The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Robin Sharma
Gifted by Luziya Ignatanova
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Rijal from Java
Jan 7, 2021 β†’ Jan 29, 2021
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Summary of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

The Sivana and the 7 timeless virtues for enlightened life.

No 1. The Magnificent Garden. Master Your Mind.

The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts.
See setbacks as opportunities for personal explanation and growth.
There are no mistakes, only lessons.
Cultivate your mind and it will blossom beyond your expectations.

We are all worried too much doing our day. Our mental chatter is so loud that we can’t find time to enjoy the little pleasures of mind and reach peacefulness and calmness.

Concentration is at the root of mental mastery. Have a concentrated mind. The fact that you have a desire or a dream means that you already have a mental capacity to realise it. As soon as you concentrate your mind on a singular purpose, extraordinary gifts will appear in your life.

  • Meditation. Heart of The Rose is a practice to daily concentrate your mind on a subject like a rose 🌹 and try to not allow even a tiny other thought other that rose’s colour and texture. At first it will be hard to do it even for 5 minutes, but once mastered will dramatically improve one’s life.
  • Opposition thinking. Mind can only hold one thought at a time. First, is to be mindful of your thoughts: think of your mind as a projector that shows thoughts. Secondly, whenever you catch a negative thought replace it with the positive one. In addition, behave and move your body cheerfully. You will immediately feel better.
  • The Secret of The Lake. Regularly visualise the life you want. The mind works with images, imagining yourself the way you want to be will effectively attract it.

No. 2. The lighthouse. Follow your purpose.

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.

Find your purpose. Find a deep sense of inner harmony as if you were somehow guided into your mission. Automatically solve the worry habit.

Goal setting will make your life magnificent.

You will never be able to hit a target that you cannot see.

To attain self mastery you need to set goals in all areas of your life.

Know PRECISELY what is it that you want.

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.

A five step process to achieving your goals by sages of Sivana

  1. Create a clear mental image of the outcome. Visualise every morning. The mind is the ultimate treasure house of power.
  2. Put positive pressure on yourself. Pressure is not always a bad thing. Pressure can inspire you to achieve great things.
    • Public pledge: no one wants to look like a failure. Make your goal known to the world to get pressure to work toward it fulfilment.
  3. Never set a goal without attaching a timeline to it. Attach a precise deadline to every goal. Fill your dream book with images of your dreams. Fill your dream book with goals in different areas of your life. Review the book daily.
  4. Goal that is not committed to paper is no a goal at all.
  5. The magic rule of 21. Start developing a positive habit. Perform the new activity for 21 days in a row to create a new neural pathway. The power of ritual β€” install an activity in your routine to make it achievable with ease.
  6. Enjoy the process. A day without laughter or a day without love is a day without life. Never neglect to see the exquisite beauty in all living things. Make sure to have fun advancing on the path of your purpose. Every moment is a gift, remain spirited, joyful and curious.


In modern world, we do not do things because we love them, we do things because we have to do them.

Have a passion for life. Reclaim the joy of waking up in the morning full of energy and exhilaration. Run your own race, discover your calling.

No 3. The sumo wrestler. Kaizen β€” self development.

No man is free who is not a master of himself. β€” Epictetus.

How could a person lead a corporation if they cannot lead themselves? How can you do good if you don’t feel good?

The only limits on your life are those you set yourself. When you push yourself beyond your limits, you open resources that you never though you had.

