The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

August 31, 2017September 29, 2021 Niklas Goeke Biography, Happiness, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Motivation & Inspiration, Self Improvement, Spirituality, Work

1-Sentence-Summary:The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is a self-help classic telling the story of fictional lawyer Julian Mantle, who sold his mansion và Ferrari khổng lồ study the seven virtues of the Sages of Sivana in the Himalayan mountains.

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I’ve always wondered what this book is about. The title is catchy và I loooooove Ferraris. Bởi you want one? I want one. Maybe that means this book is for you & me! Because Julian Mantle, the fictional, seven-figure-making lawyer this story is about, had one. Và he was unhappy. So he sold it.

It turns out, he didn’t need his Ferrari. He needed wisdom. So after he collapsed from all the bít tất tay with a heart attack, he sold everything and ventured into the Himalayan mountains. There, he found the Sages of Sivana, which taught him seven virtues, making him promise he’d pass on their teachings.

Flowing through the quill of Robin Sharma, who published The Monk Who Sold His Ferrariin 1997, Julian did pass on what he learned. Over 6 million people have picked up his lessons. Today, I’d lượt thích to cốt truyện 3 of them with you:

Use The Heart of the Rose exercise to guard your mind against unwanted thoughts.Develop a simple 10-step morning routine with The Ten Rituals of Radiant Living.Selflessly serving others counterintuitively leaves you better off too.

Ready for a short round of improvement? Let’s see what we can learn from the monk who sold his Ferrari!


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Lesson 1: Learn khổng lồ guard your mind with The Heart of the Rose exercise.

The fable Yogi Raman, Julian’s teacher, tells, takes place in a garden. It’s full of beautiful flowers that smell great. Think of it as a calm, serene place where you can refuel your energy whenever you need to.

Imagine if your mind was a garden lượt thích that. What a powerful brain! But for most of us, our mind looks like a dumpster, much more than a garden. It’s littered with mental clutter, unnecessary information, ungrounded worries & anxious thoughts.

Therefore, the first of the seven virtues of the Sivana system is lớn control your mind. What you’re trying to vị here is lớn control what even comes into your garden in the first place. Think of yourself lượt thích a guardian, standing at the gate of your brain, choosing who and what gets in.

One exercise Julian learned khổng lồ achieve this is The Heart of the Rose. To practice it you need an actual rose & a quiet space lớn yourself. Then, you simply stare at the center of the rose and try lớn fill your mind with thoughts about how beautiful it is.

Think of it as a form of basic meditation. At first, you’ll have lots of distracting thoughts, but you’ll get better at keeping those out of your head over time. That’s the goal.

The more disciplined you become in which thoughts you accept into your mind, the easier it’ll be to lớn turn it into the beautiful, energizing garden you need.

Lesson 2: The Ten Rituals of Radiant Living are a simple morning routine that covers everything you need.

In the story the Yogi tells, a sumo wrestler also appears. Sumo wrestlers subscribe khổng lồ an ancient, Japanese idea called kaizen. It means never-ending improvement. This idea, lớn always be learning and getting better, is another virtue of the Sivana system.

The sages suggest a 10-step morning routine they gọi the Ten Rituals of Radiant Living to help you live this virtue.

The Ritual of Early Awakening.

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Six hours of sleep and seeing the sunrise. Of course, you have to figure out how much you need yourself, but this is what they suggest.The Ritual of Solitude. Always make a few minutes to practice silence after waking up.The Ritual of Physicality. Move, get up, do some exercise. Whatever gets the blood flowing.The Ritual of Live Nourishment. A vegetarian diet based on fresh food is what the sages follow.The Ritual of Abundant Knowledge. Keep your mind stimulated with a bit of reading or studying.The Ritual of Personal Reflection. Did you vì chưng your best today? What could you have done better?The Ritual of Music. Listen to lớn music often khổng lồ never get stuck in a bad mood.The Ritual of Spoken Word. Write down a short mantra you can repeat lớn yourself throughout the day.The Ritual of Congruent Character. Always follow your principles. Write them down, be aware of them & stick to them.The Ritual of Simplicity. Ruthlessly live your priorities and remove everything else that’s unnecessary.

This reminds me a bit of The Miracle Morning, but it’s more than that. You can see it extends way beyond your morning but that’s the whole point. A good morning leads lớn a good day, which, ultimately, leads lớn a good life.

Lesson 3: Selflessly serve others and you’ll be better off yourself.

Later in the story, the sumo collapses but then reawakens to the smell of beautiful, yellow roses. These roses represent another virtue, the idea of selflessly serving others. It’s beautifully summarized in this ancient, Chinese proverb:

A trace of fragrance always remains on the hands that present you with roses.

It’s a metaphor, which says whenever you help someone else, some of the benefits will come back right to lớn you. You rarely know when và how, but karma always comes around. This doesn’t mean you have lớn join the salvation army, small, simple acts of kindness & compassion go a long way.

Every morning, take a few seconds to think about what good you can do today. Whether it’s calling your grandma or praising a coworker, it’ll bring you one step closer to lớn what the Yogi would hotline an enlightened life.


The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari Review

I love when non-fiction authors use fiction lớn get their message across. Maybe that’s what’s made The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari so popular over the years. It’s timeless. It’s a really inspiring story & I think whatever it will be, you’ll find out something interesting about yourself from it.


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What else can you learn from the blinks?

What the full story of Julian Mantle isHow the fable continuesThe five step methodology khổng lồ achieve personal purposeWhy the sumo collapsed when looking at his golden watchHow opposition thinking can help you take your first step

Who would I recommend The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari Summary to?

The 23 year old college student who’s under immense pressure during her exams, the 43 year old manager who feels really burned out from work, but can’t get unstuck, & anyone who wants khổng lồ buy a Ferrari.