Robin Sharma is a Canadian legendary leadership expert, author, and former lawyer, well known for his bestselling books, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and The Leader Who Had No Title.
Raised in a bookish household, Sharma’s passion for reading led to a career as a litigation lawyer. He became successful in the career from putting in hours of rigorous work yet derived no inner fulfillment from it.
Sharma found meaning in life after his second book soared in sales and many lives were impacted.
His purpose in serving humanity took a diversion from legal to leadership after taking in the challenge, “The beautiful thing about today is that you get the choice to make it better than yesterday.”
His studious character and simplicity as witnessed in his books and online courses have made Sharma among the most respected leadership gurus in the world. He is devoted to helping organizations develop their employees into outstanding leaders who can withstand any change.
Despite being successful as a lawyer, Sharma felt hollow inside. He began channeling the reading discipline installed in him by his father to biographies of people who he felt had lived their lives well.
In 1994, Sharma’s desire to author a book drove him into writing a manual full of his thoughts.
His father encouraged him to input genuine effort into his writing instead of rushing through it. He focused on compiling important nuggets he had gathered from biographies of peak performers and came up with a self-improvement manual which he called Megaliving: 30 Days to a Perfect Life.
Sharma decided to take a self-publishing course in preparation for the production of his book.
Without noticing it, the font was too small making it difficult to sell the first 3,000 copies of Megaliving. The painful loss revealed to him that, “There are no mistakes in life, only lessons.
There is no such thing as a negative experience, only opportunities to grow, learn and advance along the road of self-mastery. From struggle comes strength. Even pain can be a wonderful teacher.”
Though the earlier copies sat in his house gathering dust, upon correcting font size of his manuscript, he managed to persuade many people to buy his book.
Growing From Errors
Armed with lessons learned from the first book, Sharma wrote his second book,
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Spiritual Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams and Reaching Your Destiny. The book’s set featured a successful litigation lawyer, Julian Mantle who gave up his career in pursuit of a life of passion, purpose, and peace.
Following his previous path, he had his mother edit the book before he self-published the first few copies in 1997.
Upon sending the book to the bookstores, the book attracted a number of people including the then President of HarperCollins in Canada, Ed Carson.
Carson bought the publishing rights and became the new publisher of Sharma’s book leading to a sharp increase in sales.
As of 2013, over 3 million copies had been sold, and the book had been translated in over 51 languages. It also became a number 1 international bestseller.
This turn of events became Sharma’s eye-opener. He realized that every minute he spent in his law office was a wasted minute from his dream. He quit law for good, trusting life to lead him in an interesting direction.
In April 1998, Sharma released his third book, Leadership Wisdom from the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari.
He addressed the 8 rituals that could be used in organizations to boost the morale and productivity of employees, giving them a more enjoyable personal life. HarperCollins published it.
About a year later, a new book, Who Will Cry When You Die: Life Lessons from the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari hit the market.
Sharma offered 101 simple solutions to every day’s difficult problems. One of his outstanding lessons was,
“Turn your hurt into healing, your wounds into wisdom and your pain into power.”
Being such an easy book to read and apply, over 1 million copies were sold around the world.
Having experienced difficulty in his marriage, Sharma penned Family Wisdom from the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. He focused on awakening children’s natural leadership potential with the aim of restoring family balance. The book was published and released in 2000.
In October 2003, Sharma published through Hay House Inc. a book addressing the need to pursue life with wisdom from the heart, The Saint, The Surfer, and the CEO. He drew his readers to, “Make your faith larger than your fears and your dreams bigger than your doubts.”
A Well-told Fable
Continuing to base his books on the fable in his award-winning book, Sharma elaborated the powerful pathway to self-awakening for a life of happiness, prosperity, and peace in a new book.
He released Discover Your Destiny with The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari published by Element Books in November 2004.
Between 2006 and 2008, Sharma released three books; The Greatness Guide: 101 Lessons for Making What’s Good at Work and in Life Even Better, Daily Inspiration from the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and The Greatness Guide Book 2.
He kept his readers well serviced with the wisdom he had discovered in reading and interacting with various people.
On December 28, 2010, he released a new book with great advice on being an outstanding worker irrespective of position, The Leader Who Had No Title.
In the book, he shared with the world the advice he had been giving to Fortune 500 companies; Nike, Starbucks, Coca-Cola among others during his conferences.
Sharma brought out the importance of influence, innovation, dealing with stress and seizing opportunities during difficult times to emerge as a winner.
In December 2012, HarperCollins published and released Sharma’s new book, The Secret Letters of the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari.
He continued to derive life lessons from the inspiring fable he had told in his second book 15 years earlier. Sharma instructed his readers on reclaiming personal power and being true to themselves while pursuing their dreams without fear.
His emphasis, “To go where your dreams live, explore where your fears lie.”
