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SEARCH INSIDE YOURSELF: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) ~Chade-Meng Tan

SEARCH INSIDE YOURSELF is quite the read and a book with an impressive itinerary – > world peace.

Chade-Meng Tan is a software, “good”  engineer at Google, who meditates and lives a Buddhist life style.  He is known as “Google’s Jolly Good Fellow”  because he is so happy and helpful.  He is obviously a leader and in his 20% efforts of working on his own projects at Google, he has developed a 7 week class called: Search Inside Yourself to help others explore their creativity, motivation, success and happiness.   He called on the giants in the fields of mindfulness and meditation for education and guidance and two of the greats wrote the forewords of the book; Jon Kabat-Zinn and Daniel Goleman.  No less, Chade-Meng Tan has shared a TED lecture at the United Nations and spent time with the Dalai Lama as he pursues his teachings on Peace.

The book is a well-organized course that one can partake of on their own or with a study group. I was struck by how with the support of a large group like Google, a much bigger  audience and followers can develop.   Most of the subject matter in the book, but not all, I have written about here on Patricia’s Wisdom:  Emotional Intelligence, Practice, Mindfulness, Compassion, Basic Communications, learning, and practicing. It was so fun to see these subjects wrapped up in an engineer’s logistics and linear thinking.

The cartoon drawings to illustrate the author’s points were fabulous and the tongue in cheek humor was just simply delightful.

How the author’s practice became a part of his everyday life and work was amazing, and then as it moved out into bigger and grander prospects one could truly imagine this leading to World Peace.  But then, I am not alone in that assessment – the list of people who are supporting this work and book read like a Who’s Who of worldwide leadership.

The book also talks about how one can make money and gain leadership strengthens through various practices he shares.   I was personally drawn to his shared research about the negative positive ratios in communication, which states that it takes 3 positives to balance a negative.

“Compassion is fun and builds leadership and business”

The section on what not to put in an email and how to communicate face to face – and why, was worth the purchase of the book.  Then again, each chapter revealed another truth and wisdom that was helpful.

I am fairly sure SEARCH INSIDE YOURSELF will be a best seller.

tlclogoI want to thank TLC online tours for asking me to review this book and HarperOne for sending me my very own copy.  It was a privilege and I am giving my daughters a copy for their birthdays.  It is that good!

I am now hoping IT Girl can get a position at GOOGLE too!

“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.

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18 Responses to “SEARCH INSIDE YOURSELF: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) ~Chade-Meng Tan”

  1. Talon Says:

    Patricia, that’s really interesting about the negative/positive ratio, but not totally unexpected. Wouldn’t it be nice if it became routine that more positive was spread around? I think you are doing such a great job of making sure that happens!

    Hope you and Zip and all the family are well.

    Patricia Reply:

    I am jumping up and down to find your here…I think this fellows formula could contribute greatly to world peace…yes all the positive we can muster.

    Zip and I are doing well…I have been sending good energy your way and have your card from the holidays sitting right beside me. Thinking a great deal about you and yours

  2. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    “… it takes 3 positives to balance a negative.”

    The entire post was interesting, but this statement pulled me in hook, line, and sinker!

    Patricia Reply:

    I am writing about that positive -negative ratio for Wise Ears Newsletter because it is a very important part of this book and getting to World Peace – Laurie

    Thank you for your kind words. This book is worth every penny – I am not giving my copy away!
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  3. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    “The section on what not to put in an email and how to communicate face to face – and why, was worth the purchase of the book.” I couldn’t agree more!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

    Patricia Reply:

    Heather- isn’t it just the best most positive book…I think I needs to be taught in High Schools.

    Whew, what a course and so fun

  4. suzen Says:

    Hi Patricia,
    I’d heard that before about the postive/neg. ratio – maybe it was Eckhart Tolle, I don’t remember, but knowing that alone has me cleaning up my act! Sounds like a great book – it’s going on “the list”. I won’t be in school forever :)

    Patricia Reply:

    I think you will love this book and it is actually a course – so I just read a section at a time and did the exercises every day…now at the end of the book I have some very positive new habits installed

    thanks for coming by, I love to hear from you

  5. Chris Edgar Says:

    Hi Patricia, I can relate to what the author says about communicating some things face-to-face — ideally I would have all my communications face-to-face and not from behind a computer screen, because it seems like in those interactions people are much more conscious of each other’s humanity and don’t treat each other like the machine sitting in front of them.
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    Patricia Reply:

    This is true Chris and this book fits nicely with your productivity book too…lots of mindfulness.

    The brain is still wired to do it’s best heart to heart work of connection when folks are face to face….it is still hard to understand when using tools like Skype…but maybe that will get better…

    That is still a great way to have a long distance relationship and keep the kids connected to a parent who is traveling but not so good for the vital – life giving stuff
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  6. Lael Says:

    This sounds like a great read

    Patricia Reply:

    This Google software engineer has some good ideas – taking the ancient practices into new century endeavors – I think you would like it

  7. Sara Says:


    Okay, I confess. At the beginning of this book review, I was thinking about how I don’t need another book about meditation sitting on my shelf, gathering dust. Even the mention of Jon Kabat-Zinn, my favorite writer on the benefits of meditation, wasn’t doing it.

    BUT…the part about what to put in emails and what not to put in them, as well as the benefits of face-to-face communication and how to handle this tricky communication got me. These are both areas in which I personally need to “search inside myself” to do better:~)

    Once again, a review of a book I might have passed up on the bookshelf, but your review pulled me in. Thanks!!

    I hope all is well with you.
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    Patricia Reply:

    Hi Sara,
    I am so glad you came by and checked out my post..Thank you on many levels, the least being I lost my Google reader and have been scrambling to retrieve all the address and links by wandering around sites and clicking on comment luv…
    I will be back shortly to your site.

    I know just how you feel, I was a bit weary about reviewing another book about meditation, but I believe this engineer makes the practices quite contemporary and he does not limit to special sitting positions – there is a practice for washing dishes with mindfulness and the book pushes the envelop towards greater thinking and mindfulness in all walks of life…and it is funny.

    The section on what not to put in emails and what not to text is extremely short, but I was so impressed with it, I wrote a whole newsletter on WISE EARS…

    I think mixed with Dr. Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communications/Compassionate Communications this could be knock your socks of powerful contemporary practice.

    Every waking moment….

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  9. Sam Juliano Says:

    The book’s title speaks volumes of course, but in your post you intricately elaborate the specifics. It is lamentable that a negative is not so easily eradicated, but in another sense this is the right course to stress the positive. I’m not at all surprised at your admiration for this volume. Hope all is well my friend.
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    Patricia Reply:

    Thank you for coming by – I know you are on a busy schedule and congratulation to your son Danny on Confirmation – Handsome father you have!

    I think I would send this book to college with my kids, it is definitely a good guide for stress reduction, planning futures and getting the most out of learning…and by a Google Software Engineer…
    Good stuff found within!