Book Review: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
Self help books are scattered around book stores and the internet around the world. These books obviously center around tips, tricks to plain diktat about how one should lead life to be successful at home and in their career.

I personally find most of the books as misleading or in most cases confusing around their objectives. Some of the advice does work but it just seems that the “always works” formula these books recommend don’t work.

This book by Robin Sharma can in one way be looked at as just another self help book. However, it does deviate from the other books in a couple of interesting ways. First of all, it is as the name suggests, written as a spiritual fable. It is fiction. Yet, it tries to squeeze out the reality of our existence through a pretty simple story. This, I believe is very hard to pull through and the author did a great job of that.

Second, the book tries to get away from the get rich quickly schemes and so called personal management for greatness theories by emphasizing on some age old principles of human development- mastery of the mind, simplicity and discipline, selfless service to others and the setting of personal, professional and spiritual goals.

A couple of words of wisdom that I liked in the book were- “the quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts”, “Never sacrifice happiness for achievement”, “By elevating the lives of others, your life reaches its highest dimension” and “Discipline is built by consistently performing small acts of courage”.

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