Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The problem with monks who sell Ferraris

I had heard so much about the book that I finally bought it and read it. I actually heard the audio book first (much to the disgust of my driver who had to put up with an accented voice talking nonsense for hours on end instead of hearing the latest chartbusters) and then thought I would go ahead and read the book because the audio was abridged.

It was a good book. Good messages, a good style of writing, overall simple to follow, not too weighty. I was blown away when I read it at first.

However, what was new? Nothing much, IMHO.

We all know what's being said. We all know that we are spending way too much time in things we don't like. We all realize that we need to take a step back and see where our life is heading and then take corrective action. But how many of us actually do that?

I don't find myself having made any change or practising any of the steps mentioned there. I suspect that a vast majority of the readers of the book haven't either. Well, there are definitely a few who have but those are really very few.

Things like Art of Living and Landmark courses are similar. People are highly impressed at first, especially when they read the material or do the course. The key to making it work though and see any perceptible difference is continuous practice of the concepts involved.

Yes, there is nothing wrong with these courses or books per se but they are not like some magic wands that are suddenly going to make us feel very happy and contented. It requires much more than reading the book or attending the course. And at the very base, all of them are very similar in content.

So, stop and think hard before selling that Ferrari.

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