The monk who sold his Ferrari tells of the successful star lawyer Julian Mantel. His whole life is determined by his work. Suddenly, he suffers a heart attack, the consequences of which he almost dies. This turns everything he had believed in until then upside down. He decides not to resume his profession. Instead, he embarks on a journey to the Himalayas.
The work and wisdom of the monks teach him the true meaning of life. He realizes that his previous existence as a workaholic had never really made him happy. With complete concentration on an immensely hectic and strenuous working day, he had been chasing an illusion of professional fulfillment. Monastic life shows him what really counts. Julian frees himself from the unimportant things in life and finds a way to true happiness.
The book tells how Robin S. Sharma meets Julian after his journey of self-discovery. Julian tells him about his experiences and his insights. So, he not only tells about his life but also reveals a series of general advice that can help anyone to improve their own life.
Master Your Mind
Our brain is like a garden. We must cultivate our mind as a gardener cultivates a lush garden. If we sow good seeds, we will eventually reap tasty fruits and beautiful flowers. Improve your quality of life by improving the quality of your thoughts. However, letting the negative thoughts take over is like not watering your plants enough and leaving all the waste in your garden. You can choose to replace them with positive thoughts as they arise.
It is important to have goals and achieve a high level of potential. But it’s also important to appreciate the journey there and appreciate what you have at the moment. This is particularly important in modern society. We live in a world where we are bombarded with stimuli from all directions. These stimuli anchor themselves in our subconscious, whether we are aware of it or not. We must consciously choose what kind of information we want to let into our consciousness.
There are no mistakes. Instead, these so-called mistakes are just lessons to learn from. Gratitude for yourself and the world you live in will allow you to learn from every experience as you can continually use it as a lesson.
Kaizen is the Japanese method of improvement and optimization. It means something like continuous learning and improving. Success starts from within. You don’t attract what you want, you attract who you are. It is worth repeating this mantra and reflecting on it. Enlightenment comes from consistently cultivating your mind, body, and spirit. Consistent cultivation means developing and optimizing your mind. Robin Sharma believes that the most effective technique to practice Kaizen is to do the things you fear
Respect Your Time
Time is the most precious commodity because it is not renewable. We all have twenty-four hours a day, but effective time management separates the successful from the mediocre. Time slips through our hands like grains of sand and never returns. Mastery of time leads to mastery of life. So, focus on your priorities and keep your balance. Procrastination is a habit many of us have that just wastes time. Simplifying your life and becoming more minimalist will help you manage your time better.
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Live With Discipline
Develop discipline by performing small acts of courage repeatedly. The more you cultivate self-discipline, the more it will mature. Willpower is the essential virtue for a fully realized life. Wage war on the weaker thoughts that have crept into the garden of your mind, and they will disappear like unwelcome visitors.
Embrace The Present
Stop being a prisoner of your past. Live in the now and enjoy the gift of the present. Never sacrifice happiness for success. Enjoy the journey of your life because every day could be your last.
This is only a partial insight into the book in which I have mentioned the points that are most important to me. I can only recommend everyone to read the book in its entirety and to repeat the summaries given after each chapter several times in order to get the most out of the book. Enjoy the journey of life.