In January 2015, he addressed personal and professional greatness in his book, The Mastery Manual published by Jaico Publishing House.
He equipped his readers with 36 life-changing ideas and practices they could apply to change their way of life for good.
Using the same publisher, Sharma released Little Black Book for Stunning Success + Tools for Action Mastery in January 2016. With it, he demonstrated the ability of ordinary people to have remarkable success by changing their mindsets and forming certain habits.
In between the publishing of his books, Sharma produced podcasts and audiobooks that his followers could listen to. He also wrote articles that were shared on his website becoming the most read writer on leadership.
Sharma’s Morning Ritual
Twenty years after introducing The 5 AM Club concept based on his morning routine, Sharma decided to pen down a book under a similar title.
Through the book, he would teach his ever-growing audience to maximize their productivity, enjoy excellent health and serenity in the midst of overwhelming difficulties.
The belief guided him,
“Winning starts at your beginning. And your first hours are where the great heroes are made. Own your mornings, and you’ll master your life.”
According to Sharma, rising at 5 am entails winning the battle of the bed; going to bed early, obeying the alarm without delays, pursuing the problematic goals first and ensuring world-class physical condition.
The 5 AM Club: Change Your Morning, Change Your Life is expected in the last quarter of 2018 or early 2019.
Full Digital Courses
Besides sharing his message through books, Sharma’s online courses and seminars have been in existence for years in his leadership training career.
The courses include Personal Mastery Academy Online, The Titan Academy, Your Productivity Unleashed, The Robin Sharma Success System, The Legendary Performer Program, The Game Changer’s Blueprint and Extreme Achievement Formula.
Seeing his audience as people who value knowledge, he built the courses and priced them below $1,000 realizing it would help them to master their lives by, “Devote yourself to learn something new about your field of mastery every day.”
Sharma’s Social Media
Being a keen believer in impacting lives more than making money, Sharma’s social media following tops that of other speakers in his industry. As of late September 2018, the leadership guru had 4.2 million likes of Facebook with his best posts raking in over 1.4 million likes.
Armed with a New York-based CEO to dispatch Sharma’s blog posts, quotes and videos on various social media channels, Sharma’s audience never goes thirsty for his wisdom.
He is not keen to pay for Facebook or YouTube advertising. Instead he prefers organic growth.
While maintaining a small team to work with, most of his online content is managed from various parts of the world.
Through a charitable foundation he founded in 1999, The Robin Sharma Foundation for Children (RSFC), Sharma raises funds all over the world and donates the same to various children’s causes.
He aims to give the underprivileged children a happier and healthier live guided by the conviction that the child today is the leader tomorrow.
Calling people around the world to donate towards this charity, he believes, “The only happiness that lasts is the happiness that comes from giving.”
Being one of the most read authors, Sharma generates his income from the sales of his 14 books, with the 15th awaiting release in 2019. As of mid-2018, over 15 million copies of these books had been sold in more than 96 countries around the world.
Sharma also receives income from his online programs on leadership and peak performance accessible from his website.
Despite enjoying a significant following on social media, Sharma chooses not to monetize these channels; instead, he prefers to charge for his events. A ticket to his conferences costs up to $3000, while his Titan Summit scheduled for December 2018 is $25,000.
Though he realizes the need for numbers, Sharma prefers to keep his finance life private. His net worth is estimated to be $10 million as of September 2018.
Robin Sharma was born on June 16, 1964, in Uganda, East Africa to his mother Shashi, a teacher and his father, Shiv Sharma, a physician by profession. His family left Uganda on his first birthday for Canada and settled in Hawkesbury.
A book lover, Sharma topped in his high school education and proceeded to Dalhousie University, Canada. He pursued a law degree and later a Masters of Law in the same university, graduating in 1991.
Living an imbalanced life in pursuit of his career as a lawyer, Sharma’s marriage fell apart leaving him as a single father. Following his divorce from his wife, Alka Sharma, he went on to live with his children, Colby, and Bianca Sharma.
Sharma’s ability to produce bit sized strategies while combining leadership and personal development earned him a name in the list of International Leadership Profession Gurus.
He also won the most prestigious award given to people distinguished in communication and leadership fields, the Golden Gavel award by Toastmasters International in 2011.
In order to focus on his most recent project, The 5 AM Club book, Sharma disconnects from his work team and switches to his writing mode twice every week; on Tuesdays and Thursdays. While it may seem difficult to do, he says, “As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes your new normal.”
He believes in his 20/20/20 formula that entails spending the first 20 minutes after waking up at 5 am in extreme exercise, the next 20 minutes on strategic planning and the last set of 20 minutes on learning new things.
This guides his day into focusing on what he determines to do and almost all the time succeeds.
Bio: https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2009/05/16/up-close–personal-with-robin-sharma/, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NA98m510goQ
Career: https://www.robinsharma.com, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Sharma