The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable about Fulfilling Your Dreams and Reaching Your Destiny

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable about Fulfilling Your Dreams and Reaching Your Destiny

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by Robin Sharma

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Wisdom to Create a Life of Passion, Purpose, and Peace

This inspiring tale provides a step-by-step approach to living with greater courage, balance, abundance, and joy. A wonderfully crafted fable, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari tells the extraordinary story of Julian Mantle, a lawyer forced to confront the spiritual crisis of his out-of-balance life. On a


Wisdom to Create a Life of Passion, Purpose, and Peace

This inspiring tale provides a step-by-step approach to living with greater courage, balance, abundance, and joy. A wonderfully crafted fable, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari tells the extraordinary story of Julian Mantle, a lawyer forced to confront the spiritual crisis of his out-of-balance life. On a life-changing odyssey to an ancient culture, he discovers powerful, wise, and practical lessons that teach us to:

Develop Joyful Thoughts,

Follow Our Life's Mission and Calling,

Cultivate Self-Discipline and Act Courageously,

Value Time as Our Most Important Commodity,

Nourish Our Relationships, and

Live Fully, One Day at a Time.

Author Biography:

Robin S. Sharma, LL.M., widely recognized as one of North America's most electrifying professional speakers, is one of the brightest new stars in the field of leadership and life improvement.

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HarperCollins Canada
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Chapter One

The Wake-Up Call

He collapsed right in the middle of a packed courtroom. He was one of this country's most distinguished trial lawyers. He was also a man who was as well known for the three-thousand-dollar Italian suits which draped his well-fed frame as for his remarkable string of legal victories. I simply stood there, paralyzed by the shock of what I had just witnessed. The great Julian Mantle had been reduced to a victim and was now squirming on the ground like a helpless infant, shaking and shivering and sweating like a maniac.

Everything seemed to move in slow motion from that point on. "My God, Julian's in trouble!" his paralegal screamed, emotionally offering us a blinding glimpse of the obvious. The judge looked panic-stricken and quickly muttered something into the private phone she had had installed in the event of an emergency. As for me, I could only stand there, dazed and confused. Please don't die, you old fool. It's too early for you to check out. You don't deserve to die like this.

The bailiff, who earlier had looked as if he had been embalmed in his standing position, leapt into action and started to perform CPR on the fallen legal hero. The paralegal was at his side, her long blond curls dangling over Julian's ruby-red face, offering him soft words of comfort, words which he obviously could not hear.

I had known Julian for seventeen years. We had first met when I was a young law student hired by one of his partners as a summer research intern. Back then, he'd had it all. He was a brilliant, handsome and fearless trial attorney with dreams of greatness. Julian was the firm'syoung star, the rain-maker in waiting. I can still remember walking by his regal corner office while I was working late one night and stealing a glimpse of the framed quotation perched on his massive oak desk. It was by Winston Churchill and it spoke volumes about the man that Julian was:

Sure I am that this day we are masters of our fate, that the task which has been set before us is not above our strength;that its pangs and toils are not beyond my endurance. As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us.

Julian also walked his talk. He was tough, hard-driving and willing to work eighteen-hour days for the success he believed was his destiny. I heard through the grapevine that his grandfather had been a prominent senator and his father a highly respected judge of the Federal Court. It was obvious that he came from money and that there were enormous expectations weighing on his Armani-clad shoulders. I'll admit one thing though: he ran his own race. He was determined to do things his own way — and he loved to put on a show.

Julian's outrageous courtroom theatrics regularly made the front pages of the newspapers. The rich and famous flocked to his side whenever they needed a superb legal tactician with an aggressive

edge. His extra curricular activities were probably as well known. Late-night visits to the city's finest restaurants with sexy young fashion models, or reckless drinking escapades with the rowdy band of brokers he called his "demolition team" became the stuff of legend at the firm.

I still can't figure out why he picked me to work with him on that sensational murder case he was to argue that first summer. Though I had graduated from Harvard Law School, his alma mater, I certainly wasn't the brightest intern at the firm, and my family pedigree reflected no blue blood. My father spent his whole life as a security guard with a local bank after a stint in the Marines. My mother grew up unceremoniously in the Bronx.

Yet he did pick me over all the others who had been quietly lobbying him for the privilege of being his legal gofer on what became known as "the Mother of All Murder Trials": he said he liked my "hunger." We won, of course, and the business executive who had been charged with brutally killing his wife was now a free man — or as free as his cluttered conscience would let him be.

My own education that summer was a rich one. It was far more than a lesson on how to raise a reasonable doubt where none existed — any lawyer worth his salt could do that. This was a lesson in the psychology of winning and a rare opportunity to watch a master in action. I soaked it up like a sponge.

At Julian's invitation, I stayed on at the firm as an associate, and a lasting friendship quickly developed between us. I will admit that he wasn't the easiest lawyer to work with. Serving as his junior was often an exercise in frustration, leading to more than a few late-night shouting matches. It was truly his way or the highway. This man could never be wrong. However, beneath his crusty exterior was a person who clearly cared about people.

No matter how busy he was, he would always ask about Jenny, the woman I still call "my bride" even though we were married before I went to law school. On finding out from another summer intern that I was in a financial squeeze, Julian arranged for me to receive a generous scholarship. Sure, he could play hardball with the best of them, and sure, he loved to have a wild time, but he never neglected his friends. The real problem was that Julian was obsessed with work.

