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The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

🔖How would I describe this book in 1 sentence?

🧩Like pieces of a puzzle, this book summarizes multiple bits of insights and principles I discovered from a handful of other books into a clear picture of a successful life.

🗺️What was the role of this book in my journey?

The history of this one is quite interesting.

Back in 2015, I felt motivated enough to purchase around a dozen "smart reads for life improvement" that I found on the internet. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari was one of them.

After a few months, I had read some of the books from the list and decided that I already learned enough and don't need to read more🤦. So I ended up gifting The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari to my colleague.

And now it is 2021, it has gotten to my hands again and I realized what mistake I made.

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is what triggered me to split my focus into other areas than work which resulted in an increase in my productivity. It is also what made me start focusing on my mental health and set spiritual goals. It is one of the reasons why I now wake up at 6:30 am and take time daily to reflect on myself. It is why every day I feel energetic, positive, and productive. It is one of the reasons why I can sleep at night in peace.

It contains everything that you need to know. Trust me. Just read it.

💡Key Insights

  1. The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts
  2. To conquer the outside world you must first conquer the world within. The success on the outside means nothing unless you also have success within. There is a huge difference between well-being and being well off. Self-mastery and the consistent care of one's body, mind, and soul are essential to finding one's highest self and living the life of one's dreams. How can you care for others if you cannot even care for yourself? How can you do good if you don't even feel good?
  3. If your mind full of ideas, new ideas can hardly go into your mind. All the existing ideas first must go out to empty your mind. Think of a cup and a teapot that is endlessly pouring the tea into the cup. If you don't empty the cup, the tea will be only overflowing.
  4. Investing in yourself is the best investment you'll ever make. It will not only improve your life, but it will also improve the lives of all those around you
  5. If you only have mastered the art of loving yourself that you can truly love others
  6. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Every event has a purpose and every setback its lesson. Failure is essential to personal expansion. It brings inner growth and a whole host of psychic rewards. Never regret your past, rather embrace it as the teacher that it is.
  7. Life management stems from mind management
  8. Life is subjective. The is no such thing as objective reality or the real world. There are no absolutes. The face of your greatest enemy might be the face of my finest friend. And event that appears to be tragedy to one might reveal the seeds of unlimited opportunity to another. What really separates people that are habitually upbeat and optimistic and those who are consistently miserable is how the circumstances of life are interpreted and processed.
  9. We cannot choose the events around us but we can choose our attitude to them
  10. When you form a habit of searching positives in every circumstance, your life will move into its highest dimensions
  11. Concentration is at the root of mental mastry
  12. Mind is a great servant but a terrible master
  13. Luck is nothing more but a marriage between preparation and opportunity
  14. Those who wake up with the sunrise have something in common — that's the definitiveness of purpose
  15. The secret of happiness is simple: find out what you truly love to do and then direct all of your energy towards doing it. Once you do this, abundance flows into your life and all your desires are filled with ease and grace
  16. Definiteness of purpose and definiteness of goals helps to prioritize what's important and perform your actions with a zen-like focus
  17. The purpose of life is a life of purpose
  18. Discovering and then realizing your life work brings lasting fulfillment
  19. Bad habits can never be erased, they can only be replaced. The only way to permanently install a new habit is to direct so much energy toward it that the old one slips away like an unwelcomed house guest
  20. Never forget the importance of living with unbridled exhilaration. Never neglect to see the exquisite beauty in all living things. Today and this very moment is a gift. Stay focused on your purpose. The universe will take care of everything else
  21. The only limits on your life are those you set yourself. When you dare to get our your circle of comfort and explore the unknown, you start to liberate your true human potential
  22. Some books are meant to be tasted, some books are meant to be chewed and, finally, some books are meant to be swallowed whole. To truly get the best out of a great book, you must study it, not just read it. Really consider it, work with it, become one with it.
  23. All the mistakes you will ever make in your life have already been made by those that have walked before you. All the problems anyone has ever, and will ever face over the course of their lifetime have already been made. More importantly, the answers and solutions are all recorded on the pages of books. Read the right books. Learn how those who have preceded you have handled the challenges you are currently facing. Apply their strategies for success and you will be astonished by the improvements you will note in your life.
  24. The problem is that most people think only enough to survive.
  25. Consistent self-reflection and improvement is a key to achieving the goals.
  26. Sleep is like a habit. We can train ourselves to sleep less. Most of us sleep far more than we need to. The average person can get by on six hours – and remain perfectly healthy and alert.
  27. It is the quality of sleep that matters. 6 hours of uninterrupted deep slumber works better than 10 hours of sleep full of interruption
  28. Self-mastery is the DNA to life mastery. Success on the outside begins within. Enlightenment comes from the consistent cultivation of your mind, body, and soul.
  29. Build up positive momentum in your life. One of the ways to build will power is to simply start doing things that we don’t like to do. By getting into the habit of exerting our will, we cease to be a slave of our weaker impulses. Repeating the same tasks over time and focusing on small wins consistently (before diving deep) releases a magical quality of momentum that will motivate us to keep exploring deeper into our infinite potential
  30. Most people have liberty. They can go where they want and do the things they feel like doing. But too many people are also slaves to their impulses. They have grown reactive rather than proactive, meaning that they are like seafoam pounding against a rocky shore, going in whatever direction the tide might take them. If they are spending time with their families and someone from work calls with a crisis, they hit the ground running, never stopping to think which activity is more vital to their overall wellbeing and to their life's purpose. So, after all I have observed in my life, both here in the West and in the East, I say that such people have liberty but lack freedom. They lack a key ingredient to a meaningful, enlightened life: the freedom to see the forest beyond the trees, the freedom to choose what is right over what seems pressing
  31. Words are great influencers. Words are the verbal embodiment of power. By filling your mind with words of hope, you become hopeful. By filling your mind with words of kindness, you become kind. By filling your mind with thoughts of courage, you become courageous. Words have power
  32. Mantra to repeat daily: 'I am more than I appear to be, all the world's strength and power rests inside me.'
  33. Discipline is built by consistently performing small acts of courage. The more you nurture the embryo of self-discipline, the more it will mature
  34. Wage war against the weaker thoughts that have crept into the palace of your mind. They will see that they are unwanted and leave like unwelcome visitors.
  35. Well-arranged time is the surest mark of a well-arranged mind. Time management is the key ingredient to success. Those who use time wisely from an early age are rewarded with rich, productive and satisfying lives. Those who have never been exposed to the principle that 'time mastery is life mastery' will never realize their enormous human potential. Time is the great leveller. Whether we are privileged or disadvantaged, whether we live in Texas or Tokyo, we all have been allotted days with only twenty-four hours. What separates those who build exceptional lives from the 'also rans' is the way they use this time
  36. Enlightened people are priority-driven. Direct all of your time to those activities that count.
  37. Being an excellent time manager doesn't mean that you must become a workaholic. On the contrary, time mastery allows you more time to do the things you love to do, the things that are truly meaningful to you. Time mastery leads to life mastery. Guard time well. Remember, it's a non-renewable resource.
  38. Never forget that time spent enriching your non-work hours is never a waste. It makes you tremendously efficient during your working hours. Stop living your life in compartments and understand once and for all that all you do forms one indivisible whole. The way you act at home affects the way you act at work. The way you treat people at the office affects the way you will treat your family and friends
  39. Act as if failure is impossible, and your success will be assured. Wipe out every thought of not achieving your objectives, whether they are material or spiritual. Be brave, and set no limits on the workings of your imagination. Never be a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future. You will never be the same
  40. The most productive people in this world have cultivated the habit of doing the things that less productive people don't like doing, even though they too might not like doing them
  41. The quality of your life ultimately comes down to the quality of your contribution
  42. The most noble thing you can do is to give to others. Start focusing on your higher purpose.
  43. Happiness is a journey. It is also a choice that you make. You can marvel at the diamonds along the way or you can keep running through all your days, chasing that elusive pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that ultimately reveals itself to be empty. Enjoy the special moments that every day offers because today, this day is all you have
  44. Being engaged in a pursuit that truly challenges you is the surest route to personal satisfaction. But the real key to remember is that happiness is a journey, not a destination. Live for today — there will never be another one quite like it

