Book Notes: Secret Letters from the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari // Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma - Secret letters of the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Rating: 6.5/10

A nice book by Robin Sharma that takes you on a journey with the main star. It mixes culture, wisdom and character into the book which is refreshing. A good read that will take you just a few hours to get through. Great for giving you outside perspective if you’re living a very busy life and looking to slow down.


  • The saddest thing is that often only understand ourselves at a surface level. We live our neighbours life before our own.

  • Embrace the power of authenticity

  • “Who am I?”

  • How to journal

    • Think about a time where you truly felt like your authentic self

    • Write about a specific memory

    • Write about a moment of deep inspiration

  • Embrace your fears

  • Japanese traditional house: Ryokan

  • Don’t take all your ambition and drive and place it into the race you have no real interest in winning. There is no point getting ahead if you aren’t going where you want to go

  • Live with kindness

  • The way you relate to others is how you relate to yourself

  • Make small daily progress

  • Every big dream starts small

  • To lead your best life, you must do your best work

  • One of the greatest secrets to a life beautifully lived is to do work that matters.

  • Writing out your thoughts will help clarify things

  • Choose your influences well

  • Be someone your younger sister looks up to

  • Choose the people in your life well

  • Life’s simplest pleasures are life’s greatest joys

  • “The men and women I give Money to turn my dollars into new lives - they extend my help farther than I would be able to do on my own. And they help me build a better world in the process.”

  • Don’t live the same day over and over again, and call it a life

  • The purpose of life is to love

  • Take FULL responsibility

  • The monks say that the best way to evaluate someone’s greatness is to look at the strength of that person's influence on the generation that will follow

  • Stand for something bigger than yourself

  • Make your life matter

  • Be of use

  • Be of service to as many people as possible

  • “It might be the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, but I had to stop wallowing in regret. I had to let it go. And move on.”

  • All labour is a chance to express personal talents

Key points from our reflection:

  1. Learn to think for self

  2. Face your fears

  3. 1 page at a time

  4. Live deliberately