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The Saint, Surfer, and CEO: A Remarkable Story About Living Your Heart's Desires [Paperback]

Robin Sharma
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Book Description

Oct. 1 2002
Once in a while, a book comes along that has the power and the wisdom to speak to the best part of us and awaken our highest selves to the miracle our lives were meant to be. In this truly unforgettable guide, Robin Sharma, author of the national bestseller 'The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari' and a man whose life lessons are currently transforming the lives of many thousands of people across the planet, will show you how to access your inner gifts and reshape your whole outer life in the process. With brilliant simplicity and remarkable insight, 'The Saint, the Surfer and the CEO' will teach you:

- How to stop betraying your self and live your destiny

- Simple ways to feel a rare amount of fulfillment and joy in your days

- How to reconnect to your inner child like heart for a more passion-filled life

- Lessons to conquer stress, balance life, and feel good about yourself

- A proven process that will revolutionize your relationships and fill your life with love

- How to restore adventure, simplicity, and prosperity into your life

- Powerful principles to become strikingly successful at work

- Practical wisdom to help see a gorgeous vision for your future and then make it a reality

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Jack Valentine is having a very bad day. He's chronically unhappy, unfulfilled and broke; his girlfriend has left him; and he's just been hit by a truck. Still, when he wakes up in a hospital covered in bruises, he's certain it's all happening for a reason. As Jack recovers, his dying hospital roommate, who happens to be Jack's long-lost father, imparts some final advice: the only three questions that matter are whether one has lived wisely, loved well and served greatly. He sends Jack on a journey around the world to meet three teachers (the saint, surfer and CEO), who guide him through a spiritual transformation and help him answer the three questions. Sharma, a motivational speaker and "life coach," has attempted a spiritual allegory … la Paulo Coelho's classic, The Alchemist. Unfortunately, Sharma's book lacks any narrative drive, the characters are thinly rendered and the dialogue is almost comically wooden ("You're getting to be a pretty good surfer there Jack." "It's become a passion of mine Moe"). Readers seeking Sharma's brand of advice (e.g., "see your life as a fantastic growth school" and "be true to yourself") will lose nothing simply turning to the last page, where the book's lessons are laid out in 10 succinct bullet points.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Robin Sharma is one of the world's premier thinkers on leadership, personal growth and life management. The bestselling author of 'The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari,' ISBN: 0062515675, sold 40,000 in US; 'Who Will Cry When You Die?,' ISBN: 1-4019-0012-7; and 'The Saint, the Surfer, and the CEO' hardcover, ISBN: 1-4019-0016-X. '' and four other books on self-transformation. Robin Sharma is in constant demand internationally as keynote speaker at the conferences of many of the most powerful companies on the planet including Microsoft, Nortel Networks, General Motors, FedEx and IBM. He is a resident of Ontario, Canada. For more of Robin's knowledge, visit , one of the Web's most popular resources for success in business and in life.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars something old, something new, something borrowed... March 26 2004
Several years ago I visited a trendy restaurant and ordered their chicken mango salad. Some delicious bits of chicken and mango arrived, nestled in a bizarre mishmash of strange colored and shaped lettuce. I politely picked through the lettuce and ate what I could endure, but the overall experience was one of confusion and disappointment. All those feelings came back when I read this book.
Robin Sharma provides life lessons via the fictional story of Jack Valentine, an advertising executive who is reunited with his long-lost father as they share a hospital room. On his deathbed, Cal Valentine sends Jack on a mystical journey to meet three mentors -- you guessed it -- a priest, a surfer and a CEO.
Writers such as Og Mandino and Paolo Coelho have mastered this style, delivering clear, profound messages through believable dialogue. Sharma doesn't come close here...the dialogue is stiff, unrealistic and unnatural. It is littered with dozens of profound quotes that deliver a great message, but send the hokey factor sky high. Success principles appear to have been cut from other sources and pasted in these pages with not much thought given to organization or flow.
The gist of Sharma's message is to submit to the will of "the universe" for your life and follow your true vocation. Some won't mind this message, but I was surprised to see that "God" is almost avoided like a four letter word in these pages, even by the priest.
Just like that chicken mango salad, there are some good nuggets to be found here, but you can save yourself the agony of picking through the jungle of lettuce by reading the summary on the last three pages.
Larry Hehn, author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best One Yet Nov. 7 2003
Robin Sharma is growing and evolving, and his latest effort reflects that. "The Saint, the Surfer and the CEO" is a wonderfully told story that everyone will relate to. If you are in need of a little inspiration, a little encouragement, a little hope or a little the book. Sharma's storytelling style and his character's dialogue tends to be somewhat corny and maudlin at times, but you know what? The message is so uplifting and enlightening that it is very easy for me to overlook. I highly recommend this.
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Very few people know how to live their life to it's fullest potential and walk their talk. I feel Robin offers a great formula in simple terms. For some people this book will reawaken buried knowledge. For others, especially teens, it can be an amazing tool for building an honest basic foundation that's easily understood. With all the hustle and bustle in our everyday life many of us loose site of what really is important ... thank you Robin for reminding us.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing! May 21 2004
A motivational speaker and a Life Coach, Robin Sharma's Favorite Quote: "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die." by Thomas Campbell has ever touched my heart to believe in living the Heart's desire. This book is a peppy read with all Goodness lessons in these times when moral values are waning. Robin's wisdom on life has profound insights and breakthrough ideas for self-leadership and living your best life. The book has a story about one man's quest to discover the answers to life's greatest questions. Robin Sharma reveals joys of living and suggests ways on how to stop betraying your self and live your destiny. Robin has practical wisdom for self feeling of goodness, conquering stress and balancing life with better fruitful relationships. His theory on self transformation has an impact on living life with adventurous feel and simplicity. He suggest ways of conversations with self. He tells to go deep inside the soul and begin the process of knowing yourself. He says "Self- knowledge is the starting point of personal excellence. Detect your largest values, define how you really wish to conduct your life, and think about what makes you happy. Clarify what standards you feel you need to live your life under in order to be true to yourself, then articulate how you'd occur in the world if you were really thinking, acting and feeling in authentic ways." The book is a good Life Changing Advice. He says 'Rather than spending all your time trying to do great things, spend more time trying to be a great person. That is the secret to doing great things.' Among his other books-'The Monk who solf his Ferrari' series is a great read and if ever you catch a listening of his speech, Robin's got a cool voice, a fluent spiritual excellency that flows the words with ease to be digested for better living. Grab a Copy of Robin Sharma #1 best selling 'The Saint, the Surfer, and the CEO' - Live the heart's desire! A great Pick.
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Sharma's book is a thinly veiled litany of pop-success, self-improvement, and leadership aphorisms and clichés which could be collected from any half-dozen other books or seminars. The author possibly intersperses a few bits of original thought between near-plagiaristic repetitions of metaphors. This is all loosely shrouded in the context of dialog between an obvious ignoramous who is supposed to represent the reader on their path of self-discovery of all of this new wisdom, and the saintly gurus who so generously spew it forth. The book is at once amusing and insulting. However, as a collection of good folk wisdom, one could read it as a concise reminder of the way in which we would all like to conduct our lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read!
I like this book mostly because it is written as a story making it easy to read for everyone.

