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Keep getting sidetracked from what’s most important to you? Tired of getting sucked into distraction after distraction?

Robin Sharma’s morning routine may be just what you need.

Long before COVID-19, Robin joined me on the set of MarieTV to talk about his delightful book, The 5 AM Club: Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life. It’s about a 3-step morning ritual that Robin created after working with leaders and high performers from around the world to create astonishing results. 

While this morning habit will make you more productive, it’s about so much more than that. It’s about lowering your stress and maximizing your creativity, happiness, and growth.

“You can play with your phone or change the world. You don't get to do both.” — @RobinSharma Click To Tweet

Doubt that waking up at 5am will work for you? Don’t knock it until you try it.

Getting up early to write was the only way I finished Everything is Figureoutable and still managed to run the business. Robin calls 5am the “magic hour” and I couldn’t agree more. There’s something special about those moments when it’s still dark out, silent and peaceful.

That said, you can obviously apply his three-step morning ritual to your preferred wakeup time. 

Also — please know that taking care of your mental, physical, and emotional health right now is more important than productivity. Take only what works and leave the rest. 

Ready to start your day with more clarity and focus? Hit play now, or listen on The Marie Forleo Podcast.

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Want to Join the 5am Club? Follow This 20/20/20 Formula

Like I said in today’s episode, everyone is facing different challenges right now. Waking up at 5am may not be feasible or helpful for you — and that’s okay! Take what serves you and leave what doesn’t.

Robin’s 5am morning routine is split into three twenty-minute increments, designed to get your body, brain, and mind ready for the day ahead. You’ll be shocked at the results you create.

5:00 – 5:20am: Move

Kick off the first twenty minutes with some movement. Dance, walk, run, lift weights, prancercise — whatever gets your blood moving, heart pumping, and endorphins circulating. As Robin says, “The way you feel when you first wake up is not the way you’re going to feel at 5:20.” 

Trust the process and move your body. In twenty minutes you’ll feel better and your brain will be primed for intense focus.

5:20 – 5:40am: Reflect

Your reflection time should be active. It’s a way to turn inward and connect to what’s most important to you.  Here are some ways to dive into reflection:

Do any practice that helps you connect with what’s most important to your heart and soul. 

5:40 – 6:00am: Grow

Want to grow as a leader, parent, partner, entrepreneur, or human? Now’s your time to read, watch, and listen so you can learn. Here are some ideas from our own library to get you started:

  • Watch an episode of MarieTV. We’ve got hundreds of episodes that are twenty minutes or less.
  • Read Everything is Figureoutable. Unleash motivation and inspiration to take action on your biggest goals and dreams. The Insight to Action Challenges guarantee you’ll get results.
  • Take a free writing class. Want to write words that sell and sound like you? This free writing class will make you a better writer in just 7 days.

Now, Robin and I would love to hear from you. What’s the biggest insight you’re taking away from this conversation and, most importantly, how can you turn that insight into action starting right now?

Share as much detail as possible in your reply. Thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration and your words may help someone else have a meaningful breakthrough. Important: share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. will be deleted as they come across as spammy.

If you’ve spent any time around these parts, then you know I take a strong stand for kindness. Please write and respond to each other in that same spirit.

Time is precious — taking even just a few moments out of your day to make sure you’re living with intention will make an enormous difference. Take special care of yourself this week.

With enormous love,


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  1. Absolutely inspiring, Marie and Robin ❤️
    Couldn’t have released this at a more perfect time! In all due respect to others, this lock down period has been immensely transformational and positive for me. I’m uber inspired to be more effective in my life. The portion about service and 5 hour of focused work absolutely stood out ?

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Awesome, Akhila – we love that you’re feeling inspired! So beautiful that you’re allowing this time to transform you in positive ways and open up new ways of being. ❤️

  2. Thanks Marie and Robin.
    Actually I think the message about humble beginnings and writing is the perfect message right now. When we first went into quarantine I made myself a promise to write 3 sentences a day, just because no matter what happened, I knew it would be something I could count on. 3 sentences. However, now I find myself advancing with so much heart into my next book. I think it’s a good moment to express yourself and say what you need to say.

    • Emily, this is so inspiring! I’ve been holding onto my book idea for years and could never get started. Writing three sentences a day is a brilliant way to break it down. Robin and Marie, thank you for this episode. I definitely got more than my 20 minutes worth of growing from it.

      • Thanks Rachel! Love your webpage! You do awesome work!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      YES, Emily! Amen to that. It’s fantastic that you’ve made yourself this promise and are finding so much pouring out of you during this time. Keep expressing and keep sharing your precious gems within! XO

  3. Cristina Santander

    Thank you for this wonderful interview Marie and Robin. I’ve read many of Sharma’s book and he has had a profound impact in my life. Easily one of my favourites writers out there. Haven’t committed to 5am club 100%. But whenever I wake up early and practice the aspects of the 20/20/20 I do feel much better, happier, more productive and I kid you not, even prettier. It just brings such a glow. I haven’t read his latest book yet, but it’s next on my list 😉

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      So wonderful that you’re implementing the 20/20/20 practice and experiencing the positive benefits, Cristina! Yes – that special glow from within. What a wonderful side effect of connecting deeply with yourself first thing every day. We hope you love the book and feel inspired to keep going!

  4. anne marie

    Sounds great…does it apply to night-owls?

    • Zoe Br

      Yes I’m wary that it has been scientifically proven that there are two types of people – those who are more productive in the early mornings and those who are late at night. I often suddenly get the urge to sort out a drawer, write a song, do some filing etc around midnight. I know many others who have the same pattern. It’s not a habitual thing, it’s a DNA thing. Are us night owls always going to be told to go against our natural productive flow and force ourselves to wake up early just because society dictates it to be so?

      • Katrina

        Yes, Zoe! I am one of your fellow night owls who gets super productive and creative at night! I have also read research that indicates that differences in people’s productive hours are, indeed, related to DNA and not a matter of mastering better habits/work ethics.

        Having said this……There is no harm in trying something new for 66 days! Maybe this new approach DOES go against our natural instincts, but we may find it works so well for us that it is worth it! How do we know how unless we actually try it! As Marie says (albeit in a slightly different context), “Clarity comes from engagement”.

        If after 66 days of legitimate 100% engagement, we feel the improvements in our lives are not significant enough to justify the upset in our natural rhythms, then we are free to go back to our old ways, that much wiser, (for I am certain that there will be a variety of hidden lessons and insights revealed to us through the process even if we don’t ultimately decide to embrace this lifestyle for the long term). And….then we can write our own book about the benefits of embracing late night creativity!

        Let’s try it Zoe — and other fellow night owls! (I don’t think it will take 66 days to see if this works for us, anyway. That’s just how long it takes to rewire your brain to make it a habit!) ?

      • Julia - Team Forleo

        Hey Anne Marie and Zoe! We are definitely all different and have our own rhythms. If you know that you’re a night owl, perhaps you could experiment with implementing the 20/20/20 practice into your day whenever it first begins, and see how that makes you feel?

        I’d also suggest you check out these episodes of MarieTV, where we touch on being a night owl and embracing your own flow and rhythm – it’s really all about finding what works best for YOU!

      • Gina R

        I totally agree Zoe – because us night-folk are in the minority in society, it’s always more of a struggle to find our way with productivity & schedules…I loved this interview with Marie & Robin but like Marie says, I go with the idea of ‘take what works for you, and leave the rest.’ For many of us, the ‘crack of dawn’ is 9 or 10am – and I feel that the principles of time management & focus can be applied just as well at those hours. For me, it’s more about HOW I’m using my time vs. what time I’m rising.

        Realistically, in order to get a full nights sleep of 8 hours (which we’re always being told to do) – to wake at 5am well-rested, one would have to be asleep in bed by 9pm. Thats not how I personally want to live….For me, the quiet & magic of 1am can be just as peaceful & creative as 5am can be for others. So I agree with you, there is a bias in society geared toward morning-people, and as night-owls we have to find our own best ways to maximize our time & focus, while still being true to our own health & our natural wiring.

      • Emma

        Yup. Night owl here. It’s not a question of reprogramming habits, it’s a question of trying to alter our fundamental nature, which when you think about it, makes perfect evolutionary sense – vulnerable is the tribe that is always all asleep at the same time. Our cultural working patterns were set in the industrial age and have not changed despite the world being unrecognisable now – they are pretty arbitrary. A morning routine is great, but there is no way I can get up at 5am – I struggle to get up at 9am! My most productive time is 9pm to 1am, and I’ve finally got to a point in my life when I can work when suits me best. The kindest thing we can do is respect our bodies and their natural cycles.

        • Izabela

          I want to say a big Amen! to all of you. I am a night owl and work in a traditional administrative position, so I don’t have an option to follow my own system. I’ve spent the last 30 years of my life tired. I do wake up at 5:30am every morning, and let me tell you, you don’t “get used to” it. In my 20’s I used to vacuum my house at midnight and I often wake up at 2:00 or 3:00am raring to go. I’m working on a solution to this and have hope that there’s something out there for me that works with my nature and not against it. I’d love to know if there are any morning people out there that have ever experimented with a night owl life and seen how it makes them feel?

          • Julie

            Hi Izabebela ! I’m not a night owl at all in fact (by 7 pm, I’m completely exhausted and unable to think, but waking up at 5 am means that I need to be asleep at 9 pm and I can’t with my family here), but I have a very good friend who’s a complete night owl ! She’s an illustrator, and she wakes up at 10:30 or 11:00 am and she works until she gets to sleep at 2 or 3 am. This rhythm is perfect for her and for her body and that’s beautiful to see that she’s happy with this !

  5. Diane

    Guys! I read 5am club 30 days ago and it has been on my mind ever since. Today was the first day I was up and in my studio for exercise at 5am. I joined his 5am club app and watched the first video. THEN… THEN… THEN!! Marie’s emailed showed up in my inbox with no other than ROBIN SHARMA himself at 6am. If there was ever a bang over the head sign. This was it!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Wow Diane – what divine timing! We hope you enjoy this new morning routine!

