The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is one of the great self-help books by Robin Sharma, a writer, and motivational speaker. The author intends to help the reader help himself reach his goals and live a happy and healthy life.
According to Lao Tzu (Father of Taoism), if you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place. The statement signifies how important our mind is and what we can achieve if we cultivate it well. A well-cultivated i.e. a healthy mind will blossom beyond our expectations. The quality of our life literally depends upon our thoughts. It is said that even the best-conditioned thinkers are using only 1/100th of a percent of their mental reserves. Only well-trained mind can explore the untapped potential of the mental capacity.
Overview of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
This book revolves around the story of Julian Mantle who was a successful lawyer. He had every material possession anyone could want, he still had not found whatever it was that he was looking for. In his unsatisfying endeavor his marriage fails, he no longer speaks with his father.
But the attraction towards material possession vanished after he survived after a severe heart attack. He leaves his practice due to ill health. He then heads to India and there he joins the sages of Himalayas in the mystical land of Sivana and discovers the path to enlightenment.
Mantle wants to share the secrets to lead an enriched life with his friend John, who was also his colleague in the past.
The fictional conversation between Julian and John is the core of the book where the author shares a number of techniques to help the reader live happily and healthily.
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari mainly describes the seven virtues for a life overflowing with inner peace, joy and wealth of spiritual gifts.
1- Master your mind
Cultivate your mind it will blossom beyond your expectations. It’s important to have goals and reach high levels of potential.’’ Everything is created twice first in the mind and then in reality.
Cultivate your mind it will blossom beyond your expectations. The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts. Trust that every single experience that you are having every day is teaching you about yourself.
2- Follow your purpose
Happiness comes from achievement but without goal setting, you will not achieve anything. Find the purpose of your life, make goals, and write down on the piece of paper.
We thought sixty-thousand thoughts on an average day. Writing goals send signals to the subconscious mind that states this single thought far more important than other 59,999 thoughts. Then, the sub-conscious mind provides precious mental energy to carry out goals.
Set clearly defined personal, professional, and spiritual goals, and then have the courage to act on them. You have to do things that break through your comfort zone.
3- Practice kaizen
Kaizen is the Japanese method for improvement and optimization. Focus on continuous self-improvement. It’s a process that you optimize and you incrementally improve in the areas of your life, business and work.
4- Live with discipline
Discipline is built by consistently by performing small acts of courage. Then you can take big acts of courage, but every day dedicate yourself to the task. Willpower is the essential virtue of a fully actualized life. Start a war against the weaker thoughts that have crept into the palace of your mind. They will see that they are unwanted and leave like unwelcome visitors.
5- Respect your time
Time is your most precious commodity and it is non-renewable. Time slips through our hands like grains of sand, never to return again. Those who use time wisely from an early age are rewarded with rich, productive, and satisfying lives.
6- Selflessly serve others
The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your contributions to the greater world. You should practice daily acts of kindness, give to those who ask, and cultivate richer relationships. By elevating the lives of others, your life reaches its highest dimensions.
7- Embrace the present
We are all here for some special reason. Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future. Live in the “now.” Savor the gift of the present. Never sacrifice happiness for achievement.
This Book contains treasures of wisdom that can certainly enhance the life of every single person if embraced in daily life. All in all, the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is a very good self-help book.