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Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (And World Peace)

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With Search Inside Yourself, Chade-Meng Tan, one of Google’s earliest engineers and personal growth pioneer, offers a proven method for enhancing mindfulness and emotional intelligence in life and work.

Meng’s job is to teach Google’s best and brightest how to apply mindfulness techniques in the office and beyond; now, readers everywhere can get insider access to one of the
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by HarperOne (first published 2012)
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Feb 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: informative
Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan

This book looked enticing. I am interested in meditation and concentration techniques and this promised to be an enthusiastic exploration by a keen intellect. How could one resist a book claiming to be “The Secret Path to Unbreakable Concentration, Complete Relaxation and Total Self-Control?
However I had to abandon it largely because of the style and unconsious elitism of the author, a man who wears his corporate credentials on his sleeve.

Chade-MengTan is
Thomas Holbrook
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
When a trusted friend suggested I read this popular book, I was interested but leery of reading – yet another – “step-by-step” plan for meditation. Typically, books on deepening one’s awareness or spirituality or devotional life are old plans retreated to appear as “new information” with the requisite (and obvious) reminder that daily adherence to the plan is required. This book’s power lies in it stating the truth that living and life are to be found the moments of “mindfulness.” Search Inside ...more
Todd N
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: on-hold, audio
Couldn’t hang with this book after somewhere around the third chapter. Just too painful. I don’t know what I was thinking getting this book.

Well, actually I do. I figured maybe it would be a nice change to give mindfulness a try instead of my usual state of slowly being consumed in a fire of all-consuming rage. Further I figured that since I worked at Google for six-ish years maybe a class designed at Google for Google employees would be well-suited for me.

I was vaguely aware of this class when
Jessie Young
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
I read this book after reading a review in the NYT. The review was actually more of a feature on the author than a review, but the topic seemed interesting and he has definitely done good work.

In the end, I didn't love it. I think that the whole "look at us we work at Google that is so hard" thing didn't work for me. Because I know people who work at Google and trust me, there are much harder jobs. I do agree that people in the workplace are too stressed these days and we need to deal with it, I
Winnie Lim
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life-changing
Read this in two sittings, one during dinner and one after dinner-induced food coma.

I picked up this book because I was curious what would one of the most famous Singaporeans (at least in tech) write on the intangible subject of Happiness.

I was not disappointed and actually the book turned out to be way beyond my expectations.

He advocates using mindfulness meditation as a tool to increase happiness and creativity, gives plenty of scientific evidence and statistics to prove that meditation is
Meditation has turned into somewhat of a sexy practice these days, especially among techie types. Case in point: this book about meditation, written by the person in charge of meditation at Google. However, this is not some business book about increased productivity. Indeed, Chade-Meng Tan’s goal in life is to change the world through increased personal contentment and compassion.

I started practicing meditation before I actually knew what meditation was, although I certainly wouldn’t consider my
To people who meditate regularly, the beginning of this book will be things you already know (well, I assume so - I meditate regularly, and fee that the start of the book was a refresher course). But the science behind the examples was interesting and reinforced my commitment to meditate regularly.

And then it changed. This book took the practice of meditation and explained how it helped you at work. Like. For reals. No, really for reals.

And then it just... kept going. It kept building on the
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
If this were my first self-help/psychology book, I would probably have loved it. But the author makes so many references to books I've already read (Mindset, 7 Habits, Difficult Conversations, The Artists Way, even basic yoga principles), that there was very little new information. So while the information is useful, I have to give it a two-star "okay" for the lack of news, and his corny jokes. ...more
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it

The writing style is a bit too dumbed-down and seems to have some forced humor. I enjoyed the practical snippets that recommend actionable steps you can take toward meditation and leading a life with more inner peace and happiness.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My hopes for the book were that it would be the one book about mindfulness I could recommend to all friends, because it was coming from an engineering mind. It almost lived up to my expectations, but not quite. While the bullshit levels were super low, the depth was sometimes lacking and substituted with name-dropping.