  6. Particularly agree on the phone addiction = wasted time in our day
    Trying to be mindful with phone abuse/use is like giving up sugar
    You’ve inspired me to try the 5am get up for 66 days, starting tomorrow.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      GO Lisa! So happy this inspired you ☺️

  7. Jacqui

    Thank you for sharing the interview with Robin Sharma about The 5a.m. Club. I have been feeling very lost and completely unfocused on anything throughout self isolation so far. However, this interview has inspired me to practice the 20/20/20 idea spoken about, and start to focus on writing the poetry that I have been promising myself for such a long time. Thank you Marie.
    Jacqui x

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Jacqui, you are most definitely not alone in feeling that way. This is such a strange and unprecedented time for us all, and there is NO wrong way to be feeling. We really hope this practice helps support your poetry – beautiful! Happy writing ✍️

  8. Thank you Marie and Robin! I can’t wait to read the book. I try to wake up early but haven’t prioritized it as a consistent practice. I am RE-commuting to it and will work to do it for 66 days. I loved all the nuggets you shared!

  9. Taryn

    This morning, my almost 1-year-old daughter made just enough noise at 4:30 to wake me up before she fell back asleep. Around 5:30, when I had been up for about an hour, I thought to myself, “this is how I’m going to fit exercise back into my day without losing my ‘me time’ each morning (when I normally read and enjoy a cup of coffee before the rest of the house wakes up) – I’m going to start waking up at 5.” I checked my email a little later and there’s an email from Marie saying “if there’s something you’ve been itching to do but can’t find the time, wake up at 5!” If that’s not a sign, I don’t know what is. Looks like my new 5am routine starts tomorrow!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Amazing, Taryn! We LOVE that timing. So glad it was affirming for you! Enjoy your new routine and that special morning time just for you ?

  10. Incredible!
    On the heels of just finishing B school!
    This was phenomenal!
    Worth a rewatch and several shares!

  11. Lucille

    Oh my,just what I needed today. That extra motivation and inspiration to become the best me. During this lock down period I have started reading your book “Everything is figureoutable” and man is it helping. This lock down period is actually a blessing in disguise because you really have time now to what you always say you going to but never get to it.
    I agree with the no phone/technology, I have realized that the more you spend in books, self development that does not include technology the more fulfilling your daily life becomes and the more you realize the way you are/were living was lacking that fulfillment. Its just awesome! I get to know myself more on a much more deeper level and that helps with how you perform at work and manage your relationships as well.

    Thank you!!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      What a wonderful perspective this is, Lucille! We love hearing that you’re reading the book and using this time to connect with yourself more deeply. Keep finding those blessings and opportunities in this moment!

  12. The timing of this episode.., need I say more? 🙂
    I have read ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ years ago, because it was given to me, not because I was aware of who Robin Sharma was/is.. (my apologies;)
    I have also heard about the ‘5 am Club’ however never to it drawn enough to actually try it.
    Through the past years, and even more intensely now since the Corona quarantine started, I have realized how important the calling I keep hearing inside of me, really is to me..
    I just cried when hearing Robin talk about a toxic Heart Set being in the way of the traction around your ambitions!
    I will read the book and find a way to create momentum.
    Thank you!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Heleen, keep listening to that calling inside of you – it’s so wise and knows what you need! We hope you enjoy the book, and those reflective mornings dedicated just to you may be a beautiful way to honor what’s calling to you most. xoxo

  13. Providencia Cenci

    Hello Marie, OMG! I loved the interview you had with Robert Sharma❤️ It spoke to my heart and soul; there were so many “golden nuggets” that he shared and it was an affirmation of what we know deep inside of us of what we are capable of. When we align our values and action together, we feel the synchronization, and that resounding ”Yes, ” I can do this!!
    Thank you for bringing such good things to the world and for that I’m most grateful?

  14. Valerie

    This episode was very timely as today was the first day of me starting my day at 5AM. Having completed my Miracle Morning routine, I was able to enjoy your interview with Robin during my 6AM treadmill run. Clearly the universe is telling me 5AM will be my new norm.

  15. Thanks for the refresher. I’ve listened to Robin’s ideas about the 5am club before and found it inspiring. Since the lockdown in UK I’ve been getting up at 5am to go for a walk in the peace and quiet and before anyone else is around, therefore fulfilling the social distancing rules, but also enjoying a long walk. It really is a revelation in terms of the plants, birds and animals I’ve been able to see. I’ve even taken my camera to take some photos. My one tip is to get yourself up out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off otherwise you may change your mind!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      This is wonderful, Diane! Thank you for sharing how you’ve been making the most of both this unusual time and the 5am hour. SO inspiring!

  16. Lord John Garland

    I do a lot of energy work in my daily routines, which allows me to accomplish many things in life. Within the course of the day, I also take many breaks, much of which are mini breaks. What blessed me the most with this portion of Marie TV, was the fact that I’m on the right track. All that I need to do is to tweak it some, to get the most out of my day and this segment allowed me to baby step my way unto my better days ahead. Of course every time I see the words, “I need to do” I have learned to change that idea into, “I get to do” so that my motivation becomes my desire in life. “Desire” gets the job done, whereas “need” suffers in lack of accomplishments. One is a chore and the other is a pleasure and we all rather do what feels good in life.

  17. Tori

    I work from home, my fiancé does not. We have a daughter; 6 years old. In the struggle to find enough time to get work done and still remain patient, my fiancé always suggests getting up earlier. I always agree, but I just don’t do it. However, I’m also big on taking responsibility for your actions. Around 20 minutes into the video, you asked about running towards challenges and taking the path to growth… Robin responded with saying something along the lines of: we become victim to our excuses when we recite them so many times that we actually believe they’re true. That was the wake-up call I needed today. I can’t say I’m thrilled about it, but I’m looking forward to the benefits of waking up at 5 and likely being a happier, healthier, more productive person. Thank you both for this episode.


  18. I love this so much. My biggest takeaway was to “create a tight bubble of total focus”. I already bought the book. “The monk who sold his Ferrari” was a game-changer for me, and I’m sure this book will be as well.

  19. Thank you for saying we can adjust it to a time that works for us! 5 am really is not feasible for some of us (like actors who have shows ending at 11:00-11:30 at night and then still have to get home) and I’ve read so many things saying that you need to get up at this specific time, which can be frustrating.

    Will look into implementing some of these things at a time that actually gets me enough sleep! Thank you!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Absolutely Shaina! Make this work for you and your unique life situation. We really hope some of the ideas and practices Robin shared are supportive for you!

  20. Gina Labella-Tulin

    Wow! What perfect timing for me! I was set to get up this morning at 6 am to start my day… like so many other mornings I didn’t!… I have this mantra where I set positive intentions for my day… telling myself it was ok that I woke and set my intentions on a motivated productive day! I have so many goals but can’t seem to find or make the time like B-school! Feeling overwhelmed and out of focused…. The interview and book really resonated with me! Thank you! Day 1 of 66 starts now! ??☺️

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      We hear you, Gina! So glad this was perfect timing and just what you needed right now. We’re excited for you to try this out and dive into B-School, too – keep us posted on how it’s going! ??

  21. T Diaz

    “Also — please know that taking care of your mental, physical, and emotional health right now is more important than productivity. ”

    Right now??? I would say not just “right now” but ALWAYS – pandemic or no pandemic, early bird or night owl. Mental, physical, and emotional health is ALWAYS more important than productivity and, imho, is the necessary prerequisite to productivity (in whatever way one defines the latter). And, while not always doable in this society, health is a more important thing to strive for than productivity. Fortunately, the two–mental/physical/emotional health and productivity–are not mutually exclusive!

  22. The idea of how to describe ‘Soulset’ was huge as this is exactly what I am incorporating into my clinic work as a naturopath and life coach – thank you for the beautiful eloquent way to describe the four ‘sets’ – I cannot wait to receive me book order!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Wonderful, Angela! We’re so glad this spoke to you and feels aligned with the approach you’re bringing to your practice. Keep up the amazing work you’re doing in the world and enjoy the book!

  23. Christa

    Oh I can’t wait to watch this episode! I used to have to get up at 5 (or earlier) for work and it was definitely the best! Since work hours have changed I have utterly fallen out of that habit. Looking forward to hearing this discussion and getting motivated to reshape my schedule. Truly the best and most thoughtful, exciting, motivating, and energizing time of the day – the magic hours from 5 to 7!
    But it can be hard to literally peel yourself out of bed. For sure.
    Love to Marie and Team!

  24. Absolutely love this guy, was struggling with my productivity and achievement through building layers of jobs in order to hide myself from going out there 15 hour days…..and the assets of values and integrity and self care and impact of service far outweigh these outdated standards… as for the phone… its gone in the next door room!!

  25. Anick

    So inspiring!
    What a great timing after loosing my job with 23 years of passion and dédicacions…

    Time to turn the page and it start today!

    Merciiii from Qc ??

  26. Cheryl Handfield

    I love this episode. It’s been a practice of mine for quite some time to get up 5 am. I normally use that time to have my coffee, write in my journal, and read. Watching this has inspired me to tweak my morning routine using the 20-20-20 rule. While my old routine serves me to an extent, I recognize where there is room for improvement. Learning how to be more proactive vs reactive is big for me. It also spoke to me about mindset and how it’s only 25%. Today I am going to think about how I can be more effective with my mindset, heart set, health set , and soul set.

  27. I LOVED this! I am a member of the 5am club but found I have been straying since quarantine began. And my days, moods, and sense of peace are distinctly more scattered on the days that I don’t rise before the sun. Additionally, my boyfriend is not an early riser so I sometimes feel alone in that club. Thanks for letting me know that I am not and for the reminder to keep at it!

  28. Maria and Robin,
    Thank you so much for sharing the interview. I was right on track with B-School and work when quarantine hit. It’s been challenging trying to run an efficient household, keeping on top of the kids with homeschool and running a business. This was not only an inspiring interview but a real motivator. I’ve turned my phone off and put it away. I’m ready to pick up where I left off in B-School and look forward to reading Robin’s book. Robin’s quote “Tomorrow is a promise, not a fact,” resonated with me. Thank you again.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Awesome, Mara. You are AMAZING. This is such an unexpected time, and it’s completely understandable that you’ve been finding it challenging to keep up with everything. That is a lot! Keep being gentle and kind with yourself. We’re really glad this was inspiring and motivating for you!

