Jay Shetty, social media superstar and host of the #1 podcast On Purpose, distills the timeless wisdom he learned as a monk into practical steps anyone can take every day to live a less anxious, more meaningful life.
When you think like a monk, you’ll understand:
-How to overcome negativity
-How to stop overthinking
-Why comparison kills love
-How to use your fear
-Why you can’t find happiness by looking for it
-How to learn from everyone you meet
-Why you are not your thoughts
-How to find your purpose
-Why kindness is crucial to success
-And much more...
Shetty grew up in a family where you could become one of three things—a doctor, a lawyer, or a failure. His family was convinced he had chosen option three: instead of attending his college graduation ceremony, he headed to India to become a monk, to meditate every day for four to eight hours, and devote his life to helping others. After three years, one of his teachers told him that he would have more impact on the world if he left the monk’s path to share his experience and wisdom with others. Heavily in debt, and with no recognizable skills on his résumé, he moved back home in north London with his parents.
Shetty reconnected with old school friends—many working for some of the world’s largest corporations—who were experiencing tremendous stress, pressure, and unhappiness, and they invited Shetty to coach them on well-being, purpose, and mindfulness. Since then, Shetty has become one of the world’s most popular influencers. In 2017, he was named in the Forbes magazine 30-under-30 for being a game-changer in the world of media. In 2018, he had the #1 video on Facebook with over 360 million views. His social media following totals over 38 million, he has produced over 400 viral videos which have amassed more than 8 billion views, and his podcast, On Purpose, is consistently ranked the world’s #1 Health and Wellness podcast.
In this inspiring, empowering book, Shetty draws on his time as a monk to show us how we can clear the roadblocks to our potential and power. Combining ancient wisdom and his own rich experiences in the ashram, Think Like a Monk reveals how to overcome negative thoughts and habits, and access the calm and purpose that lie within all of us. He transforms abstract lessons into advice and exercises we can all apply to reduce stress, improve relationships, and give the gifts we find in ourselves to the world. Shetty proves that everyone can—and should—think like a monk.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
You don’t have to become a monk to achieve inner peace. But a little advice from former Hindu monk Jay Shetty won’t hurt. He doesn’t fit any stereotypes you might have of someone who would devote three entire years of their life to seeking enlightenment—he’s a business school grad with an active social-media feed—and that’s exactly why his message of finding a sense of peace and purpose in modern life hits just right. We loved the way he uses both hundreds of years of sacred teachings alongside personal anecdotes of his own monastic training in Mumbai to create concise, relatable tips on avoiding distraction and examining your values. Shetty’s narration has an informal, one-on-one feel, setting an inviting tone for practices like meditation. Keep listening and before long, your own inner voice will help guide you toward serenity, even after you’ve pressed pause.
I didn’t want it to end!
For me this book was life changing. I had been in a slump for a couple years. I knew the person I was meant to be, but every time I made a step in the right direction I fail. This book helped me find peace, enjoy the journey of change and to celebrate the small victories.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was wonderful book about being mindful and things to improve it. I learned a lot
As a person going trough rough time in my life, to find a book that guides you to find your true self is just like a glass of fresh water for someone in the middle of the desert.