In an earlier post, I promised that I will be reviewing this book. So here I am!
Also, this is not the first time I read and review a book written by Robin Sharma.
For those who do not know him, Sharma is a leadership and performance expert. I am not fond of his videos, however, I believe that Sharma is a very strong writer. In his recent book, Sharma introduces a concept: the 5 a.m. club. The aim is to demonstrate how a new morning routine helps maximize productivity, bulletproof health, and much more.
What I liked about this book
As you read this book, you are caught by the story. This is not a typical self-help book. It is actually a story told in a very smooth style. The messages that the author tries to convey are subtle and they come to the reader close to self-realization. I loved the characters in the book as well as the flow of events that are quite thrilling.
What I liked less about this book
Like most self-improvement books, I have noticed repetition and more frequently similar ideas written in different ways. That said, some passages seemed tedious and less interesting than others.
As much as I am a growth junkie, I remain critical vis-à-vis this book genre. The question I asked myself as I was reading this book was: “for those who do not have a revolutionary morning routine, are they doomed to failure?”. The obvious answer is no!
Why you should read this book
This book is surely handcrafted. For those who follow the author on social media, you probably know how much effort he exerts towards writing. This book was written over a period of four years in various cities. It is also the result of massive research. I am among those who think that by reading this book we honor not just the author but his efforts and generosity as well.
Yet, do not take the book too seriously. I am afraid even the book industry has become too commercial. You may find yourself dragged into a capitalistic loop around daily rituals. That is not the point.
Everyone thinks of changing the world but no one thinks of changing himself
This is a must-read. It is a sweeping attempt to explain not only poverty (1.29 billion people struggling to survive on less than USD 1.25 per day) but various forms of gut-wrenching world problems.
Sexy stories: know how to tell them but do not believe them. Every best seller is ephemeral. Realization is inwards.
My friend and frequent contributor Ken used to live in the Middle East where I got to meet him. He is not only passionate about this part of the world. He is also one among the few expats I know who embraces the Middle East and understands it.
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