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The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams &… (1997)

por Robin Sharma

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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… (mais)
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For some reason I thought I had read this and fancied reading it again. After a short period I realised 2 things. First, I hadn't read this before and must have mistaken the title for something else similar. Secondly, I thought it was a true story but it quickly dawned on me that it was a tale told as a parable. The basic premise is that the high flying boss of a law firm has a heart attack and decides to leave the company immediately. No one hears from him for several years and when he comes back he is unrecognisable both physically (he looks 30 years younger) and spiritually. He promises to reveal all the secrets of the world to our narrator over the course of a long conversation.

I gave up after 100 pages as I thought it was total rubbish. I could see what the underlying message was but it is handled in such a clunky way I was too grating to get through. At times it felt like I was reading a book designed for 5 year olds because the questions were so telegraphed. Apparently this tale is losely based on Sharma's own spritual journey and he would have been far better served writing about that in a factual way instead of trying to turn it into a fable. ( )
  Brian. | Apr 9, 2021 |
I read this book for a challenge. One of the worst things I have ever read.

A badly written, ultra-orientalist regurgitation of common sense, factual inaccuracies and downright dangerous declarations.

1. Most of the points of "wisdom" in this book are everyday commonsense points repackages for credulous readers.

2. The Eastern Mysticism bit is so overblown - everything is 5000 years old, everything is mystic - its utter rubbish. India is not the land of wise sages dispensing ageless wisdom - sure we have our share of philosophers, but so does most cultures. This entire "bunch of ageless people living on the top of the mountains" is a very old, very overblown myth.

3. Some things are hilariously inaccurate - no sandalwood does not grow on top of the Himalayas, and no vegetarianism is not "how nature intended things to be" All those carnivores are supernatural or something?

4. Some things are downright dangerous

a. be totally fearless. No. Fear can be healthy. It often functions as a survival mechanism.

b. Sunbathe in the Indian Sun. No. If you don't have a lot of melanin, that's how you get cancer. Even if you do, and you try this at anytime except winter you will die of a neat combination of sunstroke and dehydration.

c. Do not think negative thoughts, don't even allow them to enter your mind. No. That's how you become narrow minded. Rather consider the negative, find out whats causing it, examine it in detail, find out how to deal with it. See? I can write self help book too!

5. Weirdly enough in this entire lecture this book never talks about how this magical monks get things to eat. Do they practice agriculture? Hunter gatherers? Not really stated. As a fantasy reader such shoddy worldbuilding offends me.

6. Also among so much advice, there is nothing about sex or relationships except the standard "spend time with your loved ones" line. Seems to be a pretty glaring omission in a book about life.

So in conclusion, this book does not deserve the status of a book.
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  Andorion | Feb 6, 2021 |
There is lots of good advice in this book, but the writing is absolutely atrocious. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari would would be significantly improved by getting rid of the Mary Sue dialogue and instead just being a no-nonsense nonfiction book in the vein of The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People.

I can't give it 1 star in good conscience, but I wish I could. ( )
  isovector | Dec 13, 2020 |
The monk who sold his Ferrari, is a misleading title. The man who sold his Ferrari and became a monk, would have been more accurate. The idea of a monk driving a Ferrari is somewhat thought provoking and made me smile. The book itself was a merger between fiction and instruction on techniques to perfect your life experience. From a fiction point of view, it too often told rather than showed. It’s an easy to read book (I read it in an afternoon) and the structure works well making it easy to remember what went before, or where to look for a particular part.
However, I don’t feel helped. I don’t feel like my life has been enlightened. I feel like I’ve been told to get up earlier in the morning and meditate. I could have told me that before. Somehow, I couldn’t believe in these monks doing their one handed press-ups at 4am every morning. I felt sorry for them. What sort of enlightenment requires being in the same village forever? How did the monks know about the real world if they didn’t experience it?
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  Happenence | Oct 2, 2020 |
Can be life changing. I though a bit cheesy at times but some great thoughts for a better life. A book not just to read but to digest thoroughly. ( )
  DannyKeep | Aug 13, 2020 |
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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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