Still, it was a great overview of mindfulness – some theory, a ton of practices, which I think will be useful to everybody in the “creative workforce”.

Give it a try.

What I mostly g
Jun 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Některé myšlenky jsem shledal velmi inspirativní. Připojím několik citací:

Viktor Frankl: Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our happiness.

UCLA lab of Matthew Lieberman: There is a simple technique for self-regulation called "affect labeling", which simply means labeling feelings with words. When you label an emotion you are experiencing (for example, "I feel anger"), it somehow
Star performers in the tech sector differ from average performers in six ways: a strong achievement drive, ability to influence others, conceptual thinking, analytical thinking, initiative in taking on challenges, and self-confidence (Goleman, 1998). If you're looking at this list and thinking success here goes well beyond technical skills, you're right. Can these skills be built? Chade-Meng Tan's argues that they can be; Search Inside Yourself outlines Meng's professional development program at ...more
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this better than other mindfulness books I've read, like 10% Happier. Meng spearheaded the creation of a course for Google employees on mindfulness meditation (couched in the framework of building emotional intelligence, which is more "business-like") and then adapted the curriculum into this book. What I liked was that Meng sets a very low bar for entry into the practice of mindfulness meditation: he suggests practicing meditation the "easy way" — noticing your breath for 2 minutes — or ...more
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-on-blinkist
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Gave it a three, not because of the content, but for it providing little I didn’t already know . Meditation is fantastic and I should do more of it, and EI is important to success in both life and work, but didn’t need another reminder...;)

The basic principle behind the methodology is a three-step approach: You must first develop your capacity to direct your attention as you see fit, and here mindfulness meditation is very useful. With this improved attention, you can get a bett
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
The author has developed a course at Google designed for its engineers, during which he leads employees through an extremely accessible adaptation and explanation of meditation practices, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness. As a result, principles which are often cloaked in much depth or complexity are now laid bare with simple break-out exercises, illustrations and storytelling, designed for cynical, linear-minded readers.

The first read was great, and will help me know which pages to flip
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I believe mindfulness works. I believe these techniques work in a supportive corporate environment. I wish more corporate environments were open to encouraging the overall health of employees, but I don't know if they will be unless they see a bottom-line need for it. Since this comes from Google, it carries more authority than it would from a start-up that can get by with a "hippy-dippy" approach to work. But he doesn't justify the money reason enough, I think, to convince companies that have a ...more
Apr 24, 2013 rated it liked it
A visitor brought this along, so I borrowed it for a few days. I am an ardent Googler, so I figured I owed it to Google to read a book by one of their engineers on how he proposes to save the world.

Pleasant read, excellent suggestions and like a lot of things in life, easier said than done. Relax and pay attention and relax and help people and relax. Oh, and help them be at ease in life, too. Something like that. I'm poking fun, but with affection. I liked it.

I'm old enough now that a lot of wh
Alisa Bowman
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I write about and teach meditation. As a result, many people ask me for a good, easy-to-read guides for beginners. Search Inside Yourself delivers. The author adapts several standard Buddhist meditations for the work setting, and he blends Dharma teachings (never really calling them Dharma, though) with the fields of psychology and specifically emotional intelligence. The book is easy read and left me with several take-aways, even though I've been meditating for years. For instance, I particular ...more
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Jon Kabat-Zinn for the work environment. So he offers "short cuts" to meditation as well as more formal instructions. I found the parts about managing emotional triggers in meetings useful. He also has some good reminders about how important it is to have a positive outlook about a person you meet even though you might have heard some unflattering things about them; some good practical empathy tips; and 'mindful' ways of handling difficult people and situations. ...more
Sampada Nayak
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
After reading a decent number of books on mindfulness from the "babas" and "gurus" of the world I picked this book to hear about mindfulness and its application from an engineer.. and not any engineer but employee no 107 from THE Google.. Oh boy was i disappointed !

