Manu Verma’s detailed review of The Saint, the Surfer, and the CEO.
Book Name: The Saint, the Surfer, and the CEO
Author: Robin Sharma.
Category: Self Help Book/fiction
The story starts with the accident of a young guy named Jack. The accident became the turning point in his life. He met a person in his hospital room and was mesmerized by the wisdom of this man. They both had a long conversation about a lot many things, leading to Jack getting excited to know more and more of what the person was telling him as each word gave him a new insight and perspective towards things and every word made sense to him.
This old man told him that when you will be on your death bed, you should be able to answer three questions and these questions were: “Did I live wisely?” “Did I love well?” and “Did I serve greatly?” The entire story then revolves around these three questions and Jack’s path of seeking their answers.
This old man arranged for Jack to meet with three people who, he said, were the people who could best answer these questions. Jack met them one by one. The saint was the first one. He was a priest in a church and a highly learned man. The second was a surfer and the third was the CEO of a company. These three people covered three different dimensions of life i.e. How to take the right decisions, covered by the priest; How to love oneself and others, explained by the surfer; and lastly, How to grow in your professional dimension, narrated by the CEO.
Jack: Jack is a guy working as an advertising professional and a man who had met with an accident; the story is about his life & his meeting with all three other characters.
Father Michael Antonio Di Franco: He is the priest in the story; Father Mike is how he is referred to, in the book.
Moe Jackson: The surfer in the story, who actually was the founder of an advertising company named MJ Group International-one of the top five agencies in the world. He now lives on a beach in a small hut.
Tess Welch: She is CEO of brokerage firm, a lady brimming with energy; also known as CLO of the company to some i.e. Chief Love Giver.
I found the book to be really engaging, not because of any story but because of the things that are discussed, the interactions and its lessons. The book has thrown light on the important aspects of life and their understanding from a mature and intellectual point of view. These are many great things explained in a great way and if even one lesson from this book is implemented in real life, it will surely bring about a positive change.
At times, I observed that the book turned quite philosophical in a question-answer type way rather than a conversation, which made it a little boring in a few pages. Despite this fact, I quite liked the book and found it very good overall. The book is simple to read and anyone can comprehend it. This, I think is the best part about Robin Sharma’s writings.
The book explained that ‘life is about striking a balance between the mind & the heart; They should work as life partners .i.e. live in a way that’s wise yet kind, courageous yet caring, responsible yet passionate.”
One thing that I would not want to miss is that many quotes from many great and successful people have been picked to explain things, which made the content even more meaningful. I have also shared a few of my favorite quotes from the book in the last section of the review. You can have a look.
Self Revelation, integrity gap, word board, daily pages, holographic universe, meditation, etc. are the concepts that are talked about in the book. To understand in detail, take a stroll through the book.
I rate a book on the following parameters-
|My Parameters||My remarks||My rating|
|Ease of understanding||Simple & understandable||5|
|Content||Good (especially the quotes)||4.5|
|Worth a read (will you benefit from reading it or will just end up wasting your time)||Very intellectual and wise outlook on life – definitely worth a read.||4.5|
|Relatable||Yes, very much||4|
|Engaging||Gets boring in a few pages||3|
Favorite Quotes from the book
Ancient Sanskrit Verse:
Spring has passed, summer has gone, and spring is here. And the song that I meant to sing remains unsung.
Without a rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar.
Life is too short to be little.
Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that crushed it.
Sufi Poet Rumi:
Keep knocking and the joy inside, will eventually open a window and look out to see who’s there.
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
Mary Jean Iron:
Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me not pass you by in the quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. One day, I shall dig my nails into the earth, or burry my face in my pillow or stretch myself taut or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.