The book The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma tells of a story of a famous, rich, busy and successful lawyer Julian Mantle. One day, he suddenly collapsed inside the courtroom. When he woke up, his doctor gave him two options: give up being a lawyer or give up life. Afraid for his life, he gave up everything including his prized Ferrari and went to the Himalayas to search for the meaning of life. When he came back, he shared with John, his young lawyer apprentice, what he learned from the sages living in the mountain. Reading Julian's words, I felt like he was talking both to me and John. He gave me valuable lessons that I am also sharing with you:
1. I've realized something very important, John. The world, and that includes my inner world, is a very special place. I've also come to see that success on the outside means nothing unless you also have success within. There is a huge difference between well-being and being well-off.
2. As a matter of fact, most good gardeners guard their gardens like proud soldiers and make certain that no contamination ever enters. Yet look at the toxic waste that most people put into the fertile garden of their minds every single day: the worries and anxieties, the fretting about the past, the brooding over the future and those self-created fears that wreak havoc within your inner world.
3. Worry drains the mind of much of its power and, sooner or later, it injures the soul.
4. Find out what you truly love to do and then direct all of your energy towards doing it.
5. My friend, saying that you don't have time to improve your thoughts and your life is like saying you don't have time to stop for gas because you are too busy driving. Eventually it will catch up with you.
6. Most of us live at such a frenetic pace that true stillness and silence is something foreign and uncomfortable.
7. The quality of your thinking determines the quality of your life.
8. There is nothing noble about being superior to some other person. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.
9. Fatigue dominates the lives of those who are living without direction and dreams.
10. Here, in our society we have lost our passion. We do not do things because we love to do them. We do things because we feel we have to do them. This is a formula for misery.
11. When you improve yourself, you are improving the lives of all those around you.
12. "By the time most people figure out what they really want and how to go about attaining it, it's usually too late. That saying, 'If youth only knew, if age only could," is so true…
13. Those who have never been exposed to the principle that 'time mastery is life mastery' will never realize their enormous human potential. Time is the great leveller. Whether we are privileged or disadvantaged, whether we live in Texas or Tokyo, we all have been allotted days with only twenty-four hours. What separates those who build exceptional lives from the 'also rans' is the way they use this time."
14. We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
15. I feel empty inside. I have missed the gift of living.