The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

August 23, 2007

    Not like any other success cookbook,’The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ tells the reader that success could never be yours, until you know the true value of success. Robin says in this book that success never comes with your bank balance, your high life style and your Ferrari, only when you feel the pleasure of your true self, then you can say that you have succeeded. And that pleasure should be eternal as he says ‘happiness is not a destination, it’s a journey’.          

   Mind is the starting point of every thing, says Robin. Its your mind where you create every thing before creating them actually. It’s your mind where you create your destiny. Robin compares the mind with a fertile garden which will give you back the same thing what you sow.   

     The light house in the fable (around which the entire book revolves) symbols the importance of a tall purpose in your life. Only when we are aware of the aim in our lives we will be able to prioritize things accordingly. Knowing where we are going is of utmost importance to achieve some thing.  Then comes the nine feet tall nine hundred pound sumo wrestler who symbolizes the importance of continuous effort towards self development. Here Robin says about the ‘Ten Rituals Of Radiant living’, where he speaks about ten simple yet powerful formula for self development. The pink wire cable which covered the private parts of the sumo wrestler in the fable symbolizes discipline and self control which has a tremendous role in building an enlightened life. Robin says ‘it is flimsy and weak. But together their sum is much greater than their constituent parts and the cable becomes tougher than iron. Self control and will power are similar to this’.   

    The book speaks about the most precious commodity, time and the significance of time management in achieving success in life. Now comes the term of selflessly serving others. Robin means to give yourself to others and contribute in a meaningful way when he says ‘the quality of your life will come down to the quality of your contribution’. By this one can get the inner joy and satisfaction.    Through out the book one thing Robin emphasizes in our lives. Success is not creating mountains of wealth, luxury, reputation, but being calm and peaceful at mind and enjoying the small moments of joy while we move towards our destiny. Because the road is as important as the end, as Robin says.   

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