- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; First Edition edition (April 24 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062116924
- ISBN-13: 978-0062116925
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 454 g
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) Hardcover – Apr 24 2012
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“Google engineer, Chade-Meng Tan’s book shows that to avoid certain kinds of results, you need to change the conditions that give rise to them. If you change the habitual patterns of your mind, you can change their resulting attitudes and emotions and find peace and inner happiness.” (His Holiness the Dalai Lama)^“This is a book offering much good advice. I most appreciate Meng’s insight that expressing compassion for others brings happiness to oneself as well.” (Jimmy Carter, Former President of the United States)^“I applaud Chade-Meng for daring to undertake the writing of a book on “Emotional Intelligence,” within which lies the essence of knowing oneself. The practices he offers will help improve our lives and in the process lead to a world where greater peace and happiness is possible.” (S.R. Nathan, Former President of Singapore)^“Combining timeless wisdom with modern science, Chade-Meng Tan has created an entertaining and practical guide to success and happiness.” (Deepak Chopra)^“Search Inside Yourself is a practical guide to the fundamentals of emotional intelligence. This book has the potential to change lives and deliver happiness.” (Tony Hsieh, New York Times bestselling author of Delivering Happiness and CEO of Zappos.com, Inc.)^“This book and the course it’s based on represent one of the greatest aspects of Google’s culture—that one individual with a great idea can really change the world.” (Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google)^“There is more to be discovered inside of ourselves than we will ever find by searching anywhere else, and the challenge is in learning how to look. In a simple and plain spoken way, Meng has crafted an elegant invitation we can all use to take that journey.” (Scott Kriens, Chairman, Juniper Networks director, 1440 Foundation)^“This is a guidebook to help you Search Inside Yourself, as Meng’s training program at Google was called, to find inside yourself the knowledge, skills, and motivation to apply to your own life as you search for meaning, peace, and love.” (Larry Brilliant, President of the Skoll Global Threats Fund)^“Our friend has made an awakening contribution to this Over-Information Age. I recommend it to those aspiring self-mastery, attention training, spiritual wisdom, and the path of the wakeful life through enlightened living. Seek, and ye shall find. This is one of the best places to start.” (Lama Surya Das)^“When I visited Qom a couple of years ago, a Grand Ayatollah gave as his parting words to me: May you find what you seek. I have long thought about what the Grand Ayatollah said. Chade Meng’s book has pointed me in the right direction.” (Brigadier-General George Yeo, former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Singapore)^“This book reveals a key part of the success of Google. Whether we are trying to create positive change in the corporate realm or our personal relationships, Meng teaches us external change can only happen if we individually spend time cultivating a better understanding our own inner world.” (Tim Ryan, United States Congressman and author of A Mindful Nation)^“Full of humor and humility, wisdom and mindfulness, Meng’s book is a compelling read, but more importantly, a valuable manual for living a good life. Rarely have I read a book full of so much intelligence and emotion. I want to be Meng when I grow up!” (Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels and author of Emotional Equations)^“Meng is like a wise and humorous monk who will continue to inspire you for years after you close the pages of his book. With the needs of today’s world in mind, he offers practical and proven tools wrapped in the gift of timeless wisdom.” (John Mackey, co-chief executive officer and co-founder of Whole Foods Market)^“This work underscores the need for compassion, awareness and empathy in our society. It is no surprise that the best venture capitalists and entrepreneurs I know possess these attributes. This is one of the best works ever in personal development. Read this book, it will change your life.” (Tan Yinglan, author of The Way Of The VC and Chinnovation)^“Old wisdom is presented here with a provocative and startling freshness. The way to enlightenment begins with waking up. Meng is doing this with passion, humor and generosity of mind. This is a book to read, share, laugh with and celebrate.” (Father Laurence Freeman, OSB, director of the World Community for Christian Meditation)^“Think of S.I.Y. as the Zen of Google.” (ContemplativeComputing.com)
From the Back Cover
For the benefits of meditation to become widely accessible to humanity, it cannot just be the domain of bald people in funny robes living in mountains, or small groups of New Age folks in San Francisco. Meditation needs to become "real." It needs to align with the lives and interests of real people.
—from Search Inside Yourself
Early Google engineer and personal growth pioneer Chade-Meng Tan first designed Search Inside Yourself as a popular course at Google intended to transform the work and lives of the best and brightest behind one of the most innovative, successful, and profitable businesses in the world . . . and now it can do the same for you. Meng has distilled emotional intelligence into a set of practical and proven tools and skills that anyone can learn and develop.
Created in collaboration with a Zen master, a CEO, a Stanford University scientist, and Daniel Goleman (the guy who literally wrote the book on emotional intelligence), this program is grounded in science and expressed in a way that even a skeptical, compulsively pragmatic, engineering-oriented brain like Meng's can process. Whether your intention is to reduce stress and increase well-being, heighten focus and creativity, become more optimistic and resilient, build fulfilling relationships, or just be successful, the skills provided by Search Inside Yourself will prove invaluable for you. This is your guide to enhancing productivity and creativity, finding meaning and fulfillment in your work and life, and experiencing profound peace, compassion, and happiness while doing so.
Search Inside Yourself reveals how to calm your mind on demand and return it to a natural state of happiness, deepen self-awareness in a way that fosters self-confidence, harness empathy and compassion into outstanding leadership, and build highly productive collaborations based on trust and transparent communication. In other words, Search Inside Yourself shows you how to grow inner joy while succeeding at your work. Meng writes: "Some people buy books that teach them to be liked; others buy books that teach them to be successful. This book teaches you both. You are so lucky."See all Product description
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This was written by a computer engineer who implemented a mindfulness program at Google that successfully increased productivity and happiness among Google employees. What I loved about how this was written was that it was from a very simple and logical place. As an engineer, Tan explained things very clearly, he had really great examples to support his points – and I don’t mean some philosophical metaphor that you don’t understand, I mean an actual story from his own life, usually a situation in the workplace, that clearly showed what he is talking about. It was so easy to understand what he was talking about, you really do have that “this is such common sense” feeling, but without the egotistical judgement, more of an awakening feeling. Like why haven’t I been doing this all my life?
Tan kind of organizes all your thoughts and feelings into situations and actually teaches you how to deal with them. There are in depth descriptions of each element he is focusing on, plus detailed exercises that you can actually practice in your daily life. In my usual fashion, I read through the book skipping over the exercises (this is why I’m bad with self-help books), but even just reading his insights on life, the way he phrases certain situations, the positivity and encouragement he puts within his words, the whole thing was very inspiring. I didn’t feel weighed down by anything too spiritual or religious, I didn’t feel like I was being preached to, I felt like I was learning a lesson and taking valuable tools with me to take on my daily life.
If you’re interested in mindfulness or curious about how you can help find a bit of inner peace and happiness, I recommend you start here. I find a lot of books about this can be discouraging or make you feel a little silly if you’re just starting out, but Search Inside Yourself is a great middle ground for people who aren’t quite ready to completely let go of their reservations, but wouldn’t mind seeing what all the fuss is about.
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The analogy of this mental training being as mainstream as physical exercise is an excellent and compelling one. And to know that this is being deployed in a place like Google is compelling and encouraging; not only does this stuff work, it will start charecterizing the great firms of the future (the sequel of Good to Great)
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