I must admit: Robin Sharma is not my favorite speaker. However I believe that he is an incredible writer. For some reason, I passionately enjoy reading his books while watching his videos is not particularly special.
There is a number of books he has written that I enjoyed: the 5 a.m. club, the leader who had no title, and others. One book in particular which I enjoyed and still recall since early 2000 is the monk who sold his Ferrari.
Rightfully, many book reviewers refer to this book as a fable. In fact, the author tells the story of a man (Julian) and his discussions with his friend (John). Discussions revolved around the fulfillment of dreams and the realization of one’s destiny. Behind the tale, one can easily – and with a lot of subtlety – find a step by step guide to living with greatness.
I have been a management consultant for some time now (13 years); I related to this book quite considerably as the fable focuses on Julian’s life (lawyer). He went through a spiritual crisis in his imbalanced life. In his quest for abundance and joy, he went on an odyssey to ancient Himalayan cultures changing his life. Julian discovered lessons that he shares with us in the book.
If you are struggling to develop joyful thoughts, if you are on the lookout of your life’s mission and calling, if you are searching for ways to cultivate self discipline, if you wish to understand how time is your most important commodity, and many more sufferings you want to heal and other secrets you wish to uncover: this book is for you.
This book asks a simple question: what if you seemingly have it all but you still are unfulfilled, unhappy, and unhealthy?
Based on Sharma’s philosophy, human beings are invited to rethink the value of time. He invites us to have a closer look on how we manage our time focusing on what gives meaning to our life.
Also Sharma highlights in this book how real competition lies in trying to outgrow oneself (not those around us).
The author reminds us in his book about the importance of simplicity in the way we live but also in the way we interact with others.
It is worth noting that what was Sharma’s philosophy in 1997 (publishing date) has evolved deeper and in various forms. If you read any of his more recent books (or other media) you will discover ideas in the monk who sold his Ferrari that he developed further. In one of his newest blogs, I was impressed by Sharma’s ability to reinvent himself: https://www.robinsharma.com/article/the-beggar—the-billionaire.
Parts of this book remind me personally of The Prophet by Khalil Gebran. While there are similarities in the format (conversations), I also found similarities in the chapters of The Prophet dealing with love, giving, eating, working, joy and sorrow, houses, clothes, freedom, friendship, time, and many others that touch upon the human condition.
I highly recommend Sharma’s podcasts especially if you are on the go