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Live Your Richest Life with Robin Sharma (ep. 662)

Robin Sharma

Legendary personal growth expert Robin Sharma joins John O’Leary on the Live Inspired Podcast to share daily habits and life lessons to build lasting happiness.

For more than a quarter of a century, Robin Sharma has been devoted to helping others realize their native gifts. As a legendary personal growth expert, Robin has advised business leaders, superstar athletes, and heads of state to do brilliant work, thrive amidst change and realize their highest leadership capacities.

Beyond being a renowned mentor, Robin’s international bestselling books — including The Everyday Hero Manifesto, The 5AM Club, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, and Who Will Cry When You Die? — have influenced millions of people to become their highest selves, making him one of the most widely read authors in the world.

Today, Robin joins us to share his latest book The Wealth Money Can’t Buy and walk us through the thinking patterns, daily habits and life lessons to build lasting happiness, peak health, career mastery and a life of honest serenity.

My friends, you’ll leave today’s conversation ready to enjoy a genuinely rich life—filled with personal power, unusual authenticity, exceptionally fulfilling work, and a lifestyle that will make you feel that fortune has finally smiled upon you.

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  • After becoming a successful litigator, Robin felt unfulfilled and began a personal odyssey.
  • Robin self-published his first book The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and it was always on the bestsellers list at a local bookstore because his father was buying the copies to show his support.
  • “Intellect is the world telling us what’s possible and teaching us how to think. Instinct is the deeper wisdom that lies in the core of every single one of us.”
  • As we go through life, Robin reminds us that we all experience micro trauma and macro trauma and start to shut ourselves down and we forget who we truly are.
  • You can play with your phone or change the world. You can’t do both. “The addiction to distraction. Is the death of your creative production.”
  • In choosing to be a minimalist, Robin chooses to focus on five big priorities versus 50 things.
  • “It’s easier to behave your way into a new way of thinking than to think your way into a new way of behaving.”
  • Micro-bravery: Create scenarios to push yourself to be more brave in order to build bravery.
  • You can make excuses or you can live your finest life. You can’t do both.“Victims love entertainment, leaders love education.”
  • “The greatest of human beings turn their suffering into strength and they use their pain as purification.”
  • “A bad day for the ego is a great day for the soul.”
  • “Heal what hurt you so you don’t bleed on people who didn’t cut you.”
  • Solitude is the new luxury good. To gain wellness wealth, Robin suggests taking a dopamine detox and disconnect from social media and technology.
  • When Kenny Sailors, creator of basketball’s jump shot, was asked about his “final four”, he didn’t mention basketball career but more important things like his family.
  • Eight forms of wealth: Inner, Physical, Family and Social, Career, Economic, Circle of Genius, Adventure Success, and Impact.
  • When Alexander the Great died, he had three wishes: Only the best doctors should carry his coffin, the vast economic wealth of gold and jewels he gathered in his lifetime should be strewn on the funeral procession’s path and his hands should hang open outside the coffin.
  • Get a copy of Robin Sharma’s book The Wealth Money Can’t Buy here.

Did you enjoy today’s episode? 

Take the “dopamine detox” Robin Sharma encouraged. Award-winning science journalist and screen/life balance expert Catherine Price shares her evidence-backed resources to help others design lives in which they control their technology, rather than the other way around—with the ultimate goal of increasing happiness, productivity, creativity, health and wellbeing. If you want to learn how to take a “dopamine detox”, scroll less, live more, and have fun, listen to Catherine Price on ep. 470.


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  1. Q. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
    A. The Prophet by Khalil Gibran.
  2. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today?
    A. Dancing in the moment without caring what anyone would think.
  3. Q. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?
    A. Someone gave me a first edition of The Prophet by Khalil Gibran and it's important book to me so maybe that. If not that, my journals.
  4. Q. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?
    A. Jean-Michel Basia, Nelson Mandela and I absolutely have to say Michelangelo and DaVinci.
  5. Q. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
    A. Run your own race. Be helpful to as many people as possible and the Japanese proverb, "get knocked down seven times, get up eight.
  6. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
    1. Train yourself to get up at 5am and spend an hour at least exercising, praying, visualizing, writing in a journal, and meditating.
    2. Remember that the opinions of others are nothing more than the opinions of others. Trust your instinct. It's wiser than your head.
    3. Third thing I'd say is a red flag is a red flag. You can get into a lot of trouble seeing the red flag in someone and think it's, and hoping it's green.
    4. The human who helps the most people, wins.
  7. Q. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?
    A. I just want to help as many people as possible and enjoy a good life while I can.