Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari 2

I promised a second entry to my post on The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. A bit late, I know. I just had some entries I needed to go through first before this one. If you're interested in learning more about this book, check out my first post. :)
I already started on the next book, The Secret Letters of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. I might do more similar posts in the future since it was fun digging through my hard drive for photos to use. And I really need to read more often. :p

Again, I'd love your thoughts on the lines below. Or if you have any suggestions on books I should read, do let me know!:)

21. Take the time to think. Discover your real reason for being here and then have the courage to act on it. 

22. You truly cannot afford the luxury of even one negative thought. A worrisome thought is like an embryo: it starts off small but grows and grows. Soon it takes on a life of its own. 

23. Do not be concerned with the judgment of others as long as you know what you are doing is right. You can do whatever you want to do as long as it is correct according to your conscience and your heart. Never be ashamed of doing what is right; decide on what you think is good and then stick to it.
24. Never get into the petty habit of measuring your self-worth against other people’s net worth. 

25. The purpose of life is a life of purpose. 

26. The real source of happiness can be stated in a word: achievement. Lasting happiness comes from steadily working to accomplish your goals and advancing confidently in the direction of your life’s purpose. 

27. There is never a risk in discovering yourself and the mission of your life. 

28. When you decide to start concentrating your mind on your life’s main aims, your mind starts to filter out the unimportant and focus only on the important. 

29. You master the art of goal-setting - and goal getting - by starting off small. And getting good at accomplishing little feats prepares you for realizing the big ones. There is nothing wrong with mapping out a full range of smaller goals in the process of planning your bigger ones. 

30. Never do something 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. 

31. Make sure you have fun while you are advancing along the path of your goals and purpose. Never forget the importance of living with unbridled exhilaration. Never neglect to see the exquisite beauty in all living things. Remain spirited, joyous and curious. 

32. There is a purpose for everything that has ever happened to you, and everything that will happen to you. 

33. Every experience offers lessons. So stop majoring in the minor things. Enjoy your life.

34. Change is the most powerful force in our society today. Most people fear it, the wise embrace it. Zen tradition speaks of a beginner's mind: those who keep their minds open to new concepts - those whose cups are always empty - will always move to higher levels of achievement and fulfillment.

35. Never be reluctant to ask even the most basic of questions. Questions are the most effective method of eliciting knowledge.

36. The only limits on your life are those that you set yourself.

37. Fear is nothing more than a mental monster you have created, a negative stream of consciousness.
38. Happiness comes through the progressive realization of a worthy objective. When you are doing what you truly love to do, you are bound to find deep contentment.

39. Knowledge is only potential power. For the power to be manifested, it must be applied.

40. Try not to live your life bound by the shackles of your schedule. Instead, focus on those things that your conscience and your heart tells you to do.