The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari - Excerpt (3)

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Chapter Three - The Miraculous Transformation of Julian Mantle

Every event has a purpose and every setback has its lesson. I have realized that failure, whether of the personal, professional or even spiritual kind, is essential to personal expansion. It brings inner growth and a whole host of psychic rewards. Never regret your past. Rather, embrace it as the teacher that it is.

Ultimately, life is all about choices. One's destiny unfolds according to the choices one makes, and I felt certain that the choice I had made was the right one. I knew my life would never be the same and that something marvelous, maybe even miraculous, was about to happen to me. It was an amazing awakening.


Chapter Five - A Spiritual Student of the Sages

Back then, even the simplest of things filled me with a sense of joy. Maybe it was time for me to reinvent my destiny.

Great dreamers' dreams are never fulfilled, they are always transcended. ~Alfred Lord Whitehead

Live longer, stay younger and grow far happier.

Success on the outside means nothing unless you also have success within. There is a huge difference between well-being and being well-off.


Chapter Six - The Wisdom of Personal Change

Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.

It's only when you have mastered the art of loving yourself that you can truly love others. It's only when you have opened your own heart that you can touch the hearts of others. When you feel centered and alive, you are in a much better position to be a better person.

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens. ~Carl Jung


Chapter Eight - Kindling Your Inner Fire

Trust yourself. Create the kind of life you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into the flames of achievement. ~Foster C. McClellan

We are living in a very troubled world. Negativity pervades it and many in our society are floating like ships without rudders, weary souls searching for a lighthouse that will keep them from crashing against the rocky shores.

As you strive to improve the lives of others, your own life will be elevated into its highest dimensions.

The purpose of life is a life of purpose. Those who are truly enlightened know what they want out of life, emotionally, materially, physically and spiritually.

The real source of happiness can be stated in a word: achievement. Last happiness comes from steadily working to accomplish your goals and advancing confidently in the direction of your life's purpose. This is the secret to kindling the inner fire that lurks within you.

If I fail to accomplish these goals by the end of my life, I am certain that I will die feeling unfulfilled and dissatisfied.

It may seem as though you are forced to take a few risks to discover what you are best at and the essence of your life's purpose.

Benjamin Disraeli said: 'The secret of success is constancy of purpose.' The happiness you are searching for comes through reflecting on the worthy aims you are dedicated to achieving and then taking action daily to advance them.

You will never be able to hit a target that you cannot see. People spend their whole lives dreaming of becoming happier, living with more vitality and having an abundance of passion. Yet they do not see the importance of taking even ten minutes a month to write out their goals and to think deeply about the meaning of their lives, their Dharma. Goal-setting will make your life magnificent. Your world will become richer; more delightful and more magical.

Anyone who wishes to improve the quality of their inner as well as their outer worlds would do well to take out a piece of paper and start writing out their life aims. At the very moment that this is done, natural forces will come into play which start to transform these dreams into reality.

Never do anything because you have to. The only reason to do something is because you want to and because you know it is the right thing for you to do.

A day without laughter or a day without love was a day without life.

Never forget the importance of living with unbridled exhilaration. Never neglect to see the exquisite beauty in all living things.

Remain spirited, joyful and curious. Stay focused on your lifework and on giving selfless service to others. The Universe will take care of everything else. This is one of nature's truest laws. And never regret what has happened in the past. There is no chaos in this Universe. There is a purpose for everything that has ever happened to you, and everything that will happen to you. Remember what I told you, every experience offers lessons. So stop majoring in minor things. Enjoy your life.

A burning sense of passion is the most potent fuel for your dreams. 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.

Always remember that what lies behind you and what lies in front of you is nothing when compared to what lies within you.

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