7 Life changing principles for Success By Robin Sharma0
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari By Robin Sharma
This book is a wonderful book. I recommend all to read and study this book.
The story of this book is a fiction story. It is wrapped up with a story of a famous lawyer who has stopped his full day to day working hours, to become a monk. This former lawyer was a very successful lawyer in his field. He can have everything he wants in his life. However, he does not have a happy family and a happy life because of the pressure of works and of the high profile life that he had lived. Suddenly, he was collapsed because of severe illness. After medication, he has decided to stop doing litigation work and he travelled to India to find his purpose in life. He gained essential lessons of life while he has travelled in India. He then shares his knowledge to his fellow lawyer with the condition that the lawyer himself must forward this knowledge to other people. This is also my obligation to write a simple summary of this book for you all to read and digest.
In my view, the primary theme of this book is to guide us to live a full and flourishing life.
The principle lessons of the book are as follows:
1. Master Your Mind
i. Cultivate your mind – it will blossom beyond your expectation.
ii. The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts.
iii. There are no mistakes – only lessons. See setbacks as opportunity for personal expansion and growth.
The secret of happiness is simple: find out what you truly love to do and then direct all of your energy towards doing it. Once you do this, abundance flows into your life and all your desires are filled with ease and grace.
2. Follow Your Purpose
i. The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
ii. Discovering and then realizing your lifework brings lasting fulfillment.
iii. Set clearly defined personal, professional and spiritual goals, and then have the courage to act on them;
Never forget the importance of living with unbridled exhilaration. Never neglect to see the exquisite beauty in all living things. Today, and this very moment, is a gift. Stay focused on your purpose. The Universe will take care of everything else.
3. Practice Kaizen
i. Self-Mastery is the DNA of life mastery;
ii. Success on the outside begins within;
iii. Enlightenment comes through the consistent cultivation of your mind, body and soul.
The Universe favors the brave. When you resolve to lift your life to its highest level, the strength of your soul will guide you to a magical place with magnificent treasures.
4. Live with Discipline
i. Discipline is built by consistently performing small acts of courage;
ii. Willpower is the essential virtue of a fully actualized life.
Wage war against the weaker thoughts that have crept into the palace of your mind. They will see that they are unwanted and leave like unwelcome visitors.
5. Respect Your Time
i. Time is your most precious commodity and it is nonrenewable;
ii. Focus on your priorities and maintain balance;
iii. Simplify your life;
iv. The Ancient Rule of 20.
This ancient rule is similar to the 80/20 concept that says our 20% activities give 80% of the result. Furthermore, 80% of our activities only give 20% of the result. Accordingly, we have to focus on which 20% of our activities that give 80% result in our life.
Time slips through our hands like grains of sand, never to return again. Those who use time wisely from an early age are rewarded with rich, productive and satisfying lives.
6. Selflessly Serve Others
i. The quality of your life ultimately comes down to the quality of your contribution;
ii. To cultivate the sacredness of each day, live to give;
iii. By elevating the lives of others, your life reaches its highest dimensions;
iv. Practice Daily Acts of Kindness.
The noblest thing you can do is to give to others. Start focusing on your higher purpose.
7. Embrace the Present
i. Live in the “now”. Savor the gift of the present;
ii. Never sacrifice happiness for achievement;
iii. Savor the journey and live each day as your last.
We are all here for some special reason. Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future.