Life Changing Books: Monk who sold his Ferrari
Every book doesn’t impact our Life. Very few books do and those few books are very special to us. This month I am going to speak about the books which has changed my life.
Good thoughts need to shared!
This is the main purpose of beingkarthik and these series. Also I would like to give an insights about these books and my experience, which may impact someone’s life.
Book Name: The Monk who sold his Ferrari
Author: Robin Sharma
For the matter of interest, before jumping into my story about the way it has changed my life, let me give a short brief about what is the purpose of this book and few best part which of this book.
Why this book?
Everyone faces difficulties in life and each of us has our own problems. Some solve with ease and some struggle a lot. The reason for this issue is lack of self motivation. No matter how strong we are, if we fail to motivate ourself then even a weakest person in this universe can defeat us.
This book gives an immediate boost to motivate us. And towards the end of the book we will realise that we are completely a different person with more matured and positive thoughts inside us.
This book will definitely change us!
Written in Simple Language: Neither you need to proficient in English nor you need to be a Shakespeare to understand this book. Basic English Knowledge is enough to understand
Robin Sharma doesn’t advice you, rather share his experience: Advises are painful and more often we ignore it. But this entire book is scripted in a way where Julian mantle share his experience to John about his transformation from millionaire lawyer to the enlightened monk. (Most part of the book is off conversation between John and Julian. We can connect ourself with John and this makes us stay with pace of the book). Robin Sharma, uses his intelligence to motivate us by telling a story of Julian Mantle.
Use of Analogy: Few may disagree with this point saying that Robin Sharma has exaggerated and it doesn’t seems believable. But I felt that these analogy has helped me to understand better. Even today, (it has been more than a year I read), I could recollect some of the concepts stated in this books, just because of these analogies. To explain better, let me use the exact words which is portrayed in this book (Spoiler Alert. Incase anyone decided to buy this book and not read yet, please skip below point)
“ You are sitting in the middle of the magnificent garden, lush, green garden. This garden is filled with most spectacular flowers you have ever seen. The environment is supremely tranquil and silent. Savour the sensual delights of this garden and feel as if you have all the time in the world to enjoy the natural oasis. As you look around you see that in the centre of this magical garden stands a towering, red light house, six stories high. Suddenly, the silence of the garden is disturbed by a loud creaking as the door at the base of the lighthouse opens. Out stumbles a nine-foot-tall, nine hundred pound Japanese sumo wrestler who casually wanders into the centre of the garden.
He was completely naked except the pink wire able cable covering his private parts.As sumo wrestler starts to move around the garden he finds a shiny gold watch which someone had left many years earlier. He slips it on, and falls to the ground with the enormous thud. The sumo wrestler rendered unconscious and lies there, silent and still. Just when you think he has taken his last breath, the wrestler awakens, perhaps stirred by the fragrance of some fresh yellow roses blooming nearby. Energised, the wrestler jumps swiftly to his feet and intuitively looks to his left. He started by what he sees.Through the bushes at the very edge of the garden he observes a long winding path covered by millions of sparkling diamonds. Something seems to instruct the wrestler to take a path, and to his credit, he does. This path leads him down the road of everlasting joy and eternal bliss”
The 7 virtues of Enlightened living is briefly explained in this paragraph. Look for the words in bold. Each is an analogy and it was portrayed beautifully in this book. Robin Sharma is both creative and playful with his words. At the same time he doesn’t forget to impact our lives with his message.
Among all, I like the Sumo part. In that chapter Robin Sharma explains a concept’s of 10 rituals of Ancient Living, which itself is enough for us motivate ourself and others.
Every chapter is a lesson: An action summary at end of each chapter is a clear guide which tells us what to do. Robin Sharma doesn’t end up by laying down the footpath. He also guides as the way to follow these footpath and achieve our end goals.
This section is just to share my experience in what way this book has changed me and my life.
I was barely in need of motivation. Everyone faces the situation and I am not an excuse to it. Something was not proper in my life but I couldn’t figure out what was that something. Negative thoughts cluttering in my mind. I felt that I was wasting my productive time. But to my luck I have bought this book at the right time. I didn’t make a plan to buy this book, but still I feel it could be a destiny that I bought this book.
Everything changes inside me as soon as, I started reading this book. Without my realisation, I started fresh everyday, I started planning for my day, I planned for the future as well. There where big dilemma running in my mind whether to invest now in a Home, but this book made me to think better and I ended up investing in new home. And now I am staying happily in my new home.
Above all, I could think more positive than earlier, which as per me is the best outcome from this book.
I started a series of blog called 10 things to follow in rkrofficial (my earlier blog name) , which is again and insights from this book. Even I am planning to write a short book and publish on the same too.
All I have to say is Thanks to Robin Sharma for making me, my thoughts and my life positive.
This is the second self-Help book I read.
I loved it and it is definitely a life changing book for me. I may not lie to you by telling that I follow all the principles explained in this book and I have completely enlighten by reading this book. No, not at all.
Even now when I feel demotivated,few negative thoughts clutter in my mind. But, I know that I have improved myself on various aspects. Now I know that I care for my time and others time, everyday I took some time to reflect myself, I have started realising my mistakes and learning from them, I started loving me more, and above all now I know purpose of my life and I know where I am heading too.
Finally let me close with my favourite pull quote from this book,
“… if you don’t ever know where you are going, how will you ever know when you get there…”
Thanks for Robin Sharma for helping me to board a train, where I know my destination.