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The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed On Your Own Terms Hardcover – May 10, 2016
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This guidebook promises to "hack" conventional thinking by exposing readers to the faulty logic of "brules" (bullsh*t rules) in what Lakhiani calls the culturescape―the mental world of relative truths and ideas that people "should" believe. Lakhiani, founder of Mindvalley, a learning experience company, uses personal anecdotes and those of his successful, famous friends (including Arianna Huffington, Elon Musk, and Ken Wilber) to illustrate how liberating oneself from brules and creating new models of reality can lead to an extraordinary mind, greater happiness, and purpose. Lakhiani's "transcendent practices" include gratitude, forgiveness, self-love, positive visualization, and the ability to see failure and difficult times as opportunities for growth. On occasion, anecdotes seem far removed from the average reader. Lakhiani made a promise to himself that if he "ever woke up two weeks in a row dreading going to work, [he] should quit and think of another job"―an optimistic code for living, but not one that everyone can live by. Still, the author's three most important questions―"What experiences do you want to have in this lifetime? How do you want to grow? How do you want to contribute?"―can be of benefit to anyone.
“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 ®
“This book will positively affect the life of anyone who takes the time to read it and implement some or all of the activities into their daily life. I would love to see The Code of the Extraordinary Mind be required reading for high school seniors and first year college/university students.
Imagine what our world would look like if all people had access to the knowledge and framework of how to successfully pursue inner happiness, and achieve their full potential in life. That’s what The Code of the Extraordinary Mind helps provide.”
~ Nancy Phillips, speaker and coauthor of bestseller Pushing to the Front
“I’ve read an early release version…and it’s one of the BEST personal growth books of our generation. Enjoy his wisdom and share, share, share if you feel inspired.”
~ Carl Harvey, Host of TheBigLife.com
“This book is a game-changer. This is a book that will change many lives because it takes into account everything that affects us as human beings and puts it into a system that anyone can use. It’s based on science and spirituality and the experiences of the most successful amongst us. Highly recommended. Love it.”
~ Arturo Nava, Founder of Logra Tu Dream Podcast
“Vishen is unstoppable in his commitment to inspire humankind to a new paradigm. He is starting at the right place…the mind. I have no doubt he too will leave a dent in the Universe.”
~ Tom Cronin, Founder of The Stillness Project
“You could say the book is transcendent. Lakhiani’s work provides a blueprint for any individual to find his or her potential without having to run to a cave in Tibet. He is no mere guru of anecdotal experience dressed in New Age lingo. His writing is brutally honest, humble, and intimate. At the same time, the book’s content is laser-like in its practicality―drawing partially from Lakhiani having 17 jobs in 17 years, from washing dishes to founding (and losing) companies.”
~ Miguel Conner, qSample
“Your life does not just happen. You experience life exactly as you have fashioned it. If you are unhappy with where you are, you can deconstruct the parts you don’t like and build them up again. Vishen gives you a step-by-step blueprint for doing just that. Your days will be filled with more joy and less stress. And you will accomplish far more than you ever thought possible. This book is a guide to crafting your perfect life. And it is funny to boot.”
~ Srikumar Rao is a TED speaker and author of Are You Ready to Succeed and Happiness at Work
“The “Code” is a how-to book that shows you how to examine your mindset, offering options and opportunities to alter your beliefs to lead you to a more fulfilling, meaningful and values-based life. It shows you that you are not stuck being who you are, but that a better version is available if you’re willing to open your mind to the possibilities.”
~ Michael F. Kay, Forbes.com
“This book will positively affect the life of anyone who takes the time to read it and implement some or all of the activities into their daily life. I would love to see The Code of the Extraordinary Mind be required reading for high school seniors and first year college/university students. Imagine what our world would look like if all people had access to the knowledge and framework of how to successfully pursue inner happiness, and achieve their full potential in life. That’s what The Code of the Extraordinary Mind helps provide.”
~ Nancy Phillips, The Zela Wela Kids
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.
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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.
A red flag to the cognoscenti is the author’s quasi-apotheosis of Michael Beckwith and Ken Wilber. Beckwith is just another New Age talking head, while Wilber, who bills himself as “a pandit,” is the most overrated philosopher on the planet (just ahead of Sam “the Sham” Harris). The author fairly gushes over Wilber. He waxes: “Ken Wilber probably is the greatest living philosopher in the world today.” If you want a gander at how clueless Wilber is sociopolitically, know that he is a New World Order globalist who supports George Soros and Soros’s uber-corrupt “human pet,” Hillary Clinton. Spiritually, Wilber hardly has a clue, and doesn’t even grok the Buddhism he pushes (see my two-star review of his Kindle book “The Fourth Turning: Imagining an Integral Buddhism”).
To sum: If you want a book that apes other New Age authors, “The Code of the Extraordinary Mind” could be right up your alley. But if you’re looking for something truly “extraordinary” on the mind and cognition, consider studying Aristotle’s Laws of Thought and Ayn Rand’s Objectivist epistemology. And if mystical understanding floats your boat, check out books on Ramana Maharshi’s Self-enquiry and Adi Da’s radical understanding.