Saturday, February 4, 2017

Summary of "The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari"

Book Title                    : “THE MONK WHO SOLD HIS FERRARI”
Author                         : Robin Sharma
Publisher                     : Harper Collins Publishers
Year Published            : 2015


The Monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma is a spiritual fable book about fulfilling our dreams and reaching our destiny. This book content is about a successful and workaholic lawyer but have marriage failed, Julian Mantle, who wants to share his experience during his absence after he recovered from his heart attack and decided to sold all his materials possessions and headed for India. After his personal self-odyssey with the mythical Himalayan sages, he comes back to his former associate, John, to extend the ancient wisdom as he promised to his guru, Yogi Raman.



·        Julian Mantle
Before the odyssey: workaholic, brilliant, tough, hard-driving, never be wrong person, care, prestige; glory; money hunter, never feel satisfied, do not have sense of humor,
After the odyssey: humorous, open-heart, tenacious, discipline, more energetic, more patience, simple, calm,
·        John: high curiosity, brilliant, family-man, explored-person, eager to learn, good listener
·        Yogi Raman: care-taker, good teacher, mature, wise, good story-telling

The Virtue:

·        Never give up easily.
·        Living a more purposeful and more rewarding life.
·        The art of loving yourself
·        Always share the wisdom to other people who need it.
·        Selflessly serve others
·        Mind management is the essence of life management.
·        Opposition thinking
·        Only those seek shall find
·        Master our mind
·        Always judge by results
·        Start to live with more zest
·        The 7 timeless virtues of enlightened living:
1.      Master our mind
2.      Follow our purpose
3.      Practice Kaizen (Constant and never-ending improvement)
4.      Live with discipline
5.      Respect your time
6.      Selflessly serve others
7.      Embrace the present

The Ancient Wisdom:

·        Cultivate our mind – it will blossom beyond our expectations.
·        The quality of our life is determined by the quality of our thoughts.
·        There are no mistakes – only lessons. See setbacks as opportunities for personal expansion and spiritual growth.
·        The purpose of life is a life of purpose
·        Discovering and then realizing your lifework brings lasting fulfillment.
·        Set clearly defined personal, professional, and spiritual goals, and then have the courage to act on them.
·        Self-mastery is the DNA of life mastery
·        Success on the outside begins within
·        Enlightenment comes through the consistent cultivation of your mind, body and soul.
·        Discipline is built by consistently performing small acts of courage.
·        The more you nurture the embryo of self-discipline, the more it will mature.
·        Willpower is the essential virtue of a fully actualized life.
·        Time is your most precious commodity and it is non-renewable.
·        Focus on your priorities and maintain balance.
·        Simplify your life.
·        Five-step method to reach our objectives and fulfill the purposes of our lives:
1.      To form a clear mental image or vision of our outcome.
2.      To get some positive pressure on our self to keep inspired.
3.      Never set a goal without attaching a timeline (precise deadline) to it and committed it to paper.
4.      Performing the new habit by staying with your goal for a period of twenty-one days and performing the new activity at the same time for each of these days and insert it into our routine.
5.      Equally applicable as you advance along the path of your life and “Go for it”.
·        There are three mirrors that form a person’s reflection:
1.      How you see yourself.
2.      How others see you.
3.      Mirror reflects the truth.
·        Ten Rituals of Radiant Living:
1.      The ritual of solitude
2.      The ritual of physicality.
3.      The ritual of live nourishment
4.      The ritual of abundant knowledge
5.      The ritual of personal reflection
6.      The ritual of early awakening
7.      The ritual of music
8.      The ritual of the spoken word
9.      The ritual of a congruent character
10.   The ritual of simplicity
·        After a full day of productive work, we must retire to a silent corner and reflect on our day. We could consider all of our actions and whether they were positive and constructive or whether they were of the negative sort, in need of repair. By clearly knowing what we were doing wrong in one day, we could take immediate steps to improve and advance along the path to self-mastery.
·         “Live in the “now”. Savor the gift of the present”

