Will getting up before the sun has cracked its first rays make you a better, more brilliant person? In his book, The 5am Club: Own Your Morning, Elevate your Life, leadership guru Robin Sharma argues the case. The book is the 13th publication in an oeuvre that includes the titles Who Will Cry When You Die? and The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, which has sold more than 3-million copies to date. I am not usually in the habit of following the advice of leadership gurus and have a relatively low tolerance for books claiming to transform my life — especially when those books are framed as quasi-fictions featuring characters called the “Spellbinder”. But I was persuaded to have a look at Sharma’s latest offering when he messaged me directly on Instagram. I can only assume that he was using the social-media platform outside his “zero technology zones”: the hours between 4.45am and 8am and after 6pm, during which all phones must be abandoned. His 300-page manifesto boils down thus: club member...

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