🦅Key Principles

  1. Meet new people, explore new things
  2. Don't be afraid to fail. See setbacks as opportunities to grow and become better
  3. Cultivate your mind. It will blossom beyond your expectations
  4. Block the negative thinking. Think positively on any life aspect, person, or the situation
  5. Don't focus on the outcome, enjoy the process
  6. Don't be concerned with the judgments of others
  7. Set clearly defined personal, professional, and spiritual goals and then have the courage to act on them
  8. Associate good habits with pleasure and bad habits with punishment
  9. Practice your new habit for 21 days
  10. Never do anything because you have to. The only reason to do something is because you want to; because you know it is the right thing for you to do
  11. Never regret your past
  12. Do the things you fear
  13. Do everything with passion
  14. Constantly work on improving your mind, body, and soul (Kaizen). Only those who first master the inner selves can master the outer world
  15. Push yourself out of your comfort zone daily
  16. Spend 15 minutes a day in silence
  17. Exercise or perform physical activities for at least 5 hours a week
  18. Prioritize eating live foods (vegetarian diet)
  19. Read for at least 30 minutes every day
  20. What you read must contribute to self-improvement. Be selective in what to read. Do not just read anything. You must be very selective about what you put into the lush garden of your mind. It must be immensely nourishing. Make it something that will improve both you and the quality of your life.
  21. Study the book, not just read it
  22. Learn from mistakes of others first before making mistakes yourself.
  23. Every evening reflect on what happened during the day
  24. Wake up early
  25. Start your day off well. Fill the first 10 minutes after you wake up with the positive thoughts and actions to rule the upcoming day
  26. Think of today as if it is your last day
  27. Take a moment to smile and laugh when you can
  28. End your day in a relaxed state. Spend the last 10 minutes before going to bed in profound thinking and relaxation
  29. Do not partake in any stimulating activities before or close to bed time
  30. Do not eat after 8pm
  31. Listen to music every day
  32. Repeat the things you want aloud
  33. Every day do something for self-improvement
  34. Reduce your unnecessary life needs to achieve fulfillment
  35. Don't pick up your phone every time it rings
  36. Don't race against others, race against former self
  37. Start doing things you don't like doing
  38. Take the time to plan your day and week ahead
  39. Don't let others steal your time.
  40. Don't be afraid to say no. Some activities don't align with your priorities. Having the courage to say no to the little things in life will give you the power to say yes to the big things.
  41. Focus on your priorities. 20% of activities lead to 80% of the results. Focus on doing those 20%
  42. Maintain balance in your life activities
  43. Act as if failure is impossible
  44. Work on cultivating existing relationships
  45. Every day perform an act of kindness, help someone in need voluntarily
  46. Live in the "now". Road is as good as the destination
  47. Never sacrifice happiness for achievement
  48. Live Your Childrens' Childhood. Spend the time of your children's childhood with them. Otherwise, it will be too late

✍️Notes

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Techniques

Heart of the Rose

All that you need to perform this exercise is a fresh rose and a silent place. Natural surroundings are best but a quiet room will also do nicely. Start to stare at the center of the rose, its heart. Yogi Raman told me that a rose is very much like life: you will meet thorns along the way but if you have faith and believe in your dreams you will eventually move beyond the thorns into the glory of the flower. Keep staring at the rose. Notice its color, texture and design. Savor its fragrance and think only about this wonderful object in front of you. At first, other thoughts will start entering your mind, distracting you from the heart of the rose. This is the mark of an untrained mind. But you need not worry, improvement will come quickly. Simply return your attention to the object of your focus. Soon your mind will grow strong and disciplined.

The Secret of the Lake

Find a quiet place, close your eyes, and simply breathe until you feel calm and your mind is clear. Then visualize, as clearly as you can, the person you want to be. For example, if you want to be happy, see yourself laughing and smiling. If you want to be brave, see yourself acting boldly at a decisive moment. This exercise can be considered practice for when similar situations come up in reality.

This exercise is grounded in the idea that your mind attracts what you want. Therefore, if there is a lack in your life, it’s because there is a lack in your thoughts. The Secret of the Lake is a technique to make sure you are attracting the right things.

The 5-Step Method of Attaining Goals

1)

Form a clear mental picture of your outcome

This includes being aware of what your aim in life is. 'The purpose of life is a life of purpose.' 'Learn what you excel at and what makes you happy.' Many people are just surviving a life by doing things they don't like to make a living and pursuing things as a fulfillment of social expectations rather than personal happiness and fulfillment. As long as we know what we are good at and what we love doing, we can achieve far more and far better.

2)

Create a little positive pressure behind it

Many people fail to adhere to goals when commitment is faded by time. We need feel inspired and have some positive 'pressure' to continue our odyssey. The simplest pressure you may put on yourself is the announcement of your goals to as many people as possible, to your friends, family members, and even to the public. With this pressure, you will not let go of the goal so easily.

3)

Set a deadline and committed in to paper

Julian suggested that we buy a journal and keep filling it with all our desires, objectives and dreams attached with timelines to complete them. We need to know ourselves better, that is, our strengths and our weaknesses. At the end of the day, write in the journal reflecting what we have done in the day and review how we could have done better.

4)

Apply The Magic Rule of 21

A habit can be built into a person if he does the new thing consistently for a period of 21 days in a row. I am convinced that this is somehow real true. I have applied the 30-day challenge to write articles for this blog somewhere in the first week of December 2014, and now writing articles for this blog has become a job on my everyday to-do-list.

