GEM BOOKSHELF: THE 5AM CLUB, ROBIN SHARMA

Robin Sharma — born in 1964 in Canada. The 5am Club is one of his books. Originally a lawyer. He has a very business-like mind in which he thinks and writes.

A selection of highlights from the first four chapters:

“..the world needs more heroes and why wait for them—when you have it in you to become one. Starting today.

“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 that you have the strength to start all over again.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“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 of 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

“Life’s too short to play small with your talents.”

“Limitation is nothing more than a mentality.”

“I get that you might be feeling things haven’t turned out the way you thought they would when you were a little kid, full of fire, desire and wonder. You didn’t plan on each day looking the same, did you? In a job that might be smothering your soul. Dealing with stressful worries and endless responsibilities that stifle your originality and steal your energy. Lusting after unimportant pursuits and hungry for the instant fulfillment of trivial desires, often driven by a technology that enslaves us instead of liberating us. Living the same week a few times and calling it a life. I need to tell you that too many among us die at thirty and are buried at eighty. So I do get you. You hoped things would be different. More interesting. More exciting. More fulfilling, special and magical.”

“..you’re exactly where you need to be to receive the growth necessary for you to lead the unusually productive, extremely prodigious and exceptionally influential life that you’ve earned through your hardest trials. Nothing is wrong at this moment, even if it feels like everything’s falling apart. If you sense your life’s a mess right now, this is simply because your fears are just a little stronger than your faith. With practice you can turn down the volume of the voice of your scared self. And increase the tone of your most triumphant side.

“Her eyes looked sad, from old hurts that had never been healed.”

“And jail would be interesting. I’d probably meet some cool people in there.”

“The moment when you most feel like giving up is the instant when you must find it in you to press ahead.”

“You get to grow.

“Failure’s just growth in wolf’s clothing.”

“Most of us in this age spend our most valuable hours being busy.”

“…and that is my friends how you soar with the angels. And walk alongside the gods.”

X Johanna

GEM MAGAZINE: October Stepping out of your comfort zone

Stuck in a comfortable and safe day-to-day? You wake up at 9ish. Have the same breakfast as always. Go to work. Be bored at work: drink a lot of coffee there to stay awake. Drive back home in the oh-so-familiar-and-so-seen environment. Get a snack or have dinner. And stare aimlessly at the tv, until it’s time to go to sleep at 1am ready to start this cycle all over again. Just waiting it to be Friday already, so the weekend would come.

Wow, even writing most people’s mundane week is exhausting. Sorry to say, but it won’t stop being true!

We people are slaves to our ways; that’s what I’ve heard. All. Of. Us. Without familiarity you wouldn’t know where to stay a night or what to eat. That kind of life actually sounds.. exciting and is chosen, more or less.

Why don’t you try waking up an hour earlier? Have an out-of-the-box breakfast than usually, and snacks, and dinners etc. If your workplace is close, try walking or biking there. If a car-ride away, then rather than driving a polluting car solo, opt for a car-pool or public transportation.

You know, though, that watching the tv is sort of a distraction from life, right? So, rather than having to get distracted, think what you could use that time for? Regard your time precious. This is where the concept of energy comes out to play: think your time as a free energy.

X Johanna