It’s not a cult
I remember reading a review on Robin Sharma’s The 5 AM Club and thinking I’d never join such a ‘cult’. How can a book possibly help me? Then I kept seeing the book appearing on the top seller shelves in 2019 which made me think – ‘Why would I do that to myself?’
This, coming from someone who attended The Global Youth Leadership Summit by Tony Robbins Foundation at the age of 15. One of the activities in the event made us punch through a 2-inch thick board to overcome our fears. I definitely do not have the right to speak of a cult. More so after becoming one of Tony’s Firewalkers.
Having said that, I am someone who enjoys putting myself through hardship if I am promised a great outcome – which the firewalking did. Also, I thought it would be fun, and I was not wrong.
Another example of me putting myself through shit to get results is of course my famous weight-loss journey. 300 burpees a day AND 435 jump squats a day? No problem. Look where that got me.
So what made me pick up the book?
One word – lockdown. if there is one thing we can all agree on is that the lockdown has taken a huge toll on our mental health. We may not speak about it out loud, but aren’t we just tired from not being able to take breaks? Personally, I can’t entirely blame burnout on work, because I do that to myself. Yes, I take up extra freelancing work to make more bucks (ad: speak to me if you need an editor/ghostwriter).
The burnout is mainly from one thing – is there an end to this? I will not get political here in my sacred space. To see me whine, head to my Twitter.
To add a cherry on top of my misery, I went through the whole ordeal with my mum being admitted due to Covid. That was when I picked up the book on Google Play Books. However, I only completed it recently after a month hiatus from her passing.
My quick review on the 5 AM Club
I don’t think one blog post can cover what I have to say. In fact, I don’t think this is a book you can review by reading alone. It’s a self-help book. It has done its part in instilling the theory in me, now it’s time to see if Robin Sharma’s methods work practically.
Reading the book, I thought it was quite draggy in the beginning and the words used were a little too dramatic. The book revolves around four main characters having dialogues with one another. Having talked to people all my life, I am aware that no one talks like that. I am also aware that it was a book and the author had to find a way to deliver his message without making it sound too instructional. It made sense when you put it that way. However, after about two chapters, I did get used to the style and lengthy sentences, so this is not a problem.
The book was generally centred around owning your life through a routine, which I won’t talk about in length since I am experimenting. However, it contained quotes that I thought were absolutely spellbinding (please read the book and smirk with me, it’s a pun). One of my favourite quotes that I actually took the time to write down was:
…the soreness of growth is so much less expensive than the devastating costs of regret.ROBIN SHARMA, THE 5 AM CLUB
What I liked about this book is that it could relate to people from all walks of life. You don’t have to be someone who only thinks big or someone who is looking for wealth. I’d definitely (or def) recommend this book to anyone looking to ‘Elevate their lives’. With this, I end my review on the 5 AM Club.
It’s only Day 2 today and I think I have rambled enough. I think my current motivation to wake up early is the EURO 2020 as opposed to my motivation. But like my workouts, I know that without discipline, motivation is nothing.