Book Journey: I Bought the Monk’s Ferrari
|Book Name:||I Bought the Monk’s Ferrari|
|Publisher:||Rupa & Co|
I have always liked reading books of Ravi Subramanian since the time I randomly bought in Crossword a book by him, If God was a Banker. And the title was just too catchy for me to read it (you all must have heard about Robin Sharma’s bestseller, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari). But that was then. Now, I am on a reading spree to finish all his books. So that was the reason behind me getting hold of the hard copy of I bought the Monk’s Ferrari.
After reading the first few pages, this was my reaction, “Someone should have told me it’s a self-help book. Shit! One book gone waste.” But I am not a quitter, at least not so easily I still finished reading the book. One most bring things to a closure, even if the process drives one nuts.
OK. A brief background about me before I go on harping about the book continuously. I don’t think self-help books ever work for me. So why do I still read it? For the sake of reading the short stories, even though the learning or moral lessons (yes, that’s what I feel after every ‘gyan’ or conclusion drawn after a story) concluded are pretty obvious.
So this book was one among the many, the difference being the things to do were by far simplistic, those which are quite obvious but still reading in black and white makes a better impression on the mind to process and follow. And when you are in a managerial position, you must be doing at least a few by yourself already.
Just this time of writing a blog entry, let me summarize the rules as mentioned by the banker Ravi Subramanian:
1. You need to aspire and when you do, don’t go for anything short of the best
2. Be optimistic
3. Don’t whine about work-life balance. Be the winner, not the wimp
4. If you are high on integrity, people will respect you and value you
5. Value time, yours as well as others’
6. Nobody’s perfect so upgrade your skills regularly or you will be redundant
7. If you are in the company of successful people, their success will rub off on you. But you need to back it up with stellar performance
8. Share your success with others
9. Work hard, exercise harder, build stamina and keep illness at bay
10. If you’ve followed the above, it’s time to build your profile. Target your audience and talk about your achievements
In the end, to know the conclusion and significance of what all Ferrari stands for, please read the book, but don’t expect too much out of it!