Make Victory Your New Normal


Hello World-changers!

Make Victory Your New Normal


This week I would love to share an inspiring video with you that will exponentially up your game and fuel your energy for success,after all, we need to re-calibrate every once in a while in order to make success our everyday normal.It is a 22-minute and 42-second video from my mentor Robin Sharma.

Enough said.Click below





Me: For a man that had traveled,worked and lived in almost all states in America but five,a brief introduction might be difficult.
Dr Moshood Fayemiwo is the CEO of Alternative Lifestyle Communication company based in Chicago,USA.Our first contact was during the making and marketing of the “Aliko Dangote Mohammad: The Biography of the Richest Black-man in the World”,will that be correct?

Dr Fayemiwo:That’s correct Lanre!

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself and what Alternative Lifestyle Communication Company is about?

My name is Moshood Ademola Fayemiwo. I am the CEO of Alternative Lifestyle Communication, DBA based in Chicago, United States. We are a public relations outfit, and a printing and publishing company with headquarters in Chicago. We have offices in Nigeria, Ghana and the UK. We also have other subsidiaries whose activities are ancillaries to our printing and publishing businesses. I am originally from Nigeria. I had my undergraduate education at the University of Lagos and did all my higher education here in the United States which I relocated to in the late 1990s. I have three masters’ degrees and a doctorate. I am married to a fellow academic who is also a doctorate degree holder. We have two boys and we all live here in the United States.




2. What were you doing before Alternative Lifestyle Communication kicked off?

We registered our corporation in the State of Illinois nearly ten years ago and before that I was into my doctoral program. I was also the CEO of a printing company while I was living in Florida. Before that, I was a newspaper editor and publisher in my native Nigeria before I relocated to the United States about 15 years ago and I have been in the media for 30 years now. I began my journalism career in the defunct National Concord newspapers owned by the late Chief MKO Abiola in 1985. I had worked with some of Nigeria’s leading national newspapers and magazines while in Nigeria. I also worked for some newspapers in Florida and New York when I arrived here in the United States. I currently maintain a column with several newspapers around the world, mainly on Christian issues and walk with the Lord.

3. What do you love most about your business and your life?

As a journalist, you act as a catalyst for systemic and lasting change in your society. During my secular journalism years in Nigeria, myself and few radical journalists who I would describe as the vanguard of the “alternative press” in Nigeria during the military era employed the pen as a potent force for change in Nigeria. The so-called democracy that Nigerians are enjoying today was birthed at the back of personal deprivations and the sacrifices of people like us in those giddy military dictatorship regimens of Babangida and Abacha. We proved that, the pen is mightier than the sword and my incarceration and the detention of those of us in the barricade showed that, as Napoleon Bonaparte once said: “Two hostile newspapers are to be feared than a thousand bayonets.” Journalism is my life. Writing has been part and parcel of me since my secondary and university days. It allows you to control your mind, thoughts and actions. You set your time and are not directed and dictated to by anybody. It’s a very liberating craft and it helps you to live beyond your time and space. All the money in the world cannot buy you posterity as art and writing will do. Imagine in the New Millennium we are still talking about and reading William Shakespeare. You will discover that when all those idiots who called themselves leaders in Nigeria are dead and forgotten, with all their stolen loot buried with them; generations unborn will be reading and talking about great artistic minds like Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe and other men and women of letters whose creative works will continue to endure as life endures That is the power of then pen, journalism, art and that is why I love this profession. What is even more; now that I have discovered why I am here as a Christian journalist, all that I write are for now and the future and on top of it all, for eternity. There is no better way to be remembered than to be a part of gathering for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for only His Kingdom will endure forever. See how simple fishermen as disciples of the Savior who gave us the Synoptic Letters are still shaping our lives more than 2,000 years after they are no more physically with us! That is the power of thinking eternally. I am sure many of the world’s philosophers we quote often in the academy are unknown to may human beings around the world, but who has never heard of Apostle Paul on earth? That is again the power of being used by the Lord God Almighty for His Glory. I thank Him for considering me to be a part of His ever-lasting and never-ending kingdom.

4. What do you think are the most important personal skills someone must have to be successful in business?

The only business I know and consider worthwhile is the business of our Lord Jesus Christ. What do I mean? Every human being that has been born or will ever walk on this planet earth has a mission from his/her Creator to fulfill. When all is said and done and we’re individually out of here, the only question our Creator will ask you and me is; did you carry out the mission I gave you when you’re alive on earth? This to me is the business that each and every one of us must find out and discover and then use all His God-given talents to accomplish. For me personally, the most important skills I think every “business person” must deploy to be successful in life’s business are: true walk and intimate relationship with Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; obedience and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit; God’s wisdom in taking decisions and using that Divine Wisdom to guide us in our relationship with other human beings; and finally love towards others and building God’s Kingdom on earth. These skills have nothing to do with money, status, celebrity, material acquisition and political power. The most successful people in life are those who know why they are here; carrying out God’s purpose for their lives and making it back “home”-heaven- as far as I am concerned. That is why all the so-called earthly accomplishments: political power, money, fame, status etc. will never count immediately you close your eyes and cross to the Other Side of eternity.



