The Everyday Hero Manifesto — by Robin Sharma

Title: The Everyday Hero Manifesto
Author: Robin Sharma
Year: 2021
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada.

“There’s no better time to become the human being you know you can be and handcraft the life of your most exuberant desires than now.” -Robin Sharma

In this book review I will talk about three key points from Robin Sharma’s book “The Everyday Hero Manifesto”, a fascinating account about “normal” people and the hero we all have inside us. As humans, we have more potential than we think, and we can and must achieve amazing things; Robin’s ideas will help you find and become that hero.

Everyday Heroes

“If a man going down into a river, swollen and swiftly flowing, is carried away by the current – how can he help others across?” -Buddha

If someone ask you to name any heroes, I bet you would name people like: Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Plató, Aristotle, Mozart, if you like sports you might say Muhammad Alli, LeBron James, or others.

But you will never mention “regular” people; you will never mention single parents, working two jobs just to be able to pay the bills, you will never mention the real teachers who have real passion to help kids to connect to their inner fire and self worth.

You will never mention people going to a 9 to 5 job which they hate, so they can afford a house, a car and a living, you will never mention all these people, and much less, you will never mention yourself. You only know what you have gone through, you only know your demons, fears, problems, and this is important because you have all of that and you are still here, learning, doing, trying to be better.

We should talk more about this. Ordinary society heroes are different from the “famous heroes” they do not wear capes, do not appear on the news, yet you can find them at work, on the streets, at home, everywhere! We all have a story to tell, let’s learn how to listen to others tell theirs before sharing ours.

Robin Sharma on 8 Forms of Wealth

“A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.” -Jonathan Swift

Money will make me happy, once I become a millionaire my life will be completed” then that person becomes a millionaire but spends all his money on pointless and soulless stuff, to try to fill the void in his soul.

We all know cases like this, which is why Robin talks about 8 forms of wealth, summarized below:

  • Inner wealth: The positive mindset, the perfect body and mind connection.
  • Physical wealth: What is the point of having everything if you are ill? Your health is your wealth.
  • Family and social wealth: The people you are closest to, the ones you look for in your best and worst moments, everything starts here.
  • Career wealth: This will bring satisfaction and will allow you to reach your maximum potential.
  • Economic wealth: Money is not everything, but we still need it; it allows us to afford food and where to live.
  • Circle of genius: You are your friends and the people you surround yourself with; do they want the best for you? Do they support you? Do they push you to be better?
  • Adventure success: We all need new challenges and to discover new things, is deep inside our nature.
  • Impact wealth: Find what you loved and make the difference, live a meaningful life full of purpose.

Where Do I Begin?

“I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I have been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life.” -Michael Jordan.

The number one question is, where do I begin? Robin Sharma answers with the following: begin. It’s as simple as that, there is not a perfect scenario or moment to start, just start! Let’s face our fears and hug our monsters, the monsters people told us exist. Let’s see fear as challenges, as a fertile soil and wonderful place to grow. To become our true self, we must overshadow our shadow and become one with our light.

Let’s be our own brand, let’s feel comfortable and confident in our own skin. So just start, the universe will help you, learn the guiding law and philosophy of your thoughts, actions and goals, trust what feels right to you and, do not forget to (and learn how to) enjoy some of the fruits of your labor.

One of the obstacles that can interfere with this process is the “victim mentality” forget about the excuses, people will point at you, they will laugh in your face, family, friends, the entire world, but remember: J. K Rowling was rejected quite a few times (they told her “A writers’ group or writing course may help”) before a publisher accepted her.

This “victim mentality” is also formed by our macro and micro traumas, and the pain we carry in our lives, but we must use these as the drive, the fuel and the motivation to keep going.

Final Thoughts

This book “The Everyday Hero Manifesto” by Robin Sharma must be on your shopping list! His ideas, philosophy, and wisdom are outstanding, he helps us connect with our inner hero, and by doing so, we will not just follow our passions on the way to fulfilling our maximum potential, but we’ll also be able to help others find their own inner hero and follow that light.

To conclude, I’d like to share the following quote that Robin’s father told him, that expresses his best ideas in just one sentence:

“When you were born you cried while the world rejoiced, he said: live your life in such a way that when you die, the world cries while you rejoice.” -Robin Sharma

Favorite Quotes:

  • “Life really does favor the obsessed. Great fortune truly does shine on those mesmerized by their gorgeous ambitions. And the universe most definitely supports human beings unwilling to surrender to the forces of fear, rejection, and self-doubt.”
  • “People living deeply have no fear of dying,” wrote Anaïs Nin. Norman Cousins observed that “the great tragedy of life is not death but what we allow to die inside of us while we live.”
  • “It’s wiser to take a chance and risk looking foolish (yet know that you did it) than miss the opportunity and end up empty and heartbroken, on your last day.”
  • “Big people are the ones who make others feel bigger.”
  • “Fundamental personal change is often painful because it is so very transformational. And we cannot become everything we are meant to be without leaving behind who we once were.”

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