The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari - A Book Review (2007)

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The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari - A Book Review (2007)

AND HIS FERRARI AND HIS FERRARI THE MONK … THE MONK …

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari - By Robin Sharma

About the Author Born in Canada from Parents of Indian Origin. Lawyer by profession. Author of 8 books (6 international bestsellers). One of the world’s top experts on personal and organizational leadership. The CEO of Sharma Leadership International Inc., a premier training firm. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is the 5th bestselling book in the history of Israel. Favorite books include The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius and The Prophet by Kahil Gibran. “The tragedy of life is not death. The tragedy of life is what we allow to die inside while we live." Dr. Norman Cousins.

The Story Garden Lighthouse Sumo Wrestler Pink Wire Cable Stopwatch Roses Path of Diamonds

Garden • Here Garden symbolizes the mind. • Mind management is the essence of life. • Self awareness is the stepping stone of the mind mastery. • One should be passionate about things to avoid Fatigue. • Think positive always. • Don’t judge; just experience. • Mind is wonderful servant but terrible master. • Suggested techniques: – Heart of the roses – concentration and control. – Opposition thinking – zero negative thinking not even 1. – Secret of the lake – put mental images of what you want to be.

Lighthouse • • • • • • Lighthouse is the purpose. To reap the most, serve the most. It is enlightening to study oneself. Set your Goals. Happiness is in achievement. Enjoy and have fun while advancing in the path of goals and purpose. • Never measure your self worth against other’s net worth. • The purpose of life is a life of purpose. • Suggested techniques: – Positive Pressure – Public Pledge. – Attach a timeline and write it down. – Rule of 21 – Do it for 21 days.

Sumo Wrestler • • • • • • • • • Sumo Wrestler is Kaizen – Constant & never ending improvement. Change is a powerful force. Beginner’s Mind – Questions. Enter the zone of unknown. Fear is a mental monster & Pain is a great teacher. Do the things you fear most. Put of short term pleasure for long term fulfillment. Change yourself before you change your life. Self mastery is DNA of life mastery. Enlightenment - Consistent cultivation of mind, body & soul. Suggested techniques: – – – – – – – – – – The ritual of Solitude. The ritual of Physicality – Power of physical care. The ritual of Live Nourishment. The ritual of Abundant Knowledge – Study (not read). The ritual of Personal Reflection – Know yourself. The ritual of Early Awakening. The ritual of Music – “the finest Motivator” Julian Mantle The ritual of Spoken Word – “the Mantra” The ritual of Congruent Character The ritual of Simplicity – less is more; rid material.

Pink Wire Cable “When spider webs unite, they tie up a lion” – An African proverb • Pink Wire Cable is Discipline. • The Will of Iron – Strong wire cable made up of weaker wires. • Do what you say, when you say. • Willpower is not being stubborn. • Do things that you do not like. • Positive always overcomes negative. • Suggested techniques: – Mantras / Creative Envisioning – “I am more than I appear to be, all the world’s strength and power rests inside me.” – The Vow of Silence – “Maun Vrata”

Stopwatch • • • • • • • • Stopwatch symbolizes Time – The most precious commodity. Respect your time. Time mastery leads to life mastery. Be Priority Driven i.e. effective and efficient use of time. Be Holistic – Cover all areas of life. Procrastination kills time. Develop a Deathbed Mentality. The best time to plant a tree was 40 years ago; the second best time is today. • Suggested techniques: – The ancient rule of Twenty. – Have the courage to say no. – The Deathbed Mentality

Roses “a little bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses.” – a Chinese proverb • Shedding the shackles of self - Give yourself to others. • You come with nothing and leave with nothing. • Selflessly serve others. • To cultivate sacredness of each day, live to give. • By elevating the lives of others, your life reaches its highest dimensions. • Suggested techniques: – Practice daily acts of kindness. – Give to those who ask and those who need.

Path of Diamonds • • • • • • • • • Path of Diamonds is living in present. Live in “Now”. Slow things down & enjoy what is all around you. Never sacrifice happiness for achievement. Difference between making a lot of money & making a lot of life. Life may not give you what you ask for, but it will give you what you need. We are spiritual beings having a human experience, not vice versa. Happiness is a journey, not a destination. Suggested techniques: – Live your children’s childhood. – Practice gratitude. – Grow your destiny.

Summary Garden Lighthouse Master your Mind Follow your Purpose Sumo Wrestler Practice Kaizen Pink Wire Cable Live with Discipline Stopwatch Respect your Time Roses Selflessly serve others Path of Diamonds Embrace the Present

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