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Meet the Author

Robin Sharma is the CEO of Sharma Leadership International, a global training and coaching services firm. Rated as the #2 leadership guru in the world by, he is the author of ten books, including five #1 bestsellers that have been published in more than forty countries. Robin is a highly sought after speaker and leadership advisor to organizations like Microsoft, GE, IBM, FedEx, Nike, BP, and Yale University. For more information, visit

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Robin Sharma has, clearlyh made a fortune from a 'self help' book which porports to answer life's key questions. That is very noble, but the major flaw of this 'tale' is that it reads like a fairy tale and treats the reader either as a dumb adult or an uncomprehending child. The dialogues are laughable; the 'insights' are patently obvious. The stories are clearly the figment of his (rather limited) imagination. The said Julian Mantle (a fictitious character, totally made up; entirely predictable and cliche'd) trots off to the Himalayas in pursuit of the sages of Sivana in a secret place. the age of google map where every path and river and road and cycleway is chartered. Still, off he goes and, what do you know, he succeeds where no other mortal succeeds: by pure chance he meets a Yogi who 'just happens to be ambling' miles away from this paradisical Sivana. Does the author really think it's plausable? I certainly didn't. I like the idea of introspection; I like the idea of stock-taking. I also like the idea of mentoring. But all this put together in a modern-day fairy tale produces as a most bizarre narrative that fits neither children nor adults. And while we're on narration, the language which Robin Sharma employs is nothing short of gooey molass wrappted up in schmult . His description of the Sivanan village and its in habitants is truly remarkable for its unimaginative use of language and hackneyed metaphors. The improbability of the situations remind me of, pardon the shallow comparison, a cheap porn movie; each scene totally contrived and predictable. Still, I hope he does something good with all the money and heat that this book has generated.
Dee-Pit More than 1 year ago
The author unsuccessfully tried turning a self-help book into a novel. I kept waiting to either learn something new or become intrigued and neither happened throughout the whole book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mother stumbled across this book and urged me to read it. I was skeptical at first but I have read the book 4 times from to back and every day I go back to my markings. The book is so uplifting. It has changed my life. It has changed the way I think and brought me to a happier place in life. I would highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was worth reading especially if you are looking for something in your life, it really helps you evaluate your life and makes you think about what you really want to do in life. The only reason why I gave it 4 stars is because it had very similar beliefs as many Buddhists books and some of it seemed a little redundant, but the story and overall meaning was very helpful.
DoranneLongPTMS More than 1 year ago
A delightful, easy-to-read book, packed with life-giving wisdom. As it was published in 1997, and because I am in the second half of my life, I feel I am already living much of the wisdom shared. But, as wisdom is timeless, it still worth the read, and the reminder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read!
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Just an all around good msg about life and how we should open our hearts and really begin to live it!!! If your in a spiritual, or creative funk its a MUST read
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If you need something to inspire you to get going and improve your life, this is definitely the book. I finished the book last night and woke up feeling happy and motivated to make the day a positive one. The author gives easy to follow suggestions for improving your outlook and overall life. Must read!
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bookwormluvs2read More than 1 year ago
Robin Sharma's The monk who sold his Ferrari has a unique title but is worth the read. The story tells of a worn out, over weight attorney who after suffering a heart attack disappears in order to find himself. when he reappears he is the picture of excellent health and has discovered truth to his own happiness. He recounts his journey in a way that takes you back to your child like self. He outlines several age old and spiritual truths along with a wealth of wisdom (physical, emotional) in order to discover how to put passion back into a busy hectic life that can often be filled with discontentment and stress. The best part is how the story unfolds like an onion as he builds your excitement one truth at a time. I definitely recommend this to anyone who is in search of a more fulfilled life and wants to know what their purpose on earth should be. Sharma has a wonderful way with words.
Mark212 More than 1 year ago
The story is the awakening of a somewhat egotistical, stressed-out attorney who chooses to change and live a full life, mentally, physically and emotionally rather than a life of stress and selfish pursuits. Powerful but simple ideas on always improving yourself and making today better than yesterday. I recommend this book followed up by Sharma's new book, "A Leader Who has No Title."
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L_Lamhfada More than 1 year ago
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari was a major inspiration. I recommend keeping a notebook and pen by your side everytime you pick up the book. I took pages and pages of notes, quotes, and concepts from the wisdom given here. I gave my book to a friends and will definitely purchase more as gifts to give to others, and hopefully they can pass those on as well. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari will open your eyes to the opportunities we already have that may be over-looked or neglected. We have much more time than we believe if one is able to develop an awareness of it. Buy the book, cultivate it wisdom, and pass on the knowledge! - Howard Cramptom, Jr.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari' starts off dramatically with a powerful scene where the protagonist experiences a heart attack in a court battle. He soon realizes that his pace as a lawyer is creating stress that may contribute to his early death if he doesn't change his direction in life. This wake up call takes him on a spiritual journey to India where he meets three teachers who each impart an important lesson to him. He soon realizes the meaning of life outside his materialistic goals.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up on a whim and couldn't put it is so inspiring! Everyone should read this book, it's message is outstanding. It is one that I will read over and over again truly one of my favorite books.