5. What are the obstacles you encountered in your business journey and how did you overcome them?

As I explained earlier on, the first obstacle I encountered was first discovering my mission in life. In other words, I needed to know and discover God’s purpose for my life on earth. Why am I? It took me the first 35 years of my life to discover why the True Lord God Almighty, my Creator put me on this earth. If any human being has not been able to concretize this matter, such a person is only alive but is not living. Then the second obstacle was how to go about carrying out the will of God for my life. It took me a secluded and deprived life in the Gulag for two years between 1996 and 1998 during the dictatorship of the late Nigerian military tyrant, Gen. Sani Abacha for me to discover the raison d’etre of my existence. Other obstacles of course are from Satan, his demons and their human agents. Once you are able to surmount the first two obstacles above, then you’re surefooted and determined to chart the compass of your life through the Power of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 6. How would you describe your leadership style?

I do not have any leadership style of my own, except the leadership style of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Candidly, all those leadership styles taught in secular education are inadequate to answer the complex answers of human nature, thus the first leadership style is Divine Love. No business school in the world teaches this first leadership style, except in our Judea-Christian philosophy. When you love your Creator with all your heart and soul and strength and display same love to your fellow human beings; the urge to covet and be greedy take backseat; you’re able to treat your subordinates lovingly and not harshly, you won’t steal and defraud other and cut corners; you won’t cheat on your spouse and commit all abominable sins, because you have the genuine Love of God in your heart. Why are all these abominable sins and practices rampart in our world today? Lack of love, I mean Divine Love from above. If you have God’s Agape Love in your heart from the Majesty Throne on High, all these sins will not rear their ugly heads. When you display the leadership style of the King of kings and Lord of lords, selfish ambition has not place in your life and unbridled material acquisition will not consume you. There are no seven or ten leadership styles of life as being parroted by so-called earthly philosophers and motivational speakers of the world, but only one: love, period. All the problems in the world can be located in one place: inside the human earth. There is only one way the human earth can be renewed: through love as taught by the Savior of the world; our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 7. Have you ever had to deal with some of the negativity being portrayed by the media everyday about Africa, considering you are an African living in diaspora? How do you handle people who think there isn’t much to write home about with regards to Africa?

First, I watch carefully what I watch, listen to in the radio, read in the newspapers and magazines and see in the broadcast media. Remember I am a journalist too and I am familiar with the forces that shaped secular news. It’s important to know how the global system is organized and how the various major stake-holders operate and the dynamics that gave rise to who is doing what, when, where and how?

Secondly, once you have the Holy Spirit in you, it’s pretty easy to separate news and information from spiritual understanding. Most of the secular and worldly news in the mass media are deliberately disseminated to achieve certain desired objectives and one of such major objective is to maintain the status quo, so once you’re able to see beyond the façade, it’s easy to make good and Godly choices in a world that is fast degenerating into a moral relative world.

I don’t spar with people who lack fundamental knowledge and understanding of the global system, including Africa. Just as many Africans living in Africa have no clues on how people in the West live and thus have exaggerated views of the West so also majority of those who live in the West are ignorant about events in the South. As a child of two worlds, or as an African in the Diaspora to use your expression, my duty is to correct the twins-ignorance on both sides through my writings and books. To a large extent, I think I have been able to correct such dual-misconceptions through some of my books and publications, either on my own or in concert with other like-minded Africans in the two aisles of the Global Divide and even people of other races.  For instance, my wife is an African-American who is also a scholar and her history straddles these two Global Worlds I am referring to, consequently, it’s pretty easy for us to author books together because of our similar experiences. You will discover these two historical convergences in all the books we have co-written which speak largely to our common ancestry. Like I said, there are other non-African American writers too, especially in the Christian genres that are familiar with these common ancestries that we have collaborated with to communicate our Christian heritage to the people of the world.

8. Who was the most influential person or mentor in your life?

Undoubtedly, my Savior and Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords is the most influential person in my life and my eternal mentor. He recycled me back to life when I was about to be wasted and destroyed. He gave me life and hope for today, tomorrow and above all for eternity. I didn’t know who I am as a human being until I gave my life to the Owner of Life and it was Him who let me know why I am here as a human being. No fellow human being, who is also a sinner could do that, hence a fellow human being dealing with the same problems of life as I was before I was saved by the Savior couldn’t have qualified as a mentor or most influential person in my life as far as I am concerned.

9. What was the BIGGEST risk you’ve taken? 

To abandon all that I initially planned for my life, did a U-Turn and invest all, I mean all into the Hands of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. That was the biggest and greatest risk I ever took about my life and you know what; the risk pays off. Hallelujah! I wouldn’t have wanted any other life than the one I have now. To be honest with you; there is no life worth living that is lived outside the revealed and expressed will of the Creator, who is the owner of one’s life. And I can tell you in confidence right now that the biggest risk of my life which was to devoting the rest of my life to this Good God who so loved me that He had to come down to this earth personally in Our Lord Jesus Christ to die for me in order to save my from the Nether Gloom. It is the biggest and greatest risk every human being on earth will have to take one way or the other in the course of our individual journey in this temporary life.

