Failure is the highway to success: Robin Sharma
Mar 4, 2007 - 8:38:55 AM

New Delhi, March 4 - Robin Sharma, the India-origin author of the international bestseller 'The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari', says he tries to enjoys the ride of success, but is not too attached to it.

'Success makes people and companies fall in love with themselves and grow complacent, inefficient and arrogant. So I try my best, as success grows, to become more humble. I try to enjoy my ride but not get too attached to it,' said Sharma, who is all set to conduct a leadership workshop from March 5 in Delhi for corporate honchos.

'Failed personal relationships have been enormously helpful to my growth as a human being and as a leadership thinker. Business and life is really all about people and relationships. Failure is the highway to success,' Sharma told IANS in an email interview.

'I've learned my greatest lessons from my greatest failures and biggest pain,' he added.

On his Indian connection, he said: 'My father is from Jammu and Kashmir. Both of my parents are of Indian origin and although I am a Canadian, I have an intense love of India. I am also so proud of my Indian culture and all that it stands for.'

The author, who has written eight international bestsellers including 'The Greatness Guide' and 'The Saint, The Surfer And The CEO', said: 'In my latest book 'The Greatness Guide', I write that nothing fails like success. Success is a little dangerous because it can cause a person to stop doing the very things that made them successful.'

Sharma, who is also CEO of Sharma Leadership International Inc, is working on a sequel to 'The Greatness Guide' and also on the next book in 'The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari' series.

How did 'The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari', which describes the spiritual journey of a business tycoon who chucks up all his worldly possessions, originate?

'The idea for 'The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari' came to me very quickly - in a blinding flash of inspiration. I shared the title with some people. They laughed and said it was the silliest book title they ever heard. I thought differently and trusted my gut. The lesson for me: 'if you listen to your critics, you'll never get to your greatness',' said Sharma.


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