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  • Visionary
  • Inspiring


In consultant Robin Sharma’s self-help parable, an entrepreneur and an artist, both frustrated by failure, meet and travel with a mysterious billionaire, Stone Riley. The two travelers have front-row seats to inspirational speeches that Riley peppers with the mantra: “Own your morning. Elevate your life.” Riley emphasizes that success springs from starting your day at 5 a.m. He promises that will enable you to surpass your dreams, make history and free your inner genius. Sharma’s advice, though valid, is familiar from his other books. Recommended for his fans and those who love fables.

About the Author

Leadership consultant Robin Sharma also wrote The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, The Greatness Guide and The Leader Who Had No Title. His books have sold 10 million copies. 



Rising at 5 a.m. will help you let go of mediocrity and become extraordinary.

An entrepreneur is unhappy, and wonders if life is worth living. She attends a motivational speech by the “Spellbinder.” He is old and seems unwell, but he’s inspiring about overcoming adversity so you can live your best life. Also present is an artist who is unsatisfied with his life and seeks a new path.

The Spellbinder collapses. An apparently homeless stranger appears. He expresses admiration for the Spellbinder and shares a secret: The stranger says he is fabulously wealthy. The artist and entrepreneur are not convinced. 

The man invites them to enter a “secret reality” known only to geniuses and masters. He tells the entrepreneur that she is struggling with her employees because they can’t keep up with her vision. He advises the artist to take breaks from his technology.

While doing one-armed push-ups, the man chants: “Own your morning. Elevate your life.” The artist and the entrepreneur agree that they would like to learn his secrets. He tells them they must break with their weak selves to find...

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    A. L. 4 months ago
    Book is great, but this audio recording sucks. You can tell it's a robot reading it, making it all dull and making lots of mistakes.
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    J. E. 10 months ago
    I enjoyed the book and would definitely recommend the audio version due to the great narration. While there are a number of programmatic steps defined in the text (which I usually don't enjoy as much), it is mixed with a good amount of storytelling and inspiration. There is truth to the mantra "own your morning, own your life".
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    I. L. 1 year ago
    Thank you, It had somethings New for me. I appreciate it.