I recently got a book Recommendation from a Twitter post, by the Millennial woman on life lessons from "the Monk, who sold his Ferrari," and added it to my list right away. And i'll say the book was worth the read; here are 30 life lessons i took note of while reading the book:
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Robin Sharma wrote this classic after one of his mentors at work, Julian Mantle, a fearless and hard-driven trial attorney had suffered from a massive heart attack that brought him back down to earth, went away to find himself and finally undergone a miraculous transformation that impacted others like the author and millions of others worldwide.
1. Be Present
Your life becomes more meaningful and simpler when you let go of the baggage of the past. “Real generosity toward the future consist in giving all to what is present.” - Albert Cannus.
2. Everything happens for a Reason
Failure can be essential to personal expansion. Every event including setbacks has a purpose and lesson.
3. Ultimately life’s all about choices.
Your destiny unfolds according to the choices one makes.
4. Success on the outside means nothing unless you have success within.
To find your highest self and living a life of your dream – seek self-mastery and take consistent care of your mind, body and soul.
5. You can’t learn until you can unlearn.
Just like an overflowing cup, most of us are full of our own ideas… “how can any more go in … until you first empty your cup.” Being stuck to your own ideas and only what you’re accustomed to will dull your creativity and limit your vision.
6. Investing in yourself; is the best investment you’ll ever make.
Not just will it improve your life; it’ll improve the lives of all those around you.
7. Guard your heart; protect and nurture it like a garden.
The people with the healthiest minds are people who care, nurture and cultivate it like a fertile rich garden. The most joyful, dynamic and contended people of this world adopt a positive paradigm about their world and all that is its it.
8. The way you think stems from habit.
“The price of greatness is Responsibility over your thoughts.” – Winston Churchill.
9. Perspective matters:
We all see the world as we are, not as it is. One’s man meat can be another’s poison. The key is how we interpret and process the circumstances of life. E.g every setback offers an equivalent opportunity if you take the time to search for it.
10. No mistakes only lessons.
No such thing as a negative experience, only opportunities to grow, learn and advance.
Most of life’s event offer us lessons which can fuel your inner and outer growth.
11. Expand your imagination
All things are created twice. Live more of your imagination, than memory.
12. We are human beings, not human doing.
Reflect and reconsider all thoughts and actions we make on autopilot. Create a life you want rather than spending so much time making a living.
13. Mental fitness starts from training your mind.
The mind is like any other muscle in the body, use it or lose it. Your mind will do wonderful things for you if you only let it.
14. No quick fix on personal growth
All lasting inner change requires time and effort. Focus less on the outcome but on the process of personal expansion and growth.
The longest route to success is a shortcut.
15. Focus single mindedly
To harness the power of your mind, you need to focus your mind on a single purpose. The key is to concentrate on a meaningful and definite objective to produce startling results.
16. Do what you love.
The healthiest, happiest people have found their passion and commit their energy on it with a goal to serve others with it.
17. Pursue Worthy objectives
Your passion would give you purpose if it is a worthy pursuit.
Worthy in a sense that it must in some way improve or serve the lives of others.
18. Worry is an Energy leak
Worry can drain your creativity, optimism and motivation, leaving you exhausted.
19. Learn to take Risks
Risk taking is always the road less taken; as many of us are so risk adverse. It requires shaking up our lives a little bit. Stop living within the confines of your comfort zone.
The best thing you can do for yourself is regularly move beyond the confines of your comfort zones. A little Reflection, calculated risk taking will pay you huge dividends.
20. Take time to meditate
Even ten minutes of focused reflection a day will have a profound impact on the quality of your life. Being too busy to meditate is like saying you’re too busy and don’t have time to stop for gas.
21. Learn to get familiar with Stillness
The chaotic mind finds stillness and silence as something foreign and comfortable. “Stillness is the stepping stone to connecting with the universal source of intelligence that throws through every living thing.”
22. Either you control your mind or it controls you.
It’s a good servant but horrible master. E.g. like the heart of the rose; you’ll meet thorns along the way but with faith, persistence, believing in your dreams you’ll eventually move beyond the thorns into the glory of the flower.
To live life to the fullest, care for your thoughts as you would your most prized possessions.
Your minds is like a fertile garden, for it to flourish you must nurture it daily.
23. Practice daily in cultivating a stronger mind– weak minds lead to weak actions, but through daily practice, you can cultivate a strong disciplined mind.
24. Harness the power of visualization
Pictures affect your self-image and your self-image affects the way you feel, act and achieve. Spend some time daily in the practice of creative envisioning.
25. Run your own race
There’s nothing noble about being superior to some other person. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.
What matters is not what others are saying about you, but what you say about yourself.
26. Don’t measure yourself against other people’s net worth
“Every second you spend thinking about someone’s dreams, you take time away from your own.”
27. Fatigue is a creation of the mind
Those who are living without direction and dreams are the ones most dominated by fatigue. The antidote, consistently direct your mind to live in the present and you’ll have boundless energy, no matter what time the clocks reflects.
28. Common sense is not always common
What appears obvious, doesn’t always. “Only those who seek, find.”
29. You’ll be happy only if you’re working towards your dharma
Dharma = life purpose and gives livelong contentment
It springs inner harmony and lasting satisfaction
Discovering the main objective of your life is the key to happiness.
30. Mastery over self is the key to self awareness
Self-knowledge is the DNA of self-enlightenment.