Find A Sense of Purpose with The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma (Book Review)
What’s one of the best ways to gain insight on finding a sense of purpose? Reading!
Reading is an incredible experience, it allows one to truly delve into the mind of the characters portrayed by the author, which can give us incredible insight through this phenomenon called 'experience taking', something we’ve talked about before.
So, if you’re looking for a book on finding your purpose, a great start would be this one.
Here’s the basic rundown:
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma was originally published in 1997 and is around 200 pages long.
It’s an International Bestseller, translated to over 42 languages, and has had millions upon millions of copies sold worldwide.
It tells the story of Julian Mantle, an expert litigator and wealthy lawyer, who by most accounts is living the perfect life; this guy had the fast cars, supermodel girlfriends, a crew made up of his juniors - not too shabby for this 25-year-old lawyer!
That is until he has a stroke in the middle of a courtroom…
He almost died, and that really took a toll on him.
At the hospital, he took a real good look at himself - his life - and realized he wasn’t fulfilled.
His health wasn’t great; his diet included a lot of alcohol and dining out; not really the staple of healthy living.
What ended up happening was that his stroke was a wake-up call, a heavy-handed knock on his door that told him to deal with his spiritual crisis in life and find a better sense of purpose before he lost everything.
But he didn’t know how to improve that, but he did understand he needed to get away from his current environment if he had any chance of improving.
He needed answers, so he went looking for them.
Selling almost all of his worldly possessions, Julian took off for India, and that’s where his story begins.
This inspiring tale provides a step-by-step approach to living with greater courage, balance, abundance, and joy. A wonderfully crafted fable, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari tells the extraordinary story of Julian Mantle, a lawyer forced to confront the spiritual crisis of his out-of-balance life.
One of the greatest things about this book is that it’s not overly stuffed with detail, in fact not much is mentioned about the character's appearance for the most part, Robin does a wonderful job of giving you enough to form your vision of the characters, but for the most part leaves the story to do the talking.
And it’s mostly talking.
See, the majority of the book is all about the conversation between Julian and his former junior litigator, John.
You as the reader, along with John, listen to Julian’s tale and lessons learned from his time spent in the Himalayas.
John reflects the average Joe; someone who doesn’t spend a lot of time searching for their purpose in life or working on their emotional intelligence.
His questions and thoughts are Robin’s attempt to frame the mind of someone totally new to the concepts Julian talks about.
- Develop Joyful Thoughts
- Follow Our Life's Mission and Calling
- Cultivate Self-Discipline and Act Courageously
- Value Time as Our Most Important Commodity
- Nourish Our Relationships
- Live Fully, One Day at a Time
One thing you got to realize is that even though the book is narrated by John and framed as a story, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is still essentially a self-help book, it’s arguably one of the best books on helping you find your purpose.
Almost every chapter ends with a summary of the concepts Julian teaches John, and the main lessons behind them.
Most chapters also include some challenges you can do by yourself to help improve your life.
One of my favorites was the ‘Heart of the Rose’ technique mentioned in Chapter 7.
It can be considered a meditation technique and is especially useful for beginners to meditation.
The basic concept of it is to take a rose - though you could use any flower that you wish - sit down somewhere quiet and focus only on the center of the rose, carefully study it, using all your senses to notice everything about it.
The book acknowledges this will be difficult at the start, that your mind will constantly wander away, but this technique for mindfulness is very helpful to quiet your mind and learn how to transcend your thoughts.
We’ve talked about ways to improve your focus before, and the Heart of the Rose technique would fall into the category of meditation to improve your focus.
Remember that we said your concentration is vitally important to be able to improve your life, and Robin Sharma compounds this fact in his book.
Overall, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is both a light read - something you could easily pick up no matter your mood - and is filled with so much useful information while at the same time being compact that you could take it anywhere.
It’s simple but impactful format makes it a wonderful start for those looking for help to find their sense of purpose.
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