“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
Ever feel like your schedule and routines are controlling you and not the other way around?
…Like you’re stuck in a rut and bored with the daily grind?
Last week I discussed how I ventured to The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in search of inspiration outside of my comfort zone, but what if – in order to break up the monotony / routine of your life – you invited a Navy SEAL to live with you for a month under the agreement that you had to do everything he/she asked you to do, whenever he/she asked you to do it?
…Sounds crazy right?
…Talk about getting pushed outside of your comfort zone!
Well, believe it or not, that’s exactly what Jesse Itzler did. And how he spent his 30 days with a Navy SEAL were documented in his book, Living With A Seal.
When I finished the last few pages, I threw on my running shorts, laced up my sneakers and ran 9 miles, did 100 push-ups, and 30 pull-ups.
…Go ahead and ask me if it was an inspirational book! 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
By: Robin S. Sharma
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.
Post(s) Inspired by this Book:
- 20 Deeply Insightful Quotes from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
- The 10 Ancient Rituals for Radiant Living
The following rituals for radiant living are from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin S. Sharma. These rituals provide you with a checklist of life dimensions that can (and should) be practiced daily, to help you lead your best and most fulfilled life. Take note though, the rituals are vague and don’t have specific actions that should be taken. Applying them to your life will require some personal contemplation and initiation. Good luck and may this checklist lead you to a more beautiful and full life!
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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
“To improve your mind without the cultivation of your physical gifts would be a very hollow victory. Elevating your mind and body to their highest level without nurturing your should would leave you feeling very empty and unfulfilled. But when you dedicate your energies to unlocking the full potential of all three of your human endowments, you will taste the divine ecstacy of an enlightened life.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
“Self-mastery is the DNA of life mastery.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
“You will never be able to hit a target that you cannot see. People spend their whole lives dreaming of becoming happier, living with more vitality and having an abundance of passion. Yet they do not see the importance of taking even ten minutes a month to write out their goals and to think deeply about the meaning of their lives, their Dharma. Goal setting will make your life magnificent. Your world will become richer, more delightful and more magical.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari