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Book Review: "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari" by Robin Sharma

Jagatheesh is a Mechanical Engineer who loves to read books on literature, polity, and self-help.


Robin Sharma's novel The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. To commemorate the book's 25th anniversary, they released a special edition. In 51 languages, over 4 million copies have been sold. This is one of Robin Sharma's all-time best-sellers. The book, first published in 1996, is all about practically dealing with life by achieving tremendous success, happiness, and meaningful life. The book gives valuable insights to approach life with more joy, abundance, and courage.

About the Author

This fable about living a meaningful life was written by Robin Sharma, a well-known humanitarian in the leadership arena. He began his career as a lawyer but soon discovered his true calling as an author. In many ways, the book relates to the author.

He trained top executives at companies such as Microsoft, Nike, and Apple. His ideas are truly inspiring and have the potential to transform anyone's life into a miracle. He is a celebrated leadership icon who serves as a trusted advisor to Fortune 100 companies, sports legends, and elite athletes.

Among his other works are Everyday Hero Manifesto, 5 AM Club, and Who Will Cry When You Die. which have sold over a million copies in 92 different languages He is one of the most widely read authors in the world.


Julian Mantle, a successful lawyer, suffers a cardiac arrest at the start of the story. The situation is described by John, his associate in legal practice. Julian was financially and socially successful, but something was missing in his life.

Julian's cardiac arrest serves as a wake-up call. He sold everything he owned, including his house, his beloved Ferrari, and his own private island, and moved to India. In India, he wandered around until he came across a mystical band of sages living in the Himalayas.

Julian's life was transformed by the sages, who discovered the missing piece. He made contact with an ancient pool of enlightenment. He learns an entirely new way of life, regaining everything he had lost earlier in his life.

Julian returns after three years to meet John, who has now become a tired lawyer who has lost his enthusiasm for life. The plot revolves around Julian sharing the ideas of the sages of Sivanna, which he promised the monks he would share with others in order to make the world a better place.

The ideas shared by the Sages of Sivanna are incredible. The main theme of the book is stuffed in the sages' way of life. The author shed light on the life that most of us in the world have lost by searching for false dreams through Julian.

When you control your thoughts, you control your mind.

When you control your mind, you control your life. And once you

reach the stage of being in total control of your life, you become

the master of your destiny."

— From the Chapter on Self Discipline in the book The Monk Who SOld His Ferrari

Key Takeaways From the Book

The lifestyle of Julian depicted in the story connects all of us in an odd way, whereas most people in the world chase dreams that are completely illusory.

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John, who lives a typical boring life, connects with the majority of people in this world. Every year, we people live the same life and call it a career. The book is a wake-up call to every lost soul on the planet.

The ideas advocated in this book are not difficult to grasp. The book has a straightforward theme; never underestimate the power of simplicity. The transformation ideas are presented in the form of simple daily habits that, when followed consistently, can produce massive results. It also advocates that simple daily habits followed for 21 days will improve your life.

This book definitely the best tool to detoxify our minds. The human mind is like a garden; we must keep it safe from harmful and toxic thoughts. Even a single negative thought has the power to destroy your mind. The lifestyle of the sivana sages described in the book serves as a guide for everyone on the planet to live an epic life.

The book also gives a new perspective on life. Happiness is not determined by the size of our bank account. It all comes down to life quality. Everyone should set a goal and work toward it in order to live a meaningful life. The story of a sumo wrestler in an extraordinary garden serves as a practical guide to achieving success in all aspects of our lives.

Robin Sharma on stage at the 2015 Titan Summit in Toronto

Robin Sharma on stage at the 2015 Titan Summit in Toronto

Personal Opinion

During my college years, a friend gave me this book. I consider myself very fortunate to have read this book early in my reading journey. This book demonstrates simple and practical ideas for changing our lives. The ideas presented in this book are more practical, and I am implementing them in all aspects of my life.

I, like John, lived a mediocre life. Following the ideas in the book has given me a sense of inner peace. I've realized how important it is to set goals in our lives. Every day, I get more excited about pursuing my goal. The book helped me live my life in a more positive way.

My personal favorite chapter is the one on self-discipline. Self-discipline will provide you with the mental reserves you need to persevere when life throws you a curve ball. Through Julian, I've gained a basic understanding of our lives. During my crisis, this book came to my rescue.


This book is for anyone who wants to make their life more extraordinary. Will serve as a practical guide to achieving our life goals.

This book will undoubtedly assist us in achieving inner peace and approaching life with greater freedom and courage.

Despite the fact that it has been two and a half decades, the ideas presented in this book are still relevant and can be applied even after years.

This is Robin's most accomplished work. A must-read for anyone looking for meaning in their lives.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Jagatheesh Aruchami

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