I had taken the book in hand twice before. But, both the times I was not happy with the way it was written. The beginning of the book seemed to try and build a background on which to put all the philosophy. I tended to ignore the story in my third time. The background story is just to show the philosophy. It is like some old Bruce Lee movies were a story is build just to show off Bruce Lee’s martial arts and skills rather than the story it self. But this mode of approach may have been the fashion style when the book was first published , 1999. However, I finished the book, finally. It was easy once I focused on what I wanted out of the book. Not the story of Julian, the character in the book, but the philosophy.
There are a few points worth remembering. Most of them reinforcing the practices of Indian culture of meditation and mantra. This may work as a boost for the Indians abroad who tend to confuse the cultures and end up nowhere. The addition of Japanese words and sumo wrestler adds spice to the story. Easily disregarded.
“Never set a goal without attaching a timeline to it…commit a goal to paper.. create a dream book”
“Power of ritual”
“No man is free who is not a master of himself” – Epictetus
“kaizen = never ending improvement”
“Limits on your life are those that you set yourself”
“Not improving your mind or nourishing your spirit, is like , not having time to stop for gas because you are busy in driving”
The book refers to
There is a small section where Robin Sharma discusses the contradiction of ” living with simplicity ” and “happiness through achievement”. But what invokes a book of discussion on the topic itself is dealt less and mostly with digression.
My take on the topic that achievement is based on the goal you set. The goals when achieved gives happiness. If the goals are great but involves simplicity in action. Many greats have achieved the greatness by being simple in life. No pride, no jealousy, no pretension, perseverance on job at hand .
The book also says
“Man” = mind, “tra” = freeing, Mantras free the mind.
Talk to yourself, how you would like to see yourself as. Repeat the mantra everyday.
Busy , productive people are very efficient with their time.
“Time is a non-renewable resource”
In all, it was an achievement to read this book. Nevertheless, the content of the book is valuable.
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