Let’s go over this short, inspiring, and eye-opening piece of literature by Robin Sharma.
If you are into non-fiction, self-help books, then you would have heard of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. It’s published in 1999–yes, that’s two decades ago–way before the proliferation of the zero-f*cks-mentality kind of self-help literature we know now. Being familiar with some of the books people my age are currently being exposed to–the likes of Mark Manson, James Clear, Jay Shetty, Andrea Owen, Jen Sincero, etc., I can say there is an undeniable difference between the kind of learning one takes away from today’s set of available literature, as compared to the likes of this read by Robin Sharma. It’s less in your face and more reading between the lines, if I may say so.
I am not saying that other books will not be as helpful or informative, no. Let’s be clear: every author would bring to a book an original, fresh perspective about life, about becoming a better version of oneself, about reaching one’s dreams and aspirations, because we all have different experiences and we process our emotions uniquely. But what I am certain about is that, one or way another, the authors of today probably drew inspiration to that of Robin Sharma’s classic. It can be because it’s been there for such a long time already, and also because it identifies life realities which everyone can relate to.
As children, we are taught to dream and aspire for careers and societal roles that appeal to us when we were younger. But as we grow older, not all of us will be lucky enough to achieve their childhood aspirations. Adulting is an entirely different story, and there are a lot of factors to be considered in one’s path to success. But, of course, there are a few lucky ones, who, in their first try, land their dream jobs, earn enormous amounts of money, travel the world luxuriously, shop endlessly, and basically live every day without worrying about anything.
Such is Robin Sharma’s main character, Julian. He is a successful, prominent, and in-demand lawyer, who seemingly has it all. That is until Julian gets a diagnosis that will forever change his life. Seeing his life tilt in a direction he’s never before considered, Julian had no choice but to give up everything he’s ever grown accustomed to–resigning to a life of mindfulness, peace, and simplicity. The entire book tells us of Julian’s story: his experiences and learnings while he’s away, his realizations about what really matters in life, and how we, too, can achieve fulfillment as we go about our days.
I give this book 4 stars. I haven’t read a self-help book in a while, but this one came at the right time. If you are at some sort of crossroads in your life, and you need some words of inspiration, a story that will allow you to see that you are not alone in dealing with the many challenges we encounter in life, then this book is for you. It will inspire you to reflect on things that matter to you, and hopefully be influential enough to move you to affecting change in your life.
I am grateful I came across this book, especially when I needed it most. Like everyone else, I am also going through a lot things, and as my usual reaction when things are starting to be so overwhelming, it’s always to the books I go. This time, it helped me realize that no amount of money, fame, or success will ever be tantamount to the sense of fulfillment and happiness I gain every time I choose to prioritize the more important things in life–my health, my relationships, and really just giving back to people and paying it forward.
- Title: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
- Author: Robin Sharma
- Year published: 1999
- Publisher: HarperOne
- Total number of pages: 208
- ISBN-13: 978-0-062-51567-4