Productivity Secret From Martin Luther, Perry Marshall, and Me…


Martin Luther was a busy guy.

He wrote “95 Theses…” that challenged the Catholic Church and kicked off the Protestant Reformation.

He defended himself before Church bigwigs who condemned him as a heretic and burned his writings. 

He went into hiding and spent 10 months translating the New Testament from Latin to German. 

And he said this: 

“I have so much to do
that I shall spend
the first three
hours in prayer.” 

I know. That doesn’t seem to make sense. 

But bear with Martin and me as I explain.

I came across that quote while reading “Detox, Declutter, Dominate…” by Perry Marshall and Robert Skrob – this month’s selection for the Mastermind Book Club

The book outlines 7 steps to “grow your business 4X faster by eliminating 80% of your wasted efforts.”

Step 1…

“Use Renaissance Time
to Gain Discernment
and Clarity.” 

From page 11 of this 37-page book: “Renaissance Time is time you spend in meditation, prayer, journaling, reading ancient texts, yoga, or walking alone with your thoughts. NO phone calls. NO radio. NO TV. NO podcasts.” 

Perry Marshall starts each morning with a cup of tea and his notebook, and he writes – whatever comes to mind. No editing. 

“People universally tell me that this morning discipline opens up their schedule rather than crowds it,” Marshall wrote. 

And then he shared that quote from Martin Luther. 

Count me among the people who think morning renaissance time opens up the schedule. 

I have a morning routine similar to Perry’s. A few minutes of meditation, followed by a few minutes of journaling. 

I confess. I occasionally let the habit slip. 

And then I remember – the hard way – that my focus, clarity, and productivity suffer when I skip my morning routine. 

How about you? Do you have a morning routine like this?

Reply and let me know what you do and whether it works as Martin Luther, Perry Marshall, and I describe. 

About the Mastermind Book Club

Every month, Ted and I choose a book for club members to discuss. The club is free to join. Here’s a link to join.

You can read the book – but only IF YOU WANT TO. 

In the MBC community, members will share short videos, blog posts, and other conversation-starters. 

You can comment and participate in any conversation you choose…

…or you can start your post/conversation. 

On the fourth Thursday every month, we gather online for a Book Club meeting.

The idea: 

  • Share insights drawn from the book.
  • Discuss how to apply those insights to improve your business.
  • Celebrate success as you or other members implement
  • The key word above: IMPLEMENT.

p.s. Coaches, consultants and other business leaders turn to me to power-up their stories because most dish out the same old boring, "blah, blah, blah" content, turn off prospects and then feel frustrated and stuck. So I help them transform content from boring to brilliant, turn the marketing process from frustrating to fun, and convert results from pitiful to profitable. Bottom line, you can fire up prospects and inspire them to hire you with story-powered content that's simple to create. I'll show you how. Whenever you're ready, here are several ways I can help you land more clients without pitching and prodding:

1) Connect with me on LinkedIn and Facebook and (if not subscribed already) join our email list.

2) Watch the free, 7-minute Micro-Training: “The 3 Most Important Storytelling Keys to Captivate Prospects and Inspire Them to Act -- Without Pitching and Prodding.”

3) Become a Story Power VIP in the Content Transformation Academy: Master how to discover, assemble, and deliver business-building stories. Weekly masterclasses. Members-only content. One-on-one feedback and consulting sessions. And more… If you'd like to learn more about our VIP program, just reply to this email and put "Story Power VIP" in the subject line. I’ll contact you with more details.

4) Work with me one-on-one: If you’re interested in working directly with me -- to discover, assemble, and deliver powerful, business-building stories -- simply reply to this email and change the subject line to "Private Client." Tell me a little about yourself, your business, and what you'd like to accomplish, and I'll reply to discuss options.

5) Invite me to speak at an event: I can tailor a presentation that meets the specific needs of your organization. Informative. Entertaining. Virtual or live. Potential for continuing education credits when applicable for your group. If interested, reply to this email and change the subject line to “Speaking Engagement.” I’ll circle back to discuss the possibilities.

Want to get great content like this...

...delivered straight to your inbox?

Join our email list...

"*" indicates required fields

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Post Categories

Previous Post

Next Post

Tom Ruwitch

Tom Ruwitch is the founder and CEO of Story Power Marketing. For more than 30 years, he has helped businesses grow by delivering powerful stories using a variety of different media.