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I pre-ordered this book and was eager to read it the day it released. Based on Vishen's previous book, 'The Code of the Extraodrinary Mind' I had very high expectations from this book. Make no mistake it is a good one, but I expected a great one. Somehow the stories in this book, felt not-new. After the initial two chapters, the way I read this book on my Kindle is by going to a new chapter, than backflipping the pages to the previous chapter, going directly to the 'Chapter Summary' & 'Systems for Living' sections that is provided at the end of every chapter. I will still be reading Vishen's future books, so hopefully this comment compels him to write another one thats revolutionary!
I was very intrigued by the title and descriptions of this book: finding balance between Buddha and Badass, flipping the culture on hard work, and making the most of my career. However, I realized very short into this book that Vishen is really catering more towards individuals who are in positions of power to change a company's culture. People like me who are fresh out of college working their first job can practice as much of these values and beliefs as they want, but we aren't going to change the company's deep-rooted culture until we elevate ourselves into a position to make those changes...or leave the company to start our own. For example, I can begin each work day by giving gratitude and appreciation to a coworker who helped me out the previous day. Maybe that person will feel a sense of pride and want to do the same for someone else, and I, in theory, provoke a positive change in the company. Or maybe they just say "you're welcome" and go about their day without a second thought. Vishen's approach to something like this would be to remove employees that don't follow MindValley's vision for gratitude/appreciation. But that's something he can do as Founder. I, as a bottom-level employee, can't do something like that.
All in all, I loved the book's teachings, ideas, and stories. However, I was just expecting something a little more personalized towards the "average" worker and not next the next CEO/Founder of a multi-million dollar company. I'm still going to practice these ideas of personal identity, gratitude, acceleration and navigation, but hopefully I can invoke some positive change as a newer employee.