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“Google engineer, Chade-Meng Tan’s book shows that to avoid certain kinds of results, you need to change the conditions that give rise to them. If you change the habitual patterns of your mind, you can change their resulting attitudes and emotions and find peace and inner happiness.” (His Holiness the Dalai Lama)

“This is a book offering much good advice. I most appreciate Meng’s insight that expressing compassion for others brings happiness to oneself as well.” (Jimmy Carter, Former President of the United States)

“I applaud Chade-Meng for daring to undertake the writing of a book on “Emotional Intelligence,” within which lies the essence of knowing oneself. The practices he offers will help improve our lives and in the process lead to a world where greater peace and happiness is possible.” (S.R. Nathan, Former President of Singapore)

“Combining timeless wisdom with modern science, Chade-Meng Tan has created an entertaining and practical guide to success and happiness.” (Deepak Chopra)

Search Inside Yourself is a practical guide to the fundamentals of emotional intelligence. This book has the potential to change lives and deliver happiness.” (Tony Hsieh, New York Times bestselling author of Delivering Happiness and CEO of Zappos.com, Inc.)

“This book and the course it’s based on represent one of the greatest aspects of Google’s culture—that one individual with a great idea can really change the world.” (Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google)

“There is more to be discovered inside of ourselves than we will ever find by searching anywhere else, and the challenge is in learning how to look. In a simple and plain spoken way, Meng has crafted an elegant invitation we can all use to take that journey.” (Scott Kriens, Chairman, Juniper Networks director, 1440 Foundation)

“This is a guidebook to help you Search Inside Yourself, as Meng’s training program at Google was called, to find inside yourself the knowledge, skills, and motivation to apply to your own life as you search for meaning, peace, and love.” (Larry Brilliant, President of the Skoll Global Threats Fund)

“Our friend has made an awakening contribution to this Over-Information Age. I recommend it to those aspiring self-mastery, attention training, spiritual wisdom, and the path of the wakeful life through enlightened living. Seek, and ye shall find. This is one of the best places to start.” (Lama Surya Das)

“When I visited Qom a couple of years ago, a Grand Ayatollah gave as his parting words to me: May you find what you seek. I have long thought about what the Grand Ayatollah said. Chade Meng’s book has pointed me in the right direction.” (Brigadier-General George Yeo, former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Singapore)

“This book reveals a key part of the success of Google. Whether we are trying to create positive change in the corporate realm or our personal relationships, Meng teaches us external change can only happen if we individually spend time cultivating a better understanding our own inner world.” (Tim Ryan, United States Congressman and author of A Mindful Nation)

“Full of humor and humility, wisdom and mindfulness, Meng’s book is a compelling read, but more importantly, a valuable manual for living a good life. Rarely have I read a book full of so much intelligence and emotion. I want to be Meng when I grow up!” (Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels and author of Emotional Equations)

“Meng is like a wise and humorous monk who will continue to inspire you for years after you close the pages of his book. With the needs of today’s world in mind, he offers practical and proven tools wrapped in the gift of timeless wisdom.” (John Mackey, co-chief executive officer and co-founder of Whole Foods Market)

“This work underscores the need for compassion, awareness and empathy in our society. It is no surprise that the best venture capitalists and entrepreneurs I know possess these attributes. This is one of the best works ever in personal development. Read this book, it will change your life.” (Tan Yinglan, author of The Way Of The VC and Chinnovation)

“Old wisdom is presented here with a provocative and startling freshness. The way to enlightenment begins with waking up. Meng is doing this with passion, humor and generosity of mind. This is a book to read, share, laugh with and celebrate.” (Father Laurence Freeman, OSB, director of the World Community for Christian Meditation)

“Think of S.I.Y. as the Zen of Google.” (ContemplativeComputing.com)

From the Back Cover

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."


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1st Printing edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062116924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062116925
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is an interesting book and has valuable information for those who wonder why nothing seems to satisfy or fulfill themselves. While I don't think this is a complete guide to how to live a fulfilled life, I'm going to review what IS in this book and not what IS NOT here.

