- Reading level: 18+ years
- Paperback: 198 pages
- Publisher: Jaico Publishing House; First edition (25 September 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 817992162X
- ISBN-13: 978-8179921623
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3,281 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Everyone loves a good fable, and this is certainly one. The protagonist is Julian Mantle, a high-profile attorney with a whacked-out schedule and a shameful set of spiritual priorities. Of course it takes a crisis (heart attack) to give Mantle pause. And pause he does--suddenly selling all his beloved possessions to trek India in pursuit of a meaningful existence. The Himalayan gurus along the way give simple advice, such as, "What lies behind you and what lies before you is nothing compared to what lies within you." Yet it is easy to forgive the story's simplicity because each kernel of wisdom is framed to address the persistent angst of Western white-collar professionals.
Here is the story of Julian Mantle, a superstar lawyer whose out-of-balance lifestyle leads him to a near-fatal heart attack in a packed courtroom. His physical collapse brings him into a spiritual crisis that forces him to confront the condition of his life. Hoping to find happiness and fulfillment, he embarks upon an extraordinary odyssey to an ancient culture, where he discovers a powerful system to release the potential of his mind, body, and soul and learns to live with passion, purpose, and peace. Brilliantly blending ancient spiritual wisdom of the east with contemporary success principles of the West, this inspiring tale provides a step-by-step approach to living with greater courage, balance, abundance and joy.
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Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches The # 1 International Bestseller Wisdom to Create a Life of Passion, Purpose, and Peace This inspiring tale provides a step-by-step approach to living with greater courage, balance, abundance, and joy. A wonderfully crafted fable, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari tells the extraordinary story of Julian Mantle, a lawyer forced to confront the spiritual crisis of his out-of-balance life. On a life-changing odyssey to an ancient culture, he discovers powerful, wise, and practical lessons that teach us to: Develop joyful thoughts Follow our life s mission and calling Cultivate self-discipline and act courageously Value time as our most important commodity Nourish our relationships, and live fully, one day at a time
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About the Author: Robin Sharma, who is the author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, is one of the best-known experts in leadership. This book and a second book titled The Greatness Guide by Robin Sharma have been bestsellers, the world over and have been published in seventy languages as well. The principles in this book have been followed by many celebrities, across the globe. The author has also cofounded 960vets.com. He ranked in at the twelfth position in the list of International Professional Leadership Gurus, of the year 2012.
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The Wake-Up Call
He collapsed right in the middle of a packed courtroom. He was one of this country's most distinguished trial lawyers. He was also a man who was as well known for the three-thousand-dollar Italian suits which draped his well-fed frame as for his remarkable string of legal victories. I simply stood there, paralyzed by the shock of what I had just witnessed. The great Julian Mantle had been reduced to a victim and was now squirming on the ground like a helpless infant, shaking and shivering and sweating like a maniac.
Everything seemed to move in slow motion from that point on. "My God, Julian's in trouble!" his paralegal screamed, emotionally offering us a blinding glimpse of the obvious. The judge looked panic-stricken and quickly muttered something into the private phone she had had installed in the event of an emergency. As for me, I could only stand there, dazed and confused. Please don't die, you old fool. It's too early for you to check out. You don't deserve to die like this.
The bailiff, who earlier had looked as if he had been embalmed in his standing position, leapt into action and started to perform CPR on the fallen legal hero. The paralegal was at his side, her long blond curls dangling over Julian's ruby-red face, offering him soft words of comfort, words which he obviously could not hear.
I had known Julian for seventeen years. We had first met when I was a young law student hired by one of his partners as a summer research intern. Back then, he'd had it all. He was a brilliant, handsome and fearless trial attorney with dreams of greatness. Julian was the firm's young star, the rain-maker in waiting. I can still remember walking by his regal corner office while I was working late one night and stealing a glimpse of the framed quotation perched on his massive oak desk. It was by Winston Churchill and it spoke volumes about the man that Julian was: Sure I am that this day we are masters of our fate, that the task which has been set before us is not above our strength;that its pangs and toils are not beyond my endurance. As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us.
Julian also walked his talk. He was tough, hard-driving and willing to work eighteen-hour days for the success he believed was his destiny. I heard through the grapevine that his grandfather had been a prominent senator and his father a highly respected judge of the Federal Court. It was obvious that he came from money and that there were enormous expectations weighing on his Armani-clad shoulders. I'll admit one thing though: he ran his own race. He was determined to do things his own way -- and he loved to put on a show.
