7 lessons to learn
ISBN-13:978-8179921623
Edition:1st
Publisher:Jaico Publishing House
Publication Date:4 February 2013
Language:English
Book Details
Book Summary, Ferrari by Robin.

About the Author ROBIN SHARMA

ROBIN SHARMA is a globally respected humanitarian. Widely considered one of the world’s top leadership and personal optimization advisors, his clients include famed billionaires, professional sports superstars, and many Fortune 100 companies. The author’s #1 bestsellers such as The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, The Greatness Guide, and The Leader Who Had No Title, are in over 92 languages making him one of the most broadly read writers alive today.

the monk who sold his ferrari summary
Book Summaries, Live Nourishment.

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari Summary

Julien a successful lawyer; Famous and Rich. He argued only to protect wealthy people. Just at the age of 53, he achieved all the materialistic happiness that money can buy, a private jet, luxurious cars like Ferrari and Mercedes, and big Mansions at his disposal.  Despite achieving all these, he still felt unhappy.

To achieve the happiness he decides to make more money, he started working for almost 18 hours a day. This led him to divorce and barely interacted with his family. The workaholic lifestyle turned him into a man of 80 years old though he was just 53 only

On a routine court hearing proceedings, suddenly he experiences pain in his chest and gets collapsed. On being treated at the hospital,  doctors advise him to refrain from overload and if possible to quit his job, as he just survived a heart attack. On the next heart attack, he might not be lucky to survive.

This event comes as a turning point. He retrospects his past life and finds he gained nothing He reviews himself to be a loser. He completely recovers in few weeks and after realizing his mistakes. he finally decides to quit the present lifestyle After selling his mansion, his private jet, and his Ferrari. He leaves in search of life; towards the great Himalayas, the mystical land of India the house of  Indian Monks.

These Enlightened Monks were pure of wisdom, led a liberated life, pious soul, body, and mind.  These monks lived happily for over 100 years, full of energy and happiness. Upon hearing Julian’s Story, a Monk agrees to admit him to his shelter. Julian lives peacefully, the Monk preaches him the principles of Life. A monk asks Juliene to imagine being in a beautiful garden, surrounded by beautiful flowers and trees, to feel the chirping of birds.

 And suddenly a lighthouse appears with gate wide opens, Sumo wearing an underwire of thin wire rushes out of the Light House, making the whole scene nasty and dirty. Julien is asked to pick up a gold watch lying at Lighthouse, and n his attempt to pick it up, he slips and he falls on the ground, lying motionless; a few minutes later on gaining his consciousness because of the pure ambiance, he looks towards his left. On his left was a path paved out of small diamonds which led to a place where the sumo wrestler can find all the happiness in his life.

He starts walking on that path and soon gets out of sight. Now I know you guys might be feeling really weird, so did Julien as this is no story. Julien gets bored, and loses his patience, and screams at the monk if this was some kind of a joke? As this story made no sense at all. The monk then said that this is no ordinary story, as this story has the seven biggest principles of life. He then went there and started explaining the story, leading it to its hidden meaning.

The 1st Principle

The 1st principle is related to the garden. The garden in the story symbolizes our brain. If you sow good seeds, you’ll eventually be a nice fruit on trees, good plants bearing beautiful flowers, and nice smooth grass. But if you put garbage inside the garden, or if you just stop watering the plants, the place will soon turn into a dump.

Similarly, if you flood your brain with positive thoughts like kindness, love, empathy, and if you keep motivating yourself, your brain will develop into this beautiful garden bearing good thoughts. This will help you achieve great things in life with inner peace.

But if you think negatively or if you don’t give your brain some regular exercise, it will turn into this garbage dump which can only yield something poisonous. It’s rightly said, an empty mind is the devil’s workshop.

The 2nd Principle

The 2nd principle is related to the lighthouse which symbolizes goals in your life. A lighthouse shows the right direction to the ships sailing in an ocean. Similarly, we should choose the right path in our life. You can only reach a destination if at all you know your destination.

Choose the target and work on achieving it. You might have to face some difficulties while moving towards your goal. But if you’re constantly moving in the right direction, sooner or later you’re going to reach your destination.

