My mom is down with measles and am in a sort of house arrest for the past 3 days.
So, to kill my time, I started reading this book called The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma. I admit I started reading the book merely out of curiosity as to know how crazy the monk was to have sold his Ferrari. It started of like a John Grisham novel with a famous lawyer collapsing in the middle of a court-room. I thought I was in for another one of those legal thrillers(which I happen to love) and I continued reading with renewed energy. Then I realized what I have gotten into as soon as I had completed about 15 pages of the book. I realized that agelessness, after all, does not require a fountain of youth, silver chalices and a person to give up their youth. I realized we've got the key to agelessness inside us.
Some of the points that attracted me are:
- To master our life, we first have to master our mind.
- To live life to the fullest, we must learn to absorb only what is needed.
- Don't do things just for the sake of doing, but do things you love to do. Direct your energies towards doing it.
- When you already have a full cup, how can you pour in more tea? Empty the cup if you want to fill it with fresh tea. The same applies for our mind too. If we're already sure we know things, then we can never learn anything worth learning. Keep an empty mind.
- Do what you want to do, without worrying about the outcome. Because with part of your focus on the outcome, you cannot dedicate your energies completely to the job at hand.
- Don't see setbacks as your enemies. Instead learn from your setbacks and rise better than before.
- Set well defined goals for yourself and then muster the courage to act on them.
- Never forget that the purpose of life is a life of purpose.
- Success begins from you. Believe in yourself. Visualize yourself achieving your goal and act on it and you'll succeed.
- Muster the will power to live a disciplined life
- Decide what you really want,prioritize it and focus only on it. Keep life simple.
- Be selfless. Live to give.
- Live in the present.
Here's a quote from the book:
When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds: your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
Well if you let me go on, I'll keep going on until I've got the entire 198 pages on type here. But then, that would spoil the purpose of my blog post. I've shared the key points from the book here. But I haven't shared how to achieve those, the advantages of following them and the actual key to ageless,enlightened living. Read the book to know that. After all, we are ready to invest 150-200 bucks on a single movie that takes up 3 hours of our life and gives nothing in return. Invest the amount on this book and you'll never regret it long as you live. It's a must read, if you want to reach great heights in life.