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15 Powerful Insights From “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari”

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The book, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari was written by Robin Sharma. The book tell of a man who gave up his expensive profession to find the purposes for his life. It is a book of fables and personal development.

Below are some insights from the book.

• When I was growing up, my father, translating a Sanskrit saying, something with me that I will never forget. He said, “Son, when you were born, you cried while the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a way that when you die the world cries while you rejoice.”​

• We live in an age when we have forgotten what life is all about. We can easily put a person on the moon, yet we have trouble walking across the street to meet a new neighbor.

• We have technology to help us stay connected, yet in many ways we have never been less connected in the history of humankind. We know more than ever, yet we also know less, about what it means to be truly great—as a human being.

• Purpose is the most powerful motivator in the world. The secret of passion truly is purpose.

• Success cannot be pursued; success ensues. It flows as the unintended byproduct of efforts concentrated in the direction of a worthy cause.

• The word duty is often viewed negatively in our culture. Many people don’t like the idea of it, feeling that duty would restrict them and hinder them from living in the moment. To me, the word duty represents freedom and happiness. And leadership and authentic success is about doing what’s right rather than what’s easy.

• Once you connect with some kind of higher purpose in your life, there will be a corresponding release of passion and energy. The secret of generating extraordinary levels of passion in your life is to discover your larger purpose.

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• Once you find your calling, you get excited. And you begin to stand for something higher than yourself.

• Look at people who discovered a cause that they gave their lives over to, people such as Benjamin Franklin, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Albert Einstein and Nelson Mandela. They connected with some kind of a crusade that they decided their lives would represent. This engaged their hearts. This made them emotionally charged up about what they were doing. And once you can develop some emotional engagement around a pursuit, rather than simply an intellectual engagement, the excitement flows and the energy explodes. Connect to a compelling cause with your heart, not your head. And then fasten your seatbelt because your life will soar.

• The mind can be a limiter. The emotions are the liberator. You can find your cause—your crusade—exactly where you are.

• No one has to leave a job to find something to engage their heart and excite them. Often all that is required is that a person see things differently. And to take that first step today.

• A cause to stand for unleashes energy, no matter if it’s one about creating incredible experiences for the men and women who give you business or one that involves saving the world. All remarkable creations begin with energy—and commitment. Resolve to be extraordinary in all that you do.

• Find your cause, and then do your work with pride and love—love is such an incredible force for good. It’s the most powerful thing in the world.

• What really separates people who are habitually upbeat and optimistic from those who are consistently miserable is how the circumstances of life are interpreted and processed. The boundaries of your life are merely creation of the self.

Fear is nothing more than a mental monster you have created, a negative stream of consciousness. When you conquer your fear, you conquer your life.


If you will only read one book this year, let it be The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari.

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12 Insights From “Power Of Positive Thinking”

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The book, Power of positive thinking was written by Norman Vincent Peale as far back as 1952. What the book demonstrated was that “a change in person’s attitude will change his/her life.

The book also talked about how one can harness the power of positive thinking to strengthens his/her belief, crawl out of worrying, stay energetic and connect with higher power by citing examples of how some people were able to change their lives via positive thinking and affirmation.

Who Is Norman Vincent Peale?

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale was a minister and author and a progenitor of the theory of positive thinking. He was born on May 31, 1898, in Bowersville, Ohio. He earned degrees at Ohio Wesleyan University(where he became a brother of the fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta) and Boston School of Theology. Read more about him here.

The insights from the book are as follows;

• Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. But with self-confidence you can succeed.

• Attitudes are more important than facts, Dr. karl menninger added, “any fact facing us, even the most hopeless, is not as important as our attitude toward the fact.”

• Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. Everything passes away except God. God alone is sufficient.

• To live with constant energy, it is also important to get your emotional faults corrected, said Knute Rockne (Football coach). He added, I have to get most energy out of a man, and have discovered that it cannot be done if he hates another man.”

• To solve your problem via prayer, vincent Peale advised to use this formular. Prayerize, Picturize and Actualize. Pray, print a picture of it on your mind as happening, holding the picture firmly in consciousness. And act as if your prayer has been answered.

• People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln. You can be happy, so also you can unhappy if you want to be.

• To make the best use of your day, start it by saying to yourself, “I believe I can successfully handle all problems that arise today. I feel good physically, mentally and emotionally.”

The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Fill your life with love. Scatter sunshine. Forget self, think of others. Do as you would be done by.

• “Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking is the one thing that ensures the successful outcome of your venture.” William James

• Throw your heart over the bar and your body will follow.” First believe it can done and then go ahead with the task. Fire the heart with where you want to go and what you want to be. Get it deeply fixed in your subconscious that you will take no for an answer, then your entire personality will follow where your heart leads.

• What we do with obstacles is directly determined by our mental attitude. The rough is only mental. It is rough because you think it is.

• But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Phil 3: 13-14).

Norman Vincent Peale’s Formula for breaking worry habit

1. Say to yourself, “Worry is just a very bad mental habit. And I can change any habit with God’s help.”

2. First thing every morning before you arise say out loud, “I believe,” three times.

3. Pray, using this formula: “I place this day, my life, my loved ones, my work in the Lord’s hands. Whatever happens, whatever results, if I am in the Lord’s hands, it is the Lord’s will and it is good.”

4. Practice saying something positive concerning everything about which you have been talking negatively. Don’t say, “I’ll never be able to do that.” Instead, affirm, “With God’s help I will do that.”

5. Never participate in a worry conversation.

6. Mark every passage in the Bible that speaks of faith, hope, happiness, glory, radiance. Commit each to memory. Say them over and over again until these creative thoughts saturate your subconscious mind. Then the subconscious will return to you what you have given it, namely, optimism, not worry.

7. Cultivate friendships with hopeful people. Surround yourself with friends who think positive, faith-producing thoughts and who contribute to a creative atmosphere. This will keep you re-stimulated with faith attitudes.

8. See how many people you can help to cure their own worry habit. In helping another to overcome worry you get greater power over it within yourself.

9. Every day of your life conceive of yourself as living in partnership and companionship with Jesus Christ. If He actually walked by your side, would you be worried or afraid? Well, then, say to yourself, “He is with me.” Affirm aloud His promise, “I am with you always.” Then change it to say, “He is with me now.” Repeat the affirmation three times every day.

If you have not read the book, make it one of your reading list. If you have, feel free to share what you learnt from it and show the love by sharing to others.

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