Mengs work seemed extremely derivative and to me its is a collection of notes from books by the Dalai Lama, Steven Covey, Daniel Goleman and Jon Kabat Zinn..If you have read their books and given meditation a level 1 try then this bo
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great book about meditation and how it can help with your wellbeing. The main thing that stood out in this one is that the author quite heavily focuses on how it helps to develop emotional intelligence and interpersonal communication skills. Some other grounds are being covered as well and to help with that there are quite a few different meditation exercises. I think they would be useful even for the intermediate meditator who so far performed meditation that solely focuses on one's breath.

Oct 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
While reading the forwards signed by by Zinn and Goleman, authors I have read and studied for years, I wondered if the forwards had been drafted by Tan; they seemed quite similar and did not read like Zinn and Goleman. Oh well, perhaps sometimes an author drafts forwards? Am I imagining it or did Zinn and Goleman not have or take the time to make each forward their own?

The beginning of the book is filled with easy to read citations from the extensive science that backs meditation. But I deeply
Av Ferzair Harrison
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book had a promising start, if you can excuse the humble bragging voices of the author you might actually finish the book like I did- after three years that is. There are few good points for the book, breathing and concentrating exercises- but hey give the spot light to this particular lifestyle just because, hey don't we all know something like that too but we don't give ourselves credit for it as if we were the ones discover breathing. Given it meant well to put out so many internal fires ...more
Mar 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
I do not like guide books that tell me how to change my life and become a better person. So, I actually do not remember how I came across this one and why I started reading in the first place.

The book is a beginner’s guide to mindfulness for people trained to solve sophisticated logical, technological or scientific problems. The author – being an engineer himself – developed this program at Google and approaches the subject with a scientific mindset.

Whenever I read in this book, I felt positive,
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
When I first heard of mindfulness meditation, it was during my MBA. I was skeptical and wasn't shy about telling the professor as much. He challenged me to engage in the practice of mindfulness meditation if not at work, then at least before bed, and encouraged me to be cognizant of how I felt afterwards. I went into the assignment as a skeptic, and came out a believer.

I feel similarly about this book. Enough research has been done by now to cement mindfulness meditation as an unquestionably go
Fiona Alfait
Nov 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone interested in inter & intrapersonal dynamics and self-improvement should read this book. I wasn’t quite sure what to think when the head of my team recommended this book to me to work on soft skills. I really didn’t know what to think when I found out it was about meditation. Turns out it’s the best book rec I’ve received yet. I thought it was going to be a boring book about how to meditate (to which I thought - I’d rather DO). No no. It’s a fascinating set of recommendations on mindset ...more
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading a little of this book everyday as I try to incorporate good practices this year. Meditation is something I've done on and off without much success at establishing and maintaining a practice.
Tan's book offers practical lessons in breathing, meditation and how to use them to become calmer, more focused and more creative at home and at work.

It's written simply with many practical suggestions for establishing these habits. Recommended for anyone who wishes more clarity and calm in
I really enjoyed this book on mindfulness meditation and its real world benefits, along with a whole load of different meditations to try out on a daily basis.

I read a library copy of it, but I suspect that to get the most benefit from it, I probably need to buy my own copy and refer back to it over time as I progress through the various meditations.
Apr 21, 2020 rated it liked it
A Matt millenweg recommendation on the Sam Harris podcast. Quick skim. As a more experienced meditator nothing new to see here, but enjoyed the scientific studies included.
Great for the those new on the path.
Leonardo Longo
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Meditation became a go-to technique of personal growth since I've read the 5am Club and it helped me to strength mental health during the quarantine, so I loved how the book explains that practicing mindfulness can have a positive influence on your work performance and job satisfaction, endorsed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Daniel Goleman.
Search Inside Yourself became a Google program and is also the name of an independent leadership institute that organizes mindfulness-based trainings all around the w
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Chade-Meng Tan (Meng) is Google's Jolly Good Fellow (which nobody can deny). Meng was one of Google's earliest engineers. Among many other things, he helped build Google's first mobile search service, and headed the team that kept a vigilant eye on Google's search quality. His current job description is, "Enlighten minds, open hearts, create world peace".

Outside of Google, Meng is the Founder and

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