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."
©2012 Chade-Meng Tang (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
What would have made this book better is to match the narrator to the tenor of the book. By all accounts, the author is absolutely delightful, cheerful, Google's court jester (not sarcastic in nature but positive, happy). The crime here is that the narrator is so terribly tedious and pedantic that it robs the book of it's joy, it's pleasure, and indeed, the thrust of it's highly compelling argument. Every word is ponderous: no syllable gets left behind. The correct narrator would have conveyed buoyancy, genuine enthusiasm, and warmth. This makes you want to cry because the material is so incredibly profound and groundbreaking, but the author's passion and warmth is never genuinely heard. The effort to pronounce every syllable and make sure the diction is perfect is diametrically opposed to the sense of the author. The work that Google has done in mindfulness has the potential to meaningfully bolster the lives of corporate leaders and employees, to reintroduce pleasure and emotional intelligence in the workplace. That is never felt in this: it's all about words and letters.Audible really should reconsider redoing this.
When I was trying to keep myself from throwing my phone out the car window in frustration at the narrator. Eventually (early in chapter 3), I decided that it was so counter to the soul of the book and it's author, that I just couldn't listen any more, fantastic content notwithstanding. I bought the hard copy and enjoyed it immensely, even following the work of the author.
Yes. If I were in a coma and need to either wake up or pass on. Listening to this would absolutely cause one or the other.
I LIKE the book, the message. It's very relevant, timely, and research-based. The book is filled with redeeming qualities. The narration has none.
Audible, please consider having this re-read. It's very important material. It needs someone who can carry the author's voice.
I enjoy audio books and blogging.
Yes. This book teaches you how to become a better thinker.
The best part of this book was the directive to separate responses from thoughts.
The narration was good and it did match the pace of the story. Oddly, I kind of liked that it sounded like a monorail announcement.
I think it took too long to get started. I felt that the first six chapters were merely an advertisement for the benefits of meditation.
This is a professional reader with a beautiful sounding voice but utterly out of sync with the material he's presenting, making the content of the book sound banal and trivial. He would sound more at home on an ad selling washing powder or pharmaceuticals. A good reader must inhabit the content as though they were the author themselves otherwise, like in this audiobook, the content comes off as sounding non-believable, which is a shame because this is indeed worthy content. This is a book touching topics of a spiritual and emotional nature, deeply personal subjects but sadly none of this comes forth in the presentation.A appropriate reader must fit the tone of the book they're presenting. This book may have some depth, but who would know? It's not given a chance to shine. I suggest buying a copy of the paperback.
Chade-Meng Tan writes from the heart, uses different research resources and puts this two components to practical day to day reality.
For me the Narrator's style does not match the Author's style, which makes the listening kind of odd, but nothing unbearable.
Yes, I will listen to it again sometime in the future, while commuting. I have the paper version as well to get the detailed instructions for the practices.
Roughly to other meditation and self-improvement books, but this one is a good compilation of what's out there, in a good mix and match way.
This is my first time and I found it very good.
It got me laughing in the streets, which was good to cause others to smile as well.
I was really looking forward to this book after seeing the rave reviews on Amazon for the book. The biggest issue is that the book is narrated by someone that is so mechanical and droll that listening is unbearable. The guy literally sounds 'robotic' at times.When listening to a subject matter such as this, the tonality of voice is really important, the listener needs to feel comfortable with the narrater. I've only managed to get about half hour into this listen, I just can't stand it any more. I'm focussing far more on the narrators weird voice that I'm not hearing the content. Very disappointed.
This book I will listen to again and then again and continue until it becomes my natural behavior. I feel it does have so much that I have not yet gotten to the surface the first time. Thanks Meng for writing it. I will continue doing my part.
ZEN. LDS. GTD. FTW.
I didn't know what to expect after reading a few of the reviews, but I thought Nick Sullivan's voice was an excellent proxy for Chade-Meng Tan and his bubbly personality.
Search Inside Yourself has some great advice for everyone. Get's a little slow near the end, but I recommend it.
Tell us about yourself!
Not necessarily. I have not read the print version, but I intend to purchase it too. I'd like to review the exercises more carefully.
I suppose one could compare it to "Wherever You Go, There You Are" by Jon Kabat-Zinn, because they are both basic guides to mindfulness mediation. They have very different perspectives and the writing is quite different.
enthusiastic, clear, happy
The title didn't grab my attention, so I was a little hesitant to purchase it with my precious credits. I worried it would be a superficial treatment of mindfulness meditation, but I am happy to say my first impressions were wrong. At first I was skeptical about how much insight a Google engineer could convey in a book about mediation. As it turns out, the engineer had many insights and a great sense of humor. I am preparing to teach a basic mindfulness class in the fall, and I found this book very useful in terms of it examples, clarity and suggested exercises. I especially liked the how the author compared mindfulness, emotional intelligence and self-awareness. These comparisons make the topic of meditation more mainstream and accessible.
"Hard to Listen To"
I'm not sure I'll actually be able to listen to the whole thing - it almost sounds like a computer's doing the reading
"Very informative book on Mindfulness"
It would be nice to have the guided meditation available to be downloaded from a website or something. Enjoyed listening.
Based on science and ancient practices, you can trust that this will really work. It has been extensively tested and proven at google and its based on succesful practices from leading scientists. I have listened to it many times and I am working on it myself. I am a big fan. I think it might really make a positive difference in your life.
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