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Book Review: I Bought the Monk’s Ferrari by Ravi Subramaniam

Genre: Self-Help

“Your aspirations must be audacious and your efforts to achieve them must be commensurate with the audacity.” ~~ Ravi Subramaniam (Book: I Bought the Monk’s Ferrari)

Anyone who has read ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ probably would check this book out.

Even if you’re not aware of ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ still the title ‘I Bought the Monk’s Ferrari’ attracts attention.

So I thought, I should read it. Also, to find out if the author has actually bought a Ferrari. 😀

Lessons from ‘I Bought the Monk’s Ferrari by Ravi Subramaniam —

Lesson 1: Be in the Company of the Ferrari Owners:

Before you join the club of Ferrari (success) owners, you need to decide if you want it and how badly you want it. Are you ready to work hard to get it? What’s your definition of success?

Once you’ve decided the definition, it’s time to follow the age-old wisdom of ‘birds of feather folk stays together’.

To get to where you want to go, you should be in the company of people who are either already having the kind of success you want or are aspiring & working for it.

This is the wisdom that is almost shared in almost all self-help/business blogs I have read till date.  

But, as per the author, most people, who are aspiring for success might not openly admit it. Maybe that was the trend a few years ago….these days…it’s boringly all over the net.

At least, online most agree that you should spend more time with people in your niche, who are successful or are aiming high and working towards it.

I have come across, comments against this wisdom. But I have also observed quite a lot of people (online and offline who protest the loudest) implementing this strategy without caring how they are coming across. Especially after giving lectures against following this suggestion.

Some protest because either they are satisfied with their life. Or because they have yet to get burned by spending (wasting) time in the wrong company.

Always remember time waits for no one and no one can retrieve it once they have wasted it on people, places, and situations, not worth your time.

So always be wise when it comes to deciding where and with whom you want to spend your time as you’re not spending your time, it’s a part of your life you’re spending.


Lesson 2: Know Your Values:

You should be clear about what you stand for, what’s acceptable to you, morals and integrity etc.

In a desire (or desperation) to reach a goal, quite a lot of people compromise on their values, morals and integrity etc. and sometimes later on resent it.  

Don’t join the league of people, who want to get what they want at any cost. Don’t do anything your conscience cannot make peace with.

At all times do the right thing, even if it means it’d take you more time to get to your goals than others.

Don’t think if you’d achieve something by unfair means, no one would ever find out. Sometimes it all unravels and then no one would trust you again, even if you become the most honest person around.

Also, your personal and professional value systems are not two separate entities.

For example: if you don’t cheat people in your personal life, then there’s no need to practice cheating in your professional life.

“It is important to take the right stance at the beginning. Once you take a morally incorrect stance, even if you retract and tread on the right path, the damage is done. People will never trust you in the same manner that they could have.” ~~ Ravi Subramaniam (Book: I Bought the Monk’s Ferrari)


Lesson 3: Don’t Compromise Your Health:

To run a business, you need to be as fit as possible. The larger your business would grow, the more it would demand from you, emotionally and physically.

And if you’re not 100% fit you’d not be able to keep up with the growth of your business. It requires a sharp mind; and healthy mind lives in a healthy body.

Don’t compromise on your health from the start. Pay attention to keeping your health, so that you’d achieve more.

See it this way, the less you’d get sick the more time you have to spend on your goals.  


Lesson 4: There’s No Such Thing as ‘Work-Life’ Balance:

As per the author, if you want ‘work-life’ balance, then you’re fit to become & stay an employee and not become a leader.  

Leaders or those who want to leave a legacy behind aren’t concerned a lot with ‘work-life’ balance.

They are concerned with getting things done and if they have to spend more time doing something, then they’d invest more time without complaining about it.

Success requires you to make sacrifices and you might as well have to sacrifice your comfortable and easy lifestyle.

This reminds me of an awesome quote:

‘Success will not lower its standard to us. We must raise our standard to success.” ~~ Randall R. McBride Jr.


I couldn’t get into the book in the beginning; first few chapters seem like a diary entries, adding not much value.

Most of the knowledge shared in the book, is available on almost all the self-help/business blogs.

If you’re wondering why the author is so obsessed with Ferrari (must be materialistic) then you’d have to find that out on your own. 😉

I loved reading the ‘ode to Ferrari’ almost in the end of the book. Here are a few lines:

“Ferrari, Ferrari, where are you?,

Ferrari, Ferrari, I aspire for you.

With so few around, so many in queue,

I will claw my way to get my due.

There is only one reason for my existence,

Aren’t you the genesis of my existence.

One look at you, everything I do, starts making sense,

I want you…I will make no pretence…..’ ~~ Ravi Subramaniam (Book: I Bought the Monk’s Ferrari)

Hit Or Miss: Read it.

Rating: 3.5 stars/5

Buy: Amazon

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