I first read The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari ten years ago when I had a classic existential crisis. I had my dream job as a business developer for a known magazine in downtown Toronto and I wasn’t even close to happy. A friend handed me this book and told me the answers were in it. He was so damn right.
It’s been ten years since I’ve picked up this book, and I’m floored to see how impactful it was in my life! I still maintain most of the daily rituals I have learned in this book, including the 5 steps to spiritual goal setting, and the 10 Ancient Rituals for radiant living (which are amazing)!
The 5 Step Method for Attaining Goals
1 – Have a clear vision of your outcome.
2 – Create positive pressure to keep you inspired.
3 – Never set a goal without attaching a timeline to it.
4 – Stay with your goal for 21 days. After you do your daily activities for 21 days nonstop, then it will become your habit.
5 – Enjoy the process.
10 Ancient Rituals
1 – Ritual of Solitude
2 – Ritual of Physicality
3 – Ritual of Live Nourishment
4 – Ritual of Abundant Knowledge
5 – Ritual of Personal Reflection
6 – Ritual of Early Awakening
7 – Ritual of Music
8 – Ritual of the Spoken Word
9 – Ritual of Congruent Character
10 – Ritual of Simplicity
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is a best seller with more than three million copies sold, written in a fable format. It follows Julian Mantle, a wildly successful lawyer who suffers a heart attack due to his hard lifestyle (based on Sharma’s life as a Bay St. (Canada’s Wall Steet) Lawyer). He heads to the Himalayan Mountains in search of enlightenment to live with monks and leave his lavish lifestyle behind.
The 7 big takeaways for me are as follows:
7 Key Takeaways
- Master Your Mind – Epic visualization tools
- Follow Your Purpose – Set clearly defined personal, professional and spiritual goals, and then have the courage to act on them;
- Practice Kaizen – 10 ancient rules for radiant living
- Live with Discipline – Mantras “ ‘I am more than I appear to be, all the world’s strength and power rests inside me.’ – *I use this for anxiety
- Respect Time
- Selflessly Serve Others: The quality of your life ultimately comes down to the quality of your contribution
- Embrace the Present: Prayer of gratitude – Count your blessings every day
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is starting out in the Self Help field because this wisdom is easily digestible and applicable. Robin Sharma followed up The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari with “Secret Letters from the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” which is about shaping your legacy to find a meaningful and authentic existence. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. To purchase it just click on the title The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari