Saturday, June 11, 2005

"The monk who sold his Ferrari"- A Review

I just finished reading “ The monk who sold his Ferrari” and it made fantastic reading in light of the fact that I have read several spiritual and management books in the past. Considering that I have myself written an article “Don’t settle for less than a calling” which appeared in India’s life positive magazine in November’2001., I feel that the author’s r exhortation to find the one’s calling in life and pursue is well justified.. However,I would like to point out that the problem should not be allowed to get out of control in the first place . I read an article in which it was stated that how kids in high school in USA were given proactive counseling to chose their careers correctly. This is clearly a case of a stich in time saving nine. Otherwise, once you have a family, taking such risks are easier said than done. Even Osho had a term-dare devils for these kind of people who dared to make an attempt of leaving their jobs for the unknown. A successful American entrepreneur said that such a thing should be attempted only if the market profile of the prospective occupation supports you. Morgan and Banks are HRD consultants in 28 countries in the world and when they say that niche persons are most vulnerable as most jobmisfits, what if you are really good at only one thing and that does not pay off well.? While these books are well written and say the write things, they never state how the concepts apply to different groups of people differently. They more often than not end up making a generalized statement which is far from the truth. The same thing can never apply in the same manner or the degree to different groups which is why the great Indian Intellectual, J.Krishnamuthy continuously exhorted exploration of issues through discussions. One should never accept any guru or concept blindly.


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