Lessons on self-mastery


My latest discovery has been the book by Robin Sharma: ‘The Monk who Sold his Ferrari’. I read the book (in about 2 days and a half) and I thought that it contained everything that I’ve been experiencing and trying to achieve in my life. The book is full of lessons we all know about but the best part is all the techniques and tips. I highly recommend the book to you as it’s entertaining as it is educative (once you pass by the wackiness of the title).

The main lessons are:

  • Our thoughts determine our life: You have the capacity to master your thoughts and your mind and once you do, you will start becoming the master of your own life. If you don’t, you will be a slave of your own habits, routines, environments, genetics and you will accept everything by calling it fate. This is wrong. YOU are the master of your life, and if you want to and you make a conscious decision and commitment, you WILL be able to master your own life. ‘Mind management is the essence of life management’. The key technique is meditation.
  • The more you think about the past and focus on the negatives in your life, the more negatives you attract. Let go of the past and focus on the present. ‘Begin to live out of the glory of your imagination, not your memory’ and once you do, you will be able to shape your future the way you want to.
  • ‘Persistence is the mother of all personal change’: Will power and self-discipline is the key to all life transformation. Life is not supposed to be easy or pleasant all the time. Making an effort for what you believe in will make you more satisfied than all the series of Netflix will. ‘With all love and respect’ Mr Sharma would say.
  • Have your life purpose clear and well defined. Focus on this every day.
  • Work for the universe, not for yourself. ‘Selflessly serve others’ and you’ll find that the universe will conspire to make your life a very peaceful and fulfilling one. ‘He who serves the most, reaps the most’.
  • Embrace the present and enjoy the little things in life. Practice gratefulness and you’ll be the richest person on Earth.

These are the most striking lessons for me. Even though these lessons are well-known and hear about them again and again, the key is practicing them. It’s my invitation and it’s my intention to practice and live by them every day.

Thanks for reading,

Jen x




2 thoughts on “Lessons on self-mastery

  1. Hello again 🙂 great post. The same thinking has been on my mind a lot recently too. I know the book’s title suggests Buddhist teaching, but your blog seems very much along the lines of the noble eight fold path, right? The whole right view, right speech, right career, right mindfulness, right meditation etc.
    I don’t know if it’s a question or just a thought haha! 🤗 I don’t know if you have explored Buddhism in general; but there are so many great practices to take from it…


    • Thanks Jonny. I enjoy your comments so much. I have read very little about Buddhism and the eight fold path. Whereas I agree that the book teachings are related to these in some ways, I’ll have to read more in order to comment. Your mention is a great invitation for me to explore more. Thank you. I’ll let you know when I do and we can chat more. In relation to the book, I’m fascinated by all the concepts presented there but these are only a few that I decided to focus on. Robin Sharma is a true legend. Thank you always, Jonny.


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