10. What do you think about college education? Should kids go to college now or get into business if they feel it’s a better choice? Considering some of the worlds’ greatest never had college education, your thoughts?

Without any doubt, college education is good and still relevant. Even in the age of globalization and the Internet, we cannot discount the power to acquire more knowledge. I invested ten years of my life into college education at the higher level when I arrived here in the United States and acquired all the degrees I set my mind to acquire right from Nigeria. Thank God, I am fulfilled because it is not how long but how far. Some Christians believe the more stupid and obtuse they are on matter of this temporary life; the more spiritual they are. That is completely wrong. The Lord God Almighty wants all His children to acquire knowledge, but my advice to young believers is that, they should acquire college education that will enable them to learn how to live rather than earn a living. Candidly, our current college and university education is not equipping today’s youth on how to answer the myriad questions of life complexities and that is why many of today’s university graduates are useless to themselves and to the society, not only in Africa but around the world. Those who are under 50 years today should begin to ask themselves why many of the world’s successful and reputable companies are founded and owned by college drop-outs? You know them all: Google, Yahoo, Kinkos, Facebook, apple etc. As far as I am concerned, anyone preparing to go to college in the New Millennium should have it at the back of his/her mind that he/she will only go there to acquire information and facts, period. Real education now exists outside the four walls of our colleges and universities. When last did you read of great companies and successful business start-ups founded by graduates of the Ivy Leagues where students pay several thousands of dollars to attend? There are many “educational derelicts” now in our midst more than ever to borrow the words of Mr. Albert Raymond Kroc, the founder of McDonalds. So like I said, college and university education is still important, but it is now a supplement. That you made a First Class doesn’t guarantee you success in life.

11. What would be the most important piece of advice you could give to young entrepreneurs and why? Especially for those who want to do business with African and in Africa?

There are some business ethics that are important whether you’re planning to do business in Africa, with Africans or Americans, the Brits or any other people. As people of faith, there are certain fundamental biblical truths that we should adhere to no matter the odds against us. I will rather hold unto my integrity than ruin my Christian journey and jeopardize my eternal destiny on the altar of fleeting business success. That may not resonate much in the ears of the spiritually dead, but as born-again Christians, those mantras are etched in our own Rosetta stone of Christian ethics and business and cannot be compromised, period.


Me:Thank you Dr Fayemiwo for sharing with us!

Dr Fayemiwo:Thanks for having me!

The 6 Quiet Rituals of Enormously Successful Humans By Robin Sharma

Hello World Changers!

In the last 5 years some resources have transformed my thinking and positioned me to live a legendary life and produce consistent epic results.I am grateful to my mentor,Robin Sharma for a shoulder to lean on.

One of such resources is “The 6 Quiet Rituals of Enormously Successful Humans”. This video will dramatically change your thinking forever.





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39 Ways to Die Enormous

39 Ways to Die Enormous

By Robin Sharma

#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title


Yes, to die enormous!

When you fall, feel the pain. And then stand up. You were born for victory. And failure has no place in your world.

Hip hop icon Jay-Z once observed “I’d rather die enormous than live dormant.”

And I know you totally get that your days (and mine) are numbered. So this day’s the right day to start living FULL ON…

With this outcome in mind, I spent many hours reflecting on and then writing 39 of my best ideas for living in a way that will cause you to make history…

May these 39 insights fuel your rise. And transform your game…‎

#1. ‎Dream up a vision so brave it makes all around you roll with laughter. Or reply with ridicule.

#2. Care a lot more about how many people you help than how much recognition you receive.

#3. Become the heavyweight champion of your craft. The undisputed titan of your field. And–quite simply–the best there ever was.

#4. Protect your pristine reputation. It’s an asset of priceless value. And each day, make your good name worth even more by doing acts of excellence, work that astonishes and gestures that inspire.

#5. When you fall, feel the pain. And then stand up. You were born for victory. And failure has no place in your world.

#6. Offer great words. Your language forges your beliefs. And your beliefs drive your behaviors. Speak like a lion, never a sheep. Talk like a leader, never a victim.

#7. Lean into your fears. Go out to your edges. Because the place where your greatest limits live is also the place where your greatest growth lies.

#8. Become a walking, talking excuse-free zone, understanding that your excuses are nothing more than the lies your shadows have sold you. As of this moment, do what needs to get done. And remember: just because something was hard to do yesterday doesn’t ‎mean it won’t be easy to do today.

#9. Silence your critics. Ignore your haters. Delete your cynics. The very act of playing at mastery and elevating the world is a massively disruptive act. Average people will become threatened by your brilliance. And so, try to stifle your genius.

#10. Mentor a child. Inspire a kid. Raise a neighborhood. To be great is to be of use. And an instrument of service.

#11. Most epic performers invested in 2.44 hours of daily training for ten straight years before the first signs of their greatness showed up (that’s ten years of anonymous). Most iconic companies took twenty years before they dominated their industries. World-class is a process. And legendary takes time.

