THE LEADER WHO HAD NO TITLE
There are people out there who are not afraid to chase their passions and achieve their wildest dreams. These people take bold risks, believe in their cause, and in their ability to change the world for the better. In chasing their dreams, they often leave behind a wonderful legacy, a legacy that shifts the minds and lives of millions; because when you follow your heart and believe in yourself - and your faith stays strong even in trying times - all the universe will conspire to help you achieve your goals.
Robin Sharma was living a life of dissatisfaction. He had everything he thought he’d always wanted, everything that people said would guarantee happiness: money, success, a respectful law career. However, he wasn’t finding fulfillment, because somewhere along the way he had lost touch with his passion, and as a result, everything he did was tinged with inauthenticity.
So he left his successful job, the security of his future, and all he had ever known for a more noble pursuit: the pursuit of passion. He wrote a book combining Western and Eastern spiritual techniques, the same techniques that had ushered about his own personal transformation and got him back in touch with inner passion and authenticity.
His first book was initially self published. His family banded together to help him complete his project and spread the word. His mother was his editor, and his father drove around selling copies of his book from the trunk of his car. At any point, Robin Sharma could have given up, however he carried on, determined as ever, and believing all the while in the work he was doing.
Rather than let his fears get the best of him, or worries of not succeeding, he fought for his dream and took action steps that would further his mission. He asked local bookstores if he could hold signings there, and miraculously at one of these signings his book caught the interest of a prestigious publishing house. And that is how ‘The Monk That Sold His Ferrari’ went on to become the worldwide bestseller, and launched Robin Sharma into the stratosphere of self-development, leadership and excellence.
“To be a great leader, first become a great person.”
Robin Sharma’s story molded his philosophy about finding success: in order to find success, the first investment you need to make is in yourself. A firm sense of belief in one’s own powers will inspire others to trust you as much as you trust yourself — and it starts small. Sharma believes in the concept of the ‘5 A.M. Club’, the premise of which is: we all live such busy and bustling lives that it can be hard to find time for ourselves. Therefore, an early rise allocates us the time and resources necessary to invest in ourselves: time to reflect, exercise, ready your mind, and get prepared for the day ahead.
Another lesson he preaches is to use your failures and transform them into strengths. There can be no success without failures along the way. They serve to strengthen our understanding of ourselves, showing us where and how we can improve, and teach us what works and what doesn’t In life. Success is achievable but it requires dedication and hard work.
“Your pain has purified you. Your stumbles have strengthened you. Your failures have fortified you.”
SPOTLIGHT ON THE LEADER WHO HAD NO TITLE:
In ‘The Leader Who Had No Title’ Sharma sets the foundations of what constitutes self-leadership, and how to put it into action. According to Sharma, anyone can be a leader, especially if we first learn how to lead ourselves. In this book, you can find the first hand ethics and principles that have gotten Sharma to where he is today:
• To become a great leader, first you have to become the best version of yourself: “What the society thinks is of no interest to me. All that’s important is how I see myself. I know who I am. I know the value of my work.” Start this technique by getting to know yourself better, journal your inner thoughts, fears, and wildest ambitions.
• Turn your most turbulent moments into your biggest inspirations: “Life’s had to break you down so you could be rebuilt.” A true leader knows how to face challenges both in life and in business, and knows it to be true that every cloud has a silver lining.