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The Greatness Guide: 101 Lessons for Making What's Good at Work and in Life Even Better

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Each one of us is called to greatness. We can have a significant impact on the world around us—if we so choose. If you are looking to craft an extraordinary life, The Greatness Guide is the powerful and practical handbook that will inspire you to get to world class in both your personal and professional life. Passionate, provocative, and full of big ideas that will challe

Published (first published April 14th 2006)
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Corey Saunders
I don't typically read self-improvement drivel - it bores me to tears and drives me crazy that people (more cunning than me) are able to package this excrement between shiny covers and make enough cabbage to buy that nice cabin on the ski mountain... Anyway, not sure what drove me to buy this particular book at the airport one day, but picked it up on the way home from Burbank one week and loved almost every page. The key here is that you have to adjust your expectations and go into it know what ...more
Wafa Foufa

Finally it's over!!

Don't get me wrong, I liked this book at the beginning because it had great lessons and kept me motivated, but it gets boring with each page mainly because there is so much repition, narating and sometimes meaningless lessons (to me).

Maybe if it was in a video I would like it more because of the impact of the delivery, or maybe it was just me that didn't felt motivated nor wanted to be inspired (happens most of the time).
Venkataraman Kumbakonam S.
In this book, Robin Sharma has vividly explained the major premises of successful life in simple and brief statements. There are many crisp ideas in this book that are capable of creating indelible positive impressions in reader's mind.

The author's powerful statements have been strengthened in many places by very relevant quotes from great men. For example, here is one from Martin Luther King Jr: If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or
Tam_ the_ med_bookie
Arguably my most favourite Robin Sharma book!
This one is for those who needs some kind of discipline in his or her life.
His books I do keep following (if not word by word, at least the concepts👍) as things are not written in a preachy way.
The real life examples always act as the boost.. especially anecdotes from his own life👍

Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's late at night today and I just finished reading this great master piece of book which claims to be a Greatness Guide.
Is it really a greatness guide? Find out below.

It's raining heavily and the electric poles have been dislodged right from their roots and the city I live is in blackout.
Inverters squealing and crying out of battery.
I just put my hands in a drawer expecting a small $5 Flash light while I accidentally come across this book that I purchased maybe 6~8 months ago but never got a c
Kristy Mallet
Jan 03, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit, I hated this book. I found it to be obnoxious, condescending, and of very little value. The chapters were 2 to 3 pages long and in essence resulted in the author's random ramblings on what he consistently pointed out to us were "Big Ideas." or "Important Points" (he actually wrote out these two word sentences over and over again to ensure we realized how important his messages were). I found nothing genuinely new or unique in this book, but rather obvious points or rehashed idea ...more
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
very well written, after mom only robin can teach you in such a simple and interesting way. i liked the idea, how he explain and tell us the way to follow them. you don't get bored of listening his ideas and once you finish a book you are forced to think about applying in your life.
Mona Al-kazemi
Recommended by my friend on Twitter, this book is very inspiring. I listened to Sharma on the audiotapes and read the book, simultaneously. I liked the fact that the chapters are short, and I made notes of many concise ideas, such as "Where your focus goes your energy flows."

The reason I'm not giving it more than three stars is that Sharma becomes really annoying when he starts talking about his personal stories; he seems to exaggerate the emotional part of these tales including his gushing ove
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can not say enough good things about this book; it is one of the best self enhancing books i have ever read. Robin helps you understand what should be done so that you could become the best version of you. Throughout the book he also helps businesses take the right steps to becoming successful. One of my favorite parts is that it contains many examples of successful motivating people. After reading the book you realize that you could achieve so much more than you think, and you understand the ...more
Maram Summren
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robin Sharma is the globally celebrated author of 11 international bestselling books on leadership including The Leader Who Had No Title,. His work has been published in over 60 countries and in nearly 70 languages, making him one of the most widely read authors in the world. He shot to fame with The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, which has topped international bestseller lists and sold millions of copies.

about me his books really helps to grow bigger, stronger and much more….
He's an incredibly insp
Jan 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
This was an impulse buy while in Barnes & Noble one day, and I love it - I continue to reread it constantly, reading a lesson a day as an affirmation and smart thought to work on. I have not read his other books, but have since subscribed to his blog.

I keep this book close and refer to it often. VERY highly recommended as one you pick up and dip into whenever you need some inspiration, or just want to tweak your attitude. However it is not preachy: The size of his entries are perfect, with t
Sep 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
Easy read with lots of great ideas in small chunks. Robin constantly reminded me to define my goal and pursue it. Having no goal lets me live with awareness in variety. Goal will sharpen my focus on one thing and let me achieve it, while I may lose sight of other things that are happening. What is my true calling? It's really about time I be honest with myself.
Tomas Laurinavicius
Robin shares short yet inspiring stories from his life as a parent, traveler, writer and coach. Easy to digest lessons will help you to understand how little things can lead to greatness. Lacks facts and deeper explanation of certain principles and theories.
Jigar Dave
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
A good book and recommended only for those who aim to achieve greatness
Dhari Buyabes
It was inspiriing and I enjoyed it, but just like many other self-help books, the effect goes away after finishing reading.
Sergey Kochergan
good book, full of wisdom
Jul 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh God!
I ran across this book by pure boredom while I was waiting for my husband to conclude one his business meetings with a client in Argentina. I was with my daughters in one of the many wonderful libraries in the city of Buenos Aires when the simple white covered book with a red star right on the center caught my attention. This was about 2 years ago. I read, “EXITO, UNA GUIA EXTRAORDINARIA” (don’t know the title in English, but it means SUCCESS, A GUIDE TO AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE by the Auth
Jini Maxin
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A chapter a day to keep laziness at bay


