Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Greatness Guide by Robin Sharma

This book is a compilation of ideas that are already known to us, yet they were never acted upon. Robin has put these ideas very elegantly and has shown that these ideas worked for him very well, that one gets inspired to constantly pursue them to reach the place called greatness. I definitely found this book incredibly useful and enjoyed reading every chapter. One chapter every morning would certainly supply the motivation needed for the day.

There is something missing from my coolness!

Robin was out skateboarding with his daughter. The little girl looked like a pro with all her new accessories. Just as they were having fun learning to skate, she looked up to Robin and said, “Dad, there is something missing from my coolness”.

Awareness precedes choice and choice precedes results. With better awareness on what is missing from our lives, on what is limiting our self to reach for the greatness, on what needs to be improved in our life, on what needs to be thrown out from our life, we tend to make better choices. Better choices precede better results.


Setting goals, getting better

Setting goals, aligning your schedule for realizing your goals, being the best in what you do, and striving to be amazingly successful to make a difference – many people think these as boring stuff; they think these go-getters are very tedious, taking life very seriously; they think these go-getters are incompatible with being compassionate, socially conscious, and a good person! Utter nonsense.

Setting goals makes one stay focused and promotes personal growth; Aligning the schedule shows they never betray themselves; And realizing a goal gives an immense sense of achievement; being the best in what you do gives the pleasure of personal satisfaction, a job well done; and being amazingly successful awakens joy, makes us feel that we have not walked the planet in vain. Of course, not everyone knows that these go-getters get goofy and play most of the time!

Settling for mediocrity has its own sad costs. And success is not a dirty word!

The Mandela balance

In the words of Nelson Mandela, “After climbing a great hill, one finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk has not yet ended.”

As much as it is important not to take off our eyes from the summit, it is extremely important to enjoy the climb. Life is all about enjoying the climb.

Get all that life wants for you

Robin says that the very thing we want to see more in our life is the very thing that we need to give away. A very powerful idea.

Want more credits for things you do? Be the one to give more credit. Want more loyalty? Be the most loyal person you know. Want more understanding? Be more understanding. Want more love? Give more love. Want more enthusiasm? Be the most enthusiastic person around. 


Give out what you most want to come back. Very powerful idea indeed!

The bottom line

We will get to the end of our life anyway — why not reach that place as an extraordinary human being?

Personal take aways
  • No ask, No get – it never hurts to ask.
  • Never leave your home without a book – Madonna used to bring a book to a nightclub to use the time reading when she wasn’t dancing!
  • Make time to think – at least to ensure I climb the right mountain.
  • Learn to say no – “Yes men” and “yes” women never create anything great.
  • Think like a CEO – be a part of the solution rather than being a part of the problem.
  • Commit to first class – the best invest in the best.
Quotes garden
  • Remember, every great leader was initially laughed at. Now they are revered.
  • The real risk lies in riskless living.
  • Never talk when you can nod.
  • The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. But the second best time is today.
  • It’s risky out on the limb but that’s where all the fruit is.
  • If everyone was satisfied with themselves, there would be no heroes.
  • The price of discipline is always less than the pain of regret.
  • The only place you’ll reach if you follow the crowd is the exit.
  • Remember that before someone will lend you a hand, you need to touch their heart.
  • A mind once stretched by a new idea can never return to its original dimensions.
  • What gets measured is the very thing that is improved.

3 comments:

  1. Give out what you most want to come back.

    Never leave your home without a book – Madonna used to bring a book to a nightclub to use the time reading when she wasn’t dancing!

    I LIKE THE ABOVE 2. DIDN'T KNO MADONNA WAS SO COOL...

    The real risk lies in riskless living.
    It’s risky out on the limb but that’s where all the fruit is. ISN'T THIS CONTRADICTORY?

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  2. Dear Nivedya,

    So true about Madonna! Never knew.

    About the risk quotes, what Robin means to say is that it is absolutely necessary to take risks in life. Though it might be unsafe, it is where the real success resides.

    You can find that the quotes are not controdictory on examining closely! :)

    Cheers,
    EB

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  3. thank you, looking forward to your next post.
    -nivedya

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