The Saint, the Surfer, and the CEO: A Remarkable Story about Living Your Heart's Desires

The Saint, the Surfer, and the CEO: A Remarkable Story about Living Your Heart's Desires

by Robin Sharma
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The Saint, the Surfer, and the CEO: A Remarkable Story about Living Your Heart's Desires by Robin Sharma

“Release any concerns that you have about this path you’re about to walk on, and just go into it with the curiosity of a child, knowing that you’ll come out on the other side as a new person, or to be more accurate, far more of the person who you truly are and have been created to be.”
Jack Valentine seemed to have it all. He made good money as an adman, and looked good doing it. He had a hot apartment, cool friends, even a slick car—at least until the hectic Monday morning a truck smashed into it, sending the critically injured Jack to the hospital.
Everything happens for a reason, though, and Jack’s reason reveals itself in the silver-haired cancer patient who becomes his roommate one evening. The elderly man, Cal, shares his life story—one not dissimilar to Jack’s—of material wealth masking a gaping hole within. Cal ultimately found salvation through philosophy (“the love of wisdom”), and now offers to help Jack by prepping the younger man for the Final Questions we all must face: Have I lived wisely? Have I loved well? Have I served greatly?
Presenting Jack with three plane tickets, each accompanied by a map marked with a red X, Cal sends Jack to meet with three great teachers, each of whom will help Jack answer one of the Final Questions—just as they once helped Cal. First, in Rome, Jack will meet “the Saint.” Then a haunted beach in Hawaii introduces him to “the Surfer.” And finally the grandeur of New York City sets the stage for his last encounter: with “the CEO.”
Along the way, Jack will learn to do his interior work, discover that our negative traits offer gateways to higher versions of ourselves, and understand that figuring things out in your head can distract you from the powerful whispers of your heart. Join Jack on his journey and step into the you that you were always meant to be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401900595
Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 273,823
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Robin Sharma is one of the world’s premier thinkers on leadership, personal growth and life management. The bestselling author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, ISBN: 0062515675, sold 40,000 in US; Who Will Cry When You Die?, ISBN: 1-4019-0012-7; and The Saint, the Surfer, and the CEO hardcover, ISBN: 1-4019-0016-X. and four other books on self-transformation. Robin Sharma is in constant demand internationally as keynote speaker at the conferences of many of the most powerful companies on the planet including Microsoft, Nortel Networks, General Motors, FedEx and IBM. He is a resident of Ontario, Canada. For more of Robin’s knowledge, visit, one of the Web’s most popular resources for success in business and in life.

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A really easy read full of insite about living a better life. You dont have to take the story all that serious, its a story, just meant to enjoy. I Loved it and could not put it down, I could not give it away either, its something I could pick up and enjoy again and again
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you've read any Buddhism, much of the message will sound awfully familiar. Also, the concept of the morning 'daily pages' comes straight from 'The Artist's Way'. I just found it too glib, too polished, too neat. Life is complex. Changing our lives and the way we think about them...even more so. It is all so trite and glib to talk about loving others and smiling at people and having more fun and the world will be your oyster. Yup, and who pays the bills while I 'follow my heart'? Some good ideas collected from numerous sources, but that's all they are...ideas. One powerful sentence after another that all sounds nice to read but it's left to you to figure out how the heck to implement them. Or why. This is a pleasant little read that might make you reconsider when you cut off someone in traffic, but other than that, the same old same old.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Several years ago I visited a trendy restaurant and ordered their chicken mango salad. Some delicious bits of chicken and mango arrived, nestled in a bizarre mishmash of strange colored and shaped lettuce. I politely picked through the lettuce and ate what I could endure, but the overall experience was one of confusion and disappointment. All those feelings came back when I read this book. Robin Sharma provides life lessons via the fictional story of Jack Valentine, an advertising executive who is reunited with his long-lost father as they share a hospital room. On his deathbed, Cal Valentine sends Jack on a mystical journey to meet three mentors -- you guessed it -- a priest, a surfer and a CEO. Writers such as Og Mandino and Paolo Coelho have mastered this style, delivering clear, profound messages through believable dialogue. Sharma doesn't come close here...the dialogue is stiff, unrealistic and unnatural. It is littered with dozens of profound quotes that deliver a great message, but send the hokey factor sky high. Success principles appear to have been cut from other sources and pasted in these pages with not much thought given to organization or flow. The gist of Sharma's message is to submit to the will of 'the universe' for your life and follow your true vocation. Some won't mind this message, but I was surprised to see that 'God' is almost avoided like a four letter word in these pages, even by the priest. Just like that chicken mango salad, there are some good nuggets to be found here, but you can save yourself the agony of picking through the jungle of lettuce by reading the summary on the last three pages. Larry Hehn, author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a very easy read. It is different than his other books. Very deep messages