I usually do not read self-help but this one was a “Home Run”
“I guess there’s just too much cynicism in the world today” I answered “We don’t believe in the great dreams as we had as kids anymore. We don’t believe in the great dreams we had as kids anymore. We don’t believe we have the power to create the lives we want. We don’t think we can really make a difference by the things we do”
Goosebumps! That’s what happened when I read these few lines of the book “The Saint, The Surfer and the CEO” by Robin Sharma
The story of Cal, who has met with an accident and is hospitalized meets a man who helps him understand and answer three main questions:
1.Have I lived wisely?
2.Have I loved wisely?
3.Have I given enough?
The journey is about Cal who is on a journey to Rome, Hawaii and then the New York where he meets three important people, the Saint, the Surfer and the CEO, who make him delve deep inside himself. “Wisdom is going back the way we came. Unlearning is the key.”
When he meets the Saint at Rome, he splurges and explores, and learns about himself and the Saint talks about varied things which will make Cal a better human. An interesting lesson is the lesson on Dance, not the usual one but in relations. It says
Here’s something I cannot resist to write
Leadership is far more than something business people do at work. Leadership is all about personal responsibility, self discovery and creating value by the people we become. Too many people spend their time blaming others for all that isn’t working in their lives. We blame our spouses for our unhappy home lives; we blame bosses for our distress at work; we blame strangers on the freeway to make us angry; we blame our parents for keeping us small. Blame Blame Blame blame.
Blaming others is nothing more than excusing yourself.
A slice of a life which we usually tend to ignore and it makes Cal and in turn us wonder about the small beautiful mistakes we make in our life and our power to correct them and make life, enchanting everyday.
Robin Sharma has the power to take his reader with the protagonist.
From Rome to Hawaii, the journey of Cal is exhilarating as he is already in the process of discovering himself and meeting the surfer opens his mind to a wider horizon called “giving” where he learns “balance” is not mediating in the peace and bliss but to be in the hullaballoo of the real world and still maintain your calm.
“The future isn’t real man. Its just an illusion as far as I’m concerned. The only thing I really focus on is the enchantment of each minute. I live in the flow and take things as they come. I follow my heart and I love it”
Finally, Cal goes to New York where he meets the CEO who through a calm and composed nature runs a company. Love breeds love. And it works in business too
I just wrote an aorta but to gain what you are looking for, read the book especially if you have the above questions, unanswered else its just a 217-page book with a attractive cover.