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The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny Paperback – April 2, 1999
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Wisdom to Create a Life of Passion, Purpose, and Peace
This inspiring tale provides a step-by-step approach to living with greater courage, balance, abundance, and joy. A wonderfully crafted fable, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari tells the extraordinary story of Julian Mantle, a lawyer forced to confront the spiritual crisis of his out-of-balance life. On a life-changing odyssey to an ancient culture, he 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.
- ASIN : 0062515675
- Publisher : HarperSanFrancisco; First edition (April 2, 1999)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 198 pages
- Item Weight : 5.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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• Run your own race.
• Live simply.
• Have courage to live your own life.
• Live your children’s childhood. Grow up with them.
• Do not waste your time.
• Spend time reflecting in silence and focus on gratitude.
• Live with purpose to serve others.
• Do not fear failure; it’s your friend.
• No amount of money is more important than your peace.
• In order to improve our outer lives, we have to improve and work on our inner selves first.
• An empty cup is indicative of space and room for learning more.
• Read more.
• Listen more and talk less.
• Slow down.
The story is built around the idea of a master teaching his 'protégé' about enlightenment...which could have been great. However... it's as if the 'student' has a very low level of knowledge and intelligence - has he ever opened a book?
I was expecting this book to be above average, but I can't say that any advice, as well as the vocabulary, have resonated with me.
Although I did not learn anything new, I must admit that the writer has made the concepts highly accessible to all.
Once I began reading this book it reminded me of a previous book I had read many years ago called “Lost Horizon” by James Hilton which was also made into a movie. This is a story about a work driven lawyer named Julian Mantle who realizes his life did not have the purpose he has been seeking for so many years. He quits being a lawyer and begins a quest which would take him to the mystical mountains of the Tibet in search of meaning to his life. He winds up meeting a mysterious and wise Monk who leads him to a place called Sivana, which sounds a lot like the “Shangri-La” in the book and movie “Lost Horizon.”
I never like to give away too much information and spoil it for the reader but the lessons in this book may inspire you to search for your own life’s purpose. There are 13 chapters covering the wakeup call, the mysterious visitor, the transformation of Julian Mantle, a magical meeting with the Sages of Sivana, the wisdom of personal change, a most extraordinary garden, kindling your inner fire, the ancient art of self-leadership, the power of discipline, your most precious commodity, the ultimate purpose of life and the timeless secret of lifelong happiness.
Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Martial Art and Warrior Haiku and Senryu)
Overall I enjoyed it very much. The virtues caused me to think about my own life and where I'm trying to go. The ideas really aren't new if you follow Tony Robbins, Jim Rohn; however, Robin Sharma has done an excellent job presenting these ideas and virtues in a new way.
Personally, I think it is a worthwhile read for anyone who is trying to improve their lives and those around them.
Now I’m not saying its not worth reading, because it is. I just wish it were written with some creativity. Matter of fact, this version “Special 15th Anniversary Edition” added a bonus excerpt from Robin Sharma's upcoming book The Secret Letters of the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, which didn’t add anything to the story or its allure.
What were they thinking when they added these bonus chapters? It made absolutely no sense, and it takes away from the original story. Poorly done for sure.
The writing is not great and the storytelling feels like a high schooler wrote it. I classify books such this as "airport books" because they sell really well at airport shops, using captivating titles that sound good to read on a flight or vacation and you'll buy on impulse based on that alone. They are often junk books, too.
There are many other, better self-help books on finding a more fulfilling life. Try one of those where the writer is more in tune with a post-Covid world and today's society.
I commend myself for not giving up in the first fifteen stilted pages (but confess that I didn't make it to page twenty).
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If you want to find spirituality look to the past of your people, your country, your religious histories and your family. Look into yourself and find the deeper levels of your own personality. Please don't simply adopt the religious heritage of several random eastern countries and pretend like they have any relevance with your 21st century lifestyle. It's simply irresponsible make-believe to do so and about as original as a goth dressed in black who thinks he's edgy as hell. You're not progressive. You're backwards thinking. If you want to fix the mess of 21st century living, the corporate rat race and the hellish fallout of the industrial revolution, banking crisis and all the rest of it, focus yourself on the society you inhabit instead of staring off toward Tibet, shaving your head and chanting Hari Krishna. It's not big or clever. It's childsplay. Pretending to be something you're not because you don't like who you are. Wake up call: you can't escape who you are. No amount of head shaving, getaways in Nepal, communes with monks and Feng Shui will save you from who you are, where you come from, what your ancestors did and what you yourself must do to make the world better when you leave than it was when you arrived.
Highly recommend it!
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