Here are top quotes from The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma:
- We will have eternity to celebrate the victories but only a few hours before sunset to win them.” —Amy Carmichael
- For what it’s worth, it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be . . . I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again. —F. Scott Fitzgerald
- And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” —Friedrich Nietzsche”
- Do not allow your fire to 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 is yours. —Ayn Rand
- Do not live as if you have ten thousand years left. Your fate hangs over you. While you are still living, while you still exist on this Earth, strive to become a genuinely great person. —Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor
- I don’t do drugs. I am drugs.- Salvador Dalí,
- Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.—Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
- I have had dreams and I’ve had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams. – Jonas Salk
Spartan warrior credo: one who sweats more in training bleeds less in war.
- We only hear what we’re ready to hear – All learning meets us exactly where we’re at. And as we grow greater, we understand better.
- Education is the kindling of a flame. – Socrates
- Self-education is, I believe, the only kind of education there is. – Isaac Asimov
- If everything seems under control you’re not going fast enough. – F1 racer Mario Andretti
- Pressure is a privilege – Billie Jean King, tennis legend
- The tragedy of life is not death but what we let die inside of us while we live.- Norman Cousins
All change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.
- This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. – George Bernard Shaw
- Everyone holds his fortune in his own hands, like a sculptor the raw material he will fashion into a figure. . . . The skill to mold the material into what we want must be learned and attentively cultivated. —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Victims love entertainment. Victors adore education.
- Only people who are capable of loving strongly can suffer great sorrow. – Tolstoy
- You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens. – Rumi
- Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead. – Charles Bukowski
- But neither a bull nor a noble-spirited man comes to be what he is all at once; he must undertake hard winter training and prepare himself and not propel himself rashly into what is not appropriate to him. – Epictetus
- A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. It’s only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate. —Steven Pressfield
Give up the drop, become the ocean.- Rumi
- It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth and wisdom.—Aristotle
- No idea works until you do the work
- The men who are great live with that which is substantial, they do not stay with that which is superficial; they abide with realities, they remain not with what is showy. The one they discard, the other they hold.—Lao Tzu
- The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it – George Orwell
- Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul – Alice Walker
- Gamble everything for love, if you are a true human being. If not, leave this gathering. Half-heartedness doesn’t reach into majesty. – RUMI
- I never think that people die. They just go to department stores. – Andy Warhol
Exceptionalism is a journey. Virtuosity is a voyage.
- The life given us, by nature is short, but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal.—Cicero
- The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. – Albert Camus, French philosopher
Victims have big TVs. Leaders own large libraries.
- Human beings are hardwired to act in alignment with our self-identity, always. You’ll never rise higher than your personal story.
- The world is a mirror. And we get from life not what we want, but that which we are.
- I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.- Alexander the Great
- Most people take the limits of their vision to be the limits of the world. A few do not. Join them. – Arthur Schopenhauer,German philosopher
- My mother said to me, if you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the pope. Instead, I was a painter. And became Picasso. – Pablo Picasso
- I was tired of pretending that I was someone else just to get along with people, just for the sake of having friendships.- Kurt Cobain
- An addiction to distraction is the death of your creative production”
- Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason, mastery demands all of a person – Albert Einstein
- The only devils in the world are those running in our own hearts. That is where the battle should be fought. – Mahatma Gandhi
- Stop insisting on clearing your head . . . Clear your heart instead. – Charles Bukowski
- Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and they will come forth later in uglier ways. – Sigmund Freud
- A quiet secluded life in the country with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor—such is my idea of happiness.- Tolstoy
- I almost wish we were butterflies and lived but three summer days—three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain. – John Keats
- The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart. —Helen Keller
- One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.- Dale Carnegie
- I hated every minute of training. But I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” —Muhammad Ali
- Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly – Albert Einstein
“Dreams don’t come true while you’re sleeping.”
- The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man. -George Bernard Shaw
All the best in your quest to get better. Don’t Settle: Live with Passion.