The Greatness Guide

I recently read “The Greatness Guide” by Robin Sharma; cheesy title but packed with insightful thoughts and great suggestions. I listen to what this guy says because the authenticity of his words shines out from the page – his work is truly heart-based. Here’s a selection of his wisdom (I definitely recommend getting the book as this is just a sample of the 101 ideas he presents).

  • Each day, life will send you little windows of opportunity. Your destiny will ultimately be defined by how you react to these windows of opportunity. Shrink from them and your life will be small. Feel the fear and run to them anyway, and your life will be big
  • Be a rock star in whatever you do each day to put bread on your table. Walk onto the stage of this day and play your heart out
  • Your days are your life in miniature. As you live your days, so you craft your life. There’s no such thing as an unimportant day
  • Clarity precedes success
  • Leadership – and success – begins on the extra mile. Those among us who craft extraordinary careers and spectacular lives are those who spend most of their time giving their best out on the extra mile
  • You will play a bigger game as a human being if you pick the right people to model
  • Success is all about consistency around the fundamentals
  • “The harder I work, the luckier I get”
  • “The essential difference between emotion and reason is that emotion leads to action while reason leads to conclusions” – Donald Calne
  • We see the world not as it is, but as we are
  • The size of your life reflects the size of your thinking
  • Ask profound questions. Good questions lead to excellent answers and greater clarity
  • Leaders are courage in action
  • The best thing to do is generally the hardest thing to do
  • “Great people build monuments from the stones that their critics throw at them” – Dan Sheehan
  • You are here to find that cause, that main aim, that vital destiny that will move you at the most visceral level and get you up at the crack of dawn with fire in your belly
  • Be outrageously energetic and madly alive
  • “If you have not discovered something you are willing to die for, then you are not fit to live” – Dr. Martin Luther King
  • There can be no authentic success and lasting happiness if your daily schedule is misaligned with your deepest values. If there is a gap between what you do and who you are, you are out of integrity
  • We must walk out into the world – each day – and do our best to be of greater service to others, realise more of our potential and become better citizens on the planet. We must continually walk toward our fears and make more of our lives. We must constantly play a bigger game and use our creative talents to do, be and see more. This drive to realise more of our greatest selves has, I believe, been knitted into our DNA and to deny it is to deny our human nature
  • You need to make space for your genius to flow
  • Business is about loving the people who do business with you and giving them more value than they have any right to expect
  • Real leadership is not about prestige, power or status. It is about responsibility
  • The fears you don’t own will own you
  • Behind every fear wall lives a precious treasure
  • Your vocabulary drives meaning in your life
  • If you want to be a leader […] just keep innovating
  • It’s risky out on the limb. But that’s where all the fruit is
  • Commit to being breathtakingly great in all you do. And that’s what you’ll become. Sooner than you think
  • World-class leaders are attentive. They reside in the moment
  •  Make your life your message
  • Become an inspirational human being. Model the behaviour you wish to see
  • By setting goals, you will have a framework or decision matrix that will drive better choices
  • You need to believe in your potential and power before you can bring them to life. You need to feel like you are extraordinary before you can become extraordinary
  • We are most alive amidst danger. Papa Wallenda – the great high-wire walker – said it so well: “Life is lived out on the wire. The rest is just waiting”
  • Stop being a prisoner of your past and become the architect of your future 

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