The 5 AM Cub Summary

Robin Sharma’s The 5 AM Club is about a morning routine and insightful learning models that will help you raise your productivity, quality, and the impact you can have in this world. But I’m not claiming any of this, he does. He said these models helped his billionaire clients to deliver exceptional results. He now shares it with the world.

This post will give you a detailed summary of what this book is about and what can you learn and expect from it.

Let’s get started….


An entrepreneur faced stakeholder management issues in her company. Depressed and frustrated she attended Spellbinder’s Personal Optimization Conference where she met the artist and a homeless man.

Spellbinder collapsed and they got to talking.

At first, they felt the homeless man gloating but as they got personal, the entrepreneur and the artist took a chance on him when he offered to coach them and teach them what Spellbinder taught him.

They reach Mauritius. They get to know that the homeless man’s real name is Stone Riley.

Every day they learned something new that they put into practice immediately. They shared how these learning models and just waking up at 5AM helped them.

Soon the characters started to date and as time passed, they fell in love.

Finally, after days of transformational learning, they were ready to learn the ‘disruptive formula’ he talked about – The 20/20/20 formula.

The entrepreneur and the artist got married.  

The journey slowly comes to an end with only a few learning models left to learn.

5 months after the last session, the couple learned that Stone was sick with cancer and passed away. The characters were now the titans of their industry and had a son they name Stone.

Big Idea:

The 20/20/20 formula is the best way to manage your morning and prepare yourself for the daily demand of your life.

Learning Models:

  • The 3-Step Success Formula
  • 4 Focus of History Makers
  • The 4 Interior Empires
    • Habit Installation Protocol – take place at the great Taj Mahal.
    • 3 values of heroic history makers.
  • Scientific truths behind excellent habits.
  • The Essentials of Sleep – take at a place where the ancient Romans buried the dead.
  • The 10 tactics of lifelong genius – take place in Latin America Sao Paulo
  • 5 assets of genius and billionaires’ maxims.

Interesting Facts:

  • Hero, titans, and icons had one thing in common – Rigor. They were people of depth.
  • Cortisol is one of the main materials that stuns your genius and it’s the highest in the morning. Hence exercising, first thing in the morning is important, as it helps to decrease Cortisol.

Key Arguments:

  • The brain can be strengthened, sculpted, and optimized by a scientific process called Neurogenesis. It’s the brain’s ability to breed new neurons.
  • The 20/20/20 formula is a 3 pocket of 20 minutes each that benefits you with more focus, productivity, reduced stress, and greater positivity, all due to the chemicals released by the brain while performing those activities.
  • When you take care of the front end of the day, the rest of the day takes care of itself.

Character Insights:

  • The entrepreneur attended the conference to get her life restored.
  • The artist attended to understand how he can fuel his creativity and capability to deliver world-class paintings.
  • The homeless man is a ‘super weird and incredibly eccentric’ character.

Book References:

  • Khalil Gibran – The Prophet
  • Eugene O’Kelly – Chasing Delight
  • Jonathan Livingstone – Seagull


  • Gian Corenzo painting – Fortana Dei Quattro Fiumi (The Fountain of 4 Rivers)
  • Formula One Racing
  • London Taxi Drivers


  • “Everyone holds his fortune in his own hands, like a sculptor the raw material he will fashion into a figure. …..  The skill to mould the material into what we want must be learned and attentively cultivated.” – Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
  • “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.” – Steve Jobs
  • “The life given us, by nature is short, but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal.” – Cicero
  • “The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard but must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller
  • “If you knew how much work went into it, you would not call it genius.” – Michelangelo


I hope that this article gave you deep insight into what this book is about and what can you learn and expect from it. Besides, if you are looking for a detailed review, follow this link. I’m sure that this one will bring more clarity.

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