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The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams and Reaching Your Destiny Hardcover – May 1, 1998
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"A fun, fascinating adventure into the realms of personal development, personal effectiveness, and individual happiness. It contains treasures of wisdom that can enrich and enhance the life of every single person." -- Brian Tracy, author of Maximum Achievement
"A magnificent book. Robin S. Sharma is the next Og Mandino." -- Dottie Walters, author of Speak and Grow Rich
"A treasure--an elegant and powerful formula for true success and happiness. Sharma has captured the wisdom of the ages and made it relevant for these turbulent times. I couldn't put it down." -- Joe Tye, author of Never Fear, Never Quit
"Filled with insights about following your passion and living your dream. A good read!" -- Justine and Michael Toms, cofounders of New Dimensions Radio and coauthors of True Work: The Sacred Dimension of Earning a Living
"Nothing less than sensational. This book will bless your life." -- Mark Victor Hansen, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Soul
"Robin Sharma has an important message for all of us--one that can change our lives. He's written a one-of-a-kind handbook for personal fulfillment in a hectic age." -- Scott DeGarmo, past publisher, Success magazine
"Robin Sharma has created an enchanting tale that incorporates the classic tools of transformation into a simple philosophy of living. A delightful book that will change your life." -- Elaine St. James, author of Simplify Your Life and Inner Simplicity
"There is something about reading life's lessons in fable form that makes the journey more compelling. Robin Sharma takes simplicity and wisdom to new heights in this story of man's search for meaning in the midst of modern-day life." -- Janet Luhrs, author of The Simple Living Guide, editor and publisher of The Simple Living Journal
- Publisher : Harper San Francisco; 1st edition (May 1, 1998)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 198 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062515608
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062515605
- Item Weight : 6.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.2 x 1 x 8.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #636,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #21,638 in Religious Literature & Fiction
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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)
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.
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.
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.
Still a very nice read.
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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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