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The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

11 April, 2019

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We all are well aware of the story of Buddha, who initially lived a protected life within his palace, and later realized about the various problems people face, when he took a trip outside. Buddha went in search of answers to his questions about life and the challenges humans face and finally found his enlightenment under the Bodhi tree in Gaya. However, in today’s fast paced life, most people do not remember about the Buddha’s teachings, who urged people to give up on material possessions and desires. It is success, wealth and position that drives most people in life.

But sometimes, certain people end up having some life-changing experiences, which force them to look at life differently. It forces them to think about what they are doing, and what they are gaining, and whether they are failing to live! You might have heard of many such inspirational stories about cancer survivors and more. This book “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” is one such lovely little tale about a highly successful lawyer, who is forced to think differently. Written by world-famous leadership guru and best selling author, Robin Sharma, this book makes for a very endearing read. Especially the senior citizens can easily identify with the book, and it is written in simple language with a natural flow, that puts you at ease as you weave through the story of Julian Mantle.

The plot

In the story, a very successful and famous lawyer Julian Mantle is struck by a sudden heart attack, wreaking havoc in his life. His work comes to a standstill, and he is forced to start thinking about the worthwhileness of material success. Thus, he ponders over his life and then renounces it all and leaves for India, in search of spiritual guidance.

It brings to the fore a lot of experiences, mostly spiritual and he is forced to think differently about life. He decides that he would henceforth live his life in a more fulfilling way, rather than running after material success. The book takes you through his spiritual journey as he experiences the ancient Indian culture.  Through the protagonist’s journey and experiences, Robin Sharma shares his inputs about how to live rightly, happily, and think deeply, as well as how to value relationships and time more than we do. It teaches you how to follow your heart’s call to fulfill every moment of life.

It is an incredibly endearing story, told well, and was a bestseller that taught its readers about miracles of human life. It showed people how they could adopt simple principles to make life more worthwhile and fulfilling. The book deftly brings together the Western as well as the Eastern culture in a nice, approachable way, urging people to consider the same.

More about Robin Sharma

You could easily purchase the book either online or offline or even from our Samarth store and read and experience the monk’s story in full. However, to talk about Robin Sharma, the author, he is an internationally renowned author of leadership books with 15 such books to his credit. No wonder he is considered to be among the top 5 leadership experts in the world.

He also heads Sharma Leadership International Inc, a firm that trains people in leadership. He is also a former litigation lawyer, with a law degree from Dalhousie Law School, Canada. People across the world have drawn inspiration from his books, and he is widely quoted in the leadership circles. A few other books of his that you can check out are The Leader Who Had No Title, The Greatness Guide, and The 5 AM Club, The Little Black Book for Stunning Success and The Saint, The Surfer and The CEO.

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