The Monk is not primarily a business book; that is, it is not about buying low and selling high, but rather about creating a life while making a living. It is about the need to fashion a meaningful existence that engages you in the time and place in which you find yourself. it is about the purpose of work and the integration of what one does with what one believes. The Monk is not about how, but about why.
It comes down to my realization over the years that business isn’t a financial institution. It’s a creative institution. Like painting and sculpting, business can be a venue for personal expression and artistry, at its heart more like a canvas than a spreadsheet. Why? Because business is about change. Nothing stands still.
Passion pulls you toward something you cannot resist. Drive pushes you toward something you feel compelled or obligated to do.
Sure, business was about money. That’s what makes it business. But first and foremost, to be successful, business is about people. It took me a while to learn that lesson.
An Excellent book: The Monk and the Riddle by Randy Komisar