The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams and Reaching Your Destiny

Robin S. Sharma

Summary: A self-help novel, full of great wisdoms packed into a bit weird story.

Score: 85 / 100

I read the book after listening to the audio version since it was an abridged version.

The book contains so many ideas that it is like 50 blinks from Blinkist compressed into a one page summary.

Many of the things might be familiar to you, but they are worth repeating:

The form of the audiobook was not great, but the ideas in there are worth re-reading or re-listening again and again.

People tend not to deal with their life at all, or too little.

For now, we have a limited time in this world and it would be utter pity to waste it.

Take a deep breath, look around, enjoy the moment, smile a bit, listen to the birds chirping and the wind blowing, look at those beautiful flowers under your feet, isn’t that amazing?

And it’s free, it’s for anyone.

Vocabulary (from Kindle)

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on your deathbed you will never wish you spent more time at the office." Albert Camus once said that ‘Real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to what is present.’ Never regret your past. Rather, embrace it as the teacher that it is." very special place. I’ve also come to see that success on the outside means nothing unless you also have success within. success on the outside means nothing unless you also have success within. mind management is the essence of life management. We all have the power to determine what we will think about in any given moment. ‘Your I can is more important than your I.Q.’ 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. There is no such thing as a negative experience, only opportunities to grow, learn and advance along the road of self- mastery. the less you focus on the end result, the quicker it will come." “What is luck, my friend?” Julian replied kindly. “It is nothing more than the marriage of preparation with opportunity.” ‘Success, like happiness, cannot be pursued. It must ensue. And it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself.’ Too many of us are consumed by needless and endless worry. When you figure out what your main aim or destiny really is, you will never have to work another day in your life." Most people live within the confines of their comfort zone. the best thing you can do for yourself is regularly move beyond it. ‘One must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind him to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle – and a mystery.’ Self-knowledge is the stepping stone to self-mastery. the quality of your thinking determines the quality of your life. You truly cannot afford the luxury of even one negative thought." ‘There is nothing noble about being superior to some other person. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.’

published: 2021-03-04
last modified: 2023-01-21