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Embrace the Chaos: How India Taught Me to Stop Overthinking and Start Living Paperback – October 7, 2013
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—Brian Tracy, coauthor of Kiss That Frog!
“In this noisy, fast-paced world, it is hard not to get swept away by the demands, anxieties, and challenges that daily come down upon us. Embrace the Chaos shows us that only by opening our minds and our hearts to life’s wonderful unpredictability can we truly live. It is a wise and welcome book.”
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“Embrace the Chaos is a wonderful book that comes at the right time, offering us hope, inspiration, and the courage to keep moving forward.”
—Melanne Verveer, US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues
“Bob has offered an insightful and thought-provoking guide to navigating times of profound change.”
—Ian Read, Chairman and CEO, Pfizer Inc.
“In a world where change, uncertainty, and continual reinvention have become the new norm, Bob Miglani takes us on a powerful and optimistic journey of quite literally embracing the chaos and organically transforming the future from threat into opportunity and optimism. Read Embrace the Chaos and believe it.”
—Henry S. Lodge, coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Younger Next Year and Younger Next Year for Women
“Over 2,500 years ago, the Buddha taught his followers about the impermanent nature of existence...explaining how everything is constantly changing, ever flowing, eternally in flux. But our Western minds crave stability, certainty, predictability, and control. ‘Give it up,’ Bob Miglani tells us in his new book. ‘Your longing for control is futile. The truth of reality is chaos. Learn to go with the flow. Relax—and dance with the chaos.’ The Buddha would agree. Therein lies freedom and happiness.”
—BJ Gallagher, coauthor of Being Buddha at Work
“If we are going to continue to thrive in these times of profound change, we must learn how to embrace the chaos. This is a most compelling book that offers men and women everywhere hope, inspiration, and courage.”
—Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky, former Under Secretary of State
“We all can benefit from Bob’s experience in learning to embrace the chaos of our modern life. This book is enormously helpful to me in navigating the everyday challenges of being a husband, father, and NFL official.”
—Carl Johnson, the NFL’s first full-time on-field game official
“Whether we’re trying to transform education or change our own lives, it’s about embracing chaos. Bob’s wonderful book helps show us how to move purposefully and happily through the complex nature of work and life.”
—John Katzman, founder of The Princeton Review, 2U, and Noodle
“Embrace this book! Bob articulates so perfectly the feelings we all have of uncertainty in life. His fascinating stories and unique observations offer a positive-thinking picture of what we need to get unstuck and move forward successfully.”
—Lynda Bekore, Managing Editor, SmallBizClub.com, and Huffington Post blogger
“‘Embrace the chaos’ is not just a mantra for management—it’s a mantra for life. We can all learn from and enjoy this simple but beautifully written book. It is, without question, worth the read.”
—John J. Connolly, EdD, President and CEO, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., and former President, New York Medical College
“With a jolt, Bob’s writing forces us to rethink our lives and transform ourselves—to step back from the daily roller coaster of life, savor every passing minute with a free spirit, and discover unlimited potential in ourselves! An easy-to-read manual of life!”
—Deepak Ahuja, CFO, Tesla Motors
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This book is a short easy read. It's certainly not a manual about rocket science, and I wasn't struck by any epiphanies while reading it, but I enjoyed the stories (modern day parables) about India.
There were several great points that struck a chord with me:
"It all works out in the end. Just accept it." (page xvi)
"What I'm suggesting is not that we sit back and give up on life but that we in fact work harder on the things that we can control: our own words, thoughts, and actions. By making a choice to redirect our frequently wasted effort to control others or the conditions around us, by refocusing that intense passion on our own actions, living in each precious moment, we can begin to move forward into a life we want." (page 3)
"What I had missed ... in my search for the presence of God, I discovered only when I was forced to let go of the plans I had made, when I stopped trying to understand why things went wrong and simply accepted it. Instead, I found that presence hidden inside the generosity and kindness of those who notice our effort and help us on our journey ..." (page 27)
"I became happier the moment I stopped putting my attention on others. ...Read more ›
MacGyver ( [...] ), for those of you who remember that 80's TV show, was always thrown into unusual situations each episode, usually trapped in some location - and he always managed to figure a way out of the dire situation just using what was available to him at the time. Sometimes a paperclip, chewing gum and a shoelace was all he had on him and he made do - and was successful in his mission as a result!
I'm not sure if everyone's life is as hectic as mine and my wife's, but generally life is pretty hectic and uncontrolled. For those of us who seek control of our lives, it can be difficult to manage when it veers off the track we have for it in our minds. "The best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry"...pretty much sums up our life...and this book helps you cope with that simple fact of life by bringing to you examples from the author's travels and life experiences.
One of my favorite quotes is by Bruce Lee:
"Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend."
"Be like water...find your way around objects and challenges" is a quote I have often used when I'm frustrated at an unexpected challenge which throws my "awesome" plans out the window.Read more ›
Worried about the direction that his life was taking him, Miglani accepts an invitation to India in order to see how people living in such chaos can be so happy and carefree. What he discovers is that there is no rhyme or reason to anything in the country of his birth. Everything is total chaos and whatever happens, happens. Being so used to living a life of routine and planning out each moment of the future is in total contrast to the Indian way of life. It is this lack of worrying about the future that is key to living a fulfilled and happy life.
The reader learns that in India, it's virtually unheard of for plans to go as expected. As such, it's citizens are forced to take one moment at a time. Unlike the United States, the people of India thrive on unpredictability, extreme overcrowding and never knowing exactly what's going to take place next. This forces its residents to live in the moment and not worry about the past or the future. While plans can certainly be made for the future, when things don't go as planned, there's no reason for getting upset. The Indian people simply go with the flow.
Throughout the book, Miglani writes about different adventures, such as a wedding that seems to be nothing but total chaos, a plane that isn't going anywhere, despite the author having to be there. Despite everything, in the end all turns out just fine. He talks about cows in the road blocking traffic and how it's normal to back up and take a different route. The lesson through all of his travels and ordeals is that regardless of how you get there, the outcome is never in doubt.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be a new and interesting way to look at life's chaos. This book took me to a land I have not had the opportunity to visit, yet through... Read morePublished 2 months ago by sheri a matarese
Wonderful book! Extremely interesting and inspiring! Such a great read!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Quick positive enjoyable read! It reaffirmed many of the questions or thoughts flooding my chaotic mind these days which I consider a great gift!Published 3 months ago by CathyG
India and it's culture has always held a certain fascination and mystery for me. After reading Bob Miglani's beautifully written book I am even more drawn to the lessons we can... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Ph.D.
I chose this rating because I enjoyed the book and hope to apply some of the principles to my own life. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Peggy L. Davis
Great book with really good stories that inspire you and give you strength to carry on amidst the chaos!Published 18 months ago by E. Connolley
Love this book. Bought copies for 10 friends and still promote it. I love getting advice from a guy who grew up selling ice cream cones in New Jersey. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ginny's Store