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Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) Hardcover – Illustrated, April 24 2012
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With Search Inside Yourself, Chade-Meng Tan, one of Google’s earliest engineers and personal growth pioneer, offers a proven method for enhancing mindfulness and emotional intelligence in life and work.
Meng’s job is to teach Google’s best and brightest how to apply mindfulness techniques in the office and beyond; now, readers everywhere can get insider access to one of the most sought after classes in the country, a course in health, happiness and creativity that is improving the livelihood and productivity of those responsible for one of the most successful businesses in the world.
With forewords by Daniel Goleman, author of the international bestseller Emotional Intelligence, and Jon Kabat-Zinn, renowned mindfulness expert and author of Coming To Our Senses, Meng’s Search Inside Yourself is an invaluable guide to achieving your own best potential.
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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."
- Publisher : HarperOne; First Edition (April 24 2012)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062116924
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062116925
- Item weight : 440 g
- Dimensions : 2.79 x 14.99 x 23.11 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #329,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Originally posted on citygirlscapes.com
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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The book gives the reasons, some of the background and the techniques to do so. What you need to consider is why Google thought that was a good idea, and you can be damn sure there are good business reasons why staff should meditate. It is good for you, good for the company and good for the world.
The book reminds me a bit of Mo Gawdat's books. There are better books about meditation, but for the mission of the author alone, you should read this book.