Monday, July 14, 2008

Now Reading...

I think a book review is totally unnecessary for this book. Light reading material with a storyline (I think one can finish it within 5 hours but I suggest covering in at a leisurely pace when your mind is most receptive to its contents).

I resisted picking up this book for the longest time-mainly because of its title. As my blog readers will come to understand, owning a Ferrari IS one of my life’s goals. “Whatever the heck should I read something that goes against my dream?” I dismissed it off with ill concealed disgust when I saw it displayed on the shelves.

What made me take a second look and purchase it then? The words in fine print did. The line between the title reads “A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams and Reaching Your Destiny”. Maybe if my destiny includes buying that sold Ferrari, I may well benefit by understanding how best I can achieve that more swiftly.
And well, an international bestseller no less. Curiosity got the better of me and I bought it after deliberating over it in Kinokuniya.

Was it good? You bet. Was it useful? Yep. As with all self help books, it imparts a number of wise teachings. Nothing rocket science but it brings a lot of issues into perspective. I am reminded to focus on my passion and seek out my ultimate life purpose. Sad to say, to date, I am not doing so. It’s time I take action.

Last but not least, I am very impressed with a line in the book that goes “There is nothing noble about being superior to some other person. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self”.
Well said. I guess it’s time to run my own race.

Link to a very good summary of the principles taught in this book:
http://www.kuzzuk.net/weblog/books/monk-ferrari-mindmapsummary/

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Anonymous Wilfrid said...

Interesting. I think I have heard this book a while back.

I don't think I will keep a Ferrari in Singapore. Rather put my $$ somewhere else that won't be reduced to close to nothing at the end of the 10th year.

Having said that, if I have godzilla amount of $$ ...

Interestingly I have recently reviewed a book that is about how to pursue your dreams written by a professor dying of cancer. Again, a thin and small book. Maybe a review is also totally unnecessary. Hmmm.

11:05 PM  
Blogger I.V.Y. said...

Oh Wilfird. That book you mentioned must be "Tuesdays with Morrie.
It is a great book which I find a tad depressing despite the nuggets of wisdom.
Cheers!

2:58 AM  
Anonymous Wilfrd said...

Hey, it is "The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch" recently featured in my webbie :)

It is far from being a depressing book really.

http://www.wilfridwong.com/2008/07/18/the-last-lecture-by-randy-pausch-a-lecture-from-the-heart-to-whom-he-loves/

10:51 AM  

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