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The Buddha and the Badass: The Secret Spiritual Art of Succeeding at Work Hardcover – Illustrated, June 9, 2020
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This book is about how to join them.
From the New York Times Bestselling Author of The Code of the Extraordinary Mind comes a new book about awakening the twin powers of the Buddha--the spiritual master--and the Badass--the changemaker who challenges the status quo. You already have both inside you. Once awakened, they will transform the way you work.
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1984823396
- ISBN-13 : 978-1984823397
- Dimensions : 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
- Publisher : Rodale Books; Illustrated edition (June 9, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #21,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I gobbled it up the first day it came out, and I would recommend this to every person on the planet, whether personal or business, for it will help lead oneself to much happiness and effectiveness in both - for a great integrated life!
Keith D. Garrick
Helen Coe, MHA
Make no mistake it is a good one, but I expected a great one.
Somehow the stories in this book, felt not-new. After the initial two chapters, the way I read this book on my Kindle is by going to a new chapter, than backflipping the pages to the previous chapter, going directly to the 'Chapter Summary' & 'Systems for Living' sections that is provided at the end of every chapter.
I will still be reading Vishen's future books, so hopefully this comment compels him to write another one thats revolutionary!
Gordon Peay, retired financial advisor
All in all, I loved the book's teachings, ideas, and stories. However, I was just expecting something a little more personalized towards the "average" worker and not next the next CEO/Founder of a multi-million dollar company. I'm still going to practice these ideas of personal identity, gratitude, acceleration and navigation, but hopefully I can invoke some positive change as a newer employee.
Top reviews from other countries
I had times at work and home where I wanted to ‘give up’ ( not in the hanging myself sense - but walking away and saying screw it ).
In these ‘odd times’ I’ve had some down time, and a chance to start sparking some of the things that make me .... well actually me ! This book has helped me and confirmed A LOT of things.
I’m sure some bosses will read this and think it’s all cr*p as it doesn’t contain the Victorian method of extracting the maximum from their staff by Hook or by crook , no matter what the method ( usually not nice ). I’m sure some bosses still think that ‘staff should be lucky to have jobs’. I am fortunate enough to have many people under me , I’ve always been pretty emotionally intelligent but this book really imprints these ideas and I’m really looking forward to putting more of this into practice.
It really is basic - Be kind , be open , be authentic , Be thoughtful, be positive, be smart ,Be grateful and you don’t Have to be a massive douche to be ‘ successful ‘.
We’re here for a good time folks, not a long time!
I’m getting my bosses a couple of these books ( when Amazon gets them back in stock ).
Just read the book - I promise it’s amazing.
Thanks for reading.
It is an easy read and broken up into three parts:
- Part 1 - Introduces you to the idea of the Soulprint and helps you uncover your foundational values
- Part 2 - Delves deeper into the four elements of Deep Connections, Mastering Unfuckwithability, Making growth the Ultimate Goal and Choosing your Mission
- Part 3 - Shows you how you can become a visionary
Vishen uses the power of story very well. He inspires with his own story of the struggles he had and how the decisions he made changed the trajectory of his career and where Mindvalley is today. The book is not just focussed on him and gives several examples of other leaders and organisations and what he has learnt from them.
Each chapter comes with its own tools, techniques, tactics and thought experiments. These are a very powerful aspect of the book. The book is not just about Vishen talking about himself and Mindvalley, he provides great frameworks and each chapter shows you how you can use these tools and techniques and apply them in your own setting.
For example in Part 1 - The Origin Story Exercise to extract foundational values is very powerful and for business leaders, the power of a Manifesto and crafting a vivid vision is a great tool. Each chapter has great tools and techniques which Vishen had tested with his company with tremendous success and he provides an easy to understand mechanism to implement those ideas.
If you have read the Code of the Extraordinary Mind, listened to Vishen on his podcasts, read his blog/social media posts, or taken some of his courses on Mindvalley then you will be familiar with some of the content of the book e.g. Means Goals vs End Goals, 3 Most Important Questions, 6-phase Meditation, being Unfuckwithable, Envisioning Techniques or Alpha/Theta/Delta/Gamma states.
But this book is not rehashing those techniques. They are included as they have a clear space and they are explained in the context of work and organisation. The book is about leadership and there is so much in there. Many additional tools, techniques and ways of thinking. Concepts such as Idea sex, brain coupling, OODA - Observe-Orient-Decide-Act are just a few of the tools and techniques Vishen teaches.
Vishen shares great learnings from his teachers like Srikumar Rao, Reverend Michael Beckwith, Lisa Nichols, Cameron Herold, Richard Branson, Bob Proctor, Naveen Jain just to name a few and all the great Mindvalley teachers and authors who have influenced how Vishen thinks and how he runs his organisation. This means that there are gems of information in each and every chapter and whilst they do not go into huge amounts of depth, they are able to spark ideas within and are great enablers to see the Buddha and Badass framework and how it can be leveraged.
Whilst the book has frameworks that Senior Business Leaders would use and find incredibly useful, the same frameworks can be used by an individual for their own projects and ideas. The ideas in the book are disruptors and the more people who have this understanding and move away from their usual models of reality, belief systems or autopilot ways of viewing workplaces, the better. So if you are thinking that you don't run a company and therefore don't need these tools, these can help you with any aspect of your work and career and maybe help you find strategies to indirectly or directly influence what happens within your organisation through living these values yourself and being a radiant exemplar.
It gave me the experience of effortless reading.
Once you start reading it you'll flow with it.