The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari Book Review

Ian Paul Marshall —  November 9, 2010

Monk Who Sold His FerrariA Review of Robin Sharma’s Book The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

The other day I was hanging out at Robin Sharma’s hidden lair in downtown Toronto on a top secret mission.

While I was there it hit me…

“I haven’t written a review of ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ yet.”

So here it is.

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny

If you’re looking for an inspirational book to help you take your life to the next level then this may be the book for you.

It’s done as a teaching tale so you won’t be finding any bored or bland content here.

And in my opioion how Robin structured this book and delivered these life changing lessons is brilliant. He used stories within stories. Memorable characters and even tucked some symbols in there to help you remember the key concepts from the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari.

What The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari About?

The story revolves around two people; Julian Mantle, a high-profile superstar attorney who’s a workaholic and a young and promising junior lawyer named John.

Mantle’s high-stress lifestyle finally catches up with him and right in the middle of a trail he crashes to the floor clutching his chest. His heart has finally given out on him. The universe has sent him a message.

Mantle hears the message loud and clear and checks out of his former lifestyle. It’s rumored that he’s disappeared to Himalaya’s in search of the true meaning of life and happiness.

Several years later Julian shows up unannounced at John’s office. Mantle is totally reborn and his former colleague doesn’t even recognize him at first. John is mesmerized by this man and craves the knowledge and stories that Mantle has come back to share with him. And Mantle knows that he’s arrived back in John’s life just in time to save him from making the same mistake he made years ago.

The Key Concepts From The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari revolves around 7 key teachings. Robin calls them the Seven Virtues of Enlightened Learning. He uses stories and symbols to help you learn these key concepts and easily apply them to your life.

Seven Virtues of Enlightened Learning

  1. Master Your Mind (Symbol: The Garden)
    The garden is a symbol for your mind. Master it. Cultivate it daily. Be mindful of what you let into your mindstream.
  2. Follow Your Purpose (Symbol: The Lighhouse)
    The lighthouse is a symbol for goals and a life of purpose. Your goals and your purpose give you direction. They shine a light in the darkness so that you know which way to go.
  3. Practice Kaizen (Symbol: Sumo Wrestler)
    The sumo wrestler is the symbol of continual self improvement. I call Kaizen the art of baby-steps. Kaizen is a Japanese word or concept for timeless continuous improvement. Success on the outside begins within.
  4. Live With Discipline (Symbol: Pink Wire Cable)
    The pink wire cable is a symbol for self-control and self-discipline. This is about embracing and using your willpower. Start small and build up to the bigger challenges within your life.
  5. Respect Your Time (Symbol: Stopwatch)
    The stopwatch is a symbol representing the limited time that we all have. Become time conscious. It’s a technique that Buddhist’s use to steer their minds and lives toward success. It’ll work just as well for you. Be mindful of your time. It’s a non-renewable resource.
  6. Selflessly Serve Others (Symbol: Yellow Roses)
    The roses are a symbol of service. There’s ancient chinese proverb that says “A little bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that give you roses.” When you work to improve the lives of others, you indirectly elevate your own life in the process.
  7. Embrace the Present (Symbol: Path of Diamonds)
    The winding path of diamonds is a symbol for understanding and paying attention to the miracle of this very moment.

So if you like what you’ve read so far pick up your own copy of the book. Why not check out some of the reviews for the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari on Amazon.

Be Inspirational!

Ian