10 ancient rituals of radiant living for personal mastery

  1. Ritual of solitude. Make sure the daily schedule includes a mandatory period of peace. It is a period of time, 15 to 50 minutes, where you explore the healing power of silence. A pit stop for the soul. It’s better to do it every day in the same time.
  2. Ritual of physicality. At least 5 out of 168 hours per week should be spent on physical exercise. Doesn’t really matter which ones.
  3. Vegetarian diet. Only eat β€œlive” foods, fruits and vegetables, oats. Dead food is processed food or meats.
  4. Ritual of abundant knowledge. Read regularly, at least 30 minutes a day. Be very selective about what you read. The book is a best friend of the wise. To truly get the best out of the book you must study it, not just read it.
  5. Ritual of personal reflection. We all have sleeping talents within us. Reflect on the day and consider all of the actions done. List all of the actions and thoughts in one column and whether they were positive in another. The positives will have a long paying dividends while the negatives have to be steadily eradicated.
  6. Ritual of Early Awakening. It’s not about quantity but about quality. Wake up with the sun. 10 minutes before bed and 10 minutes after waking up are the most important time β€” avoid being distracted and think quality thoughts at this time, meditate to the sound of harp. Eating after 8 PM is bad for sleep quality. Start your day off well, think positive thoughts, listen to great music, give a prayer of thanks for all you love. Make yourself laugh to make the "happiness juices flow" β€” laughing is a medicine for the soul. Ask yourself a simple question: "What would I do today, if today was my last?".
  7. The Ritual of Music. Never forget the power of music β€” it's one of the best motivators.
  8. The Ritual of Spoken Word. Mantras and affirmations are very effective. Words affect the mind in a pronounced way. Your self image is a governor of sorts: it will never let you act in a way that is inconsistent with it. While what you say to others is important, even more important is what you say to yourself.
  9. Ritual of Congruent Character. Industry, compassion, humility, patience, honesty and courage β€” are the timeless principles of spiritual success. Your character is built when you act in a way that corresponds to the principles.
  10. Ritual of Simplicity. Focus on the priorities β€” the activities which are truly meaningful. Never live in the thick of thin things. Live a simpler life, reduce your needs or you will never feel fulfilled. If you always want more than you have, how can you every be happy?

The spiritual stuff

Every being on this Earth, every object on this Earth has a soul. All souls flow into one, this is the Soul of the Universe. When you nourish your own mind and your own spirit, you are really feeding the Soul of the Universe. When you improve yourself, you are improving the lives of all those around you. And when you have the courage to advance confidently in the direction of your dreams, you begin to draw upon the power of the universe. Life gives you what you ask of it, it is always listening.

Action points: - Do the things you fear to strengthen your spirit and character - The 10 Ancient Rituals of Radiant living

No. 4. The wire cable. The Power of Discipline.

Too many people are slaves to their impulses. They have grown reactive rather than proactive. Willpower will give them the freedom to see the forest beyond the trees, the freedom to choose what is right over what seems pressing.

Developing the power of one's will can erase the worry habit. Self-control is really the mind control. When you have developed the ability to discard all weak thoughts and focus on the good thoughts, good actions will follow.

When you control your thoughts, you control your mind. When you control your mind, you control your life.

Keeping silent for one day is a practice of willpower.

I am more than I appear to be, all the world's strength and power rests inside me. β€” The mantra for developing willpower.

It is the responsibility of every person to know the extraordinary potential that lies within them.


Action points. - Live with discipline - Mantras / Creative Envisioning (visualization) - The Vow of Silence

No. 5. The watch. Time

Quotes from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Stop making a living and start making a life.
Start revealing the life again, and celebrate all of its wonders. Awaken yourself to the power of your own mind to make things happen. Once you do, the universe will conspire with you to create magic in your life.
Success on the outside begins with success on the inside.
Mind is a wonderful servant but an terrible master.
With one eye focused on destination, there’s only one left to guide you through the journey.
Luck is a marriage of preparation and opportunity.
Find what is that you truly love, and direct all your power into doing it.
All who rise with the sun have one thing in common. They all have a purpose that fans the flames of their inner potential. They are driven by their priorities, but not in an unhealthy obsessive way. It is more effortless and gentle than that. And given their enthusiasm and love for what they’re doing in their life, such people live in the moment. They’re attention is fully on their task at hand. Therefore, there are no energy leaks.
Most people sleep so much because they have really nothing else to do.
Enthusiasm is one of the key ingredients for lifetime of successful living.
Never do anything because you have to. Always do everything because you want to.
What lies behind you and what lies in front of you is nothing compared to what’s within you.
β€œLuck favors the prepared mind.” β€” eastern saying.
All the mistakes you will ever make in your life have already been made by those who have walked before you.
Life doesn’t always give you what you ask for, but it always gives you what you need.
Never live in the thick of thin things.
A fundamental Law of Nature is to profit through loss. Never fear failure. Failure is your friend.