Wow, what an amazing book! I have an obsession with personal development literature and my goal of reading a book per week for the remainder of my living years is not hard to live up to with books like this. By using a fictional story to present the concepts of purpose and passion, Robin Sharma captivated my attention for 24 straight hours. Though the information wasn’t new to me the delivery certainly was. By writing a fictional fable the author engages in both sides of the conversation, the teacher and the student, illustrating the shift in perspective.
It’s no secret that when we think we form an image on the screen of our mind. We literally “see” what it is that we are thinking about. So, in the case of this book, by telling a story Sharma “illustrates” the lessons of personal enlightenment to his readers.
Here’s a taste of some of the “nuggets” this exceptional book has to offer:
Mind – The Garden
Sharma personifies the mind as a garden needing to be cultivated and cared for in order to blossom beyond expectations. It’s not rocket sciece to know that if you flood your mind with negative thoughts you will naturally develop a negative attitude, be attracted to other negative people and continue to encounter negative circumstances and situations into your life. (Been there!)
In computer science the acronym GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) is used. The same applies here: The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts.
Sharma suggests: “Wage war against the weaker thoughts that have crept into the palace of your mind. They will see that they are unwanted and leave like unwelcome visitors.”
Time – The Watch
Are you the master of time or is time the master of you? Sharma makes no bones about time as a precious commodity and one that is non-renewable. We’ve all heard the 80/20 rule, but, have you seriously considered it when it comes to your time. Sharma suggests, and I agree, that often we spend over 80% of our time in exchange for little or no result. In fact, chances are that 80% of the results you are getting in your ilfe can be traced back to a mere 20% of the activities that occupy your time. No matter who you are or where you live we all have been given the same amount of time (24hours) in a day. The differences in results stem from how you use the time you have. Furthermore, don’t let people steal your time. How often do you sit down to accomplish a specific task that is at the top of the priority list only to be interupted by the ringing of your phone. The question is – do you answer it? NO! Become the master of your time and direct yourself accordingly. You can return calls when you have gotten everything on your “to do” list done!
Whether you are new to personal development or a well read student this book will inspire and encourage you to new heights. I highly recommend it and look forward to your comments.