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Vishen Lakhiani will make you question everything you thought you knew about your life. From happiness and health to purpose and power, this book is a revolutionary roadmap to become the best, most extraordinary version of yourself period."
Dave Asprey, Bio-Hacker and founder of Bulletproof Exec and Bulletproof Coffee
"Entertains while teaching, succinctly explaining how to shed the cultural baggage that has been holding you back, so you can free your life and become the extraordinary person you were meant to be.
JJ Virgin, Celebrity Nutrition and Fitness Expert, "New York Times" bestselling author
Vishen Lakhiani s knowledge base and his ability to present it clearly and to actually put it into practice is above anyone I have ever seen in this field.
Jack Canfield, coauthor of the "New York Times" bestselling series "Chicken Soup for the Soul" (r)"
About the Author
Vishen Lakhiani is one of the most influential personalities in personal growth today. A computer engineer and entrepreneur in education technology, he is the founder and CEO of Mindvalley, a 200-person strong company that specializes in learning experience design, creating digital platforms and apps that power online academies in personal growth, mindfulness, wellbeing, productivity and more. He also a member of the Transformational Leadership Council and sits on the Innovation Board for XPRIZE Foundation. An internationally recognized speaker on personal growth and transformation, Vishen s mission is to revolutionize the global education system by bringing new models of enhancing human potential to people everywhere and building a school for Humanity 2.0."
This book is a little hard to review because I have mixed opinions. I found the discussion of how much our thinking is influenced by cultural and societal rules to be very helpful, as was the discussion of the importance of balance in life. On the other hand, the constant name dropping got old, as did the repeated plugs for Mr. Lakhiani's company. The many description of his business success and his perfect wife and perfect life and how you can emulate him also started to sound like an old Kathie Lee Christmas special (for those old enough to remember her), although in his defense he was suggesting approaches that other people can follow. Many of the main themes of the book- meditation, gratitude, forgiveness, compassion, love, looking inward, being resistant to the turmoil of life- are not original and seem to come right out of ancient Buddhist, Stoic, or Epicurian teachings.
So overall I think people's opinion of this book will vary a lot and will depend on how useful they find the valuable parts, how familiar they already are with Buddhism and Stoicism, and how much they want to learn about Mr. Lakhiani's life and company.
I was fooled by all the 5 star reviews and chose this book, thinking it was really something interesting and different that would inspire me. While the book does have some good content, I did not find it to be original at all, and did find it to be annoyingly fluffed up with hype and repetition. The first three chapters are almost 100% "how this book is structured and wow is this book amazing" kind of fluff, which you should simply skip. The rest of the book still contains an annoying amount of self-praising hype, repetitive stories about Richard Branson, Tony Robbins, etc, which I did not find inspiring or interesting at all, and an overall emphasis on entrepreneurial "how to succeed in business without really trying" ideas. In some parts of the book, the level of repetition is almost insulting. There's a part where he says, almost verbatim about 5 times, that you have to become happy before you can really achieve your goals. You can't just sweat and stress your way to success. I felt increasingly frustrated by all this repetition until I just gave up and decided I was not going to continue with the book.
Nothing new in this latest addition to the "self-help" and "leadership" genre of books. Good marketing and a nicely done clean cover caught my attention as one that is an avid reader - particularly of books focused on self-development. However, this one left me disappointed even after two reads. I also take issue with several of the strategies, but for the sake of brevity will focus on the "brules" and "blissipline" concepts. The author encourages readers to question rules; which on the surface is good, but the presumption being made is that all of the readers operate from the same level of morality and wisdom, which would give them the good judgment to pick and choose what works (at least for them). Simply, some societal conventions and mores serve a valid, meaningful and timeless purpose. Living within the "law" to make it simple is often the best path to freedom and not everyone has the ability or maturity to alter and redefine what is best for themselves or how they may interface with society on the whole. The concept of "blissipline" is another one that I have difficulty with as reality dictates that sometimes, despite the best efforts and intentions, life is just plain sour. There is struggle as a fundamental basis of life and usually, this results in goodness. Pursuing happiness and "learning" to find the (greater) good in everything, despite its value assignment as positive, negative or neutral is not only the mark of a mature human being, but is both important to the health of the individual and society as a whole. The notion of living one's "bliss" as a way of life can easily slip into the realm of the self-centered and insular. Where true "happiness" is enduring despite outcomes, "bliss" tends to be temporary (i.e., tied to a specific experience like the birth of a healthy child or getting a new job) and is not practical to attain, let alone maintain for most people once the luster rubs away. Nothing exciting - just a mix of new age humanist philosophies aimed at "millenials" and eastern traditions. The endless name dropping through the book is also tiresome and diminishes the authors credibility.
I guess that if you've never read anything on the Law of Attraction, goal setting, mindfulness or business success, this book may be of some benefit to you. The author is occasionally witty but for a person who has a half-million subscribers, this book is remarkably dull and lacking fresh insights. It was also a bit annoying to keep reading (six times?) about the invitation-only retreat he attended on Branson's private island as if he needs to convince us (and maybe himself) that others regard him as credible. As an alternative, I suggest Elisha Goldstein's "Uncovering Happiness." Lastly, I wish that some of these Internet millionaires would just be honest and emphatically state that unexplainable luck also had a good part to do with their success instead of crafting elaborate cause and effect narratives in retrospect which supposedly explain how they did it. (On this, read Taleb's "Black Swan.") Yes, there are principles to be followed, mindsets to be embraced and disciplines that will push you in the right direction, but sometimes you also just get lucky (regardless of your ability to "bend reality"). That doesn't mean that the typical reader will ever be able to replicate it in their lives.