  29. Wow. This episode was true GOLD. Just ordered the book.

    Two things stood out to me:

    1. Dawn, before sunrise, is the equivalent of the pause after the exhale.. in yoga believed to be the holiest moment, when life is suspended. I love seeing ancient wisdom shared and applied by contemporary leaders – more will have access to this power.

    2. Mindset being masculine. I am fascinated by “ways of being” that link to more masculine and feminine paradigms. We are all both masculine and feminine, however our society is hypermasculine and we are ALL suffering because of it. Would love to hear more dialogue on this topic specifically..

    Thank you for your work and creativity!

  30. reminded of how magical that predawn time is……..feel inspired to cultivate more of a connection with myself, my body and my deep wise self during this potent time

  31. With a toddler and a new baby on the way in a couple of weeks, I **need** to become a consistent early riser to get valuable time for myself in the morning! I’ve recently started to implement the miracle morning routine, and I’ve found writing in the morning particularly useful – it really helps gather my thoughts and keep life on track!

  32. Catherine Murphy

    Hello Marie, you are so blessed, seriously. i admire Robin Sharma so very much, and years ago I read his book “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari”. I felt compelled to e mail him Guess what? He replied to me! Yes and I did not know of his reply for two years. I just saw it one day, and was so blown away. This man is the most authentic person I have ever come across, and clearly a truthful, and heart centred soul Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      That is SO lovely, Catherine. Robin really is a wonderful, heart-centred human being! ❤️

  33. Great video from you and Robin, Marie. Love both of your work and latest books!
    Glad you are releasing alot of Robins work to your community!
    I have been following the 5 am club and also using his mediations, love them but they don’t seem to be available as I got them from his 5am club but I see I couldn’t locate it lately to send the info to more people.

  34. Jesse

    Marie, your conversation with Robin showed up at just the right time for me! I have never been a member of the 5am club, but I have been trying to implement Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning approach recently and have been struggling with it, largely due to not prioritizing it. This conversation was the encouragement I needed today to kick this idea of waking up early to a much higher priority in my life. So many great ideas in this episode, but the one that struck me the most was that transformation isn’t just about having a strong mindset, but also healthset, heartset, and soulset. Thank you for this blessing today!!

  35. Jaylene E Smith-Kilner

    Thank you for this interview. So needed during these unprecedented times, very inspiring. I love the focus on being a servant leader, which is needed more than ever now. Such valuable info shared.

  36. Barbara Spikes

    How timely and almost eerie this is. I needed a “time out”, which I’m getting right now. But as I think about adding things back in, the idea of taking the time early in the morning to get my day set is very thought provoking. Thank you for these ideas. I’m sure I will get more from the book. Blessings. Barbara.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Wonderful, Barbara. We’re happy to hear this is just what you needed right now, and hope these ideas and the book spark some fruitful new habits for you! XO

  37. LOVED IT.
    Thank you!
    So many great insights!

  38. That was extremely inspiring. Going to start implementing the 20/20/20. My biggest take away was that last piece of advice. How do you want to serve/lead? It just hit extremely close to home and knowing the path that I’m on is my true path.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      We’re cheering you on, Jillian, and can’t wait to see how you show up for those you want to lead and serve!

  39. Margaret

    I have to say I’m not so sure about the 5am part (being more of a night owl), but will definetely get up earlier! What hit home most to me was about being more productive and creative the more you focus and have regular rest breaks. As a Life Coach who specialises in self care and finding balance I couldn’t agree more. Work places should really take this on board and absolutely love what Robin says about you only have to work 5 hours a day if you’re completely focused and work flat out. Brilliant interview, so much that makes sense and I ll be looking his book up! Thank you Robin and Marie ❤️

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      So glad this wisdom spoke to you, Margaret! And I hear you, I’m more of a night owl myself too. 🙂

  40. This was THE best interview I think I’ve ever watched here. So much of what Robin said resonated with me. I have two school-aged children, a full-time job, and am starting a business, and trying to do all of this during quarantine while homeschooling has been extremely difficult because of the lack of focus I have. There are distractions everywhere, all the time. In fact, it took me around two hours to finish this video, because I got interrupted so many times! (My ten-year-old just informed me that our dog doesn’t like mushrooms, just to give you an idea.) I feel like most of my days consist of me going from one task to the next but not finishing any of them, and then doing it over and over again. By the end of the day, I am completely wiped out, irritated, and mentally exhausted and yet I barely got anything done. Robin’s advice to take breaks without guilt brought tears to my eyes, because I always feel like a slacker if I stop running at full speed. I am writing my first book, and I now will look at those breaks not as procrastination but rather as fuel to create a better book. Thank you both SO MUCH for this incredibly inspiring interview! I love Robin’s calm energy, and I just bought the book! Love this interview so much, Marie!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      You’ve got a lot on your plate and deserve breaks. Self-care is so important.

  41. Charla Chatman

    Oh man… “Change your mindset, change your life… I believe that comes from a lot of male messaging candidly”…. then Marie’s eye squint in contemplation.

    A) You’re talking to a female mindset coach!!!
    B) I would LOVE to know what crossed Marie’s mind when he said this…

    Living in Portland, Or… that remark would be crushed by so many feminists here and Im sure worldwide. Masculine mindset vs feminine mindset… hm. Has a male ever had to prepare this body to give birth?!?! Think about that kind of mindset…

    • Kasia

      I have been screening comments to see if anyone else felt this way. I am surprised there are so many positive reactions to this interview. This man sounds like a free electron only focused on self growth and achieving greatness. It is not the reality for most women in the world who are overwhelmed with taking care of others and never even being recognized. I hope not too many will forcefully try to wake up at 5 am and beat themselves up for being too exhausted to do that.

      • Helen Marie

        That’s my concern also Kasia. This conversation has made me really angry about the influence of “thought-leaders” who come from such a world of privilege and issue formulae & rehearsed soundbites that only serve to make people feel inadequate or wrong if they can’t adhere to them. When people are lost & looking for guidance – as many are now – this is not the kind of messaging that will serve them, particularly those who are not: aspiring billionaires, male, naturally early risers, or robots. I am also surprised how many people here seem to be lapping up the Kool-aid… Maybe those who aren’t buying it simply feel too shamed to comment.

  42. Kat

    GET OUT OF MY HEAD MARIE! I had started the audiobook about 2 weeks ago and things got kinda hectic in my life. So I had stopped listening to the book and simply said to the universe, ” when it’s time for me to pick the book back up just let me know”. I get your email about 3 steps to a better morning and to my surprise you have Robin as your guest!!! Thank you from the bottom of my whole heart for bringing so much value to this planet!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Sounds like the universe is speaking to you! 🙂

  43. I have tried and failed over and over to implement the 6 savers of the “Miracle Morning.” I love this gentler approach with only 3 steps that can be used with any of the self-development tools in my toolbox. I think thinking about it in this way will make that much easier to follow and to implement going forward! Thank you for sharing and I’m excited about where this journey will take me. I’ve been trying to build my business for a while now part-time and I know waking up earlier is the answer… I just need to commit to doing it consistently 😀

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      You got this, Jennifer!

  44. Angel

    Hi Marie! This episode was so necessary for where we are collectively! Robin shared many amazing, timeless insights regarding personal development. I’m excited to join the 5 AM club indefinitely. I have nothing to lose, only my life and success to gain. Thanks again for your contribution to this world.

  45. Perfect timing, as always. Thank you! I’ve heard a lot about the 5 am club lately, as well as hearing Robin’s name being brought up in different conversations so knew this was one I needed to give my time and focus to. Appreciated the insights and thought leadership that Robin shared, and yes… I do want to be a member of the 5 am Club!

  46. Maura

    This is possibly one of my first comments ever. But I HAD to shout out Robin Sharma and the 5am Club!!! I am struggling to get back to this practice myself, I went through a move and a life change which stalled me but……but when I was doing it – with young kids @ home – it was my salvation in terms of balance and health. My take on it was to get up, do some yoga, have a gratitude routine, and watch the sun rise. Let me be clear: I DID NOT LIKE getting up early in the morning at first. It was HARD. But it was figureoutable!!! And it was SO WORTH IT. The crazy thing is, last night I fell asleep to Robin’s audiobook, as I had decided I MUST get back to my early morning practice. And then the first email I saw this morning: the one from Marie. There are no coincidences.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      How timely! I’m convinced that no one ever likes getting up early (I know I don’t, lol), they just like what comes as a result of getting up early. You can do it! 🙂

  47. Ilana

    I found this one of the most soothing MarieTV episodes ever! I love the emphasis on self-approval and slowly achieving your artistic mastery, as opposed to chasing applauds. YES to this!!! It’s so not emphasized these days. And as far as waking up at 5am and the 20-20-20 rule; well there was a time in my life when I did this without even knowing of this book. I exercised as soon as I rose, ate a healthy breakfast, prayed and prepared for my commute and job in a non-rushed way, before my roommates even woke up, every weekday. It was the only way I stayed healthy and happy through a 10-hour workday. (I also didn’t have a smartphone then, and only got one because I felt I needed one when I was in wedding-planning mode – and I never stopped wishing I’d never gotten one). I always thought this was only possible because I was single at the time and had no kids. Now I am married, work full time, have three kids 6 and under, without at-home help. I almost never nourish my artist-life, which has been starving. Well, with all of the encouragement in this interview, along with the supporting evidence, I think I am ready to try. Back to the phone thing – yesterday I had my phone out of eyesight and it was the first time I actually played with my baby on the floor, totally involved and had such a joyous, wonderful time with him, with no distractions. The experience was so bonding and restorative. So, I think I’m going to be buying this book and giving my life another shot. Than you so much.

  48. Thank you so much to you and Robin for creating this video. I fully intend on trying the 5am 20/20/20 for 66 days. I believe it will be a life changer. The 5 full hours spoke truth to me too.

  49. Franklin Liao

    Hi Marie and Robin! This segment brought a little more clarity and validation to what I am already putting into practice in my daily routine. Consolidating and reorganizing the steps in my day are some action points I can implement right away. As a leadership nerd I really enjoyed the words ‘to lead is to serve.’ Thank you for serving.

  50. Good point. I have been recently reworking my daily routine trying to figure our how I want to structure my day.

    I love the fact that Marie and Robin talked about working for 5 hrs. I litterlay had a conversation with hubby about it yesterday, concluding that 5 hrs of work a day should be just right.