The author, who has had a successful career as one of Google's early pioneering engineers, covers meditation and mindfulness as well as emotional intelligence. The combination of familiar information we all hear touted daily about meditation and philosophical attitudes that derive from Buddhism, with psychological techniques and knowledge of emotional intelligence is powerful stuff. The question is, will every reader be able to implement these concepts? Possibly not--but if you find there are areas of, say, emotional intelligence that you cannot grasp or you cannot seem to master, it's a signpost for you. Perhaps someone, a professional counselor, pastor, teacher or other guide can give you tools to move you past the roadblock.

The text is easy to read and well-illustrated with amusing cartoons and drawings. The book is engaging. Yes, there are many many of these "new-age" how to be happy books, but this one is so clearly written and so concise, I think it has a place on your bookshelf.

The emotional intelligence section, in particular, is laid out as clearly as a roadmap. Self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills are the five pillars. In additional to getting you to a happier state, emotional intelligence can boost your work performance, and improve your relationships. The author chooses a most delightful example of someone who learns emotional intelligence: Ebenezer Scrooge! My fave, A Christmas Carol.
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This guy is absolutely hilarious! According to the forward in the book by one of the leading pioneers of mindfulness named Jon Kabat-Zinn, Meng carry's around a business card that says "The jolly good fellow of Google (which nobody can deny)."

Meng designed a meditation system at Google; to make the practice more accessible to people, he calls it, "Search Inside Yourself" its designed to work on three things.

1. Attention training

2. Self-knowledge and self-mastery

3. Creating useful mental habits.

This books is full of ways to incorporate mindfulness into your life, he explains in-depth how to manage harmful emotions with mindfulness. It also contains a great deal of science backing up all of his claims, not to mention the book contains personal testimonials from other Google employees, about how a mindfulness practice has influence their life.

As he says in the book about creating useful mental habits, " Imagine whenever you meet anybody, your habitual, instinctive first thought is, I wish for this person to be happy. Having such habits changes everything at work, because this sincere goodwill is picked up unconsciously by others." This is one hundred percent possible by incorporating a consistent mediate practice into your life similar to the one laid out in this book.

America is ranked very low in the level of happiness on several recent polls and studies. This is something that bothers me, and I would generally like to see more people partaking in any type of available meditation practice or a practice that is similar to Search Inside Yourself even if they only incorporate five to ten minutes a day.
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I was really looking forward to reading this book since it was written by a Google engineer and is a course taken by Google employees. I was not disappointed, it is a great book with some easy to do exercises anyone can do to improve their life. Chade-Meng Tan uses humor throughout the book to make the concepts taught fun to learn about. He also does a great job of stressing how easy it is to learn emotional intelligence and do meditation and it really made me want to try it out.
Most of the book discusses meditation, both how to do it and the benefits from it. Along with meditation there are chapters about self-confidence, not letting your emotions control you, and the importance of empathy. Chade-Meng Tan states from the beginning that his goal in life is to help bring about world peace and this book is his way of bringing peace to the world one person at a time. HIs passion for the topics discussed shines throughout the book and he really gives you the motivation to give his ideas a try.
I have read a few self-help and meditation books before and I would have to say that this is the best one that I have read. After finishing the book I felt like the author was a friend motivating me to improve my life with some easy to do exercises. I am looking forward using the things I learned in this book and am sure that they will help me to be a happier person.
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I found Search Inside Yourself to be a terrific guide to the world of mindfulness meditation. I'd meditated before, but this book got me reengaged with mindfulness and back into a daily practice. Now I find myself using the techniques from the book on the daily basis.

As an engineer from google, the author takes an evidence-based analytical approach to meditation, which really resonated with me. The exercises and techniques were clear and I didn't feel silly/crazy doing them, like I do with some meditation stuff. Also, the whole book is full of jokes and is just a joy to read.

If you're someone who's looking to learn about meditation, then I highly recommend this book. It's made me a better boss, a better friend and overall a happier person!
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