Robin Sharma’s hot selling book Monk Who Sold His Ferrari was published in 1999 and quickly became the most trending book because of its valuable lessons. A well curated tale of success and richness from beginning all the way to the end, the book covers success of a lawyer and ends on the richness of a man.
Here are the five important lessons one can learn from the book and take a first step to shifting your paradigm.
Lesson # 1 – Cultivate your mind
Your thoughts determine the quality of your life and success in the future. People generally believe that making mistakes is like removing scratched dents from your car and it is hard to forget bad memories. They find it hard to face criticism, leave negative thoughts. Negative thoughts acts as a stumbling block in your personal growth and to your success.
Quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts. Mindfulness is very important, see set-backs and disappointments as an opportunity. Cultivate your mind and strengthen it to let go the bad memories of the past and think positive about the future
“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.”
Lesson # 2 – Do the things you fear the most
When you fear something, it is a hindrance in your life. A fear of losing, fear of defeat halts your growth and you cannot taste success. It is very important that we face our fear. But doing so we can only overcome the hurdles which probably were easy pickings but were made big mountains to conquer just because of our fear.
“The Universe favors the brave.
When you resolve to lift your life to its highest level,
the strength of your soul will guide you
to a magical place with magnificent treasures.”
Lesson # 3 – Live with discipline
Humans easily get distracted by the noises and the people they interact with in their daily life. If we can overcome the distractions and make discipline a mandatory principle in our life, we can improve ourselves and become successful.
It is not easy, requires a lot of character to embrace discipline in our life but the results are long lasting.
“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.”
Lesson # 4 – Respect your time
Time is money, once lost cannot be retrieved. Every second of our life counts. We can use overtime for constructive purpose or waste our time for destructive purpose. We should start respecting our time, only then world will start to respect us. Do not waste a single moment of your life, remind yourself – this could be your last day.
“Time slips through our hands like
grains of sand, never to return again.
Those who use time wisely from an early age
are rewarded with rich, productive and satisfying lives.”
Lesson # 5 – Show daily act of kindness
By making difference in other people life, we grow higher. Paying back to your community is very important, it is a step towards cultivating new perspective. We feel good when we show kindness and help others. Practicing gratitude and focusing on some time for the act of giving could help you in finding the purpose of your existence in the world.
We live in the hearts of others only if we make a difference in their life.
“The most noble thing you can do is to give to others.
Start focusing on your higher purpose.”
The article originally appeared on Mind Valley Academy