Through the enchanting story of an entrepreneur, an artist, and their eccentric billionaire mentor, The 5 AM Club (2018) shows how embracing a revolutionary morning routine can deliver epic results. It explains how you can use the first hour of your day to drive personal growth and get the most out of life.
Work On What Matters Most
Successful business people capitalize on their talents, avoid distraction, achieve every day and master themselves. They work on what matters most, to be impactful to the communities they operate in. This book shows how getting your day started on the right foot, can help you achieve that.
While I, in principle, agree with a lot of the observations the author makes, getting up at 5am is an arbitrary number. You could implement the same principles by getting up at 6am, 7am, or even 10am. If you’re familiar with the work of Tim Ferriss (4 hour workweek), you’ll know he often stays up late – enjoying a glass of red wine or two at the hour of 2am, until he falls asleep.
To a degree, being an early riser is just another level of busyness – and we should stop the glorification of having our agendas filled to the point where the only “hour of power” we have left is as early as 5am.
The Hour of Power
Regardless of the starting time (you pick what works for you), I don’t disagree with the idea of having an “hour of power” in every day of your entrepreneurial existence:
- 20 minutes of exercise or workout
- 20 minutes of meditation or reflection
- 20 minutes of learning or reading
What’s more important to me is to work on what matters most – having a true impact on your immediate environment through the work you’re doing. Whether you get up at 5am or 10am is, in my opinion, up to you. Disabling distraction and removing pointless “busy work” from your todo list are not.
To make a difference, decide what’s most important to you today. And work on that. Turn off your notifications and cancel pointless meetings that are taking you away from activities that really add value.
About the author
The author of the 5am Club, Robin Sharma, is one of the world’s top leadership gurus and the best-selling author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. He has helped millions of people to become better leaders, improve their productivity and lead better lives.