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The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari [Paperback]

Robin Sharma
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Book Description

19 April 2004

An internationally bestselling fable about a spiritual journey, littered with powerful life lessons that teach us how to abandon consumerism in order to embrace destiny, live life to the full and discover joy.

• This inspiring tale is based on the author's own search for life's true purpose, providing a step-by-step approach to living with greater courage, balance, abundance and joy.

• It tells the story of Julian Mantle, a lawyer forced to confront the spiritual crisis of his out-of-balance life: following a heart attack, he decides to sell all his beloved possesions and trek to India. On a life-changing odyssey to an ancient culture, he meets Himalayan gurus who offer powerful, wise and practical lessons that teach us to:

- Develop joyful thoughts
- Follow our life's mission
- Cultivate self-discipline and act courageously
- Value time as our most important commodity
- Nourish our relationships
- Live fully, one day at a time

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Element; New Ed edition (19 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007179731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007179732
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robin Sharma, LL.B., LL.M., is one of the world's top experts on leadership and personal development, and CEO of Sharma Leadership International, Inc, a global training firm with a simple mission: to help people in organisations Lead Without Title.

Robin is also the author of eight major international bestsellers, which have been published in over 40 languages, including The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and The Greatness Guide.

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“The book is about finding out what is truly important to your real spiritual self rather than being inundated with material possessions.” Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon)

"A captivating story that teaches as it delights.” Paulo Coelho

“[Its] principles have been fascinating and there were shared principles from writers such as Robin Sharma and Deepak Chopra. How does all that impact on a game of rugby? I can’t answer that. All I know is it’s enough to help me to proceed in a way that makes me happy enough to go out there and be proud of who I am and what I hope I can bring to this team.” Jonny Wilkinson

About the Author

Robin Sharma, LL.B., LL.M., is one of the world's top experts on leadership and personal development, having helped millions of people to live their best lives. He is the author of 12 major international bestsellers, including The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and The Greatness Guide. His work has been published in over 60 countries and in nearly 70 languages, making him one of the most widely read authors in the world.

Robin is CEO of Sharma Leadership International Inc., a coaching and training firm that counts Microsoft, Nike, IBM, GM and Panasonic among its clients. His website, and blog are among the most popular personal success destinations on the internet.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lessons on change 14 Feb 2009
I confess that I have somewhat mixed feelings about this book. I read it on holiday and began by expecting and hoping to read an insightful story. For the first few pages this seemed to be the case, however the book then changed direction.

In many ways the author of a book designed to help people change, what are often termed `self-help' books, faces a dilemma. For the help to be successful it has to be self-help, that is it has to come from within the reader. The use of stories or parables that awaken understanding in the reader derive their power in this way. However after reading the story the reader is then left with the question of what to do with this awakened understanding; how do they actually change?

The alternative approach is to provide a change instruction manual which prescribes changes in the hope that these then create change from which new understanding will follow. The danger here is that unless understanding is changed, the result is the mindless application of prescribed rituals, or the rejection of them.

This book attempts to bridge these two approaches. It begins with the story of a lawyer forced to re-evaluate life following a major heart attack. However this story quickly becomes a rather simple framework for what is largely a monologue describing a set of self-change techniques.

At the point where the book transitions from a story to an instruction guide I almost gave up on the book, but was later glad that I didn't. I found the pretext of the story strained almost to breaking point, but suggest that if this is overlooked the second half of the book contains some powerful advice for personal change.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will change your life- excellent stuff 12 July 2005
This is an excellent book which really helps you elevate your level of thinking and inner happiness. The best lessons I got from this book is that live each day as if it was the last day of your life so 'now' is more important than past and the future, the journey is more important than the destination so enjoy the journey. Robin has conveyed lessons about self improvement and inner peace & joy in such a beautiful and interesting way that you feel enlightened when you read through. This is the best book I have read on self improvement and now is the most prized collection in my book collection.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So badly written, it hurts 8 Sep 2010
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While I do appreciate the ideas related in the book, I was utterly shocked by the bad writing style, repetitiveness and the insanely boring cliches on every page. The dialogue is absolutely atrocious, so I could hardly wait for the torture to finish. Surely there is a better way of sharing the suggestions and advice contained in this book.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual refreshment 10 Feb 2006
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Every so often you come across a book that provides you with the necessary enthusiasm to do something about the mediocrity of life and this is one of them.
I have no idea how long I'll continue to follow Robin Sharman's suggestions but right now they have changed my outlook. Using storytelling to get his points across makes the book easy to read and digest. Like an excellent meal I was disappointed to finish it but enjoyed the experience. Highly recommended!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
I was told about this book from a friend who said that they had read it but had not gotten what they thought they would from it. Because they know I have read similar books in the past, they asked if I would take the time with this one to see how it affected me. Well, I could not even finish it.

The premise of the book is that, following a heart attack in court, a very successful lawyer decides to re-evaluate his life, sells his worldly possessions, and begins on a spiritual journey. There he encounters a group of monks, who live very secluded lives, and it is from these that he learns certian life lessons, or disciplines. On his return to America, he then imparts this knowledge to his friend, the author of this book.

Now, don't get me wrong, there are some very interesting points in this book - I especially like the meditation, The Heart of the Rose - but the whole feel of this book just lets it down. Firstly, what I found frustrating was that this 'knowledge' is being fed to us, the reader, third-hand.
I also don't like the idea presented that people should try and be happy all the time. While of course, it would be nice, in practicality it is quite unattainable - life has a way of tripping you up sometimes. And the way this book was written, it can make you feel guilty for ever feeling unhappiness. This could actually be VERY damaging - people often turn to these sorts of books when they are vulnerable, and feel they need guidance. To say anything like this, could effect people in quite a profound way. As a trainee counsellor and someone who works with women who have experienced abuse in their lives, I am very aware that people need to feel acceptance for all of their emotions - the good, but especially the bad.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that everyone should read! 17 Oct 2005
This book teaches you practical ways of dealing with life in general - making your life more simple and far far happier. I can guarantee that this book will only have positive effects on the way you think and feel about the world.
It is well written and everything is explained well. Please buy this book if you need help removing negative thinking from your life, or if you would merely like to appreciate the world that we live in more.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It's a self help book
I foolishly bought this not realising it's another self help book!
So if you like self help books don't be put off by my low rating!
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Despite the success, the book is quite superficial and not very interesting to read. The approach explained in the book may be interesting in some respects, but is overall a... Read more
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