The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma – Book Summary & Review

Robin Sharma The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari Book Summary Review

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari in a Sentence (ish)

This book is really a massive collection of some of the more popular self help ideas you’ve already probably read about. As such, it doesn’t go into massive detail on any, but is a good reminder for those of us who’ve probably spent a bit too long with our nose in these kinds of books.

Five Takeaways from the book

The five main ideas I took away:

  1. You’re never too old (or had too many heart attacks) to turn this shit around.
  2. Success is often a result of our daily habits (this may become a theme in the books I read).
  3. If you tried to do everything on this list, every single day, you’d go insane.
  4. Once you’ve imagined a Sumo wrestler wearing a steel cable thong, you can never unsee it.
  5. Robin Sharma has probably read a lot of self-help books.

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – Review

I read this book absolutely ages ago and had completely forgotten that I had also made some notes on it.

I’d done it because, at the time, I was really into the idea of developing a scripted self-talk – something I could read in the morning that would set my day off right and get me into this “primed state” I hear so much about..

This self-talk eventually amalgamated into a horrific car crash of numerous self-help authors ideas until it became a colossal 60-minute practice that was destined to be forgotten, destined to remain in my Evernote folder, as a testament to my over eagerness and ADHD impulsivity.

When I started thinking about the idea of writing book summaries on this site though, I thought my note taking would – finally – come in useful.

What you have here is not full notes from the book, but a list of the main ideas. Oh, and before you say it, no, the headings are not typo’s.

If you’ve already read The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, these will make perfect sense. If you haven’t, I can only wonder what you will make of the various headings.

The book is a combination of a lot of common self-help advice. If you’ve read a few non-fiction books, you’ll probably find yourself saying the phrase, “yeah, I’ve seen these ideas before” more than once.

There’s pretty standard advice in here – meditate, focus on the 80/20 tasks, set goals, focus on the positive, don’t murder children – that kind of thing. Like I said, it’s nothing groundbreaking, unless you haven’t heard it before, in which case, it is groundbreaking and it’s wrapped up in an easy to read story that, while corny, is a bit of a break from some of the more academic books of this nature.

As it is, it’s a great book to read if you’re looking for a brief overview of the whole self-help arena, or if you’re in prison and the warden only allows you one book per year.*

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – a Summary

The Garden:

  1. Only positive thoughts allowed
  2. There are no mistakes in life, only lessons
  3. Think big in your imagination
  4. Focus on the journey, not the outcome
  5. Find your passion and use it to serve others
  6. Heart of the rose – meditate often
  7. Opposition thinking – negative to positive – you have the power to choose!
  8. Secret of the Lake – visualise what you want

The Lighthouse

  1. The purpose of life is a life of purpose
  2. Happiness comes from achievement
  3. Set goals and take daily action towards them
  4. Clearly see your goal realised
  5. Positive pressure/accountability 
  6. Attach a timeline to each goal
  7. Act for 21 days to build a habit (even though this number has now been largely debated)
  8. Enjoy the process
  9. Create a burning desire/passion (see also Think and Grow Rich)

Sumo Wrestler

  1. Success begins on the inside (work on yourself first)
  2. Kaizen – get a little bit better every single day
  3. Character, mental toughness and courage
  4. Push yourself daily
  5. Identify your fears; then attack them
  6. Put off short-term pleasure in favour of long-term fulfilment
  7. Ritual of solitude 
  8. Ritual of physicality – exercise
  9. Ritual of love nourishment
  10. Ritual of abundant knowledge – learn and read
  11. Ritual of personal reflection
  12. Ritual of early awakening – get up at 5AM (Hahahahahaha!)
  13. Ritual of music
  14. Ritual of spoken word/mantra
  15. Ritual of character building – focus on the virtues
  16. Ritual of simplicity/meaningful
  17. Reduce your needs
  18. We are all one thing

The Wire Cable

  1. Willpower and discipline
  2. Don’t race against others, race against yourself (stop comparing yourself to others)
  3. Choose what is right over what is pressing 
  4. Positive always overcomes negative (or, at least, it helps to think that way!)
  5. ‘I am more than I appear to be. All the worlds strength and power resides in me.’
  6. Build your will be doing things you don’t like doing and the vow of silence
  7. Do the thing you know you should be doing

The Gold Watch

  1. Time is valuable
  2. Plan each of your days
  3. The 80/20 principle
  4. Beware of time thieves
  5. Treat everyday as if it were your last.

The Yellow Roses

  1. The quality of your life is measured by the quality of your contribution
  2. Make the world a better place
  3. Be kind and compassionate
  4. Have rich relationships
  5. Give

The Diamond Path

  1. Living in the now
  2. Happiness is a journey, not destination
  3. Marvel at the diamonds along the way
  4. Gratitude
  5. Don’t sacrifice happiness for achievement

Anyway, here’s a link to the book:

* Don’t ask me how I know this.


(I should point out that all the links to Amazon on this page are affiliate links. Basically, this means that you don’t pay anything extra for any purchases, but I may receive a small commission. It’s not much, but I hope that, someday, I’ll be able to buy one of these hot tubs!)

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