“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.” – Robin Sharma
Quite frankly, I did not know what to expect before reading this book. I read the title and I asked myself, “Why would someone sell their Ferrari?” and my inner child answered “To buy a Lamborghini, of course”.
On a serious note, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari tells the story of Julian Mantle, a superstar lawyer who suffers from a heart attack due to an out-of-balance lifestyle then realises he needs to re-evaluate his life and the purpose thereof. Embarking on a life journey, Mantle hopes to find happiness and fulfilment and comes across an ancient culture, discovering a powerful system for a greater life.
Sharma takes readers on Mantle’s journey for fulfilment by explaining the personal life system using powerful virtues to be practiced to release the potential of one’s mind, body and soul. In addition, the author explains how the system favours someone open to learning new ways of living in an effort to live with greater passion, purpose and peace. The virtues Sharma writes about include mastering your mind, following your purpose, practicing kaizen, living with discipline, respecting your time, selflessly serving others and embracing the present. What these virtues entail, will have to be discovered by the readers themselves.
This book is one of the best personal development books I’ve read to date. Not many self-help books are as memorable and impactful as The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. It’s rare to find a book that offers a story and a plethora of inspirational quotes, which actually make you think about your life. The virtues explained in this book are easily applicable to one’s life as it incorporates many different facets of the personal, social and professional self-being. While reading, I constantly found myself contemplating whether my actions coincided with my goals. Soon after finishing the book I went back to the friend I borrowed the book from and raved about it.
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is one of those books that shouldn’t sit on your bookshelves. It should be spread to as many people as possible to read and learn from what could very well be Sharma’s best work. As soon as this review is posted, my copy of this book is being lent to a friend who’s ready to learn about the 7 Timeless Virtues of Enlightened Living.
- Robin Sharma – Who Will Cry When You Die?
- Stephen R. Covey – The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (7 seems to be the lucky number in the personal development category)
- Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist
“The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is coherent, useful and is definitely worth reading… It can truly help readers cope with the rat race.” – The Kingston Whig-Standard
“A captivating story that teaches as it delights.” – Paulo Coelho
“Nothing less than sensational. This book will bless your life.” – Mark Victor Hansen