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The Saint, the Surfer, and the CEO: A Remarkable Story About Living Your Heart's Desires by [Robin Sharma]
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“If you are ready to live your best life now, read this extraordinary book.” 
— RICHARD CARLSON, PH.D., author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

“Another amazing, life-changing book by Robin Sharma.”
— MARK VICTOR HANSEN, co-creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling series Chicken Soup for the Soul®; co-author of The One Minute Millionaire

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Jack Valentine is having a very bad day. He's chronically unhappy, unfulfilled and broke; his girlfriend has left him; and he's just been hit by a truck. Still, when he wakes up in a hospital covered in bruises, he's certain it's all happening for a reason. As Jack recovers, his dying hospital roommate, who happens to be Jack's long-lost father, imparts some final advice: the only three questions that matter are whether one has lived wisely, loved well and served greatly. He sends Jack on a journey around the world to meet three teachers (the saint, surfer and CEO), who guide him through a spiritual transformation and help him answer the three questions. Sharma, a motivational speaker and "life coach," has attempted a spiritual allegory … la Paulo Coelho's classic, The Alchemist. Unfortunately, Sharma's book lacks any narrative drive, the characters are thinly rendered and the dialogue is almost comically wooden ("You're getting to be a pretty good surfer there Jack." "It's become a passion of mine Moe"). Readers seeking Sharma's brand of advice (e.g., "see your life as a fantastic growth school" and "be true to yourself") will lose nothing simply turning to the last page, where the book's lessons are laid out in 10 succinct bullet points.
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0058T7U24
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hay House Inc. (October 1, 2003)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 1, 2003
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1149 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 242 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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    4.6 out of 5 stars 377 ratings

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Robin Sharma is one of the world's premier speakers on Leadership and Personal Mastery, recently named one of the World's Top Leadership Gurus. As a presenter, Sharma has the rare ability to electrify an audience yet deliver uncommonly original and useful insights that lead to individuals doing their best work, teams providing superb results and organizations becoming unbeatable.

For nearly 20 years, many of the most well-known organizations on the planet, ranging from Nike, GE, Microsoft, FedEx, PwC, HP and Oracle to NASA, Yale University and YPO have chosen Robin Sharma for their most important events, when nothing less than a world-class speaker will do.

Sharma's books such as The Leader Who Had No Title have topped bestseller lists internationally and his social media posts reach over six hundred million people a year, making him a true global phenomenon for helping people do brilliant work, thrive amid change and realize their highest leadership capacities within the organization so that personal responsibility, productivity, ingenuity and mastery soars.

Sharma has been ranked as one of the Top 5 Leadership Gurus in the World in an independent survey of over 22,000 businesspeople and appears on platforms with other luminaries such as Richard Branson, Bill Clinton, Jack Welch and Shaquille O'Neill.

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Cari Mayhew
3.0 out of 5 stars I was torn between writing a glowing review and writing a scathing review.  Here’s why.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 14, 2018
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3.0 out of 5 stars I was torn between writing a glowing review and writing a scathing review.  Here’s why.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 14, 2018
Book Review by Cari Mayhew

With beautiful quotes of wisdom in almost every sentence, this is most definitely a feel-good book, designed to make you feel good just for being alive.  It is simultaneously the cheesiest book I have ever read in my entire life.

It starts dramatically when protagonist Jack gets a shock to the system following a serious car accident.  Whilst in hospital, he meets Cal, a particularly enigmatic man, who offers Jack some long-awaited wisdom.  When Jack awakes the next morning, nurses find, sadly, that Cal has passed away.   Cal has gifted Jack plane tickets to meet…you guessed it a saint, a surfer, and a CEO.

As delightful as the book is, there is nothing novel in the wisdom it puts forward.  Here goes a list of more than 10 pearls of wisdom from the book: be yourself, see life as a personal growth school, our outer lives are a mirror image of our inner lives, stand back to see the bigger picture, journaling, attitude of gratitude, follow your heart/passions, live in the moment as much as possible, importance of self-care, help others, concentrate on building value more than building profit, and leave a legacy.  Should any of these concepts be new to you, I’m sure you’d love the book, but for me I’ve come across all this before and it’s nothing new.

That said there was one concept I liked that I do intend to bring into my daily life.  It was a suggestion by the surfer that you start the morning by asking yourself 5 morning questions that should set you up to aim to have a good day, such as “How would I live out this day if it were my last?” “What can I do to make today incredibly fun?” or “How can I help someone today?”

The book is written by the author of the number 1 bestseller “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” and I was expecting something like “The Celestine Prophecy” or works along the lines of books by Paulo Coehlo.  But unlike those books, there was no narrative to back up the claims put forward, such as (and this is why it’s so cheesy) “The universe is a friendly place.”

I also felt that there was more the author could have done in terms of bringing out the characters, and developed more narrative around why Cal did all this for Jack in the first place.

In sum, if you already like this kind of book, you’ll be enthralled I’m sure, but if you are looking for a good story, you’d be out of luck.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A good manual for Personnel and Professional change
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for the experienced reader
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic book from his series !!
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