#12. To double your success, triple what you spend on personal development and professional learning. Because the person who knows the most becomes the best. This idea alone not only built my life–it saved it.

#13. Forgive those who need to be forgiven. Each of us is doing the best we can, based on the information we know. No point in wasting too much time getting even. The Chinese proverb said it best: “before you go off to seek revenge, it is best to dig two graves.”

#14. Be radically generous. Give your customers 100X the value they expect (they’ll fall in love with you). Give your loved ones 100X more love than they demand (they’ll adore you). And do it without expectation of any return. Otherwise it’s not a real gift–it’s a trade.

#15. Be an original. Copycats never become ubiquitous. And clones don’t become game-changers.

#16. Spend time in solitude. Daily. As you rise into your heroism and construct a life that will make history, you’ll face the voices of dissent. Spending time alone will forge your conviction for your mission. And allow you to refuel. So you stay strong for your vision.

#17. Be not afraid of heartbreak. The root of the word “passion” means “to suffer”.‎ And all masters suffer. They suffer the pain of stumbling their way to greatness. And the hurt of standing for their artistry. And the wound of being misunderstood. Along with the sacrifice of practicing their craft to extreme degrees.

#18. When you witness injustice, speak up. And do something about it. If you don’t, you allow unfairness to rule our world.

#19. Get fit like an athlete. Not just to look good and become lean. But to live long. So you can inspire, elevate and serve for many many more years. Staying in the game longer than anyone around you is a gorgeous strategy for becoming iconic.

#20. Be real. Too many of us are so petrified to be ourselves that we invest our energy in becoming great pretenders. But few things are as powerful than a human being who’s comfortable in their own skin.‎ Authenticity is an element of mastery. Oscar Wilde said it perfectly: “Be yourself, everyone else is taken.”

#21. Say sorry when you need to. Say thank you like you mean it.

#22. Remember that gratitude is the antidote to misery. Neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine get dumped into your brain. You’ll feel happier, stronger more alive and on fire to rise to remarkable.

#23. Trust that the only opinion that matters is your opinion of yourself.

#24. And stop comparing yourself to others. It’s a great way to destroy confidence and diminish performance. There’s only one you on the planet today. You’ve been built to dazzle. And designed to inspire.

#25. Never lose your exceptional curiosity. Just watch a child: their eyes sparkle from the wonder they see. Lose that and you’ve lost it all.

#26. Do a living funeral now so you deeply understand what will be most important on your last day. Then reverse engineer it to start living in that way today.

#27. Develop a monomaniacal focus on contributing massive amounts of value, ingenuity and beauty to as many human beings as possible. The person who helps the most humans wins.

#28. Care about the smallest of details. Little refinements done consistently stack up into unforgettable user experience. And you and I are both in the business of wow.

#29. When you see someone doing a first-class job, do not hold back. Unleash your appreciation. Share your fascination. And tell them they’re awesome. You’ll change the world this way.

#30. Remember that dead people don’t care about monuments. Better to focus on producing masterpieces and being incredible while you’re alive than to spend much time on your legacy. [Yes, I know I’ve written so much on legacy in my books. Sorry. I’ve changed my mind.]

#31. Know that success belongs to those who learn, grow and study. And that education is inoculation against disruption.

#32. The moment you feel like quitting is the time you need to keep on going. Persistence fuels genius. And grit creates champions.

#33. Develop singularity of focus. Simplicity breeds mastery. And genius is more about what you have the discipline to say no to versus yes to.

#34. Adversity yields opportunity. And a problem only becomes a problem when seen as a problem.

#35. Your associations determine your success. You become your conversations. Spend time with people who show you what’s possible versus diminish your talent.

#36. Fill your life with art. Go to the Sistine Chapel. Spend time at MOMA. Visit the Tate Modern. Being around the works of greatness will awaken yours.

#37. Leave everyone you meet better than you found them. Become an encourager of potential versus a destroyer of confidence.

#38. Remain true to your boldest ideals. Possibilitarians–not cynics–change the world.

#39. And be loving. At the end, each of us will have wished we had cared deeper, served higher and laughed a little louder.
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21 Ways to be and stay creative by Stacia Pierce

Working can become mundane after a while. It’s important to shake things up a bit to stay sharp and full of fresh ideas. We’re constantly creating new products and programs, and after a while, it can become challenging to do something new. We can get comfortable and go with something that has already been done. However, when you want to raise your level of expertise, authority and innovation, you have to become more creative.

Here’s a list of 21 ways to charge your creative juices and improve your productivity. Try implementing at least one a day over the next few weeks. You may come up with your own million-dollar idea!


1. Write freely. Write uninhibited thoughts early in the morning when you first wake up to jump-start your creativity. Brilliant ideas, solutions and reminders will come early in the morning.

2. Keep an idea journal with you at all times. Whether you love a pen and a pad or you use a notepad app, when inspiration strikes, record it quickly right when the idea is fresh.

3. Write on the walls. Use extra large paper you can stick on the wall and write your ideas. It’ll bring out the kid in you and help you to create freely.