The 3rd Principle

The 3rd principle is related to the sumo wrestler which symbolizes kaizen. Kaizen is a Japanese word that means continuous learning and improvement. Like a sumo wrestler has to be very specific with his diet and discipline to achieve this huge physique, we need to always keep learning.

One Percent Better has always been focusing on how we should inculcate the habit of reading books because books are the best mentors. Not only you learn things from books, but you always keep improving in every small thing that you do in your life. Moreover, books are a consolidation of everything that the authors have learned in their entire lifetime, and you can have all that knowledge in just a few hours.

Isn’t that amazing?

So my point here is to take part in every activity which you think can help you improve in your life.

The 4th Principle

The 4th principle is related to the underwear that the wrestler is wearing which is made up of wires. Interpret self-control and discipline. It might be small and think, but without that underwear, the wrestler will be naked, and that really won’t be a pleasing sight.

Now if you have seen cable wire from inside, you might be aware of the fact that it usually is made up of many thin wires which together form a cable. These thin wires might be weak alone, but when to put together are even stronger than an iron rod. Similarly, our self-control and discipline are made up of every small thing that we do in our life. Be it waking up early or eating healthy. We feel that these small things don’t really matter. But in reality, these are the only things that matter.

You won’t see an instant impact, but in the long run, these small things can bring some big changes in your life and they will define who you are as an individual.

The 5th Principle

The 5th principle is related to the golden stopwatch which symbolizes time. No matter how rich or poor you are, you only have 24 hours in an entire day, not even a second more or less than anyone else. But the way we utilize these 24 hours is what makes us happy or sad, rich or poor. Most of us have this habit of procrastinating which is nothing but a waste of time.

By the time you’re done with building castles in the air, someone else out there just signed a hugely profitable deal. By the time you wake up in the morning, someone else is running from the gym feeling fresh, fit and happy. Now when I say time is golden, it doesn’t mean that we should always keep working, no. Instead, we must enjoy and have some fun activities in our day-to-day life.

And what’s really important is to manage everything in those 24 hours. Every successful person knows how to manage time. So they manage to do every single activity in the same 24 hours that each one of us as got.

The 6th Principles

Now the 6th principle is related to the fragrant rose. There’s one really famous saying in China which means that there’s always a little fragrance remaining in the hand of those who give flowers to others. So here this flower and its fragrance symbolize social cause.

Doesn’t matter how much you earn or what heights you reach, the satisfaction of helping others is priceless. No wonder why some really rich people in today’s world do charity work, investing their hard-earned money in developing some rural villages, and many more things.

So if you want to have that priceless feeling of happiness and satisfaction, help others selflessly and you’ll find yourself happy most of the time. The monk then said that this is no ordinary story, as this story has the seven biggest principles of life.

He then went there and started explaining the story, leading it to its hidden meaning. The 1st principle is related to the garden.  The garden in the story symbolizes our brain. If you sow good seeds, you’ll eventually be a nice fruit on trees, good plants bearing beautiful flowers, and nice smooth grass.

But if you put garbage inside the garden, or if you just stop watering the plants, the place will soon turn into a dump. Similarly, if you flood your brain with positive thoughts like kindness, love, empathy, and if you keep motivating yourself, your brain will develop into this beautiful garden bearing good thoughts.

This will help you achieve great things in life with inner peace. But if you think negatively or if you don’t give your brain some regular exercise, it will turn into this garbage dump which can only yield something poisonous.

It’s rightly said, an empty mind is the devil’s workshop. The 2nd principle is related to the lighthouse which symbolizes goals in your life. A lighthouse shows the right direction to the ships sailing in an ocean. Similarly, we should choose the right path in our life. You can only reach a destination if at all you know your destination. Choose the target and work on achieving it.

You might have to face some difficulties while moving towards your goal. But if you’re constantly moving in the right direction, sooner or later you’re going to reach your destination. The 3rd principle is related to the sumo wrestler which symbolizes kaizen. Kaizen is a Japanese word that means continuous learning and improvement.

Like a sumo wrestler has to be very specific with his diet and discipline to achieve this huge physique, we need to always keep learning. One Percent Better has always been focusing on how we should inculcate the habit of reading books because books are the best mentors. Not only you learn things from books, but you always keep improving in every small thing that you do in your life. Moreover, books are a consolidation of everything that the authors have learned in their entire lifetime, and you can have all that knowledge in just a few hours.

