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The 5am club

"The 5AM Club" by Robin Sharma has sold 15 million copies worldwide and has 14K reviews on Amazon.

It is awful. Truly terrible. And I LIKE waking up early! I'm a morning person who usually wakes up around 5am, I like taking a quiet jog and seeing the stars before my workday. I like planning my days out. I always keep the top left section of my notebook free of meeting notes because that's where I wrote down my priorities for the day. I enjoy learning, reading, listening to podcasts.

And that's what the 5am club encourages. Wake up at 5am every day and spend your first hour on yourself. 20 minutes of exercize, 20 minutes reflecting and planning, 20 minutes learning.

Great!

Unfortunately this lesson is told in 336 pages of psychobable motivational BULLSHIT that made me hate my life. I was trapped on a 7 hour flight across the atlantic and this was the book I thought would get me through. it certainly put me to sleep.

Did you know that most people are stuck in mediocrity, they're too materialistic and distracted and need to recognize how incredible they can be and elevate their lives? Did you know that we can be great and awesome? Would you like to read more about that, for like HUNDREDS OF PAGES BEFORE YOU GET TO THE 20/20/20 minute breakdown of how we should spend our first hour of the morning?

It's told and retold in inspirational quotes and a really stupid metaphor about random people I can never give a crap about. An eccentric billionaire dressed like a homeless guy meets an artist and an entrepreneur after a motivational seminar, shows them his fancy watch and flies them out on his jet to a remote island to show them the secrets of life and success and happiness and all the things. You have to read these people philosophizing and spewing stupid quotes out for like half the book before you get to any actual advice.

I cannot believe this is a bestseller. I would love to talk to someone, anyone, who enjoyed this.

4 four interior empires: mindset, heartset, healthset, soulset

10 Tactics
1. Focus/eliminate distractions
2. Spend 90 minutes a day on a single task
3. If you do 60 minutes of work, take a ten minute break
4. List your top five priorities every day
5. Do a 2nd workout every day after work
6. Get massages twice a week (?!)
7. Use traveling time to learn/listen to podcasts or books
8. Delegate tasks that are outside of your areas of focus
9. Use sunday to plan out your week
10. Spend 60 minutes a day studying/reading/learning

Yes, he says you should buy two 90-minute massages a week. If you can't afford it, work out a barter! In Wichita Kansas a 90-minute massage is about $140. I'm sure the price is higher elsewhere. I'm sure you all have an extra $14,000 a year laying around for massage budgets. If you don't, I'm sure massage therapists will love hearing you ask how to trade for them, business people always love that. I know people who are married to massage therapists who still pay for massages because they appreciate the physical labor behind them so much, but let's set that aside and just elevate your life because who's got time to be mediocre!

I like reading bestsellers but every so often I get one that is just the dark side, and I think this wins my worst book of the year award.
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