The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny
by Robin Sharma | HarperOne © 1999 · 224 pages

Robin Sharma is one of the top leadership coaches in the world and an all-around awesome guy. This book is a fable about a hard-charging attorney who becomes a yogi and shares his wisdom with his former protégé. It's packed with goodness. In the Note, we'll look at the "7 Timeless Virtues of Enlightened Living," the importance of blue printing our ideal lives and expressing the greatness that is all of our birthrights.

“From tonight onwards, take complete control of your life. Decide, once and for all, to be the master of your fate. Run your own race. Discover your calling and you will start to experience the ecstasy of an inspired life.”

Robin Sharma is one of the world’s top leadership experts—right up there with Jack Welch and Tom Peters. In fact, he was recently recognized as the #2 leadership guru in the world. He also happens to be a great author and a super cool guy.

When I was running Zaadz, our companies did some work together and I got a copy of his book, The Greatness Guide. AMAZING. I loved it so much I had autographed copies sent to everyone on our team immediately. Several months later Robin and I connected in Los Angeles. Our breakfast turned into me driving him to the airport to continue our chat and, after 4 or 5 loops around LAX buying some time before his flight, I finally had to send him off with an “OMG! I just met a soul-brother!” hug. (Love it when that happens! :)

In this Note we’re gonna take a quick look at another one of his great books: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. It’s a fun, quick-reading fable that lives up to its subtitle of being about “Fulfilling Your Dreams and Reaching Your Destiny.” (Think: The Alchemist with yogi-attorneys rather than a shepherd. In fact, Paulo Coelho, another one of my absolute favorite authors, said this about the book: “A captivating story that teaches as it delights.”)

The book is PACKED with Big Ideas and I’ll only be able to profile a handful of my favorites, so, if it’s resonating with you, I highly recommend you pick it up and enjoy it as an inspiring, life-changing, weekend read. (And while you’re at it, get The Greatness Guide. Trust me. :)

Quick Context

The book features Julian Mantle, a former rock star attorney who has a heart attack in the court room one day and decides to sell his ferrari and get his spirituality on. He comes back from the Himalayas a new man and shares his wisdom with his protégé, John, who tells us the story.

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Robin Sharma

"Helping people in organizations lead without a title."