Book Review: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma

The monk who sold his ferrari - Robin sharma

You must have heard a great deal of praises about the book “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari.” You might often have wondered to yourself too if the book is actually that good or people are just exaggerating! So, calm down and come on as we are about to discover the same in this blog post.

The monk who sold his Ferrari is one of the most widely read self-help books ever. The tremendous reader attention even got the sales up to 3 million books as of 2013. It’s title is written in a way that even if one doesn’t like reading self-help genre, it will be drawn to the book. Whether the reader likes it or not, but the book will keep you hooked. What is it that the message this book has that everyone is compelled to read this book?

This blog post is a book review of the monk who sold his Ferrari. Why? Because the greatest treasures of life are found in books. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is one of the books. Unravelling the greatest treasures of life which lie behind the pages of this book is complete magic and completely magical.

As you will scroll further, you will find an autopsy of the book so that you can make up your mind about if you should be reading The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari or not. You will also find out about what I found about this book one of the most intriguing parts. In case I feel there is a spoiler, you will get a heads up before that!

About The Author

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is written by Mr. Robin Sharma, one of the most respected and renowned leadership experts alive in this date. He is the progeny of Shiv and Shashi Sharma and as clear as it is, his soul lies in India while his body being in Canada.

He was born in the year 1964 on 16th day of June. He is famous for being an author for more than 10 Self-help books, motivational and leadership public speaker, life coach and an exceptional leadership expert.

Several prestigious organizations like NASA, Harvard School of Business and Yale University have had the honour of having Robin Sharma in their premises to acknowledge the mass.

Robin Sharma’s being a former lawyer is hidden to none. What made him stand out was when he decided to quit his current profession and choosing to write. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, being his second book and somewhere inspired by real life events of his own.

General Overview of The Book

Start working on yourself, even if it is for ten or fifteen minutes.

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari was officially published in the year 1999 (was published before in 1996) on April 21st by Harper Collins and is written by leadership expert and coach Robin Sharma.

The monk who sold his ferrari

The book belongs to self-help genre written in a story form and definitely has helped several and served its purpose well.

The story of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari revolves around Julian Mantle who was also a lawyer like Mr. Sharma.

Julian Mantle, in spite of being successful and rich is unsatisfied and not content with his life. He has all the riches but not peace. It was a heart attack that helped him realize this. Julian decides to leave behind everything he has ever owned including his dashing red Ferrari and move to the lush mountains of Himalayas.

Julian narrates this dreamy fable to his dear friend and also his junior John and tells him how he met yogi Raman and other saints who helped him achieve the true path and wisdom of life.

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari- What do I think about the book?

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. Words have remarkable power.

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is a 198 page book- a very comfortable and easy read for me. The book did not take more than mere 2 days for me to complete. However, it can be a difficult task for if you are not an avid reader.

I am someone who is all for philosophy. I can talk about it all day long. This is probably one of the reasons I savoured this book from the first word to the last. I liked how the author has drawn parallelism between the 7 key symbols-

  • The magnificent garden,
  • The towering lighthouse,
  • The Sumo wrestler,
  • The pink wire cable,
  • The gold stopwatch,
  • The fragrant rose and
  • The path of diamonds

and our life.

Interestingly enough, these are the 7 key symbols which are the highlight of the book and if I reveal those now, the purpose of reading The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari would be reduced to half. So, don’t worry. No spoilers here!

Although I have heard many of my own booknerd friends complain about the title being a clickbait as Julian sold his Ferrari first and then became a monk. But I think it was more of a thing of common sense and it was pretty obvious that Julian would have sold his Ferrari before becoming a monk. A monk is not bound to materialistic things of the world. But, I can’t speak for others.

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – What to take away from the book?

Well, isn’t this the purpose of every self-help book? You read and take away a lesson, a message that impacts us the most.

What left an impact on me was the simplicity of writing and the authenticity of the message it carried with it. Living for what you love the most.

One of the lessons I liked from the book is-

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary destination, all of your thoughts break their bonds and your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in all directions and you find yourself in a new, wonderful and great world.

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

When you absolutely love to do something, you do not bother about your surroundings and what is happening around you.

Should you read This Book?

I would say if you are consciously working on yourself to be a better person, this book is a must read for you. You will also like this book very much if you like lessons being taught to you through a story.

How much would I rate this book?

I would totally give this book a 4/5 stars because it did help me learn a few things.

To Conclude:

I would totally recommend this book to you and The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari absolutely deserves your time and attention. And do comment if you do decide to read the book.

If these kind of books fascinate you, then The Alchemist is worth reading. You can also have a look at some of other books.

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