4. Use sticky notes. Record a single thought then later you can rearrange your ideas into a flow that fits your project.

5. Meditate. Clear your mind through meditation. Get in tune with your inner spirit and allow yourself to hear divine ideas that are meant for you.

6. Get monthly motivation in the mail. Subscribe to magazines in your industry and other magazines that inspire you as well. Every week, I visit the bookstore and purchase all the weeklies. They are full of ideas, up-to-the-minute information and the latest trends and styles.

7. Make lists. Lists are an easy way to get a lot of ideas out quickly, just start writing… more things will come once you get started. (I used this technique to write this list, actually)

8. Break routine. We are all creatures of habit and doing the same things over and over can dull your mind. Break up the monotony and do things a little different.

9. Get moving. Ride a bike, run on the treadmill, exercise and get your blood pumping. The increased blood flow positively impacts your creative juices.

10. Take a walk. Fresh air and natural surroundings will inspire you.

11. Finish. Un-clutter your mind of unfinished business so you can think more clearly.

12. Browse the bookstore. Peruse the aisles, check out the New York Times best-seller list, thumb through selections that catch your idea. Go around the entire store, not just your favorite spots. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll find. I’ve found great ideas in cookbooks, decorating books, calendars and more.

13. Get order in your office/home. A clean space will conjure up your creativity. Everything speaks to you… so clear the distractions of clutter so you can hear what inspires you not what’s draining you.

14. Add color for creativity. Colors have been known to enhance your mood and impact your thinking. Go for the color green when you want to be more creative and the color yellow when you want to enhance your mood overall (which also helps your creativity).

15. Experiment. It’s OK to experiment. Try something new with your project. Listen to your gut and go for what hasn’t been done before… your best work can spring up out of a hunch! Give it a whirl… you can always adjust later.

16. Surround yourself with creative people. Creative energy of others can fuel the atmosphere and produce a conducive environment for fantastic ideas to flow.

17. Check out the competition. It’s good to see what your competition is up to. You’ll keep your competitive edge and you might find something that sparks an idea for your own projects.

18. Attend conferences. Live events are a great place to learn new things, meet new people and trade information as well. You may find a new product for your business or meet a potential business partner.

19. Take a class. Keep your skills sharp by staying abreast of the latest information in your field. Thankfully the Internet makes this process simple. You can take an online course or other courses offered by experts.

20. Create vision boards. Create a visual of your ideas that you can meditate on often. Put it where you can see it, it will inspire you.

21. Ask “What if?” Allow yourself to imagine and think freely about ideas that come to you. Focus to remove the barriers and consider how everything would turn out if…

Share with us your ideas

5 Things All Great Leaders Have In Common-By CEO,Richard Branson

When it comes to achieving business success, most people think it is mostly because of the strategy that the business comes up with. Strategy is one part of a whole range of reasons but not the only reason for success. There are a lot of things that amount to the success of an organization, and leadership without a doubt is one of the main reasons for this success.

We’ve all had bosses who seem to style themselves on military leaders, however treating the workplace as a battle ground is something which few respond well to. Leaders need to take tough decisions and act quickly, but that shouldn’t instill a culture of fear amongst employees. Mistakes are part of an individual’s growth, as well as a company’s.

One person who has made his fair share of mistakes, while also knowing a thing or two about what it takes to be a real leader is Richard Branson. Walk through any of the Virgin offices around the world and you’ll really struggle to find somebody who has seen the company’s Founder raise his voice when the going gets tough. High pressured situations need to be handled, all whilst keeping your eye on the businesses real goal.

“What leadership boils down to is people. Whatever your style, whatever your method, you need to believe in yourself, your ideas and your staff. Nobody can be successful alone – and you cannot be a great leader without great people to lead. The trick is in striking the right balance between empowering your staff and being an example for them to follow,” Explains Branson

A good dynamic leader is compared to a dynamo generating energy that charges and activates the entire group in such a way that wonders can be achieved with. The success of an organization depends to a great extent upon good leadership. Dynamic leadership can improve the chances of success by stimulating the right behaviors and inspiring innovation in the face of hardship .

I recently had the privilege of Speaking to serial entrepreneur Con Georgiou to get his thoughts on the importance of leadership in business. Over the course of his business career Con has coached, mentored and led thousands of staff and customers from all walks of life and has spent time with some of the world’s best business minds.

Below he shares his thoughts on what he believes to be the top 5 most common traits in all-great leaders

1) Best in class Leaders care for their people, I mean really care. Like caring enough to understand when staff need support if put into difficult situations where their skill may not match the challenge called upon them.

2) Surround themselves with people who have strengths that they lack. Valuing diversity is critical to this leadership trait. This may mean that its not all smooth sailing and consensus may take some effort but it does mean you have some rigor around your decision making and execution capacity.

3) Understand the true power of relationships and empower problem solvers. All effective organizations are built on great relationships that are based on trust, respect and honor to name a few. Without this you are operating on shaky ground and even the best strategies and technologies will not overcome these shortcomings.

4) Have the grit to defend the company’s values under hardship. Making the hard call to say no to bad business is tough but its what separates true leaders from fakers. Standing for your company’s values will win the hearts and minds of your team, which drives deep engagement.

5) Communicate, Communicate, Communicate. As businesses grow strategies may change, ensuring constant and clear communication is critical to maintaining pace and synchronicity. Too many companies are like caterpillars who lose the plot in every which way, this is taxing and demoralizing for all included.

Interested to know, what’s one common trait you’ve seen in great leaders?

My Strange Success Rituals

My Strange Success Rituals

By Robin Sharma
#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title



Achieving massive productivity, serious success and spectacular impact really isn’t that hard…
…it’s all a pretty simple process.
…actually it’s a very simple process.
I’ve been blessed to be the private advisor to many of the world’s celebrity billionaires and grateful that my success tools have been used by top performers ranging from Taylor Swift and Jon Bon Jovi to NBA and NHL superstars.
The ideas and tactics I teach at my live events like my annual The 48 Hour Transformation coming up this June are strikingly easy. And yet staggeringly powerful.
Please just remember that success is really all about a masterful consistency around the basic fundamentals.
Watch Kobe or Eminem, Michelangelo or Mozart, Philippe Starck or Jony Ive…they are all about stripping away complexity and hammering away at simplicity…knowing that’s the essence of outright genius.
The thing is that the vast majority of well-intentioned, decent and good people just don’t know what the epic performers know.
Schools teach math and geography. Televisions teach news and distraction. Society teaches materialism and hedonism.
But what about what to do to become great?
How about the daily habits of the performance masters?
And the key moves to make to get the big results you want?
Part of my passionately-held and emotionally-charged personal mission is to share the mindsets, practices and behaviors that those playing at BIW (Best in World) run so you can do your finest work…
…and carve out a life that truly matters.
In today’s message, I want to share 7 of the rituals I’ve personally used to do my best work and drive excellent results.
Fair notice: these rituals are a little strange…but they’ve helped my clients realize elite personal performance, grow personal fortunes, positively influence communities and make the world a far better place…
…so please just stay open to trying them…and applying them for the next 66 days until they wire in as your new normal…

Strange Ritual #1: Use a Timer to Do World-Class Work
On the two days a week I schedule as “Creative Days”, I set blocks of time to achieve specific outcomes and results–generally working in the 90 minute bursts of intensity that have been scientifically proven to yield best performance (insight: each of your days only has 16 of these 90 minute segments so use them well).
I then use the countdown timer on my smartphone to heighten my awareness about the passage of each chunk of time. Not really sure why this ritual works so well (I’m deep into brain science these days so once I know, I’ll share of course). But it just does. So do it. Please.

Strange Ritual #2: One Hour Walks
Steve Jobs loved doing walking meetings. Thoreau loved walking in the woods. Mandela would walk for entire days. There’s just something beautifully special about installing the daily habit of walking…
…it’ll give you time to think and ideate. You’ll kickstart your creativity and multiply your innovation (bring paper or your phone with you to download the ideas that will pour into your imagination)…
…productivity will soar and your moods will elevate as your endorphins get released. And you’ll boost your fitness to your next level of wow.
After studying many of the creative masters, I’ve been doing a daily walk for years. It’s definitely been a game-changer for me, especially at the end of a productive day.

Strange Ritual #3: The Second Wind Workout
The daily walk ritual leads nicely into the “2WW” Ritual that has also served me so well: The Second Wind Workout.
Here’s the basic idea: given that exercise is one of the finest productivity tools ever created, why not use it more often within a day to get more valuable things done?
Yes–definitely do your morning workout to get you mentally and physically amped for a brilliant day. But then, at the end of your work day, go for that walk or take the swim or nail a run.
Creating a second workout ritual later in your day will give you so much more energy each evening, relax you with your loved ones, minimize the dangerous effects of stress, deliver a deeper sleep and even reduce your cravings later in the night.

Strange Ritual #4: Talk to Yourself
One of the tools that people who attended last year’s 48 Hour Transformation told me created very real breakthroughs for them was autosuggestion.
The reality is that most of our daily choices and behaviors are not conscious. We think we know why we do what we do but the truth is 90% of our moves are driven by our subconscious programming (all the beliefs and rules that our parents/teachers/media/peers have taught us).
This is why we’ll read a book or go to a conference and say we’ll make fantastic changes–but rarely do.
For a new idea to create true breakthrough, you need to go to the source. And use autosuggestion to install a new story about your place in the world.
Our conscious mind really does want to make the improvement within our business and personal life. But all the negative patterns within our subconscious hold us back. And sabotage our progress.
Autosuggestion is simply using words and verbal commands to rewire and re-script the unconscious realm of our brain. The subconscious is dramatically influenced by words.
The average person uses words that create limitation, scarcity, drama and failure in their lives–without even knowing it.
Best performers know that words drive performance. And so they use them brilliantly.
To be specific, I suggest that you clean out the victims peak from your vocabulary. Speaking “I hate this” or “this will never work” or “I’m not good at this” or “I can’t achieve that” or “I’m in trouble” forge subconscious beliefs that make your words self-fulfilling realities.
Instead, use the language of world-class. Talk words with power, grace and positivity. Speak like the person you’ve always wished you could become. And, with time and consistent practice, you’ll step into that person’s shoes.

Strange Ritual #5: The WTOH Question
Please remember that a problem is only a problem when viewed as a problem.
Many of the great business innovations came from a so-called “failure”.
Many of the greatest growth periods of our lives were derived from a period of pain.
Within every setback lies the gift of progress, advancement and outright mastery.
Too many of us encounter an obstacle and drop into victim-mode, giving away our power to it and throwing in the towel.
Instead, use “The WTOH Question” and ask what the opportunity here is?
This ritual has saved my life. It has allowed me to leverage the unexpected into pure possibility. And turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones.
It’s helped my team produce epic results in the face of Plan A not going to plan.
And it’s moved my clients to achieve legendary businesses as well as lives they adore.

Strange Ritual #6: Thank the Value Chain
Key principle: Gratitude is the antidote to Apathy.
To get giant things done, you need to feel inspired and alive and highly confident and unbeatable…
…positive psychologists are teaching us that “deliberate gratitude” (the actual habit of practicing gratitude versus leaving it to chance) is one of the smartest ways to build that state.
Another one of the strange rituals that has served me so very well is what I call “thanking the value chain”.
When I eat an excellent meal in a restaurant, I silently thank the chef, the servers, the delivery people, the owners, the farmers and every other human being along the value chain whose hard work has allowed me to savor the meal.
On an airplane, I silently thank the attendants, the pilots, the ground crew, the aircraft makers and even the back office workers for the gift of the flight. And the opportunity for me to attend another event to inspire and share with people who want to win.
I do my best to run this ritual as much as possible as I live out each day.
It completely changes the way I view each experience, encounter and person. And it fills me with energy, passion and hope.
I sincerely wish the same for you.

Strange Ritual #7: The Sunday Morning Planning Process
Every Sunday morning, I sent aside an hour to review the past 7 days. I then write my “Weekly Story”, a fast review of how I performed and behaved over the past week (based on the notes on my written daily schedule). This alone breeds huge amounts of awareness of what’s working and what needs to be improved.
Next, I review my annual one-page plan, reconnect with my Top 5 Values and consider my commitments for the next 7 days.
All this moves me to then write out my “Blueprint for a Beautiful Week” on a written 7 day template that has time blocks from 5 am to 11 pm.
Everything goes in here from my early morning workouts and journaling sessions to my family meals with those I love.
This ritual is one of the best habits I’ve developed. And has helped so many of our clients achieve more in a few weeks than most people get done in a year.
Hope these strange rituals of mine provoke you to install some new disciplines.
The world needs you to be at your best. And I’ll continue to do all I can to help you get there. Definitely.

Become a Rockstar of Productivity

Become a Rockstar of Productivity

By Robin Sharma



#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

Today I wanted to share some of my most powerful productivity insights and tools with you…
…so you become The Bono of Your Craft, The Jagger of Your Field and The Drake of Your Game (ok–Drake’s not a rocker but you get my point 😉
Let’s dive right in…

#1. Get Your Routines Right
Ultra-productive producers focus less on using their willpower and a lot more on building their routines.
Stephen King starts writing every day between 8 and 8:30 am, whether he’s motivated or not. He has his vitamin pill, sits in the same seat and plays the same music.
This ritual triggers his imagination. And kick starts his inspiration.
A while ago I was at a Yankees game in New York City. A major financial player was seated next to me. He shared that he’d recently brought NBA legend‎ Magic Johnson to speak to his corporate team.
Magic spoke of the fact that during one season Larry Bird dominated him when it came to free throw success. And so, Magic vowed that the next year, he’d show Bird his own mastery.
For the next 6 months, Magic built the following morning routine: he’d wake early and go down to his home basketball court. And he wouldn’t leave until he’d make 100 successful free throws. In a row.
Some days, Magic would be done by 7 am. Other days he’d still be shooting at noon. But he never left before making his 100 daily consecutive free throws‎. It was a dedicated routine.
The next year, Magic Johnson beat his rival Larry Bird in free throws.
I also adore Maya Angelou’s daily routine. She says she can’t work in pretty places like her home. So after she wakes up at 5:30 am each morning and has her coffee, she drives to a spartan, gritty motel room that she rents.
The rough nature of that environment pushes her to her creative edges. And provokes her greatest work.
She starts writing at 7 am and keeps at it until 2 pm. This is how she gets exceptional things done.
So get your routines right.
And please remember that inspiration isn’t some random event. No, it’s an organized result.

#2. Enjoy Being Disliked
Look, I get it. Part of being human involves a need to be liked. To fit in. To avoid conflict.
This neurobiological need served us when we lived on the savannah hundreds of years ago. If we strayed from the herd, we’d be eaten by tigers. Or die of starvation.
But now we’re in a world without the same threats. And with a staggering array of comforts.
Yet we still work and live in a way designed to sustain the approval of all those around us.
Here’s my real point: you can do world-class work. Or you can please everyone around you. But you can’t do both.
The very nature of being massively productive and creating masterful output means you’ll have to block out all the emails asking for immediate responses, turn off your mobile demanding your attention and say no to a ton of social obligations that only serve to distract you from the body of work that will raise you to iconic.
And this means people will be unhappy.
But the full expression of your gifts, talents and genius into the world is more than worth the disapproval you’ll attract. Actually, your mastery demands it.

