BOOK REVIEW: The 5AM Club
by Robin Sharma
ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):
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.
Through an enchanting—and often amusing—story about two struggling strangers who meet an eccentric tycoon who becomes their secret mentor, The 5am Club will walk you through:
- How great geniuses, business titans and the world’s wisest people start their mornings to produce astonishing achievements
- A little-known formula you can use instantly to wake up early feeling inspired, focused and flooded with a fiery drive to get the most out of each day
- A step-by-step method to protect the quietest hours of daybreak so you have time for exercise, self-renewal and personal growth
- A neuroscience-based practice proven to help make it easy to rise while most people are sleeping, giving you precious time for yourself to think, express your creativity and begin the day peacefully instead of being rushed
- “Insider-only” tactics to defend your gifts, talents and dreams against digital distraction and trivial diversions so you enjoy fortune, influence and a magnificent impact on the world
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First of all, The 5am Club is written like a fictional story, and that threw me off a little when I started reading it. The fictional story got a little over the top silly at times, but it kept things interesting, I guess.
Basically, we start with a seminar that’s happening and then follow two main characters as they go on a life-changing trip learning from a billionaire and the teachings of “the Spellbinder.” Again, Sharma keeps things interesting!
The basic idea of the book is that you’ve got to get up at 5am and start your day off right. Doing this will change your life. He goes into what to do with that time in the morning and then how to kind of focus your day.
I found it inspiring. When I started reading it I was already in the habit of getting up around 5am and doing an hour-long workout program. Since the program is for 80 days, and I don’t have an extra 40 minutes after my workout to do the other two pieces (besides exercise) that he says to do in the morning, I can’t quite start doing what he recommends, but I’m doing my own version of it. I was so inspired by this idea that I am now reading The Miracle Morning as my follow up.
I am NOT a morning person as some people have asked me when I mentioned reading this book. I love my sleep and I hate waking up early. However, as a busy mom with a full-time job and lots going on in my life, I do see (and have experienced) the benefits of getting up early and taking time for yourself in the morning. I am starting to implement some of the things he teaches and hope to continue this practice through the year to see where it takes me!
I didn’t love the style of the book, but I did love the message and recommend this book for anyone interested in personal development.
Here are some of my highlighted quotes from the book:
Take excellent care of the front end of your day, and the rest of your day will pretty much take care of itself.Robin Sharma, The 5AM Club
Own your morning. Elevate your life.Robin Sharma, The 5AM Club