Julian's outrageous courtroom theatrics regularly made the front pages of the newspapers. The rich and famous flocked to his side whenever they needed a superb legal tactician with an aggressive edge. His extra curricular activities were probably as well known. Late-night visits to the city's finest restaurants with sexy young fashion models, or reckless drinking escapades with the rowdy band of brokers he called his "demolition team" became the stuff of legend at the firm.
I still can't figure out why he picked me to work with him on that sensational murder case he was to argue that first summer. Though I had graduated from Harvard Law School, his alma mater, I certainly wasn't the brightest intern at the firm, and my family pedigree reflected no blue blood. My father spent his whole life as a security guard with a local bank after a stint in the Marines. My mother grew up unceremoniously in the Bronx.
Yet he did pick me over all the others who had been quietly lobbying him for the privilege of being his legal gofer on what became known as "the Mother of All Murder Trials": he said he liked my "hunger." We won, of course, and the business executive who had been charged with brutally killing his wife was now a free man -- or as free as his cluttered conscience would let him be.
My own education that summer was a rich one. It was far more than a lesson on how to raise a reasonable doubt where none existed -- any lawyer worth his salt could do that. This was a lesson in the psychology of winning and a rare opportunity to watch a master in action. I soaked it up like a sponge.
At Julian's invitation, I stayed on at the firm as an associate, and a lasting friendship quickly developed between us. I will admit that he wasn't the easiest lawyer to work with. Serving as his junior was often an exercise in frustration, leading to more than a few late-night shouting matches. It was truly his way or the highway. This man could never be wrong. However, beneath his crusty exterior was a person who clearly cared about people.
No matter how busy he was, he would always ask about Jenny, the woman I still call "my bride" even though we were married before I went to law school. On finding out from another summer intern that I was in a financial squeeze, Julian arranged for me to receive a generous scholarship. Sure, he could play hardball with the best of them, and sure, he loved to have a wild time, but he never neglected his friends. The real problem was that Julian was obsessed with work.
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Well, you will find a story in this book which is building block of our life, you will be mesmerised reading that. It is one of the main story which was told by Yogi raman to Julian while he was there in sivana learning and growing and this story is the masterpiece of this book. Actually, the book is all about that particular story so I won’t tell much.
And John here in the book plays the character who listens to Julian narrating and asks him questions about the journey and about what he learns from the voyage. And that will be more clear to you when you will read this book.
It has 13 Chapters starting with “The wake up call, The mysterious visitor, The miraculous transformation of Julian Mantle, A magical meeting with the sages of sivana, A spiritual student of the sages, The wisdom of personal change, A most Extraordinary garden, Kindling your inner fire, The ancient art of Self-leadership, The power of discipline, Your most precious commodity, The ultimate purpose of life, The timeless secret of lifelong happiness.
All these chapters are so beautifully penned down that while reading I felt that Julian is narrating his journey, sitting right in front of me.
This book has everything which will make you inspired to fulfil all your dreams.
So my self-help journey started with this one. This was the first book of Robin Sharma I read and after this I have read many more books written by him. He is just brilliant.
This book has helped me a lot in improving the quality of my life. You know what, you may not be feeling it right now but having control over your mind is the best thing that can ever happen to you, there will be nothing that can hinder your progress in any way and you'll feel yourself in a state of eternal bliss.
I read it 2 years ago and still all the concepts and techniques are fresh in my mind.
This book is magical in its own way. 💫
There's this energy that you get everytime you read the book.
I would recommend it to everyone but esp to someone struggling with something, it really is inspiring and helpful
But " the monk who sold is Ferrari " Is like a preaching to me. Every line you have to mark. And after some time I feel some bore. But so many people like this. But to me "Alchemist" is best as compared to this one.
Firstly, the title is catchy and I always love reading Robin Sharma books because they are sources of enlightenment.
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is all about fulfilling your dreams & reaching your destiny and it’s one that will certainly make you give some thought to your life, your goals, your dreams and how your daily habits help you reach those dreams.
The book revolves around Julian mantle, a successful lawyer deep down an unhappy, confused, stressed person filled with pain who suffered a heart attack while he was arguing the Air Atlantic case and after he got discharged from the hospital he suddenly disappeared.
Actually, the book is all about that particular story so I won’t tell much.
All these chapters are so beautifully penned down. It is truly a life changer,trust me you really experience a change after you complete the book.This book has everything which will make you inspired to fulfill all your dreams. I highly recommend you to grab your copies and read it at earliest.Its a must read.