    Sometimes I love getting up in the morning before the world starts, so I know what they are referring to.
    But actually the most ‘expensive ‘ and valuable time in my day is the afternoon. I love working with sunset and connect with that energy much more.

    I do think it might be worth giving it a go or reworking in somehow. Hard to say, as I tired miracle morning before and it really didn’t work for me, I just skipped the getting up earlier and did the routines anyways when naturally awake.
    One thing I consider a holly and untachable in my life is the natural waking up. As I am also a preacher of proper rest.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That makes sense and is really smart, Arleta! Getting proper rest makes the whole day go better, regardless of when you wake up. 🙂

  51. Thank you Marie & Robin,
    5am is my favourite hour of the day! I find my mind is the sharpest at this hour! Going to try the 20/20/20 formula for 66 days!
    I gave up my cell phone 10 years ago, it was starting to make me crazy, it never stopped ringing and dinging. Now if anyone wants to reach me, they call my landline or send me an email!! Much more peaceful and productive!
    Warm regards,

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Not having constant notifications sounds delightful! You were so wise to ditch your cell phone early.

  52. Jubilee

    At one time I had a practice of getting up at 5am because that was about 1/2 hr before my oldest would wake up. I literally just had 30 min to myself before kid life started. Instead of feeling fatigued throughout the day from the early morning, I felt more energized. I have since veered out of this routine. Thank you Robin and Marie for reminding me how great the 5am wake up can really be and setting me back on course.

  53. Wow, there were some amazing touching moments in this interview… I felt so empowered hearing Robin say that it’s all up to us, to be intentional, deliberate, concious, if we want to change or achieve anything. And I LOVED the comment that the real genius is your capacity for NEUROPLASTICITY, creating new brain cells and brain cell connections. Fabulous!
    You could not have sent this at a better time Marie, glad you did, COVID-19 and all.

  54. BTW, I am also a fanatic for neuroscience – what are some of the books Robin Sharma would recommend in this area?
    Thank you.
    Kind regards

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s a really good question! I’m not sure myself, though it may help to @ him on social media. I bet he’s got some good recs!

  55. Great interview and nuggets. I have practiced waking up earlier (but not 5 am)and doing my meditation and exercise. I see the difference in my day vs sleeping until 8 or 8.30 am and missing out meditation and work out. I love the 60 min work and 10 min break. That is what I have been teaching my son to do with online school. Its recess time after every class! And he loves it. That’s what they do in Finland 🙂 I am going to implement that in my day. I also start practicing 20 20 20 for my mornings. I think that will be very helpful for me. Thanks Marie and Robin!

  56. This was such a great interview! I got so much out of it. The 5am club is definitely going on my reading list.
    My biggest question is what time to people go to sleep that do this? I often work til 8 or 9pm outside the home and I enjoy my evening chill time. Sometimes I have to eat when I get home and then it is harder to go to sleep before 11 or 12.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s a good question, Erin! Definitely take your rest needs and work hours into consideration. As long as you’re making the time to work toward your dreams, you’re doing awesome. 🙂

  57. Danielle Perron

    I love the approach to setting the tone for the day; fully showing up in the early hours completely helps to align the day to come.
    This was such a great interview with relatable content and tools to implement on the regular, such as the morning routine and asking the bigger questions surrounding purpose/contribution in this lifetime.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  58. Marie

    LOVE this! Thank you so much for releasing this now.
    Everything you guys said resonated and is so inspiring. What struck the chord for me was “at the end of your life, you’re asking yourself “how many people did I serve?”. So beautiful!:-)

    Also, I wanted to react on one thing: when you talk about the epidemic of mediocre work and mistakes: yes, of course it is partly due to distractions… but let’s not forget BRAIN FOG due to FOOD!!! you can’t expect to have a sharp brain if you eat all the awful processed stuff full of additives and pesticides and you-name-it ingredients that should not be allowed for human consumption, and that the food industry is allowed to market as “healthy”…

    And finally, definitely want to join the 5am club! I’m just very curious: what time do members of this club go to bed at night? what about naps? Thank you!!

    • I had the same question about when is bedtime. My comment is right before yours. 9:00 seems to so early!

    • I agree!! I am also curious about the “evening routine” and bed times as well!!

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      Hi Marie! Great question! We actually interviewed Arianna Huffington on sleep habits, and her interview may resonate with you as you’re researching naps and optimal bedtimes:

  59. Oh My Gosh, what a captivating interview, I’m so glad I watched this, Thank you, Marie and team, for sending me this email (gift really) I’ve considered this book so many times and now I’m going to make a commitment to myself to read it, I’ve also attempted a morning routine, on the days I do do it – I feel awesome and thank myself later, but now I will challenge myself to stick with it as a daily practice. everything you said resonates and thank you for the wisdom nuggets, – just wanna write all of them down – I will be watching this interview again to remind myself of the important things in life.

  60. I just completed B School and I am thinking deeply about who I want to serve, how and why. We are heading into spring which is the best time for me to start getting up early and walking before I sit to journal and meditate. Thank you for this gift, the timing is perfect!

  61. Trane Francks

    My personal variation on the 5 a.m. wake-up is to adjust my rise time to the changing sunrise time throughout the year. I adjust my rise time to be about 30 min. before the sunrise. This enables me to see the sunrise and sunset. I access all the daylight hours, which optimizes my serotonin/melatonin cycle.
    I used to be a night owl, but changing my day to follow the sun has literally changed my life. Get away from thinking about the numbers on the clock face. Those numbers are arbitrary and created by humans. Getting back to the diurnal rhythm will put you back in touch with one of the major biological factors that makes you a human being.

    • Helen Marie

      Yes, i love this. In winter the body needs more rest also so waking at 5am in the cold and dark of winter makes no sense. I wholeheartedly reject man-made formulas that ignore the natural rhythms and cycles of life, the seasons, the body (noting that male and female bodies also have different needs and cycles). Those of us who are attuned to the moon will sleep less under a full moon and more at the dark moon too. Our society is collectively so out-of-whack and following other people’s rules when they are out of alignment with nature is one of the reasons why.

      Sharma’s club will work for some people, for some of the time, and i’m happy that it worked for him, but nature is still the truer teacher – and the one whose club i prefer to be in ??

  62. Brandy

    This blew my mind. I am so not a morning person, but this made me excited to try. I’m trying to change my life currently. I have relied far too long on self-medicating and I’m D-O-N-E with that. I also plan to put away my phone for most of the day as well. Thank you, Marie and Robin.

  63. Robie

    I so love this episode. A combination of Marie and Robin is a feeling of both sun RISES! Robin is a great motivational speaker. Thank you Marie for your wonderful episode with so much nuggets of wisdom today!

  64. Sheila Dziezynski

    Thank you for this Marie and… Robin. What struck me is the 60 minutes then break and 5 hours of great work a day. My intuition tells me this is the most productive for me and I’m committing to not feeling guilty for 8 hours – with unproductive hours in there. More joyous living, getting up earlier (I’m going to try the 66 day!) , work hard when I’m working.
    Thanks for the episode!

    I wasn’t going to watch it initially, because I am allergic to the “billionaire” tag, but am so glad I overcame my pre-judgments; this interview elevates “productivity & focus” to the highest level. A must see for every Marie Forleo fan. A must see for everyone in the world. The only video to watch if you’re ever going to watch only 1 MarieTV episode. So inspiring I want to read the book. Am doing a lot of the things talked about already but can always do with confirmation, encouragement and inspiration, an antidote to “how the world is” (or seems to be!) and calls to go deeper, further. Thank You both.

  66. This night owl will try this. I’m a new’ish graphic designer that needs direction. I have the ideas, but perhaps too many. Lets see if this helps. Would love to focus my hours of work to be less scattered and more productive.

  67. Loved this! I am going to TRY the 5AM club. It’ll be interesting!

  68. This episode came out at the perfect time. After a couple of months now of being in ‘lockdown’ mode with my two young kids, running the household and schooling my children, I noticed how much of a rut I was falling into.

    I neglected my wellbeing, self-care and my coaching business, only to decide that it’s not the right time to grow.. And all of that took its toll. I slept in, I wasn’t exercising and I let my kids decide what my day was going to look like.

    I knew I was falling into a rut and so after watching this episode and downloading the book (as well as other tools I’m using) I decided to get my act together!

    This is the third day I’ve stuck to my workouts, and this morning I got up just after five. It was amazing! I was so productive getting ready for the day. I worked out, sorted out the kitchen, read the 5am club and had a proper breakfast. It might sound really small and not that impressive, but having that sense of self-control has really shifted and improved my mood in what feels like an incredible shift within.

    I can’t wait to read the rest of the book and see how I can take this further and into my business xx

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      Woohooo! Way to go with sticking to your routine! Great job, Julia, and we’re cheering you on. Keep us updated on your success! ?

  69. Kristy

    Definitely the episode I needed to watch and hear it a lot of times on podcast.
    So true and absolutely wonderfull every single word of Robin, can’t wait to get the book and starting ASAP to join the 5 a.m. club.

  70. I actually just finished listening (audio book) and at the same time reading (ebook) the 5am Club. Just had to simultaneously do that to listen to a chapter 1st, then read it to jot down amazing points that jumped at me. Powerful book ??
    And though I have been struggling to wake up at 5am, I know that I will finally get through the required ’66 days’ because “All change is hard at first, messy in the middle and georgeous at the end” ?


    Wonderful episode and of course I want this club to have me as a member! So many brilliant gems falling from this dear man’s lips, inspired by you, too, Marie, very much, such a Flow in this masterful conversation between two world~class wise workers. The only thing I maybe would take exception to in the whole interview is the idea of asking “How many people did you serve?” at the end of life as a metric for how well one has lived. After all, it’s not like we’re competing with McDonald’s in our living, you know, for how many billions of burgers served. We may serve just a few but serve them very deeply and very well and that is a beautiful life well~lived, in my book. Mothers especially appreciate this perspective, but so many, including artists and other creatives of all kinds would, too, I believe. I like the idea of delivering the one piece of mastery rather “a thousand pieces of mediocrity.” Personally, too, I love the idea of the Gargantuan Competitve Advantage (GCA) because my name happens to be Gwendolyn Coke Atwood (GCA) and I just heard of this Robin Shama’s work for the first time today, in perfect divine timing just as I was realizing I really need to reestablish a strong early morning routine! Thank you both so very much.

