Julian Mantle had the life that everyone wanted. He was one of the country’s most distinguished trial lawyers, who was popular for his three-thousand-dollar Italian suits. He had the legal victories, exotic houses, a private jet and a shiny red Ferrari, which was his most prized possession.
He dined in expensive restaurants with women and celebrities and often relaxed with Cuban cigars and cognac. He was seen as immortal by his colleagues.
However, he was obsessed with work and with his victories. With time, his workload doubled and he aged considerably, looking older than his age. Even when his marriage failed, he buried himself deeper with work.
Julian's undoing and his eventual wake-up call came on a Monday morning when he collapsed in a packed courtroom. He had suffered a severe heart attack. The doctor gave him an ultimatum either to give up his law or his life.
There and then, Julian decided to take his fate into his hands and sought to rekindle the inner fire he had as a young lawyer before the demands of his work became overwhelming. He sold all his material possessions including his beloved Ferrari and travelled to India.
A few years after, he visited his former office and no one could recognize him. Julian Mantle's face was lineless, his eyes were bright and he exuded a youthful vitality and peace.
At his former associate's request, he shared the secrets of his new look. During his journey, he encountered the great sages of Sivana who lives in the Himalayas.
These sages gave him the ageless techniques required to improve the quality of one's life holistically and to liberate the potential of the mind, body, and soul.
Master your mind
The secret of happiness is simple; find out what you truly love to do and direct all your energy towards doing it. Once you do this, abundance flows into your life and all your desires are filled with ease and grace
Eventually, the quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts. But unfortunately, we think more negatively than positive. It is called the "tyranny of impoverished thinking," and this is what happens when someone is caught in that trap, they block the powerful potential of their minds and its ability to give them their dream lives.
In order to cure this, the sages propose that you cultivate your mind and it will blossom beyond your expectations. Also, realize that there are no mistakes in life, only lessons. See setbacks as opportunities for personal and spiritual growth.
Follow your purpose
Never forget the importance of living with unbridled exhiliration. Never neglect to see the exquisite beauty in all living things. Today and this very moment, is a gift. Stay focused on your purpose. The Universe will take care of everything else.
Most people are in a rat race, which actually is leading nowhere. It is time to take control of your life and figure out what you want to achieve over the course of your life. Then, have the courage to go after it. Only then would you discover how to make your work give you a lasting fulfillment.
The Universe favors the brave. When you resolve to lift your life to its highest level, the strenght of your soul will guide you to a magical place with magnificent treasures.
One of the sages' advises to Julian is "never fear failure". In fact, he is asked to embrace it. Be brave to follow your dreams even through failure. You gain a level of self-mastery by facing your fears and doing that very thing you are afraid of.
Live with discipline
Wage war against the weaker thoughts hat have crept into the palace of your mind. They will see that they are unwanted and leave like unwelcome guests.
Discipline is the is the essential of the virtue of an actualized life and is it only built by consistently performing small acts of courage. It is important to have a routine that you perform daily which keeps you energized and focused on your goals. This helps you to have freedom and self-confidence.
Respect your time
Time slips through our hands like grains of sand, never to return again. Those who use time wisely are rewarded with rich, productive and satisfying lives
Time is the most precious commodity given to humans, however, we do a good job of wasting it. According to the sages, only 20 percent of all the activities that you give your time to, will actually have an influence on the quality of your life.
With this in mind, it is important to focus on priorities and learn to say NO to those that don't matter. Setting your priorities help you to maintain the much-needed balance and improve your life.
Selflessly serve others
The most noble thing you can do is to give to others. Start focusing on your higher purpose
The quality of your life ultimately comes down to the quality of your contribution to people around you. Therefore, the sages advise that you practice daily acts of kindness, give to those who ask and cultivate richer relationships.
It is important to keep your good friends close. They are there to share the joys and trials of life with you. Cultivate the sacredness of each day and live to give.
Embrace the present
We are all here for some special reason. Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future
We live in a fast-paced world, where we all wear the busy badge. However, it's important to live like a child and embrace the joys of the moment.
While you have dreams and ambitions, celebrate the journey that will take you there. Love the tiny successes and the failures along the way. Practice gratitude and stop putting off your happiness for the sake of achievement.
In this number 1 bestseller, which has sold over 6 million copies, all the aforementioned step are broken down and readers are given a step-by-step to implement each virtue.
About the author: Robin Sharma is one of the world's top experts on leadership and personal development. He is also one of the most widely read authors on the planet. His clients include Nike, NASA, General Electric, RIM, FedEx, Microsoft and Yale University.