“The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari”by Robin Sharma – Book of the Week

3 (3 of 1) (3)To be honest, I wasn’t really up for reading this book at the start, I’ll admit the language seemed a bit too simple.. But perhaps that was the beauty and the curse of the book. One agreement made in this book was to spread the lessons of it with anyone possible. The best way to do that is to make it simple so that everybody can understand. But at times one could find it over simplistic and it didn’t seem like I was going to highlight a lot in this book… But how wrong was I. This book may as well be one of life essentials. This book is quite the thing, you will hit that “page-turner”phenomenon of trying to read it as quick as possible, not because it’s bad, because it’s so exciting.

This is the first book I have ever seen that talks “self-help” while telling a story and telling the story mostly from a conversation point of view, I’ve never seen the likes of such. It’s simply thrilling, two in one, something for fans of stories and for people that love learning. What is shared in this book seems like concepts that were later written and expanded upon in many other books.

 

A millionaire lawyer consumed by work gets a heart attack and then decides to change something, might seem cliche how somebody acts after a nearly killing incident but that’s how humans work. In order for us to change we more often must experience something that has a massive impact on our lives. Except Julian the lawyer hasn’t just changed, he became a new person. Julian traveled to the mists of India, where he met found people that made him a new being. The Sages of Sivana.

The thing about this book is that it will transform you if you work with it. It’s not enough just to read it, you need to apply it with no excuses. If you don’t think this book will simply be a story that you read, nothing more.

Overall, in terms the overall book, if I was to criticize or nitpick, I feel like it could be two chapters shorter, I feel like it’s slightly over dramatized at a time, and perhaps the simple language makes me feel the cringe reading it at times, but those are tiny personal things, I’d give it a 8/10. An awesome message that was presented in a way that perhaps wasn’t not exciting, but could had been better. It’s awesome in a way that this was a fictional story, but yet was based on learning. Remembering everything that was said is the thing that gave it away for me, but it’s a great book that provided lots of value and that made an attempt at making it an awesome story to read which was slightly ruined by the basically of the language.

But what are the main lessons I learned in this book?

-BEST INVESTMENT IS YOU

1.There’s plenty of rituals in this book, but there is one important one, reading 30 minutes a day at least. This book was written a while back before kindles and audio books so that works too but read. As the best investment you can invest in is yourself. It will help you deal with any kind of situations as when you think about it most authors that write, they write about their experiences, what they learned that helped them solve their problems. There has been so many civilizations and lives, somebody walked in your shoes, chances are somebody has written solutions for your problems, sometimes following someones formula is a great thing to do, trying to be like someone isn’t necessarily the best thing, but taking bets from people to make yourself a better self is great, they say you learn from your mistakes, but why learn just from them if you can learn from the mistakes of others, would you want to test out if you can fly off the top of a bridge? It has been tried. It doesn’t work. So read. Really. Most people read enough to survive, that’s it.

“Remember, the mind truly is like another muscle in your body. Use it or lose it.”

But investing isn’t just about reading, it’s about letting go of all the toxic, let go of all the bad people in your life, let go of the worry, and there’s plenty of ideas on how to get rid of worry in this book, worry drains too much of you. It does. It uses energy, it really does. Reflect on your day and plan, like really reflecting is essential as if you don’t know what you are doing wrong then how are you supposed to improve, same with goals, if they are not written then do you even have goals? Really? One thing mentioned in this book I like is that when you write stuff or hear stuff it is processed in your mind. Therefore, writing and reading your goals is essential. 

 

Did you ever hear a new word somewhere that you never heard and next thing you know is that you hear it everywhere? Your mind processes it more.. “Saying you don’t have time to improve your thoughts and your life is like saying you don’t have time to stop for gas because you are too busy driving.”

 

-YOU ARE IN CONTROL

2. Another thing I learned from this book sit that you are fully in control of your thoughts and actions, what you think, it’s up to you. Like stated here “ “ The face of your greatest enemy might be the face of my finest friend.” ‘ an event that appears to be a tragedy to one might reveal the seeds of unlimited opportunity to another. What really separates people who are habitually upbeat and optimistic from those who are consistently miserable is how the circumstances of life are interpreted and processed.

“Every setback offers an equivalent benefit if they took the time to search for it.” “No matter what happens to you in your life, you alone have the capacity to choose your response to it.” There are no mistakes in life, only lessons.” It’s up to you how you react. It really is. If you want a happy life you need to embrace that control. Say to yourself right now that you are in control and that you choose to be happy.

-YOU CONTROL FEAR

3.“FEAR IS NOTHING MORE THAN A MENTAL MONSTER YOU HAVE CREATED, A NEGATIVE STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS” and that’s true, our habits and actions to events have developed our fears. No child is born racist, or a killer. Every action you take will determine whether you fear something or love something in the future.

-LIVE IN THE NOW

4. And perhaps the most important thing I learned in this book is to live in the now. So many people look so far ahead that they forget to embrace what they have right now. Most people will spend their life searching for what they have while forgetting to look at what they have. Key to a life never spent living.

“One of the most tragic things that any one of us can do is to put off living” ‘Stop acting like you have five hundred years to live.”

 

And to finish this book review let me just state what my favorite phrase in this book was:

Quote of the Book:

“Saying you don’t have time  to improve your thoughts and your life is like saying you don’t have time to stop for gas because you are too busy driving.”

It simply makes so much sense, how do you expect to drive longer if you don’t put the fuel in? How do you expect to live longer if you don’t put in the fuel?  How do you expect to get successful if you never take in any information?

 

SuccessIsForAll, thanks for reading, I’ll see you next week,  have any books or products worthy of a review? Contact mismxox27@gmail.com

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