New Terms:

·        The garden focused on inspiring thoughts.
The lighthouse ⇒ the purpose of life is the life of purpose
The naked sumo wrestler ⇒ centered on continuous self-discovery
The pink wire cable ⇒ the wonders of willpower
The shiny gold stopwatch ⇒ our most important commodity-time
·        Joriki: concentrated mind. Concentrate every ounce of your mental energy on self-discovery.
·        Dharma: life’s purpose.
·        Satory: instant awakening.
·        Kaizen : constant and never-ending improvement.
·        Mantra : word repetition such as “I am more than I appear to be, all the world’s strength and power rests inside me.”
·        A “passion” is a word that we must constantly keep at the forefront of our mind as we follow our mission and attain our goals.
·        “Live in the “now”. Savor the gift of the present”

Words of Wisdom:

·        “Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you”

·         “You can truly love others, it is only when you have opened your own heart that you can touch the hearts of others”

·         “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens”

·        “When you clearly know what aims you wish to achieve over the course of your life, be they material, emotional, physical or spiritual and you spend your days accomplishing them, you will ultimately find eternal joy.”

·        “All highly developed, fully actualized people understand the importance of exploring their talents, uncovering their personal purpose and the applying their human gifts in the direction of this calling. The key is to have discipline and vision to see your heroic mission and to ensure that it serves other people while you realize it.”

·        “Never do anything because you have to. The only reason to do something is because you want to do and because you know it is the right thing for you to do.”

·        “What lies behind us and what lies in front of us is nothing when compared to what lies within us.”

·        “The secret of happiness is simple; find out what you truly love to do and then direct all of your energy towards doing it. Once you do this, abundance flows into your life and all your desires are filled with ease and grace.”

·        “Never forget the importance of living with unbridled exhilaration. Never neglect to see the exquisite beauty in all living things. Today, and this very moment, is a gift. Stay focused on your purpose. The universe will take care of everything else.”

·        “Success on the outside begins with success on the inside.”

·        “People grow the most when they enter the Zone of the Unknown.”

·        “The only limits on our life are those that we set ourselves. When we dare to get out of our circle of comfort and explore the unknown, we start to liberate our true human potential.”

·        “The universe favors the brave. When you resolve to lift your life to its highest level, the strength of your soul will guide you to a magical place with magnificent treasures.”

·        “When you control your thoughts, you control your mind. When you control your mind, you control your life. And once you reach the stage of being in total control of your life, you become the master of your destiny”

·        “Wage war against the weaker thoughts that have crept into the palace of your mind. They will see that they are unwanted and leave like unwelcome visitors.”

·        “Time slips through our hands like grains of sand, never to return again. Those who use time wisely from an early age are rewarded with rich, productive and satisfying lives.”

·        “To live to the fullest, you must stand guard at the gate of your mind and let only the very best information enter”

·        “Those people who think the same thoughts every day, most of them negative, have fallen into bad mental habits.”

·        “Most of us have the same raw materials from the moment we take our first breath of air; what separates those people who achieve more than others or those that are happier than others in the way that they use and refine these raw materials.”

·        “”From struggle comes strength. Even pain can be a wonderful teacher”

·        “Quick-fixes do not work. All lasting inner change requires time and effort. Persistence is the mother of personal change”

·        “The mind works through pictures. Pictures affect your self-image and your self-image affects the way you feel, act and achieve”

·        “If you want to improve your life and live with all that you deserve you must run your own race. It doesn’t matter what other people say to yourself. Do not be concerned with the judgement of others as long as you know what you are doing is right”

·        “He who serves the most, reaps the most, emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. This is the way to inner peace and outer fulfillment”

·         “The main reason people do not follow through on any resolutions they make is that it is too easy to slip back into their old ways”

·        “Every dawn is a new day to the one who is enlightened”

·        “We are all here for some special reason. Stop being a prisoner of our past. Become the architect of our future”

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