Saturday, May 4, 2013

No Excuses a la Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma (Source)
A few weeks ago Robin Sharma made a video as an advertisement for an upcoming workshop. I won't be attending it but the few minutes of the video were so powerful and relevant to my No Excuses philosophy I have to share them. He is addressing those who want to be in the top 5%; those who want to be super successful, alter their mindsets and be the best of the best.

"Imagine if that was your standard. Literally you want to be the undisputed heavy weight champion of your field, the best their ever was. So good they cannot ignore you. You literally want to make history not only with your work but with your life."

I would say that is alignment with a No Excuses philosophy. Naturally his number 1 tip came as no surprise to me.

(1.) Cut your excuses in half and double the action you take.
  • You can make excuses or you can change the world, but you can't do both.


(2.) Leave the herd.

  • To have the results only 5% get, have the guts to do what only 5% are willing to do.

  • Most people in the world right now are card carrying members of the cult of mediocrity

  • Genius is an act that threatens people.

(3.) Dig grit.

  • Grit is the number 1 factor to success.

  • Grit means you just don't give up.

(4.) Get fit to be of use.

  • The more fit you are, the more people you can help.

  • The more fit you are, the more you can pursue your vision.

  • The more fit you are, the more you'll have the energy and stamina to change the world.  


I have spent over two years on this blog and thinking about how to shave off those excuses that pop into my head or the ones I sometimes feel myself drifting towards and even questioning people who bring excuses to me, yet Robin Sharma shredded the need for excuses in just a few minutes!  More than anything excuses come between those who succeed and those who don't--and if you think otherwise check closely and see if those excuses and assumptions are true or learned behavior towards fearing failure or being ridiculed. His rallying speech is also a potent reminder to tap into our inner genius and be our potential regardless of what others think of us. In the end we succeed on our own merits which may be recognized by others, but not always. Most importantly, when we are in touch with our inner genius we choose our own definition of success.

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