Book Review: The Monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma

It is one of my unfinished book from college days which I came across during a visit to one of my friend’s home. And during that stay I could read around few chapters but despite being such an attractive book I didn’t borrow or bought it. Recently when the name again pop up, I decided to finish this book last week and I am gald I took it again and finish that simple but marvelous story.

About Author:

Robin Sharma is one of the top leadership experts in the world, with his work embraced by rock stars, royalty, billionaires, and celebrity CEOs. With over 20,000,000 books sold, clients such as Starbucks, Nike, GE, The Coca-Cola Company, NASA, and Microsoft are using his leadership methods to drive real growth + top performance.(Taken from author’s website)

About book:

This book is about transformation of one of the best-known trial lawyers who throws in the towel, sells all his worldly goods and treks off to India on a spiritual odyssey, only to return as a wise prophet from the Himalayas who started seeing beauty in small things with a clear goad of service.

And after coming back to his country Julian Mantle(monk) meet his old friend John and explained his story of spritiual journey where he met great sages of Sivana. Here, his guru Yogi Raman explained his philosophy in a simple fable which is utterly simple but needs a whole book to explain each symbols in this short story.

“A sumo wrestler who walked out of the lighthouse in the middle of a beautiful garden with nothing more than a pink wire cable covering his private parts slipped on a shiny gold stopwatch and fell to the ground. After what seemed like an eternity, he finally regained consciousness when the marvelous fragrance of the yellow roses reached his nose. He then jumped to his feet in delight and was astonished to see a long, winding path studded with millions of tiny diamonds.”

Amazing quotes from the book:

  • Real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to what is present.
  • Failure, whether of the personal, professional or even spiritual kind, is essential to personal expansion.
  • life is all about choices. One’s destiny unfolds according to the choices one makes.
  • Great dreamers’ dreams are never fulfilled, they are always transcended.
  • When the student is ready, the teacher appears.
  • Most people live—whether physically, intellectually or morally—in a very restricted circle of their potential being. We all have reservoirs of life to draw upon of which we do not dream.
  • Your I can is more important than your I.Q.
  • I have had dreams and I have had nightmares. I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.
  • When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds: your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
  • The boundaries of your life are merely creations of the self.
  • Luck is nothing more than the marriage of preparation with opportunity.
  • Fatigue dominates the lives of those who are living without direction and dreams.
  • There is nothing noble about being superior to some other person. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.
  • What sets highly actualized people apart from those who never live inspired lives is that they do those things that less developed people don’t like doing—even though they might not like doing them either.
  • Happiness comes through good judgment, good judgment comes through experience, and experience comes through bad judgment.
  • Well-arranged time is the surest mark of a well-arranged mind as it is the busiest people who have time to spare.
  • The most meaningful things in your life should never be sacrificed to those that are the least meaningful.
  • Life doesn’t always give you what you ask for, but it always gives you what you need.

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