Isn’t that amazing!

So my point here is to take part in every activity which you think can help you improve in your life. The 4th principle is related to the underwear that the wrestler is wearing which is made up of wires. Interpret self-control and discipline. It might be small and think, but without that underwear, the wrestler will be naked, and that really won’t be a pleasing sight.

Now if you have seen cable wire from inside, you might be aware of the fact that it usually is made up of many thin wires which together form a cable. These thin wires might be weak alone, but when to put together are even stronger than an iron rod. Similarly, our self-control and discipline are made up of every small thing that we do in our life.

Be it waking up early or eating healthy. We feel that these small things don’t really matter. But in reality, these are the only things that matter. You won’t see an instant impact, but in the long run, these small things can bring some big changes in your life and they will define who you are as an individual.

7th Principles

The 7 principle is related to the path of diamonds. These diamonds represent the small moment of happiness that comes our way in life. These moments are always in the present time. Our human brains are designed in such a way that we tend to get disturbed thinking of our past and worrying about the future.

You never really enjoy the small happy moments that we have in the present. It can literally be anything, playing with your kids in a nearby park, or maybe spending some quality time with your partner. These present moments are supposed to be lived in the present and these are the real diamonds in our life.

If only you understand this now, you are really going to be good at relationships, and well, a real happy, contented person. So, guys, these were the seven lessons that the monk taught Julien which completely changed his life.

As promised, Julien spread this knowledge to the outer world, and that is what we all should do to help our loved ones get all the happiness in life. So share this video with everyone you care about and subscribe to this channel for more videos that will help you become One Percent Better. 

7 lessons to learn

Is The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari A True Story?

“The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” is a work of fiction written by Robin Sharma in 1999. But even though fictional, this book brings true wisdom. With the life lessons from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrariwe learn what it means to attain success in two drastically different forms. 

Famous Quotes from the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

“The quality of your life will come down to the quality of your contribution.”

“Self-mastery is the DNA of life mastery.”

“Self-mastery and the consistent care of one’s mind, body, and soul are essential to finding one’s highest self and living the life of one’s dreams.  How can you care for others if you cannot even care for yourself?  How can you do good if you don’t even feel good?  I can’t love you if I cannot love myself.”

“People who study others are wise but those who study themselves are enlightened.”

“Saying that 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.  Eventually it will catch up with you.”

“Success on the outside means nothing unless you also have success within.  There is a huge difference between well-being and being well-off.”

“Quick-fixes do not work.  All lasting inner change requires time and effort.  Persistence is the mother of personal change.  I’m not saying that it will take years to make profound changes in your life.  If you diligently apply the strategies I am sharing with you every day for only one month, you will be astonished at the results.  You will begin to tap into the highest levels of your own capacity and enter the realm of the miraculous.  But to reach this destination, you must not get hung up on the outcome.  Instead, enjoy the process of personal expansion and growth.  Ironically, the less you focus on the end result, the quicker it will come.”

“If you don’t even know where you are going, how will you ever know when you get there?”

“Those who are truly enlightened know what they want out of life, emotionally, materially, physically and spiritually.  Clearly defined priorities and goals for every aspect of your life will serve a role similar to that played by a lighthouse, offering you guidance and refuge when the seas become rough.  You see, anyone can revolutionize their lives once they revolutionize the direction in which they are moving.  But if you don’t even know where you are going, how will you ever know when you get there?”

“Identify the things that are holding you back.  Are you scared of speaking or do you have trouble in your relationships?  Do you lack a positive attitude or do you need more energy?  Make a written inventory of your weaknesses.  Satisfied people are far more thoughtful than others.  Take the time to reflect on what it is that might be keeping you from the life you really want to know deep down you can have.  Once you have identified what your weaknesses are, the next step is to face them head on and attack your fears.  If you fear public speaking, sign up to give twenty speeches.  If you fear starting a new business or getting out of a dissatisfying relationship, muster every ounce of your inner resolve and do it.  This might be the first taste of real freedom that you have experienced in years.  Fear is nothing more than a mental monster you have created, a negative stream of consciousness.”