5)

Enjoy the process

'A day without laughter or a day without love was a day without life.' In the process of achieving our goals, we should optimistically and happily enjoy the path we walk through though tough sometimes. We shall not regret what has happened in the past and worry what will happen tomorrow but live our lives to fullest today and right now. Don't push ourselves too hard when we feel that we have come to a limit. Take a little bit rest and continue the odyssey with hope and smile.

The lessons given by Julian are inspiring if you have read them. I might not have a good use of words to re-produce his ideas. If you are interested, you can acquire the book and learn the essence within it.

The 10 Rituals of Radiant Living

Ritual #1: Ritual of Solitude

  • Spend at least 15 minutes a day in silence.
  • Create a space in your home to turn inward and sit in silence.
  • If you have trouble focusing, use the “Heart of Rose” technique where you put a rose in front of you and concentrate on it for as long as you can without letting your mind wander.

Ritual #2: Ritual of Physicality

  • There is great power in physical care and one should exercise at least 5 hours a week. This doesn’t have to be Barry’s Bootcamp style. The suggestions are yoga, vigorous walking in nature, and push-ups. The idea is to challenge your body in little increments every single day and push yourself to go farther and farther.
  • The idea of pushing yourself against an older version of yourself is a major theme throughout the book. Instead of comparing yourself to others, compare yourself today to the older version of yourself. Have you grown? How are you committed to growing each day to become better?

Ritual #3: Ritual of Live Nourishment

  • Eat live foods that nourish you and give you life.
  • Eat a vegetarian diet.
  • Note: I think diet is a very personal choice, so I won’t go into as many details on this particular point. I actually have gone vegan and vegetarian many times in my life and I saw an incredible shift on my energy levels and health, as long as I stayed away from the grains as a substitute!

Ritual #4: Ritual of Abundant Knowledge

  • Become a student for life.
  • Follow Ben Franklin’s rituals like reading for at least 15 min a day, and asking yourself when you wake up “What good shall I do this day?” and then before you go to bed, “What good have I done today?”.
  • Some of the greatest men have spent a lot of time with books enriching themselves with new ideas and perspectives. They studied books, they didn’t just read them. They spent hours really trying to dissect what they read and apply it to their life.
  • Learning is a life long journey

Ritual #5: Ritual of Personal Reflection

  • There is a great power of inner contemplation
  • At the end of the day, write down or reflect on how you’ve spent your day. The practice of doing a daily review is important as habits can keep you stuck for months, years, and even a lifetime.
  • Over 90% of people’s thoughts are the exact same thoughts every single day, so mastering your thoughts and your mind has a direct impact on how your life turns out.
  • In your reflections, write down the pros and cons of your day. Review dominant thoughts, especially negative ones, and reprogram them. Ask yourself why they keep showing up and how you can change them.

Ritual #6: Ritual of Early Awakening

  • Join the “5 am club”. Train yourself to wake up early for 21 days straight at 5 am.
  • Wake up with the sun.
  • Sit in front of the sun in the morning or throughout the day if you can.
  • The quality of your sleep is more important than the quantity of sleep and that has everything to do with when you stop connecting to technology and preparing yourself for sleep at least 2 hours before bedtime.
  • The 10 min before and after you wake up are very important because it trains your subconscious mind what to believe.
  • Review what you are grateful for at the start of the day.
  • On average, kids laugh 300 times a day, while adults laugh on average 15 times a day. Wake up and laugh to get your body in a place where laughter feels comfortable.
  • When you wake up, ask the question: “What would I do today if today was the last day of my life?”. Thinking about how to spend your time on the last day of your life really changes everything.

Ritual #7: Ritual of Radiant Music

  • Listen to all types of music every day.
  • Music adds a beautiful radiance to life and can change or enhance your mood.

Ritual #8: Ritual of the Spoken Word

  • Repeating mantras or affirmations that empower you.
  • “I am strong, able, and calm”
  • “I am youthful and healthy”
  • “I am more than my human body. All of the universe’s power and strength are within me.”

Ritual #9: Ritual of Congruent Character

  • Live in accordance to your principles and values.
  • Create daily incremental change to build character
  • Work on anything that cultivates your virtues
  • Emerson once said: “Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as to think.”

Ritual #10: Ritual of Simplicity

  • Live a simple life, and in order to do that, one must focus on priorities
  • Reduce your unnecessary needs
  • Stop picking up the phone every time it rings (Updated to 2020: stop answering text messages every time your phone vibrates).
  • Stop wasting time reading junk mail
  • Stop eating out multiple times a week
  • Sell your cell phone (Okay this one seems extreme) but maybe you can at least give yourself a break 1 day a week to start