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
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
“One of the most tragic things that any one of us can do is to put off living. Too many people are dreaming of some magical rose garden on the horizon rather than enjoying the one growing in our back yards. What a tragedy.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
“You must be ruthless with your time. Learn to say no. Having the courage to say no to the little things in life will give you the power to say yes to the big things. Shut the door to your office when you need a few hours to work on that big case. Don’t pick up the phone every time it rings. It is there for your convenience, not the convenience of others. Ironically, people will respect you more when they see that you are a person who values his time. They will realize that your time is precious and they will value it.” ~ 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
“Busy, productive people are highly efficient with their time – they must be in order to survive. Being an excellent time manager doesn’t mean that you must become a workaholic. On the contrary, time mastery allows you more time to do the things you love to do, the things that are truly meaningful to you. Time mastery leads to life mastery. Guard time well. Remember, it’s a non-renewable resource.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
“Small victories lead to large victories. You must build on the small to achieve the great. By following through on a resolution as simple as getting up earlier every day, you will feel the pleasure and gratification that achievement brings. You have set a goal and you have realized it. This feels good. The trick is to keep setting the mark higher and raising your standards continuously. This will then release that magical quality of momentum that will motivate you to keep exploring your infinite potential.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
“Most people I have spoken to have no idea that they have the power to control every single thought they think every second of every minute of every day. They believe that thoughts just happen and have never realized that if you don’t take the time to start controlling your thoughts, they will control you. When you start to focus on good thoughts only, and refuse to think the bad ones through sheer will-power, I promise you they will shrivel up very quickly.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
“Truly enlightened people never seek to be like others. Rather, they seek to be superior to their former selves. Don’t race against others. Race against yourself.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari