The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma [Summary]

The Book In Three Or More Sentences:

Beneath the story about three strangers who wear clothes with cheesy slogans on them and crave becoming world-class for unknown reasons hides a simple message: get up at 5 am. In essence, the 5 AM Club is a collection of widely popular quotes connected by a tasteless soap-opera-like fairytale that will make you want to punch someone in the face – most probably the author, Robin Sharma, for writing this.

The Core Idea:

We’re slowly turning into a mob of cyber-zombies who crave more. If you want to become a true needle-mover, a world-changed, as the author loves to say in the book, you should not only be less interested in your social media following, but also schedule more time for yourself so you can get better at your craft. And since our lives are overpopulated with stuff to do, Sharma’s solution for having enough time to pursue our true desires – which could have been said in around 30 pages, instead of 332 – is to get up at 5 AM and perform a short set of routines.


  • Get up early in the morning – preferably at 5 AM – if you want to elevate your life.
  • Don’t allow your obsession to detail ruin your life. Adopt healthy perfectionism.
  • You can’t become legendary if you don’t schedule time where you do deep focused work.

The 5 Key Lessons from The 5 AM Club

Lesson #1: Become More Interested In Others

A lot of people think that being active on social media is a social act, a noble act. You share stuff online and you think that you’re somehow improving the lives of the ones listening/watching.

But is it really like this?

In most of the cases, like in 99% of them, we share stuff to nudge our own ego. For instance, we don’t expose our new car to tell people that there is a new Tesla model. We do it to signal to others that we’re better than them and to hopefully receive some of praise from our beloved audience. As you can imagine, by looking it from the side of egoism, we can quickly realize that this type of socialism doesn’t lead to anything productive, inspiring. Quite the opposite actually.

By sharing how your life is getting better you’re 1) making others feel miserable 2) enforcing a consumerism mindset.

Robin Sharma, who also wrote The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, of course, despise this type of online spamming and selfishness.

He’s a strong believer that true greatness comes from nursing others.

So, if you want to see a positive change in your world you need to become a bit more obsessed with the world of the people around you.

If you want to help people, if you want to create a worthy legacy, you need to focus on the need of others. To become less interested in your own egoistic drives and more concern in becoming in service of others.

The last fifty years then become less about me and more about we. Less about selfishness and more about service.” Robin Sharma

Lesson #2: Focus On These Four Things To Become History-Maker

What’s that I hear? You want to become a world-famous magnate and cure the world of mediocrity?

No worries. There’s a section of the book that is specifically designed to amplify your skills and upgrade every part of your brain and body.

How the hell I was able to structure such a high intense sentence?

I borrowed the words from the book.

The main character in the book is called Mr. Riley. He’s ultra-rich, mega fit, and extremely noble. But that’s not all. He also has a bag full of tactics and strategies that aim to make you a better human being. One of which is called the four focuses of history-makers (quite a mouthful, I know). Here’s the short version:

  1. Capitalization IQ: True leaders are made, not born. They don’t rely on their talents, they rely on the process of becoming great. If you want to improve your existence you need to exercise daily, to learn daily, and to get better, daily.
  2. Freedom from distraction: If you’re bombarded by messages and notifications you won’t be able to focus. Therefore, you won’t achieve anything meaningful. So, you need to transition from being busy to being productive. How? Block the noisy sites that are only wasting your time and lock yourself in a room, alone.
  3. Personal mastery practice: According to the author, if you want to become truly great, exceptional, the usual yadda yadda, one needs to invest “at least two hours and forty-four minutes of daily improvement on their chosen skill for ten years.”
  4. Daily stacking: This one is the secret sauce of all rich people. The daily stacking focus point refers to your ability to make small daily improvements in your life. Focus on getting only 1% better each day. It might seem insignificant at first but imagine how your life will look like after one year – 300%+ better.

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