  72. Romy Soler

    Extraordinary , Thanks for helping us undesrtand that we have been created for much more, we only have to put the effort of finding out what. 5am Club its a great start !

  73. Rachel Ephraim

    This could not have come at a more perfect time. I’ve been struggling to find my groove in working from home. My thoughts, results, and routine are all out of wack. I loved how this provided some structure with what to do when waking up at 5am. Starting tomorrow I’ll be starting my 66 days. ❤️❤️❤️

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      Woohoo! We’re cheering you on for all of those 66 days. You’ve got this!

  74. Kellie Sue Peters

    Ok well, while this is inspiring, in my life, I felt completely isolated and my depression/anxiety worsened when I had to wake up at even 6am. I don’t usually even get off stage and home many days if the week (when I’m blessed enough to have gigs) until about 3 am. So apparently if you have entertainment job hours you’re screwed? And because getting less than 8 hours of sleep for more than two nights in a row triggers my anxiety disorder, sleep deprivation isn’t an option. Also, 90% of my bffs, colleagues, etc are in my industry so when I’ve had survival jobs that required me getting to bed early to wake up for work, it was the most isolated I’d ever felt (uh til now … coronavirus thing). And of course, I don’t wanna be all “this won’t work for me,” but having really truly tried it for 18 months, I can truthfully say, it doesn’t work for me. What DOES is having a morning routine that begins as soon as I wake up whatever time that needs to be. I would argue that it’s not the time of day; it’s being focused and deliberate about what you do with the hours you got. And I’m sorry for coming off defensive but this is a fight I had with every bae, ex-husband, and parents my entire life – my lifestyle is wrong etc based on what time I do my thing. And 100% if I’m required to do 2 hours of sleep occasionally for an acting gig or corporate gig as an artist, I’m there. I’m sure my sleep shame is showing… I usually go to sleep at 5am. And I’m up at 1 pm. And ready to rock.

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      Hi Kellie! I think you hit the nail right on the head when you said this: “What DOES work is having a morning routine that begins as soon as I wake up whatever time that needs to be.”
      As Marie mentioned in the beginning: take what works and leave the rest. Many folks are night owls or work night jobs, and 5 am is just not a logical waking time. That’s okay! How can you take the fundamentals of building a morning routine and starting your day off right and apply it to your current schedule? You’re already on the right path by tuning into what works for *you*! Rock on, Kellie! ?

      • Kellie Sue Peters

        Yes!! You’re so right. I don’t know why I took that 5 am so to heart. lol Seriously, this situation is messing with my head. My normal positive attitude is kinda hijacked. Sorry for responding like such a weirdo.

        • Helen Marie

          Kellie, it’s not for me either. Nor for many of us who live within different cycles & routines. You sound like you know your own needs which is great – no-one has the right to shame you for what works best for you. (I’ve been there also… screw those people!). Some of us simply live by the moon and that is a wonderful way to be… ?

          • Kellie Sue Peters

            Thanks, Helen Marie! Fellow Moon sister. ? There is a lot of that shaming that goes on. Thanks for replying to my comment because I’m so grateful to know I’m not the only one. I think that’s also why I responded so defensively to the 5am thing. And I know the takeaway is really just about making the time for yourself when you won’t get interrupted and being deliberate about what you do with that time. I feel like this is the first time in my life – unfortunately due to this pandemic- that I’ve been able to mostly go with my own flow without being edited and shamed. I feel like I’m getting to really learn for the first time what my own needs are and how to find and move within this space. And I was so uncomfortable being alone so much. It took me until about this week to stop fighting it. For the first time this whole time of isolation, I don’t feel lonely or deprived. And my FOMO is gone. I don’t know how long that will last but I’m so grateful to be in this new emotional territory. And I’m loving all the time to write, record, and just sing. I’ve been singing 5-7 hours most days and writing songs. I’ve never actually felt happier- except for actually rehearsing with my bands and playing shows – but never just being on my own. It’s actually kind of empowering. I feel blessed to have been given this gift. I hope you’re doing well and feeling strong – and however you feel is exactly the right way for you to feel in each moment. I’m sending you good vibes and wishes that your creative juju flourishes too!

  75. Oh boy!! This was amazing and so resonates..I have always wondered why when I am suffering from Europe jet lag, waking up at 3/4/5 am why I am getting so much shit done and how I can possibly feel so great 😉 I am a creative/entrepreneur so focusing on the time of greatest creativity is a must in my life.
    I also very much agree with the phone distraction and mistakes in the day to day world…absolutely love Robin’s comment “Play with your phone or change the world” you don’t get both..and I realized that I am guilty of it.. time to 20/20/20 🙂 Thank you to both of you for some incredible new awareness for my life.
    Marie do you have any online dance workouts I can use for my mornings? xo

  76. Sign me up for the 5 am Club! I have been hit and miss on getting up at 5 am and always accomplish sooo much BUT have not stayed consistent. I am making the 66 day commitment here and now.! This episode was tailor made for me! I resonated with Robin’s messages so much that I’ve watched the episode three times today! Too much? Not when it’s time for change! Thank you so much Marie & Robin!
    Julie P

  77. I LOVED this video!! Thank you SO much for doing this! Honestly this video was JUST what I needed! I’m such a perfectionist and I sware I’ve been trying to get this morning routine thing down & I’ve been too hyper-focused on the “order” of what I should be doing first that I havn’t been consistent with it! ??‍♀️??‍♀️ So silly I know!

    BUT this is awesome because I’m the type of person that just needs that direction ~ 20|20|20. ( Being a dancer as well Marie – I’m the same way! When it comes to free styling – not my strong suit – but give me choreo any day and I feel comfortable!!) ?

    Brilliant and I’m going to implement it tmo!! I’m SO excited! Thank you again!!!

  78. I love the 5 am concept. I have been getting up early for meditation time for years. I know when I miss it I feel really rattled during the day. Thank you for the extra motivation . I will make sure I am adding in those other area Move and Education. I am now off to download your Robin’s book. Thank you Marie TV

  79. Wow. So many pearls. So much heart and generosity. Loved. Thank you both!

  80. This was an incredibly inspiring, unbelievably inspiring, and moving discussion…that bit at the end, I had a real upwelling of emotion!… and a feeling of immense clarity about my own work, so thank you Robin and Marie for putting this podcast out. There was so much that resonated it would be hard to pick one thing, but I wrote down a few ‘nuggets’ in my diary….one of which was “when faced with a choice, chose the one that pushes you the most”. THANK YOU also SO MUCH for discussing phones.!!! I actually share a phone with my wife, (which some people think is a bit weird!) but like you Marie, its out of sight and mind most the day. They are such pervasive objects, with this magnetism that I want, and need to keep away from me! I look forward to buying the book and reading more. Thank you!!

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      So glad this resonated with you, Ellie, and have fun diving to the book. We’re delighted you’re already being intentional with your phone in your family –– great job! Keep going, and we’re honored to have you in our community. ?

  81. Kim Stone

    I absolutely loved this episode! It resonated with me on so many levels and I was really happy to hear about the balance and “shut down” time that Marie and her team have implemented. I am getting ready to start my business and that is exactly the type of culture I would like to create. Thank you for the inspiration!

  82. Heather Stewart

    I woke up at 5 am today because just the few minutes I watched of the preview sounded good. I had the chance to watch the whole video today and learned a lot. I am turning 50 in a few days and I want to make the best of the next 50, or however long I have. The lack of focus or distraction hit home for me and I’m eager to try out the 66 days of a new habit and set a great example for my two daughters. I have a lot I want to do and feel time flying by.
    Do you have any hints for the phone regarding children? I’d love to put my phone away completely, but feel I always need to be available in case there is an urgent call from family. Thank you to both of you. I am inspired by how you are creating great lives and positively contributing.

    • Heather – I love you are turning 50 and want to make the best of the next 50. That so lands with where I was at 50. Beautiful. Happy Birthday!

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      Hi Heather! I’m not a parent, but one thing I’ve tried and I’ve heard works well for folks who need to be reached in case of an emergency is this: If you have an iPhone, it has a “Do Not Disturb” feature. This mutes calls, texts, and notifications so you can focus. However, if someone calls twice within 3 minutes, it will ring the call through so you’re notified. Of course, do some testing and research before implementing so you can trust that it works. You can also put your phone on DND for 1 hour at a time, and check for 5 minutes, and put it back on DND. That way you’re not missing any important or emergency updates.

      That’s just one solution, Heather! Keep brainstorming! ?

  83. Thank you Robin for this wonderful wisdom and insight, and Marie for being that beautiful and grounded conduit to have it reach me.

    I’ve been on my own personal growth mission for seven years now, and it started unintentionally and quite defiantly without my permission – yet who I’ve become in the aftermath of that posttraumatic growth put me in crystal clear touch with who I truly am and that which is my true purpose. But even at this higher place of awareness, I’ve known there is still more I can and need to learn and, as I begin to cry just now, I feel I have been in a holding pattern waiting for the next catalyst to open me up further and connect me with my truer self and those I am meant to serve.

    The only thing that stood out from a non-stop day yesterday was Marie’s MarieTV message “One habit turned that all around: waking up at 5 am.” I thought, “Dear God – is that what’s next?!?” Without planning to, I stirred just before 5am this morning. When I saw the time on the non-digital clock on my dresser, I heard, “Watch that episode now.“

    All I could say after was, “I’ll be damned.“ The parallels between Robin’s brilliant lessons and quotes and my own journey thus far are so aligned – but what has become painfully clear to me in this moment is that my life is like a million random dots that I keep trying to sweep up and put back in some order, but I can’t. They just keep spilling out again every day and sadly I’ve lost or forgotten so many of them. It’s the same gnawing need for that “trying to find some sense of it all” order; to figure out how to do the all the things I know I am meant to do.

    I have been so desperate for a system that I don’t have to abide by, but that I can’t wait to practice every day. Robin, thank you so very much. You’ve shown me a way to connect the dots. And as fearful as I may be in failing at this, and as painful as it’s going to be, 66 days of your 5am 20/20/20 formula gives me hope, because it’s a system solution from within, and not the many superficial business and personal social system solutions I’ve tried with little success.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. It’s as if you have laid before me oh so gently the gauntlet, and challenged me to do what I never thought I could – what I never thought I needed.