“Fear is a conditioned response: a life-sucking habit that can easily consume your energy, creativity and spirit if you are not careful.  When fear rears its ugly head, beat it down quickly.  The best way to do that is to do the thing you fear.  Understand the anatomy of fear.  It is your own creation.  Like any other creation, it is just as easy to tear it down as it is to erect it.  Methodically search for and then destroy every fear that has secretly slid into the fortress of your mind.  This alone will give you enormous confidence, happiness and peace of mind.”

“Most people I have spoken to have no idea that they have the power to control every single thought they think every second of every minute of every day.  They believe that thoughts just happen and have never realized that if you don’t take the time to start controlling your thoughts, they will control you.  When you start to focus on good thoughts only, and refuse to think the bad ones through sheer will-power, I promise you they will shrivel up very quickly.”

“Thoughts are vital, living things, little bundles of energy, if you will.  Most people don’t give any thought to the nature of their thoughts and yet, the quality of your thinking determines the quality of your life.  Thoughts are just as much a part of the material world as the lake you swim in or the street you walk on.  Weak minds lead to weak actions.  A strong, disciplined mind, which anyone can cultivate through daily practice, can achieve miracles.  If you want to live life to the fullest, care for your thoughts as you would your most prized possessions.  Work hard to remove all inner turbulence.  The rewards will be abundant.”

“You are what you think about all day long.  You are also what you say to yourself all day long.  If you say that you are old and tired, this mantra will be manifested in your external reality.  If you say you are weak and lack enthusiasm, this too will be the nature of your world.  But if you say that you are healthy, dynamic, and fully alive, your life will be transformed.  You see, the words you say to yourself affect your self-image and your self-image determines what actions you take.  Your self-image is a self-fulfilling prophecy of sorts.”

“You truly cannot afford the luxury of a negative thought – not even one.”

The monk who sold his Ferrari quotes

“To live life to the fullest, you must stand guard at the gate of your garden and let only the very best information enter.  You truly cannot afford the luxury of a negative thought – not even one.  The most joyful, dynamic and contented people of this world are no different from you or me in terms of their makeup.  We are all flesh and bones.  We all come from the same universal source.  However, the ones who do more than just exist, the ones who fan the flames of their human potential and truly savor the magical dance of life do different things than those whose lives are ordinary.  Foremost amongst the things that they do is adopt a positive paradigm about their world and all that is in it.”

“Failure is not having the courage to try, nothing more and nothing less.  The only thing standing between most people and their dreams is the fear of failure.  Yet failure is essential to success in any endeavor.  Failure tests us and allows us to grow.  It offers us lessons and guides us along the path of enlightenment.  The teachers of the East say that every arrow that hits the bull’s eye is the result of one hundred misses.  It is a fundamental Law of Nature to profit through loss.  Never fear failure.  Failure is your friend.”

“Small victories lead to large victories.  You must build on the small to achieve the great.  By following through on a resolution as simple as getting up earlier every day, you will feel the pleasure and gratification that achievement brings.  You have set a goal and you have realized it.  This feels good.  The trick is to keep setting the mark higher and raising your standards continuously.  This will then release that magical quality of momentum that will motivate you to keep exploring your infinite potential.”

“You must be ruthless with your time.  Learn to say no.  Having the courage to say no to the little things in life will give you the power to say yes to the big things.  Shut the door to your office when you need a few hours to work on that big case.  Don’t pick up the phone every time it rings.  It is there for your convenience, not the convenience of others.  Ironically, people will respect you more when they see that you are a person who values his time.  They will realize that your time is precious and they will value it.”

“Busy, productive people are highly efficient with their time – they must be in order to survive.  Being an excellent time manager doesn’t mean that you must become a workaholic.  On the contrary, time mastery allows you more time to do the things you love to do, the things that are truly meaningful to you.  Time mastery leads to life mastery.  Guard time well.  Remember, it’s a non-renewable resource.”

“Have the discipline to focus your time around your priorities.  The most meaningful things in your life should never be sacrificed to those that are the least meaningful.”

“One of the most tragic things that any one of us can do is to put off living.  Too many people are dreaming of some magical rose garden on the horizon rather than enjoying the one growing in our back yards.  What a tragedy.”

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