I just finished reading ‘The Greatness Guide’ by Robin Sharma. I came across this book in the bookstore, browsed through it and just knew that I had to buy it. And now, I can say I am glad I did.
It is one of those books that you can easily relate to and which leaves you thinking. As the title suggests, it is a handbook, a book which gives you tips on how to achieve greatness in life. I have never been able to read self-improvement books because of all the analysis involved, but this book is very different. The language is very, very simple. The ideas suggested by Robin can be used by anyone in his/her life.
Most of us already know what Robin advocates in this book, but we never think of life in those terms. There are many who read self-improvement books but then forget the lessons, often because they are too complicated to implement in actual life. This book gives tips on how to add that extra zing in your life in ways that can actually be implemented in your day-to-day life. It touches your innermost emotions and encourages you to find your unique purpose in life – the reason you were sent on earth. Probably because the entire book is in a conversational tone. Robin talks to his readers in the form of a one-on-one conversation, like two friends talking to each other. It encourages you to actually ACT, to do something to add more meaning and passion in your life.
I haven’t yet read Robin’s ‘The Monk who sold his Ferrari’ – the international bestseller. Now I am waiting to get my hands on that one! And I am gonna keep this book in my library so that I can refer to it whenever I feel my life is not going on track!
I leave you with some of my favourite quotes from this book:
“Big idea: Your days are your life in miniature. As you live your days, so you craft your life. What you do today is actually creating your future. The words you speak, the thoughts you think, the food you eat and the actions you take are defining your destiny – shaping who you are becoming and what your life will stand for. There’s no such thing as an unimportant day.”
“Each day, life will send you little windows of opportunity. Your destiny will ultimately be defined by how you respond to these windows of opportunity. Shrink from them and your life will be small, feel the fear and run to them anyway, and you life will be big. Life’s just too short to play little.”
“Big idea: People want to know that you are real. That you are decent, kind and trustworthy. They want to feel you and sense you and look into your eyes to see what you are made of. They want to know your passion for whatever it is you stand for. And when they sense that you are the real deal, they will open up to you. When they see that you have their best interests in mind, they will trust you-and keep your best interests in mind. Once they get that you are good, they’ll be good to you. And your career (along with your life) will get to a place called world class based on those trust connections.”
“Greatness is above all else, a state of mind. You need to believe in your potential and power before you can bring them to life. You need to feel like you are extraordinary before you can become extraordinary. I call this ’emotional blueprinting.’ To see spectacular results in your external life, you have to emotionally-viscerally-create a blueprint of your vision within your inner life.”
“….Commit to excellence. Become massively innovative and wear your passion on your sleave. They might call you different or wierd or even crazy. But please remember, every great leader (or visionary or brave thinkier) was initially laughed at. Now they are revered.”
“If you don’t act on life, life will act on you.”
“Life is just a series of moments.If you miss the moments, you miss your life.”
“Put your family first. I’ve yet to see an obituary that says, ‘He died peacefully surrounded by his stockbroker, his accountant and his golf partner.’”
“Extraordinary human beings spend more time in reflection and introspection than those who live ordinary lives.”
“Let more of your light shine.”
“How big of a game do you play when no one is watching?”
“At the end of your life, what you will most regret will be the deeds left undone and the words left unspoken.”
“If you try you might, but if you don’t you won’t.”
“If you want to put far more living in your life, start living every day as if it was your last.”
“One must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind him to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and a mystery.”
“And as you begin to shed light on your personal weaknesses and take responsibility for them, you actually begin the process of shedding them. You become stronger. More powerful. More of who you were meant to be.”
“What don’t you like about your life or the organization you work for or the country you live in? Make a list. Write it down. Shout it out. And then do something to improve things. Anything. Start small or go big. Just do something. Today. Now. The world will be better for it.”