The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Robin Sharma’s latest blogpost is about taking leadership of your own being. Robin calls it “Everyone is a CEO” and shares 5 steps to become your own CEO.

CEO is not some special title reserved for a chosen few. CEO is an attitude. CEO is a belief system. CEO is a philosophy for life. It’s a way of living that leads to remarkable results on all levels. Everyone can walk the way of CEO.

I believe this counts indeed for everything we do in life. Self leadership determines weather we will be successful or not. Waiting for the outside world to make you successful will only by coincidence lead to results. Our thoughts will determine in many cases the steps we make and the successes we create. Many books have been written and movies have been made about it. The Secret might be the widest known example, taking it a bit to the popular genre. What I like about Robin Sharma is the down to earth translation of what many of these books say. Robin’s approach is pragmatical with tips and steps that can be applied by everyone almost immediately.

The first time I ran into Robin’s work is less than a year ago when a business associate pointed me to Robin’s masterpiece The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. It is a great book about a successful lawyer who seems to have every wealth in the world one could hope for. The turn around in his life comes at the moment that he collapses in a packed courtroom and nearly survives a near-fatal heart attack. The lawyer then goes onto a journey to find answers for life’s most important questions. Many of his earthly possessions are being sold off, including his famous Ferrari, and he discovers and joins an ancient culture of Monks. There he learns a powerful system to release the potential of his mind, body and soul. In the book the monk-turned-lawyer tells his story in a step by step instruction to one of his former associates.

The book really caught me as you can see in the picture. I completely covered the book with red markers to jot down my notes later on. It is easy to read, as were it a novel, still very pragmatical to apply. Every chapter, every step, is being summarized in an one page overview. The book, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, is purely about self leadership and the fact that the future is largely in your own hands. I would recommend it to anyone interested in self development.