The monk who sold his ferrari: book recap

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Finished reading a very quick book – The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, by Robin Sharma. I was perusing Barnes and Noble and noticed the book due to the striking title. I had never heard of Robin Sharma, but have since learned that this book is a bestseller and has been for the past 10+ years.

It was an incredibly quick and easy read (I finished it in 3 sittings, about 2.5 hours total). It’s written as a fable and embeds a whole bunch of personal development teaching through the story. If you have read Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins or other personal and spiritual development teachings, the themes of this book will be very familiar.

Overall, the book was OK. I give it a 7 out of 10. It’s worth reading, but the fable itself had a bunch of information (and quotes!) I had already read through other teachers. the fable itself also was pretty darn predictable in terms of how the dialogue progressed (though there was a twist at the end!).

Some of my take-away’s:

  • Time management is one of life’s most important skills
  • Most of us sleep far too much
  • Not being motivated means you don’t have a clear vision/purpose/goal for your life
  • Mental chatter causes physical fatigue and “aging” on some level – thus the importance of meditation
  • Never put off happiness for the sake of achievement – stay in the present
  • The purpose of life is to serve others
  • Will-power is required for personal transformation on any level
  • The mind will follow your direction, your will….don’t let yourself follow the whims of your mind!

There’s a bunch of other nuggets. It’s a worthwhile read, not mind-blowing but full of good insights and it’s very quick and easy to get through.

Published by Ravi Raman

Executive Coach + Yogi + Endurance Athlete

3 replies on “The monk who sold his ferrari: book recap”

  1. You should try his “The Greatness Guide”, the audio version of it is great during commute or a workout – excellent quality.

  2. I’d be curious to see what his justification that we sleep too much is.

    Unless it is some kind of metaphor, everything I have read and experienced suggests not enough sleep for most people

  3. Thanks for the comment you have left in my blog.

    You are absolutely right when you say it is not earth shattering. Majority of the things that I have read in this book — was already read by me before, some where else, some place else.

    But it brough in a sense of deja vu. A good sense of deja vu. Also, most of it is plain common sense. The line ‘common sense is not all that common’ comes to my mind too. For some one who is a pessimist fighting to be an optimist, and a very cynical person — reading the monk who sold his ferrari kind of is an eye opener.

    Thats how I relate to it. 🙂

    Loved your take aways too. Take care.

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