  84. I’ve been a member of the 5am club without knowing it. Naturally an early riser, I agree with Robin that waking up early allows you to own your day and elevate your life. Love this. Thanks for sharing Marie. Off to grab my copy of the book 🙂

  85. The best times of my life have been happened between 5 and 7 AM !, Walking in the street to see the best of people taking life, driving in the mountains of the Cerro de La Muerte (Hill of death) in Costa Rica being the witness of nature captures the first rays of the sun. These moments were what inspired me so much to eventually create my best life. I’ll definitely go back to this habit of waking up at 5 AM. Thanks for this beautiful reminder and episode.

  86. Vesna

    Thank you so much Marie and Robin!
    This entire interview was inspirational,encouraging, and empowering. Over the past few months I’ve been wondering how I’m going to get done everything I want to accomplish in starting a new business, completing the course I’m taking, and working outside of the home. The 20/20/20 formula is similar to what I’ve been doing, however I’ve been doing it 10/10/10 because I wouldn’t have enough time in the morning on the days I was scheduled to work or because I would sleep longer. I never gave myself a fair opportunity to make the shift. Waking at 5am seemed challenging to me prior to this interview, however there’s something in the way that the two of you presented your experiences that fuelled me to become a member of that club!
    I want to be the hero in my life. I want to go to bed and the first thing I say to myself is YES! and the first thing I say in the morning is YES!
    Who can I become? I’m excited to find out.
    Thank you so much.
    With sincere gratitude,

  87. Thank you so much Marie and Robin, but I was wondering…is there coffee or tea involved first thing when arising and is there a nap later on in the day? If no nap, what time should bedtime be? Thanking you in advance. 🙂

  88. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this beautiful interview. I am so happy to hear somebody else talking about neuroplasticity. I am on a journey to heal multiple auto immune diseases, multiple food animal and chemical smell sensitivities and I’ve been doing at home for the past 8 months with amazing results. My goal is not to stop until I am off all medications. I’m finally at a healthy weight for the 1st time in my entire life due to retraining my brain, my thyroid went from hyper to normal, and I can eat anything I want. Synchronisticly, I keep hearing more and more authors and speakers bring up neuroplasticity and I would love for you to do an interview with Annie Hopper, author of “Wired for Healing”. She has made her program available via DVD at home and she also has workshops to fully immerse patients in the retraining concepts. I am definitely going to consider Robin’s 5:00 a.m. club, as I already do an hour of my brain therapy a day but sometimes it’s hard to get in the groove and I think having a start time with his methods 1st would really help prime me for not only my therapy but the rest of my day. I’m excited and inspired to give it a go. Thank you also for the discussion on relevance at all ages, and owning your own masterpiece regardless of what the world thinks. I’m currently taking Bschool to help me transition from owning two health clubs into becoming a Food/Wellness coach with a non-location specific business model, writing books, delivering online courses and group coaching. Blessings to both of you and your teams!

  89. Stephanie

    As one can assume this means you have to go to bed earlier, but what happens when you want to go out one night to celebrate something (or you do an entire weekend in Vegas)? Asking for a friend… just kidding, it’s me, I like to celebrate big and little life events, or go out on the town with my friends on the weekend. Does this throw off the entire routine or is it easy to get back to? Curious about Marie and Robin’s experience with that aspect of life that can “keep us up past our bedtime”.

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      Hi Stephanie,
      This is a great question! Of course, you shouldn’t put your life on hold or stop celebrating because you have a strict bedtime. It’s okay to give yourself grace when you’re celebrating or spending quality time with friends. The goal is to have a regular routine and accept that there are exceptions to the rule. You can even practice the 80/20 rule. If you can get to bed 80% of the time on time, you’re winning! The rest of the 20% can be reserved for parties, celebration, or even an occasional Netflix binge! Just do the best you can and give yourself grace. ?

  90. Colette

    Hi Marie, The Marie Staff, and Robin! I listened to this interview yesterday on my walk and I started the 66 day challenge of doing the 20-20-20 formula this morning. I felt ABSOLUTELY AMAZING as soon as I was finished and then watched the sunrise. I’m commenting now because I feel like I am getting happier, more inspired, patient, and positive as the day goes on! It is just about noon, and I have a giddiness to me that I haven’t had in a long time. I know that it is directly related to getting back in touch with myself. I am taking the 66 day challenge and committing to the 20-20-20 formula and myself. Marie, thank you so much for all you do and have done. You continue to inspire me.
    Just a P.S., I chose to pull out a book from my closet that I read years ago for the 20 minutes of “GROW” . The book is, Add More -ING to Your Life, by Gabriel Bernstein. I bought that book after seeing you and her on Oprah all those years ago. While reading it, I was remembering how inspiring you were and are. I’m so grateful to have you in my life! Thank YOU!

  91. Betsy

    I already do get up early to enjoy the alone time of easing into the day. I’m curious about the sequence of the 20/20/20 rule. My routine is the exact opposite. I like to read first, then reflect, then move – which feels right and good to me. However, I have heard from another teacher that moving first is beneficial to activating flow and inspiration. I’m curious what others think about that.

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      Hi Betsy,
      If reading first works best for you and you feel amazing, keep doing it! You can experiment with changing up the routine and doing gentle movement first. If there’s improvement, stick with the change. If it doesn’t feel good, go back to your original routine. You’ve got this! ?

  92. Sheala Selena

    I really enjoyed that talk thank you! But there is one practical question that i have and i look for advice: What do I do when I just cannot go to bed before 9pm, because of family stuff or especially in summer, where its bright till midnight and the sun rises around 4am! Any tricks to get around that? As its also unhealthy to lack sleep, I wonder how to catch up in cases as above..
    Thank you xx

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      Hi Sheala,
      Fantastic question. I recommend diving into this episode with Arianna Huffington on getting healthy sleep.

      Remember, everything is figureoutable! If you don’t want to go to bed earlier, what are some ways you can adjust your schedule to 1/ get adequate sleep 2/ make sure your morning routine is full of nourishing activities vs. draining activities like checking email or scrolling on social media? You’ve got this, Sheala, and we’re rooting for you big time!

  93. Kim

    The phone thing is a big one for me. I’m always checking it, responding immediately to texts. I have been in sales for 21 years, and this has always been demanded of me due to the corporate culture I had been in. I quit my corporate job back in February, so it’s time to break this awful habit and gain back hours of my life. Yes, I said hours! I just finished up B-school and building my empire over here. Looking forward to being on the other side of all this fear, without my cell phone in hand.

  94. Lilian

    Hi Marie, Robin and the MF Team,
    Firstly, thank you for bringing on such an invigorating episode at a time when I think we can all use some positivity and light. There were so many great takeaways but one of which that strikes out and personal to me is on the topic of the fear of the unknowns and the fear of irrelevance, thinking that our best days are behind us. The idealogy that we are made up of not just mindset but also heartset, healthset and soulset also stood out to me. I have been taking some time to reflect and touch base with inner self, these topics literally set my heart and soul on fire! I am not a morning person but I am willing to commit to 66 days of it and see the changes I will experience!

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      That was a big lightbulb moment for me too, Lilian! We are so much more than our mindset, and it’s important to nurture all parts of ourselves. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! ?

  95. Mike C

    wow. two of my favorite people. Robin and Marie! I read Robin’s “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” and “The Saint, The Surfer, & The CEO” in my early 20’s when I was backpacking through Asia. They seriously helped me lay the groundwork for how I choose to live my life now. Great interview Marie and thank you!

  96. Thank you Marie and Robin! wow! Robin make me cry with the final questions. So needed in this time. I´m really thankfull!

  97. This man is amazing!!! Every word that comes out of his mouth could be a quote. So inspiring … It’s like you can feel what he’s saying. Thank you so much Marie for interviewing him… seeing you buth has been such a huge present. I hope you meet again soon ♥️?

  98. Veronica Mobley

    Marie it was a great interview with Robin who showed us all how to improve our personal lives. I love the challenge of 5 am rise, since im a night fuled person. Thanks also for the 20/20/20 which l have devotional time will add you movement and read Marie or Tv Marie. Great!

  99. This is the most balanced and amazing self improvement advice and book ever! The world is so confusing right now when so many people are shouting to dream big, just hustle, push hard, believe in yourself or just do it. These are all good things but you can’t live in a high functioning state at all times. Sometimes your body is shouting for rest. Or your soul is thirsty. The first talk that actually lives in reality.

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      We’re so glad that you found this helpful, Anne-Sophie. That means a lot to us. Thank you so much for watching.

  100. I’m laughing watching the part about being distracted on your phone and I keep seeing notifications coming through and I’ve already looked over like 10x! It really is counter-productive to our productivity!

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      And now you know, Angela 😉

  101. Kate Sanders

    Thank you Marie and Robin for another inspiring episode. For years I used to get up between 5 and 6 am to take the train to London. I don’t do that any more, but now my day starts and ends later I’m less productive than I used to be. I remember that I trained for 2 London Marathons by going out very early and running before work. I’ve purchased The 5am Club and I’m going to see how returning to the early rising habit for 66 days works for me. First obstacle to overcome is waking and rising without disturbing my partner. We shall see…

  102. Sandy

    Robin and Marie thank you SO much. Right now my husband and I are both unemployed but doing “okay” financially. A job prospect came to me yesterday and while it’s good money and benefits that are appealing, it’s not work I would love nor that I am meant to do. I tossed and turned all night considering it, and with one quote form Robin it became clear. “Life’s greatest heartbreak is being untrue to yourself.” I have so many gifts I want to bring the world and I know the right opportunity to share those gifts is right around the corner. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. ?

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Sandy, we love that you’re listening to your heart. We’re sending you and your husband all the best during this time. YOU have so many gifts and the right opportunity is out there. xo

  103. Dear Marie, Robin and Team Forleo!

    This is now my all time favourite MF interview.

    I find it deeply motivating, inspiring, and also perfect timing.

    YES to retrieving our focus and creativity back from our phones.

    Robin thank you for sharing so much wonderful information. I have since checked out your website, and enjoying some of your blogs. So practical and applicable.
    I’ve ordered the book!

    Marie – you’re a brilliant interviewer. A woman in her own sweet spot and lovely to see the embodiment of feminine and masculine in a dynamic, respectful and insightful dialogue with each other. Encouraging one another to go deeper, and therefore all of us too.

