Book Review, Books

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Genre: Self-Help, Spirituality, Personal Development

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, is the story of a very successful litigator, Julian Mantle, who realizes the importance of life beyond material gains and turns into a Monk. He is forced to confront the spiritual crisis of his out-of-balance life when his high flying career was put to a halt after a heart failure while he was representing in the court. He was left with two choices — ending his career or ending his life.

Fortunately, he chose the former, sold all he has, and ventured on a journey to the east to discover the secret to happiness and life.

In less than 200 pages, Robin Sharma tries to show his readers a path of enlightenment through the life-changing odyssey of Julian mantle to an ancient culture. Mantle discovers powerful, wise, and practical lessons that teach us to:

Develop Joyful Thoughts, Follow Our Life’s Mission and Calling, Cultivate Self-Discipline and Act Courageously, Value Time as Our Most Important Commodity, Nourish Our Relationships, and Live Fully, One Day at a Time.

The Good

  • The core of the book is the Seven Virtues of Enlightened Learning, which Mantle reveals one by one.
  • Most of them are very inspiring and potentially very useful. One can incorporate several of them into her/his life, including the ones that involve positive thinking, visualizing goals, and more.
  • The subject matter was written simply without using convoluted and deep spiritual words; it could have so easily gone that way.

The Bad & Ugly

  • Each of the Seven Virtues encompasses a bunch of daily habits, and incorporating all of them into your life would be cumbersome.
  • The story is slow-paced and the characters are a little dull. The book has its intention at the right place but fails to keep the interest of the reader alive. There are a lot of self-help books that are just brilliantly written. The Power of Now is an absolute favorite.

Favorite Quotes

  • If you want to improve your life and live with all that you deserve, you must run your own race. It doesn’t matter what other people say about you. What is important is what you say to yourself, being comfortable in your own skin. Be true to you. That’s a key source of happiness.
  • A burning sense of passion is the most potent fuel for your dreams.
  • Life has bigger plans for you than you can possibly know.
  • Begin to live each day as if it was your last. Starting today, learn more, laugh more, and do what you truly love to do. Do not be denied your destiny. For what lies behind you and what lies in front of you matters little when compared to what lies within you.

Fun Fact

Robin Sharma worked as a litigation lawyer until age 25.

Thank you for reading. Hope to see you in the next one. Till then, don’t forget that you’re amazing.

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