Self awakening - one word that defines Robin Sharma’s book “The Greatness Guide”. And ya, be mindful of your reading habits, as each chapter starts and ends ASAP. Chances are there that you will drive yourself to complete the book in one or two sittings. However, it is only when you read, re-read, chapter by chapter, line by line, and word by word that you get to understand that the book is an absolute stunner - a fodder for personal and pro
Vanga Srikanth
About the Author

Robin Sharma is one of the world's most highly respected leadership experts. He is devoted to the mission of helping organizations develop people who Lead Without a Title so that they win in this period of intense change. His clients include Microsoft, GE, FedEx, IBM, Nike, NASA, Yale University, and The Young Presidents Organization. Sharma's books, such as The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and The Greatness Guide, have topped best-seller lists across the globe and have sold million
Eugene Kok
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book came to me at the right time, as when my father departed, I had a tough time going on for me, and from the moment that happened, I have lost a fatherly figure to guide me through in life.

Some ideas from this book stayed with me is that, the challenges and obstacles in life is much needed to make your life much more richer, and being able to overcome those difficulties would make your life much more rewarding. As life that is lived by fear and mediocricity would find their life not wort
Makubutu Lekota
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I think this book was marvelous, there were many parts that me and my colleagues discussed, my favorite segments were the following numbers:


47.1 The four F syndrome


51.1 Eat three times a day you'll be fed.But if you read three times a day you will be wise.


55.1 Pleasure verses Happiness


56.1 The $600 Sandwich


57.1 Good Business is Good for Business


60.1 Ten words that came to my mind after reading this segment

60.1.1 Gratitude,
60.1.2 Humility,
60.1.3 Reflection,
60.1.4 Thankfulness,
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Mr. Sharma never disappoints me. A great book to implement upon.
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I discovered Robin Sharma on YouTube. I have been on a personal development/self-help kick for some time now, trying to steadily consume good, motivating information so I don't backslide into the person I was six months ago. I was watching a video of some very motivating, albeit amateur life coach, when I saw a link to a Sharma video titled "How to be an early riser" or something similar. He talks about what he calls the "5 o'clock club" or "5 am club" and it just reiterated what I already knew ...more
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The price of discipline is always less than the pain of regret

Your schedule is the best barometer for what you truly value and believe to be important.

There will be plenty of time to sleep when you are dead ~Benjamin Franklin.

One of the things I've learned from NASA is that the space shuttle uses more fuel during the first few minutes after lift off than it consumes during its entire trip around the globe. Why? Because, initially, it needs to overcome the tremendous pull of gravity. But as it
Aswin Francis
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could not read this in one go. Read about 50 pages one day and then after a long break finished the rest in a day. So I actually don't remember how the first part was but I can tell you from what I remember. This book felt more like an intro to his speeches. I felt like there isn't as much information in the book as I expected it to be there and I felt like I'll have to listen to his talks to get further explanations on each chapter. Like this book is a brochure to his talk sessions. Something ...more
Dec 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Reading is a pretty ordinary word for this book.
The contents are by no means a surprise to any one.
Itz all we know but still forget to recap and practise.
I have been deliberately going pretty slow on this book and practising
the things being dealt with in this book.

Any body who wants to improve their life pattern and are proactive in trying to find a guide would simply love this book.

I have been a silent admirer of Robin Sharma ever since I read
"The Monk who sold his Ferrari"

Though there is some
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very powerful read. Robin has beautifully captured the essence of true living. Every page, leaves you craving for more. Though every page is a chapter, he has added such apt examples to it. By reading the book, you can clearly understand how passionately robin leads his life and encourages us to do the same.

He has a clear way of looking at life, and simplifies our biggest problems, teaching us clearly to prioritize whats Important. Its a must read, for all the ones loosing their peace
Poe Poe-isb
Nov 03, 2010 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The is a book you must definitely read if you want to a life-changing experience. "The Greatness Guide" really emphasizes on the fact that all of us can achieve our goals if we have believe in ourselves. Sharma truly has a natural gift in inspiring people. Although some advices are common knowledge, it's pretty refreshing to be reminded of all those facts again. I'm only on the first few chapters but I can honestly say that this is one of the best inspiring book for people who wish to achieve mo ...more
Ion Bargan
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good motivational book, easy to read. I found some ideas inspired from Steaven R. Covey and Napoleon Hills. I want to underline Sharma's idea about learning to say "No" -- Every time you say "Yes" to an unimportant activity, at the same time you say "No" to an important activity.

Another interesting idea is that a good leader don't need to be popular. A good leader is doing what should be done despite the criticism. Also, a great Sharma's idea written in the book is the "boomerang effect" which
Pradeep Badatiya
I've seen a lot of self help books but this one is my favorite amongst all. I read it every week and I reccomend everyone to do so as well! The book has 101 chapters and in each chapter, Robin Sharma writes about one good idea that can help you lead your life better. Some of the ideas he gave include: Make Time To Think Everyday, Read To Lead, Take More Risks, Listen Well, Wake Up Early etc. You DO NOT need to read any other book in your life if you read this one and APPLY the suggestion he's gi ...more
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Robin Sharma is one of the world’s premier thinkers on leadership, personal growth and life management. The bestselling author of
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari,
Who Will Cry When You Die? and
The Saint, the Surfer, and the CEO and four other books on self-transformation.

Robin Sharma is in constant demand internationally as keynote speaker at the conferences of many of the most powerful companies

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