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Laura, your kind words mean the world to us. Take back your creativity-you know you want to 😉 You’ve GOT this.

  104. This episode gave me so many light bulb moments, my pen was flying the entire time trying to get it all down. (I’ll be buying the book. For SURE.) So many things spoke to me, but one that really resonated was the four inner empires: mindset, heart set, health set, and soul set. So much of personal development is focused on mindset, and mindset is really important. It was just so refreshing to see an acknowledgment that none of us is working OR LIVING to our fullest potential without a more holistic approach.

    As always, THANK YOU for amazing interviews and content that have helped shift the way I approach my work and life.

  105. Victoria

    This was super inspiring. I actually just made it a goal to wake up early, which has been a struggle for me all my life (this is actually my first goal in testing out the follow-through formula). I have been listening to my body when it’s tired and I have been feeling so much better just waking a couple of hours earlier than normal. And then after watching this I have an even better sense about what I’m doing and the life I’m building. Off to bed now with the promise of a great morning. Thanks Marie and Robin

  106. Hi Marie, I am so inspired by this video episode! I watched it completely that I rarely did from many others videos. I interested in this video because I’ve done similar daily ritual but find it is hard to stick with. I want to be the world class person to help and inspire many people around me and in my place and I know all need to be started from being the best version of myself. There are so many good quotes from the interview and the most inspired one I love is “How do you master the world by first honoring and building intimacy with your primal hero”. In my point of view, it’s all about being the best, the highest version of ourselves, if we can serve ourselves first and foremost can we only provide the best serving to others. In fact, it is happening at the same time. Thank you so much for this epic episode. I definitely will keep up my inspiring, motivating and positive daily ritual by implementing 66 days commitment, for example, I will try wake up at the same time everyday no matter how late I go to bed at night. I will follow my plan by finishing my dinner 2 hrs before bed at 8pm and go to bed at 10pm and wake up at 5.35am. Thank you so so so much for helping the world to become better and better!

  107. You’re such an inspiration Marie and what a great episode!! They are all incredible!! One question if I may is what time should you be going to bed if getting up at 5am? Sometimes I go to bed at 3am, 4am or 5am getting that perfect quiet time but at the other end! Xx

  108. Emilia

    Thank you for inspiring interview.
    I was very prompt by 8-14 h work day, with intense 60 minutes and 10 min recovery.
    I work in a creative company 9am-5pm and I see how I’m only productive 4-5 h and the rest of the work day is used on distractions or unproductive work.
    Is there any advice on how I could talk about this with my boss, to apply these changes, that could make me more happy and productive ?

    • Kate - Team Forleo

      Hi Emilia, we’re so glad this is helpful, and we love that you’ve been able to identify your productive time and want to find ways to make improvements to your day. Definitely check out this MarieTV where Marie shares some great ways to outline changes you’d like to make at your job:

      • Emilia

        Hi and thank you for sharing this episode. It was very helpful 🙂

  109. I enjoyed this interview! It reinforced my daily habit of rising early and reaffirmed my sense that I’m on the right track! Waking up early to do my morning routine — morning pages, meditation, and exercise/yoga — is really becoming a game-changer for me. I am more motivated to tackle my tasks for the day, and I find that I even have more willpower to see each task through to the end! Waking up early has done wonders for my productivity and my inner peace. Because of the morning pages, I find myself more reflective and creative, and because of meditation, I have gained a greater sense of calm.
    I picked up a few good quotes from Robin, my favorite of which is: “A bad day for your ego is a good day for your soul. ” Something useful for me to remember!
    Thank you, Marie and Robin, for this great interview!

  110. Alana

    I love when Robin said (I’m so many words) “even if you do your life’s work over 20 years, so be it”.
    Thank you.
    It’s what I’ve been doing and blamed myself for. But deep in my gut I knew I was being true to myself. Namaste.

    • Kate - Team Forleo

      We’re so proud of you, Alana. Your life’s work is something that only you can do — and the timeline you do it on is exactly as it’s meant. Keep showing up, keep creating, and know that we’re cheering you on!

  111. 5am synchronicities started showing up for me before I even watch this episode!!! Looks like I found my next challenge! Thank you for the great interview 🙂

    • Maja - Team Forleo

      We love those little winks from the Universe! Thanks for tuning in, Jenny!

  112. Brittany Montoya

    I am not a morning person so hearing 5am made me through up in my mouth a little. I liked the quote “How you feel when you wake up is not how you’ll feel at 5:20”. I have been working on my morning routine for a while now, I liked Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and this is pretty similar. The 20/20/20 method seems SO much easier to follow. The movement part is what I’ve been lacking. I journal and read my bible every morning and I love that time with God and prepping my mind to keep working towards my goals. I am going to try this out tomorrow…maybe not at 5am but I will at least try for 7am 😉

  113. I read The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari in 2011 and loved it so much I moved straight into The Saint, The Surfer & The CEO. So good to get a reminder of those lessons by hearing Robin talk in this episode.

    As a Neuroscience postgraduate, I love the messages being passed to everyone about timings of brain actions, and how our stories and excuses have a biological impact. <3 We have more power than we realise.

  114. Christine

    Hey there!
    First of all – I love this talk about how your destiny doesn’t shout, it whispers, which is exactly what I feel like at the moment, that I am supposed to go another direction with my life – not sure where exactly, but my whisper tells be. Like Marie said, I just want to shout at the whisper “speak op for Gods sake and tell it to me straight!”, which of course does not work, which is okay, as I trust the process. However, I found that getting up at 5AM is a great time to listen more deeply to the whisper and get some clarity and hints, as the world is quit and there truly is something magical about that time a day…
    BUT I also know that no matter what, getting my sleep is #1 priority. So I do wonder how do you all ensure to get your full hours of sleep if you get up at 5AM each morning? Most of us need 8 hours, and I surely do! So simple math tells me that I need to be a sleep at 9PM each night if I need to get up at 5AM, which is not always doable (or “wantable” if you have dinner plans, social plans, etc.). Any insights here? Do you only get up at 5AM some days where you can get to bed early and then later on days where you have been up later the day before, or whats the trick?

  115. As with many of your interviews, Marie, I found this so inspiring and really appreciated so much of what Robin had to offer. I am intrigued enough to read the 5 am club:).
    A suggestion for him as he works with the billionaires and those who run large businesses and corporations…teach this to your employees…the mind work, the heart work…the soul work, and give them the support so that they too can learn to live this way. Too many of our corporate leaders require their workers to put in 10 – 12 hours days (and more) in service to the company…the industrial model for sure. There is no such thing as a 5 hour day for these employees, and it contributes to the loneliness and exhaustion you addressed.
    Thanks for continuing to inspire us with provocative and empowering ideas.

    • Helen Marie

      Well said Karen??

      I’m so tired of the glorification of Billionaires. Seriously, what are they doing for our global society right now? Investing in fossil fuels (Bill Gates)? Cashing in on Covid whilst treating workers like sh*t (Jeff Bezos)? Hiding money in tax havens and expecting a govt bailout (Richard Branson)? These are NOT the heroes we need or want at this time.

      Making a tonne of money does not automatically make someone successful at being a well-rounded, compassionate, or humane global citizen.

      We need to acknowledge that a 5-hour day may be ideal, but it is only available to those with some degree of privilege. We need to be calling out that privilege instead of glorifying it and hopelessly aspiring to emulate it.

  116. Thank you so much for this one, Marie and Robin!

    I have experimented with morning routines in the past – and the truth is, this pandemic and all its disruption to our normal home life (work, school, kids, etc…) resulted in me totally falling out of my usual practices for a while.

    This interview was a great ‘reboot’ and source of inspiration to me to re-commit to an earlier rising time and a morning practice before my family wakes.

    I think I may not have been ready for this even a few weeks ago as I adjusted to a ‘new normal’ – but this intention feels nourishing and rejuvenating, and I look forward to putting it into action.

    Many thanks, Marie and Team Forleo!

  117. Taylor Kitchen

    Really loved watching this interview. The following are a few of Robin’s lines that stood out to me and my reflections. How did everyone else reflect on these words?
    1. “Anyone on a path to growth and self-excavation and personal mastery is going to be confused all the time.” –> Made me feel less alone in my confusion.
    2. “A bad day for the ego is a good day for the soul.” –> Made me remember to feel grateful for days that are frustrating or hurtful. These are all a part of my story; they may even make up some of the best parts of it.
    3. “It has never been so uncrowded at world class because so few people are doing the fundamentals of world class.” –> ANYONE can do this, but very FEW actually do. I am going to be one of those few that doesn’t give up despite the odds.

    • Isaiah Williams

      This quote: “Anyone on a path to growth and self-excavation and personal mastery is going to be confused all the time.”; made me feel slightly unburdened about the path I’m on. I’ve had a lot of misdirection career-wise and I’m starting to understand why.

      This quote: “A bad day for the ego is a good day for the soul.”; reminds me of another quote my mentor says: Your ego is not your amigo. Meditation has helped me separate my ego from my true self.

      This quote: “It has never been so uncrowded at world class because so few people are doing the fundamentals of world class.” validates why my standards aren’t on the same level as my coworkers. They don’t always want to do their best work but if you don’t, why do it in the first place. I believe if you have to do anything give it everything you’ve got.

  118. MJ Amelia

    Transformational. Thank you so much. I am joining the 6am club for certain. My biggest takeaway is 66 days to ingrain the habit. (I know 21 is the mark I’ve heard the most.) My biggest question: C-O-F-F-E-E. Any insight on joining this club and/or joining the coffee free club? I’m feeling the need for a coffee fast.

  119. Melissa Staiano

    I absolutely loved this interview.!
    As someone who has been immersed in the corporate world for 20+ years; the last 5 years I have heard the little voice in my heart reminding me that I am meant to do more with my life and for others.
    The insight offered between you and Robin was profound and validating of what I am doing right to change course and create a path for myself and what I need to start doing.
    Thank you so very much for helping others in the way that you do!


    • Jennifer - Team Forleo

      So glad this hit your heart in just the right spot, Melissa, sounds like you’re up to some exciting things! Looking forward to hearing what unfolds for you in the future.

