9 September 2007

Bringer Of Light

by mo

On my ride home from work Friday evening I finished reading…

The Greatness Guide: Powerful Secrets for Getting to World Class by Robin Sharma Read more about this title…

This was an excellent read! I just couldn’t put it down after I first cracked it open. My boss at work popped by my desk on Wednesday, and handed me the book. She said that I would probably enjoy it! I did! Thanks Leanne!

The chapters are short and sweet, which makes it so easy to just pick up and read a chapter here and there. I wanted to share some of the insights from this book, but I highly encourage you to go out and read it yourself.

When I was growing up my father once told me: “Cut back on your rent or cut back on what you spend on food but never worry about investing money in a good book.”

I really enjoy reading books. It really is like having a conversation with all sorts of great minds and views of the world! I’m really looking forward to one day being able to look back and think about all the wonderful books I’ve studied. I’ve learned so much from such a simple act, and teaching someone to read truly is precious.

“Not one of the uber-successful people I’ve worked with as a leadership coach got there without outworking everyone around them.”

One of the other things that Robin mentioned in his book was that the price of discipline is not as painful as the price of regret. It’s absolutely important to work heard to get ahead and for a sense of accomplishment. Feeling good about where you are, because of how hard you’ve worked is great!

“Faced an uphill battle: an aggressive enemy, brutal disease and scarce resources. As they marched inland to do battle, Cortes ordered one of his lieutenants back to the beach with a single instruction: ‘Burn our boats.’”

Don’t allow failure to be an option. Sometimes when dealing with all to difficult situations it’s to easy to look for the backdoor out. But by changing your thinking so that you don’t allow failure to be an option, you allow yourself to succeed. I also think this applied to being faithful and loyal to those you care about. It seems these days, it’s so normal for partners to cheat on one another. Think ahead and don’t allow yourself to be caught up in the moment.

“You need to practice to get to your greatness. Athletes know this so very well. Why does it seem so foreign to the rest of us?”

Duh! So schedule time to practice! In Jr. High and High School I had a friend who was a super athlete, he had accomplished more before 7 am then the regular teenager, including myself. He got it!

“If you eat three times a day you’ll be fed. But if you read three times a day you’ll be wise.” - Shimon Peres

For some reason this quote spoke to me. It was silly how straight forward and simple this thought is, but it makes darn good sense!

“Study hip hop artists… You’ll learn all you need to learn about taking a brand to the top of the mountain.”

I’m a fan of hip hop, so any plug for it makes me smile!

I’ve downloaded every episode of Robin’s podcast and found time each morning to listen to one episode each morning. I found that it’s been a great way to start my day. I just hope he continues to publish more episodes.

This Wednesday, September, 12, 2007 I will be attending a private presentation by Robin Sharma here in Calgary. I’m really looking forward to the presentation!