A Ferrari and a Monk: Which One Did I Choose?

I love planning because it's like bicycling in the mind, keeping my thoughts active. However, I'm not sure if it fits the definition of mindfulness in helping me focus on the present moment. Nonetheless, I enjoy exercising my brain consistently, which might explain why I have more white hair than others my age.

Today, I want to share with you my thoughts after reading Robin Sharma's book, 'Discover Your Destiny,' and how it relates to the concept of mission and vision statements. If you've read Sharma's previous book, 'The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari,' you're likely familiar with his writing style. In 'Discover Your Destiny,' I found myself struggling to finish the book as I prefer a more structured approach with step-by-step guidance rather than excessive storytelling and bombastic English words. Admittedly, my English grammar and vocabulary skills are not as strong as they should be.

About the book

The book is divided into three parts and twelve chapters. The first part focuses on finding your destiny, which I didn't particularly enjoy and found challenging to connect with due to the different cultural experiences (likely more Western) from my own. However, if you seek spiritual guidance and inspiring stories to understand your destiny, this section might resonate with you.

The second part delves into transforming yourself for greatness, which I found more accessible and relatable. After discovering your destiny, it's crucial to take action. Sharma shares various challenges he has faced and provides strategies to develop mental and emotional strength. This section resonated with me more than the first part.

Finally, the third section explores additional ways to become your true self. While I struggled with some of the content, which felt a bit holistic and outside of my usual preferences, I acknowledge that others might find it inspiring. If you have read the book and found this section insightful, I encourage you to share your thoughts.

Personal Mission and Vision Statement

I am a practical person, and I always strive to learn something that I can apply immediately. After reading this book, I found myself drawing connections to business strategy planning, specifically the process of creating a mission and vision statement.

Which one comes first? Mission or Vision?

Research suggests that a mission statement should come before a vision statement, allowing you to take control of your own destiny. Your mission statement is like a special message or goal that you create for yourself. It acts as a personal compass, guiding you to make choices and decisions aligned with your true self. In other words, you decide your own destiny rather than "discover" it. I do believe our faith is in our hands, right?

The vision statement

On the other hand, a vision statement is a more visual representation of your desired future. It is a simple yet powerful way to stay focused and motivated. While workshops and continuous learning can enhance your understanding of mission and vision statements, the core idea is creating a clear picture of the future you want to create for yourself.


In conclusion, 'Discover Your Destiny' by Robin Sharma offers insights into finding your destiny, transforming yourself, and becoming your true self. While some sections of the book might resonate more than others, it's a personal journey that we each interpret in our own way. Integrating mission and vision statements into personal development can provide a sense of direction and purpose. Remember, life is a journey, so enjoy the ride."


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