Search Inside Yourself

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The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace)


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Book Details
 287 p
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 4,368 KB
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 PDF format
 978–0–06–220456–1 (int’l) 
 2012 by Chade-Meng Tan 

Search Inside Yourself
“As human beings we are capable of positive change. Google engineer Chade-
Meng Tan’s book, Search Inside Yourself, which creatively blends the ancient
meditative practice of mindfulness with the contemporary field of emotional
intelligence, 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, 39th president of the United States
“At a time when so many books are being published on such subjects as
leadership, strategy, governance, and other topics, I applaud Chade-Meng for
daring to undertake the writing of such a book on ‘emotional intelligence,’
within which lies the core essence of knowing oneself. The advice and practices
he offers will help improve all aspects of our lives and in the process lead to a
world where greater peace and happiness are possible.”
—S. R. Nathan, 6th president of Singapore
“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
—Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google
“Meng is like a wise and humorous monk who will continue to inspire you for
years after you close the pages of his book. Written with the needs of today’s
world in mind, Search Inside Yourself 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
“Combining timeless wisdom with modern science, Chade-Meng Tan has
created an entertaining and practical guide to success and happiness.”
—Deepak Chopra
“Mahatma Gandhi said to turn the spotlight, the searchlight, inwards.
Meng has done it, showing us how to join him in following these peaceful
and profound, loving and compassionate footsteps in developing the mindfulbased
emotional wisdom that can help us be serene and feel in harmony, and
contribute to a better world. Practical, accessible, broad, and deep; with his Inner
Search tools, tips, techniques—and delightful illustrations—our friend has made
a truly awakening contribution to this troubled cacophonous Over-Information
Age. I heartily recommend it to all those aspiring to self-mastery, attention
training and focus, spiritual wisdom, and the joy-path of the wakeful life through
everyday enlightened living. Seek, and ye shall find. This book is one of the very
best places to start.”
—Lama Surya Das
“This book reveals a key part of the secret behind the success of Google. It is a
touchstone for those of us interested in revolutionizing the many outdated
institutions and systems in our country. Whether we are trying to create positive
change in education, health care, the corporate realm, or in our personal
relationships, Search Inside Yourself teaches us that external positive change can
only happen if we each individually spend time each day cultivating a better
understanding of our own inner world.”
—Tim Ryan, U.S. congressman and author of A Mindful Nation
“Full of humor and humility, wisdom and mindfulness, Chade-Meng Tan’s book
is a compelling read, but more importantly, it’s a valuable operating manual for
living a good life. Rarely have I read a book that’s 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
“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
“Chade-Meng Tan has a voice that modern people can readily listen to:
consciousness informed with science. More than that, he has something to say of
real importance for our time—that global peace depends on the personal
experience that meditation leads to. 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
“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 plainspoken way, Meng has crafted an elegant invitation we can all
use to take that journey.”
—Scott Kriens, chairman of Juniper Networks and director of 1440 Foundation
“Meng inspires all with his modesty, humor, intelligence, and—dare I say it?—
love. Meeting Meng, I experienced a kind of radiant vicarious love. In this book,
you too can have a vicarious love affair with some of Meng’s spiritual friends:
wisdom, compassion, and equanimity.
Meng shows you where the tools are hidden inside of you, mapping your
way with the precise logic of an engineer, encouraging you with the compassion
of a longtime meditator, and in an ironic twist, seducing you to press ‘pause’ on
the incessant drone of technology and modernity in the outside world, just long
enough to find joy within you in the ancient wisdom, on the path eternal.”
—Larry Brilliant, president of the Skoll Global Threats Fund
“Chade-Meng has written an excellent book that should be read by everyone.
This great work restores emotional intelligence and its underlying traits,
compassion, awareness, and empathy, or at least underscores the need for these
attributes in our society. It is no surprise that the best venture capitalists and
entrepreneurs I know all possess the attributes that Chade-Meng alludes to. In
my opinion, this is one of the best works ever in personal development and a
refreshing change from so much verbiage out there in other works. Read this
book, and it will profoundly change your life.”
—Tan Yinglan, author of The Way of the VC and Chinnovation
“I began reading his book with a somewhat patronizing attitude, like an uncle
going through a nephew’s writings. As I leafed through the pages, I found
myself sitting up, poring over the words more carefully and reflecting on what
he had to say with increasing seriousness. 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

Attention Training
Attention is the basis of all higher cognitive and emotional abilities. Therefore,
any curriculum for training emotional intelligence has to begin with attention
training. The idea is to train attention to create a quality of mind that is calm and
clear at the same time. That quality of mind forms the foundation for emotional

Self-Knowledge and Self-Mastery
Use your trained attention to create high-resolution perception into your own
cognitive and emotive processes. With that, you become able to observe your
thought stream and the process of emotion with high clarity, and to do so
objectively from a third-person perspective. Once you can do that, you create the
type of deep self-knowledge that eventually enables self-mastery.

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, and
you create the type of trust that leads to highly productive collaborations. Such
habits can be volitionally trained.

In creating Search Inside Yourself, we collected some of the best scientific
data and gathered some of the best minds on the topic to create a curriculum that
is proven to work. You will not want to miss this; it may change your life. Like, seriously.
I am confident that this book will be a valuable resource for you as you
embark on your exciting journey. I hope your journey will be fun and profitable.
And, yes, that it will contribute to world peace too.

Table of Contents

Title Page
Foreword by Daniel Goleman
Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Introduction: Searching Inside Yourself
One: Even an Engineer Can Thrive on Emotional Intelligence
Two: Breathing as if Your Life Depends on It
Three: Mindfulness Without Butt on Cushion
Four: All-Natural, Organic Self-Confidence
Five: Riding Your Emotions like a Horse
Six: Making Profits, Rowing Across Oceans, and Changing the World
Seven: Empathy and the Monkey Business of Brain Tangos
Eight: Being Effective and Loved at the Same Time
Nine: Three Easy Steps to World Peace
Epilogue: Save the World in Your Free Time
Recommended Reading and Resources
About the Publisher


EPub Edition © APRIL 2012 ISBN 9780062121424