The monk Who Sold His Ferrari tells the story of Julian Mantle, wealthy and successful lawyer that after suffering a heart attack and getting out of it alive, he decides to escape from his job and the stress of daily life that he led to find the enlightenment he so badly needed.
The most interesting thing about the book begins from chapter 7 which is when Julián returns home to share the wisdom gained with an ex-co-worker. I am going to try to explain, in a simple way, what seemed most important to me from chapters 7 to 13 where you can find more philosophical enlightenment that is possible to put into practice.
Note: The book of “The monk who sold his Ferrari” basically talks about how to improve the quality of life by focusing on practical ideas with which to advance this purpose.. The entire book is written as a novel and in this way each of the concepts that I detail below are better appreciated, therefore, I recommend reading it for a better understanding of each one of them.
The most important of each chapter:
Ch 7. You cannot decide what happens to you but you do have the ability to face what happens to you with your own positive attitude. The quality of life is directly influenced by the quality of thoughts.
Ch 8. Happiness is about setting goals and working hard to achieve them. Make sure you define these goals by setting an appropriate time limit so that with this you put an expiration limit to give them a life of their own.
Ch 9. Try daily to cultivate the mind, body and soul. Everything is balance and if you fail in one of them you can spoil the others. Enlightenment is only achieved by maintaining the balance of these three elements.
Ch 10. Live with discipline. To achieve this, it is necessary to perform small acts that, carried out frequently, will make you specify important life habits to improve as a person. A willpower of steel is necessary at this point.
Ch 11. The most valuable thing you have in this life is time and … it is not renewable. You must avoid wasting time and also avoid at all costs people who make you lose it. To put this into practice you can start by learning that saying NO is sometimes the best.
Ch 12. Live with an attitude of service. If we are in this world for something, it is to serve. Because what matters after all is what you bring to other people. Reflection: He who does not serve, does not serve.
Ch 13. Happiness is a journey, not a destination. It is counterproductive to sacrifice existing happiness at the expense of future fulfillment since you are sabotaging the journey.
All these points are, in my opinion, the most relevant of the book and what I can call a summary of the techniques described in this. Below I show the elementary points of each of them:
1.- Master the mind
2.- Follow the purpose
3.- Practice Kaizen
4.- Live with discipline
5.- Respect your own time
6.- Selflessly serve others
7.- Embracing the present
After all the monk who sold his Ferrari discovered that a life governed by the aforementioned techniques is a life that satisfies the spirit. Julian Mantle discovered that all his riches (including his beautiful red Ferrari) are nothing compared to a full and enlightened life.