There is no doubt that Robin Sharma’s books are brilliant and have often been called life-changing. He has made an impact on millions of lives across the globe, and there is no denying that he has a great personality. That being said, he could have done a way better job on The 5 AM Club, an overhyped release on 2018 which I have mixed feelings about.
The 5 AM Club (Review)
Look, here is the deal. The content in this book is valuable and, and he introduces several impactful concepts which if appropriately applied in life can change your path and self. BUT. The gems in the book are hidden amid a lot of beating about the bush. He attempts to blend fictional characters in the novel which turns out pathetically and even halfway through the book you have not reached the important part! It seems like he wrote so much merely to inflate the book and not to add real value and as a consumer, I felt like I was wasting my time in the first half of the book. The second half is where the actual valuable content is, and in this review, I am sharing the top 3 valuable lessons I took away from this book.
The 20/20/20 Formula
Sharma breaks down the time between 5 AM to 6 AM into 3 pockets of twenty minutes each and guides you on how to utilize the time to have the most productive day. From 5:00 to 5:20 you must move, by exercising, sweating, taking deep breaths and hydrating yourself. From 5:20 to 5:40 you must reflect, by journaling, meditating, planning the day, praying and contemplating. From 5:40 to 6:00 you must grow, by reviewing your goals, reading books and audiobooks and listening to podcasts.
The 90/90/1 Formula
To implement this formula, you should spend the first 90 minutes of your work time in one activity for 90 days. Focus on only one activity which when mastered, will help you own your field. This helps you move steadily towards your goals."I felt like I was wasting my time in the first half of the book. The second half is where the actual valuable content is." Click To Tweet
The 60/10 Method
Similar to the previous method, you do this after the 90/90/1 formula. Spend 60 minutes totally focused on one activity and after this productivity sprint, you are allowed to take a refueling break of 10 minutes. You can continue this cycle for however long you want to work, and you must see a change in your mood and progress.
There are a lot more valuable tactics and terms and ideas he shares in this book which I love this book for, but that comes only in the last half and hence the first half goes to waste, and the book could have been composed in a much better manner. I wonder why he felt the need to inflate this book that could have been done in less than 100 pages, and I would have happily paid the same price because his teachings are precious. I would highly recommend you grab this book but when you do, skip the first half as I did not find any value there.