Robin Sharma lives by the philosophy that the person who experiences the most wins. The modest author (don't call him a guru), who is cool enough to list Bono and Diddy as role models, explains how to get the most out of life in The Greatness Guide: Powerful Secrets for Getting to World Class. The 101 mini two-page chapters are written more like diary entries with personal advice that often comes from his everyday interactions. His coaching on staying positive and seizing life might seem simple, especially when he touts the wisdom of SpongeBob SquarePants, but it requires daily discipline. Sharma's approach makes time for a holy hour of reflection to stay on course by getting up at 5 a.m. each day. Other to do's on Sharma's best practice list are a bit easier: weekly massages and conversations with interesting people.

The best-selling author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is a master at pumping up the energy and motivation with his easy-to-read meditations on greatness in both the professional and personal realms. And while some chapters leave you wishing for more depth, The Greatness Guide feels like you're having a conversation with the author, leaving you inspired to live every day to the fullest.

Stephanie Gerber is a marketing executive in Louisville.

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