This post named “Pick the Good” because I won’t review the book, however I will select some sentences or quotes from the book I’ve read. Now, I will share about one international bestseller book, titled “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari”.
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin S. Sharma.
This is the story when a great litigator, Julian Mantle suddenly came from India ventured into the timeless traditions of the east. He met Yogi Raman, the mentor of his life changing and the sages of Sivana in the land where he could see the Himalayas.
“The secret of happiness is simple: find out what you truly love to do and then direct all of your enemy towards doing it. If you study the happiest, healthiest, most satisfied people of our world, you will see that each and every one of them has found their passion in life, and then spent their days pursuing it. This calling is almost always one that, in some way, serves others. Once you are concentrating your mind power and energy on a pursuit that you love, abundance flows into your life, and all your desires are fulfilled with ease and grace” (page 55)
“There is nothing noble about being superior to your former self. All I’m really getting at is that if you want to improve your life and live with all that you deserve you must run your own race. It doesn’t matter what other people say about you. What is important is what you say to yourself. Do not be concerned with the judgement of others as long as you know what you are doing is right. You can do whatever you want to do as long as it is correct according to your conscience and your heart. Never be ashamed of doing that which is right; decide on what you think is good and then stick on it. And for God’s sake, never get into the petty habit of measuring your self-worth against other people’s net worth. As Yogi Raman preached: ‘Every second you spend thinking about someone else’s dreams you take time away from your own” (page 69)
“Concentrate every ounce of your mental energy of self-discovery. Learn what you excel at and what makes you happy. Maybe you are practicing law but are really meant to be a school teacher, given your patience and love of teaching. Perhaps you are a frustrated painter or sculptor. Whatever it is, find your passion and then follow it…. Awaken your mind to the abundance of possibility around you.” (page 82)
“Yogi Raman explained a fundamental truth to me whilst I was his student: ‘The only limits on your life are those that you set yourself.’ When you dare to get out of your circle of comfort and explore the unknown, you start to liberate your true human potential. This is the first step towards self-mastery and mastery over every other circumstance in your life. When you push beyond your limits, just as you did in this little demonstration, you unlock mental and physical reserves that you never thought you had…. You practice the art of kaizen by pushing yourself daily. Work hard to improve your mind and body. Nourish your spirit. Do things you fear. Start to live with unbridled energy and limitless enthusiasm. Watch the sunrise. Dance in a rain shower. Be the person you dream of being. Do the things you have always wanted to do but didn’t because you tricked yourself into believing that you were too young, too old, too rich, or too poor. Prepare to live a soaring , fully alive life. In the East they say that luck favors the prepared mind. I believe that life favors the prepared mind.” (page 100)
“Words affect the mind in a pronounced way. Whether they are spoken or written, they are powerful influences. While what you say to others is important, even more important is what you say to yourself” (page 132)
“When all is said and done, no matter what you have achieved, no matter how many summer homes you own, no matter how many cars sit in your driveway, the quality of your life will come down to the quality of your contribution“. (page 174)
“Compassion and daily acts of kindness make life far richer. Take the time to meditate every morning on the good you will do for others during your day”. (page 177)
“Being engaged in a pursuit that truly challenges you is the surest route to personal satisfaction. But the key to remember is that happiness is a journey, not a destination. Live for today – there will never be another one quite like it”. (page 184)
The 7 Timeless Virtues of Enlightened Living:
- Master your Mind
- Find your Purpose
- Practice Kaizen
- Live with discipline
- Respect your rime
- Selflessly serve others
- Embrace the present
Well, this book is somehow open my mind again to practice the life principles. My score for this book 4,8/5.