  120. Maru

    What an episode! I loved every single second of it. So inspiring, so timely. I loved to discover the concepts of heartset, healthset and soulset, and how this one fuels up our lives. And so beautiful final questions! The process of becoming and serve while you are at it. Many thanks for this episode!

  121. Isaiah Williams

    Tremendous thought provoking nuggets. The ones that stood out for me are: How many people did you serve; working really hard and relaxing GUILT-FREE and waking up at 5 a.m. So eloquently simple but powerful nevertheless. Thank you for sharing this interview.

  122. Charlotte

    Love this episode thank you. I have got up 5am for 3 days now and loving it!

  123. Pauline

    Wow, this was absolutely inspiring to listened to this interview. Thank you so much.
    I came across this interview and your Blog while searching for Blogs about personal development. Life-changing. I want to do the 66 days of the 20/20/20 Formula starting tomorrow morning.

  124. I loved this and inspired to hear Robin share. I was applauding and nodding my head YES the entire episode. Thank you for doing what you do.

    • Jennifer - Team Forleo

      So glad this episode resonated deeply with you, Randee!

  125. Anna

    My God, almost every sentence flowing out of Robin’s mouth was a tweetable! Most moving quote: “I believe the highest form of a human being is doing your work in a way that helps people believe in themselves and that makes the world a better place.” I am so convinced that this new practice will be life changing that I am committing to myself to wake up at 5:30 AM (I’m in FL, sun doesn’t rise til 6:30!) for the next at least 66 days. THANK YOU, MARIE, FOR ALL THAT YOU DO, AND FOR THIS INCREDIBLE INTERVIEW!

  126. Jen Valdivia

    “To lead is to serve…” said Robin. Beautiful ending to a wonderful conversation. Tears welled in my eyes because I was so touched about the aspect of the two last points. Who did I become? How many did I serve? LOVE!
    I want to be in the 5 AM Club. Please sign me up. Wish I would have joined this on our first day of shelter-in-place! But no time like the present to start…

  127. Esther Ann Price

    Thank you Marie and Robin. What a wonderful, inspirational talk. I do understand the benefit of 5:00 am. When I was going through a very dark period of my life I woke up at 5:00, headed to the gym, got in the pool, and swam a mile. That saved my life. I’m a little (lot) older now and have many more physical ailments to deal with, but I truly understand how beneficial being a part of the 5:00 am club can be. I may just psyche myself up to give it a try again. Again, thanks for such a wonderful program and I love how you and Robin think alike.

    • Kate - Team Forleo

      Thank you for sharing how waking early and getting in the pool made a difference in your life. It’s amazing what transformations can come from showing up and doing those things to tend to ourselves. We’re so grateful to have you with us, Esther, and we’re sending you big Team Forleo love.

  128. Wow. This is what I needed to hear. I started a movement, called Set It Down to motivate individuals to set down their screens so they can start gaining more meaningful experiences. I hear the surface praise of “that’s is a great idea, I know so many people on their phones”. But one does not express the frustration they feel from their technology. Marie and Robin say it out loud and express their frustration! Express how their are so many mistakes being made and we aren’t being present. Thank you for this- it is some motivation for my movement to keep kicking ass. Also- im an early riser- and excited to join the 5M club!

  129. M Goossens

    I am very glad to have stumbled across the very inspiring 5am Club video today and am looking forward to implementing a bunch of advice gems, especially the 20/20/20 Formula, the 60/10 Method and the 5 hours of real work.

    With the Lockdown here in Sint Maarten on Day 48 I have had the time to focus on my long time dream of becoming a photographer, something I hope to do one day as a job. I was curious, however, how you recommend I can continue with this once Lockdown is over and ‘real’ work resumes (running a bar and restaurant with my other half and our team of about 20).

    My main focus is, and will be, to ensure that the business survives the extreme difficulties we face with the standstill of tourism in the Caribbean. To, somehow, do our utmost for the job security of our team. How can I apply the methods I learned in the video, when it concerns 2 different areas…one of which is hard to schedule as the business is (and hopefully will be again) open from 7am to midnight, 7 days a week?

    This may not be the right place or time for this comment and, feeling uncertain, I was about to delete it all…but just writing it has helped, so thank you very much 🙂

  130. Rachel - Team Forleo

    Thank you for being here and chiming in! We’re sorry to hear about the impact that the global pandemic has had on your business — we admire your concern for your customer’s safety, and we do love to hear that you’re pursuing other passions like photographer while you have this time.

    It will be a big relief when we all come through this together and businesses can safely reopen, and we love that you’re already exploring how you can still make time for your new love of photography.

    This will look different for everyone, and Marie has created a few episodes of MarieTV that we think may be helpful for you right now:

    We hope this helps!

  131. I choose the 5am 20/20/20 formula then choose the pause then finally I choose the ego. I am assure these makes me feel happy and confidence to run the journy towards my goal .Thank you so much Marie’s TV with Robin interview.

  132. Ruth Weinekoetter

    I listened to the book and thought it was really inspiring. I have been toying with the idea of getting up at 5am. I like getting up early and I like staying up late. It’s not like I hate sleeping, but it just gets in the way of doing things. 🙂 66 days. Okay, here we go. I just set my alarm.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      GO Ruth! We hear you, and hope it’s such a fruitful 66 days of experimenting with this 🙂 Keep us posted! ??

  133. Watched the episode this morning and bought the 5am book in the afternoon! Can’t wait to read it and start applying the 20/20/20 method!

  134. Karla

    What a great episode! I’ve made my 66 day checklist and am on day 3. Adapted it a little for myself – I am spending the third block of 20 minutes drawing rather than learning. I know that I tend to use learning as a way to avoid action. (Love reading, planning, list-making and inspiration and do plenty of it. I can use it as a way to avoid actually DOING anything. So learning I’m keeping in the evening before bed.) I’ll let you know on July 16th how my 66 days went and what side effects it has had on my life. 🙂
    Go Team Forleo! love you guys – keep up the great work!

  135. I took Robin Sharma’s quest on Mindvalley called Hero, Genius, Legend, and he talks about this routine in it. I think I do more of a 40/40/40 formula, but it works for me. It’s changed how my entire day goes, and I highly recommend it.

  136. This message came right on time! I believe making these practices and principles personal is going to transform my life. I’m looking forward to committing to being the best version of myself.

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      Yay! So glad this episode found you exactly when you were meant to. We’re cheering you on big time, Monah! ?

  137. Our mental, physical, and emotional health is NUMBER 1.

    but here is the thing-if you don’t take care of yourself, nobody else will.

    I know waking up early has massive advantages .
    You have more Time to Exercise. …
    Become more Organised. …
    all this leads into being More Productive. I do agree about the benefits waking up. SO TRUE. ..

    but I ma not an early riser…gosh needs to be changed…but being self employed, you just cant leave a project in the middle…You know the feeling…You kind of feel better going to be when more is done.
    I can relate what i hear-I also had doubts and was thinking about it. Will i do this Ebook or not…it takes tame,your hard work…

    But the thing is that I helped build 6 figure business for one woman with tragic life experience…and i had the tactics,scripts and plans, so I though I could share these tactics and turn in into an Ebook. I dream to help others…Nothing replace the feeling being a part of successful life, business ..
    so I am also writing an E-book on Facebook Ads 🙂 can’t wait for it to see the day light

    and help businesses to fast-track online biz success. Will be out in the world shortly 🙂
    Business is not easy…Love Marie interviewing people. The questions she comes up 🙂 master !!!
    People go and do what you LOVE. Life is too short not to be enjoyed.
    If you want to do something, but feel anxious about possible coming criticism etc, just think of that you don’t live for them. Your life, your rules. Only those, who has nothing achieved and are jealous…they come,land on other’s profile and storm in the drama.

    Remember. Your happiness is out of your comfort zone. well, most of the time…just go and DO IT.
    Happy DAYS to everyone 😉

  138. Thank you for this interview. So needed during these unprecedented times, very inspiring. I love the focus on being a servant leader, which is needed more than ever now. Such valuable info shared.

  139. I wake up at 4 am, ahahaha

  140. Elizabeth A McGiffin

    GREAT INFO.. i am ready to join the club!
    20 20 20 🙂

  141. Jaime Zaplatosch

    A couple of questions for anyone doing this:
    1. It’s almost summer, so the sun is up waaaay before 5am. Do you adjust your wake up time to be awake for the sunrise?
    2. 3 days a week, the first thing I do is run for 4 to 8 miles. Has anyone altered their workout schedule (my motivation slips during the day, so that’s why I run early) to adopt the 5am club, or do you simply add the second 20/20 post longer workout?
    Thanks for any insight from those of you on your journey!

  142. Terri

    Wow. This guy is a masterclass in white male arrogance. You probably won’t allow this to get posted. But you can do better than this.

  143. I definitely feel better when I move, meditate and learn. It’s being consistent that’s tough with a baby that doesn’t have a sleep schedule ?

  144. I’d so love to give something like this a try, but being anaemic sometimes it’s just so damn hard to wake up at any time let alone 5am!! Actually I do find exercise or anything that gets my heart going in a morning does help get the oxygen levels up a little…but not at 5am! I usually opt for a nice healthy breakfast with iron rich food.

    If any of you guys reading have anaemia too and have tried this please let me know what helped you wake up! 🙂

  145. Sky

    Love this!
    And as a walking oxymoron…a mindfulness teacher with an overactive mind…go figure… I’ve found that when I move my body, I can more easily calm and still my mind. This 5am club routine that Robin recommends is tremendously helpful…movement first, then meditation, a little journaling then some reading!

    Now I just gotta get my ass up and going at 5am! Not there yet…

  146. I watched this episode again today. Working 5 hours with 10 minutes breaks after every hour resonated with me after I got to bed late yesterday, woke up late today – and that on a Friday. That way I loose focus and energy for reaching my goals and I get frustrated and angry on myself. But taking the challenge as doing something hard that benefits me, my focus and my work ethic is what I want to do. So I am sitting here with my planner to structure my next week.

    There I have a question: I am working as a freelance holistic vocal teacher, choir lead, give workshops and am now working on online programs as a result of the pandemic. Are the hours I spend with teaching, rehearsing and workshops in those 5 hours? Or is it about the work I do at home writing concepts, blogposts, etc.?

    Thank you so much for all the good content and the safety net I can rely on for advice and Knowledge.

    Love, Julia

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