“If you knew you were destined never to achieve anything of real importance, how would it change your goals and attitudes? What if you knew you were destined for great things but didn’t know what? …What in your life do you think will seem most meaningful when you look back many years from now? What do you think you’ll regret when you look back?” ~ Gregory Stock, The Book of Questions
“What is the most outrageous thing you’ve ever done? Do you look back on it more with pleasure or regret? …Do you wish you’d been more or less cautious in your life?” ~ Gregory Stock, The Book of Questions
“Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to used during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course? Each of us has such a bank, its name is time. Every morning, it credits you 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off at a lost, whatever of this you failed to invest to a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no over draft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against ‘tomorrow.’ You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and health. The clock is running. Make the most of today.” ~ Marc Levy
“The man, the art, the work: it is all one.” ~ Eugen Herrigel
“Happiness is a state of inner fulfillment, not the gratification of inexhaustible desires for outward things.” ~ Matthieu Ricard
In the book, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma we meet a high profile trial lawyer, Julian Mantle whose life is centered around power, prestige, and money. He’s the type who prioritizes three-thousand-dollar Italian suits, expensive meals at the finest restaurants, sexy young fashion models, and bright red Ferrari’s over gratitude, health, family, compassion, etc. and we quickly see how his life is on the fast track to some deep-seeded problems. Shortly into the book, while arguing a case in court, Julian collapses from a heart attack and nearly loses his life at the ripe age of fifty-three years old.
After being revived and given a second chance at life, he completely abandons his lavish lifestyle in search for one with greater meaning and significance and he heads to India for spiritual answers. Several years later, after his successful return, the fable follows Julian as he shares everything he learned with his former co-worker and friend who is still working at the law firm, destined to end up the same way Julian did on the courtroom floor. Twenty of our favorite tid-bits of wisdom are gathered together below for you to explore.
There’s nothing like a near-death experience to bring the preciousness of life into perspective. Continue reading
“It does not matter how long you live. It only matters that you love it while you’re here.” ~ Ellen Gilchrist, Acts of God
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
Book Overview: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams and Reaching Your Destiny by motivational speaker and author Robin Sharma is an inspiring tale that provides a step-by-step approach to living with greater courage, balance, abundance and joy. 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, and the subsequent wisdom that he gains on a life-changing odyssey that enables him to create a life of passion, purpose and peace. Click here for more info!
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The following is an excerpt from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin S. Sharma
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#1 – The Ritual of Solitude – This involves nothing more than ensuring that your daily schedule includes a mandatory period of peace. It can last as little as fifteen minutes or as much as fifty, wherein you explore the healing power of silence and come to know who you really are. Solitude and quiet connects you to your creative source and releases the limitless intelligence of the Universe.
You see, the mind is like a lake. In our chaotic world, most people’s minds are not still. We are full of inner turbulence. However, by simply taking the time to be still and quiet every day, the lake of the mind becomes as smooth as a plate of glass. This inner quietness brings with it a wealth of benefits including a deep sense of well-being, inner peace and boundless energy. You will even sleep better and enjoy a renewed feeling of balance in your day-to-day activities. Continue reading
“The quality of your life will come down to the quality of your contribution.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
“Have the discipline to focus your time around your priorities. The most meaningful things in your life should never be sacrificed to those that are the least meaningful.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari