The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
Truthfully, I had no real desire to listen to this book.
The only reason it ended up on my reading list was because of its prestige status.
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is an international bestseller, and it’s been published in 70 languages. So, when it comes to personal development books, this one’s a classic!
As someone who reads and reviews books in this category, I just had to see what all the fuss was about.
So, here goes!
BIG promises to start
According to the book blurb, “This book is a tale to offer answers to life’s biggest questions and a practical process to help increase prosperity, vitality, happiness, and inner peace.”
Wow! That’s a very big promise for a book to make and a tall order to fulfill!
It’s basically saying that by reading this book, you will improve your wealth, health, and happiness; the three things that EVERY human being wants!
I must confess, I was somewhat skeptical about the book’s promises. To me, the whole thing seemed far too good to be true and I was preparing myself for a lot of waffle about nothing.
Thankfully, it was better than I expected it to be.
A quick overview
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is a fable and because of its story format, it suits the audiobook format very well.
The basic gist of the story is that a high-powered businessman gives up everything he has (including his Ferrari), goes off to the mountains to become a monk, and then comes back to share everything that he has learned.
The book creates a ‘visual acronym’ made up of different items. Each item reflects a different life principle and the story explains how each of these can be used to help you be happier, healthier, wealthier, etc.
What did I think?
Well, the first comment I’d make is that I thought the narrator of the audiobook sounded very creepy at times!
Since this book is a fable, the narrator changed his voice to help distinguish between which characters were speaking.
Although this was very helpful overall, there were times when it made me feel uncomfortable and it also made the characters sound devious and untrustworthy, even though they weren’t.
Secondly, the book combines the spirituality of the East with the profit-driven vibe of the West. I, personally, am not a very spiritual person, but I still found this book to be enjoyable, and it gave me a nice introduction to spirituality without being too over-bearing.
How did the book help me?
When I do these reviews, a lot of people often ask what I got out of the book and how it helped me. So, here’s my personal experience with The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari.
I have a dog, Winston, who you may have seen pop up in a few of my YouTube videos and on my Instagram. Last year he had to have a very serious spinal operation, so we didn’t get to enjoy the long hikes and trips that we usually go on during summer.
After listening to this audiobook I decided that, during 2020, we would take a road trip and to make up for that lost time and also to make the most of my dog whilst he was still young enough and fit enough to enjoy these big adventures.
I had planned for us to travel up to Scotland and complete the North Coast 500 – one of the best and scenic road trips in the world! We would enjoy hiking, kayaking, and camping spread over 3-4 weeks.
If I hadn’t listened to this audiobook, I don’t think I’d have made the decision to do such a big trip. The book helped change my perspective and made me want to live more in the present and to make the most of things while they’re here.
I remember having the idea in the back of my head and then consciously thinking, ‘yes, I’m going to do it!’ whilst listening to the audiobook.
That said, thanks to Coronavirus, I am now in lockdown, so we can’t go anywhere! (Sod’s law!) But, hopefully, we will be able to go before summer is over, or at the very latest, next year – but either way, we’re still going!!
My overall thoughts
Overall, I think this is a pleasant book. It contains some good life lessons that may help you to recalibrate your life and rethink the way you do things.
The story format makes the book an easy listen, even though I found the narrator’s voice a little bit creepy at times.
There are action summaries at the end of each chapter which helps you to put into practice some of the lessons contained in the book.
The book has mass appeal and is not targeted at one specific area of the marketplace.
Have you listened to “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari?”
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