Ever since I joined PGIMER, Chandigarh as a postgraduate resident, automatically I had become a life member of 5 AM Club. Whatever I am today, I attribute it to this ‘keystone’ habit of mine. Robin Sharma’s new book, “The 5 AM club” has further reinforced my belief in rising early in the morning.  

Robin Sharma has emerged as a master storyteller ever since his first book “The monk who sold his Ferrari,” published way back in 1997. I read that book sometime around the year 2000. And ever since then, I have become his ardent fan. I have the entire collection of his books, and personally, I have been benefitted in every walk of my life. (I hope he does not ask for a royalty!)  

Robin created a lot of buzz around this new book for the past four years, and he has lived up to the expectations. “The 5 AM Club” is not a story. It has all the lessons required to succeed in our personal, family and professional lives. Robin compels us to change for better, with his signature quote, “Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.” He has introduced several innovative infographics to help readers understand his masterly concepts as he passionately narrates his story. There are also several cinematic twists and turns to keep the readers bound to the book. And of-course there are many of his game changing formulas. The book can easily be made into a motion picture as it follows Aaron Sorkin’s 3-act structure. And now Robin has become a poet also! There are 2 – 3 beautiful poems. This has been one of the best book I have read in the year 2018. 

Here are the three most important take-home messages for me from this brand new Robin’s page-turner: 

1. “Life’s is too short to play small with your talents.”  
2. “Your excuses are seducers, your fears are liars, and your doubts are thieves.” 
3. “The moment when you most feel like giving up is the instant when you must find it in you to press ahead.”  

Robin has been my Dronacharya, and I hope this review of this Ekalavya for his book will be an apt Guru Dakshina (Royalty!). 

Prof. Dr. Prahlada N.B
3 January 2019

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