It really makes you think about how you're living your life and gives you... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Debbie Carroll
4.0 out of 5 stars really good
I read the monk who sold his Ferrari, many years ago and was really moved by what the book had to say. Same feelings now after reading the saint, surfer and CEO. Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2011 by cowboy
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written book with no original content
If you want to learn about what the author wanted to say, read the 7 Habits of Highly Effective people by Stehpen Covey. Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2003 by afonya
3.0 out of 5 stars Sharma is great, but read his The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
I'd rate this book higher, but it really steals the basic plot setup of his earlier book THE MONK WHO SOLD HIS FERRARI. Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Bliss
An excellent book on how to live a happy life, although it might not suit everyone's conception: the book does provide a remarkable aid to gain greater insight on how to find your... Read more
Published on May 2 2003 by Laurean Pekurar
4.0 out of 5 stars A book to Ponder
This is a great book. Like a story told by your grandparents and parents on a warm summer night, this book contains lessons and truisms that are timeless. Read more
Published on March 4 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book- use this to jump start 2003
What a great book! I have read "The Saint" twice in the past week. The secrets to a successful life in many ways are hidden in the most secret of places- within... Read more
Published on Dec 5 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! Robin Sharma gets better and better
Robin Sharma has not only done it again- but he has done it better. I have read all of Robin's books and attended a number of his seminars. Read more
Published on Dec 2 2002 by Tony Britt
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