#3. Value Suffering
I know this one won’t be popular with most people. But whoever said you’re playing at “most people level”…We live in a society that sells us easy.
Anything that seems hard or uncomfortable or messy is called bad.
And the quick-fix, pleasurable and fast is considered good.
But here’s the thing: every master suffers. And to become the single most productive person you know, you’ll have to accept some pain along the path.
Van Gogh remained mostly anonymous his entire life, only reaching fame after his death. Yet, he kept on producing his art.
Steve Jobs was considered a misfit, eccentric and oddball. Yet, nothing stopped his monomaniacal pursuit of world-class.
JK Rowling couldn’t get Harry Potter published. And still she persisted and persevered until one editor got the brilliance of her concept.
I guess what I’m suggesting is that every visionary is initially ridiculed and later revered.
Every artist, chef, manager, athlete, entrepreneur and scientist committed to mastery faces criticism as they pursue originality, cynicism as they hunt their passion and ‎condemnation as they chase their commitment.
And so they suffer for their dream, knowing that…
…the thing that’s easiest to do is rarely the thing that’s the best thing to do.

#4. Do Real Work Versus Fake Work
Really important distinction here….
Average producers confuse activity with productivity.
They think movement equals effectiveness.
And they get trapped into spending the best hours of their best days climbing mountains only to realize that at the end of the day they scaled the wrong ones.
Peter Drucker said it beautifully: “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which shouldn’t be done at all.”
Checking email first thing in the morning, pushing paper, doing senseless meetings and engaging in administrivia when you should be creating remarkable value are all examples of doing fake work…
…the kind of work designed to make you feel like you’re getting big things done but actually dig you deeper into the hole of mediocrity and overwhelm.
At my upcoming annual self-mastery event The 48 Hour Transformation, I’ll walk all the participants from around the world through my advanced ideas on elite productivity so they get more important things done in a week than most people get done in a quarter.
But for now, please allow me to share The 90/90/1 Rule that has created huge breakthroughs for so many of my beloved clients…
…for the next 90 days, spend the first 90 minutes of your workday on your #1 opportunity.
Just stop doing any fake work first thing in the morning. Check your email after lunch. Make your phone calls in the afternoon. Surf the Net in the evening.

#5. Be an Incrementalist
Massive productivity isn’t the result of one revolutionary act.
Instead, it’s actually the result of supertiny daily wins.
5 little acts of progress on your key plays every day delivers 1850 wins in a year.
“A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules,” observed British novelist Anthony Trollope.Beautifully said.
So please remember: the things you do regularly are 100X more important than those things you do rarely.

#6. Understand that Elite Productivity without Deep Refuelling Causes Dramatic Depletion
Try carrying a heavy load for a long time and you’ll be forced to stop in a short time.
But take rest breaks every little while, and you can go farther than you’ve ever dreamed…
Old-school performers think that the best way to get more done is to work harder. But research shows that’s actually the way to get less done.
Pushing yourself relentlessly without regular periods of renewal has actually been proven to deplete your key assets of focus, energy and productivity over time.
The smarter move? Work in intense bursts of total focus for 90 minutes and then take 10 minutes to rest, refuel and relax. Run these cycles through your workday and watch your energy and overall performance rise to breathtakingly great levels.

#7. Know The Power of The 3 S’s
Here’s a valuable idea: exceptional creativity and uncommon productivity need a space to present themselves. Ordinary producers are always so distracted and busy being busy that there’s no opportunity for their best ideas and performance to come out and play.
Ultra-productive performers get that time alone allows the brain to shift from the left side into the right side–the realm where your personal genius resides.
With quiet time, your brain waves shift into alpha state. And you receive the insights and reflections that truly can move you to change the game within your industry and inside of your life.
I learned The 3 S’s from my work as the private advisor to some of the most successful business-buil‎ders and entrepreneurial titans on the planet…
…the best of them understand the value of a period of daily Solitude, Silence and Stillness. They’d carve out time to think, plan and visualize. Every 24 hours. Without fail…
And ironically, by making the time to reflect, the actions that followed were vastly more focused, productive and excellent.By “doing nothing”, they achieve everything.

#8. Practice Spectacularity
Ok. I made up a word here. Forgive me.
But the principle is this: practice being spectacularly productive long enough and being spectacularly productive will become your way of being.
Recent science confirms it’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than think your way into a new way of acting (super important idea here).

So by behaving like the most productive person you know (for 66 days says the habit-installation research of University College of London)–even when you’re not there yet, you’ll rewire your brain patterns to the point where world-class productivity soon becomes automatic. Your default. And your new normal.And this is my great wish for you.
Ok. So there you go Rockstar…

8 of the best tactics for seriously amazing productivity that have helped so many of my clients produce epic results and become legendary within their fields.

Be great. Bye.


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