The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari By Robin Sharma
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny.
As the title states, it’s a Fable. Following the life of a high profile lawyer, Julian Mantle, whose life is out of balance. And yes he owned a Ferrari, and yes, he inevitably sold it. That was only the beginning of his journey. What he acquired along the way was worth far more than the Ferrari and all his previous possessions.
This is not the sort of book one speeds through, nor is it the sort of book that you struggle through.
I do admit the virtues are some we’ve heard a million times before, but Robin Sharma has done excellent job in bringing them forth in new light.
As a student of self-improvement, for me, this book is definitely a worthwhile read.
The heart of the book is the Seven Virtues of Enlightened learning. Here they are (with some quotes, that spoke to me most):
- Master your mind
“Thoughts are vital, living things, little bundles of energy, if you will. Most people don’t give any thought to the nature of their thoughts and yet, the quality of your thinking determines the quality of your life.”
“You truly cannot afford the luxury of a negative thought – not even one.”
2. follow your purpose
“The secret of happiness is simple: find out what you truly love to do and then direct all of your energy towards doing it. Once you do this, abundance flows into your life and all your desires are filled with ease and grace.”
3. Practice Kaizen
‘Kaizen’. This Japanese word means constant and never-ending improvement.
“Push yourself to do more and to experience more. Harness your energy to start expanding your dreams. Yes, expand your dreams. Don’t accept a life of mediocrity when you hold such infinite potential within the fortress of your mind. Dare to tap into your greatness.”
4. Live with discipline
“Self-mastery is the DNA of life mastery.”
5. Respect your time
“Busy, productive people are highly efficient with their time – they must be in order to survive. Being an excellent time manager doesn’t mean that you must become a workaholic. On the contrary, time mastery allows you more time to do the things you love to do, the things that are truly meaningful to you. Time mastery leads to life mastery. Guard time well. Remember, it’s a non-renewable resource.”
6. Selflessly serve others
“The quality of your life will come down to the quality of your contribution.”
7. Embrace the present
“One of the most tragic things that any one of us can do is to put off living. Too many people are dreaming of some magical rose garden on the horizon rather than enjoying the one growing in our backyards. What a tragedy.”
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~Sibongile “Sibo” Tshabalala
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