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Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) Paperback – September 2, 2014
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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
From the Groundbreaking Course at Google
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 to you.
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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.
-There is absolutely nothing new in this book. The author has simply rehashed the work of the introduction writers Goleman, Kabat-Zinn and of several other authors.
- The meditation exercises given are standard Buddhist meditation exercises that have been in print for many years. Some appear to have been copied almost verbatim from the above mentioned authors. (I am surprised Google allows an employee to publish non original material)
- The other exercises he uses in his Google course "Search Inside Yourself" ("one on one listening", etc) are standard New Age techniques that have been in place for many years.
-The book is written in a straightforward style, easy to digest for the newcomer.
- If the book has helped anyone to find a happier life, then it is overcomes the criticisms listed above.
It also has plenty of exercises, though I recommend getting a good app to help guide you through it. As a beginner, trying on your own without guidance is difficult and not as effective. The author does have a few guided meditations up on Soundcloud, so those are a good start, but only a few so you'll quickly get tired of them.