Embrace the Chaos: How India Taught Me to Stop Overthinking and Start Living by Bob MiglaniEmbrace the Chaos: How India Taught Me to Stop Overthinking and Start Living by Bob Miglani

Embrace the Chaos: How India Taught Me to Stop Overthinking and Start Living

byBob Miglani

Paperback | October 7, 2013

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India has terrible infrastructure, is one of the most crowded places on earth, and struggles with high rates of poverty. Bob Miglani calls it the world capital of chaos. Yet India's 2012 Happy Planet Index rating (32) is 70 places higher than that of the U.S. (105). What do Indians know that we don't?Pfizer exec Bob Miglani returned to India, his birthplace, stressed out and worried about his finances, his family and his job; while driving in an Indian taxi he realized he was worrying about the wrong things. In Embrace the Chaos, he describes the simple lessons that allow us to thrive, be happy, and productive in life even when the world around us is going crazy. First of all, stop trying to plan or control the future; stop overanalyzing or worrying about events that might never happen. DO move forward, no matter what, and learn to enjoy the busyness of life. DO worry about your purpose, or SEWA, which is the unique reason you were put on this earth. Once you discover this, nothing else will be as bad as it looks. DO perform service for others and find your meaning in the spark of spirit within each person you meet.Mixing anecdotes, stories from his family, quotations from Indian philosophy and history, this book is a wake-up call to stop waiting and start living.
Bob Miglani is senior director at Pfizer, where he has survived corporate chaos for 19 years. He has been recognized and #1 sales rep at the company. Bob came to America in 1979 and helped at his family's Dairy Queen business in Texas, which is the source of his first book, Treat Your Customers. Bob was chosen as one of 50 "Outstanding...
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Title:Embrace the Chaos: How India Taught Me to Stop Overthinking and Start LivingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.44 inPublished:October 7, 2013Publisher:Berrett-koehlerLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: You Control Less than You Think – Get Over It!
Part 1: Accept
Chapter 1: Driving on Indian roads--You cannot control the chaos. You can control you.
Chapter 2: Searching for God at 5,000 feet--Let go of plans gone wrong. Things have a way of working out in the end.
Chapter 3: Two guys holding hands--You are never alone.
Part 2: Don’t over think
Chapter 4: How to choose a spouse in an hour--You can adapt to anything; you just don’t know it yet.
Chapter 5: Celebrating a birthday with nothing but a Bollywood song--The worst is never as bad as you think.
Chapter 6: Missing the dance in an Indian wedding--Worrying about what’s coming next will make you miss the best time of your life.
Chapter 7: Learning to meditate amidst chaos--Daily rituals serve to remind that life is impermanent Your purpose is not.
Part 3: Move Forward
Chapter 8: Hitchhiking to work in Mumbai--Focusing on your own actions moves you through the distractions.
Chapter 9: Learning to catch the bus--Waiting for perfection will get you nowhere.
Chapter 10: She’s waiting for me tomorrow--Serving a purpose or a person helps to pull you forward.
Chapter 11: Learning to embrace the chaos at the kitchen table--You’re not going to get there in a straight line.
Chapter 12: Meeting the guru--You can answer all your questions.
Epilogue: The Butterfly Effect
Embrace the Chaos Manifesto
Acknowledgments
Index
About the Author

Editorial Reviews

“In this noisy, fast-paced world, it is hard not to get swept away by the demands, anxieties, and challenges that daily come down upon us. Embrace the Chaos shows us that only by opening our minds and our hearts to life’s wonderful unpredictability can we truly live. It is a wise and welcome book.” —Marcus Buckingham, author of First, Break all the Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths “Bob has offered an insightful and thought-provoking guide to navigating times of profound change.” —Ian Read, Chairman and CEO, Pfizer Inc. “In a world where change, uncertainty, and continual reinvention have become the new norm, Bob Miglani takes us on a powerful and optimistic journey of quite literally embracing the chaos and organically transforming the future from threat into opportunity and optimism. Read Embrace the Chaos and believe it.” —Henry S. Lodge, coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Younger Next Year and Younger Next Year for Women “Over 2,500 years ago, the Buddha taught his followers about the impermanent nature of existence...explaining how everything is constantly changing, ever flowing, eternally in flux. But our Western minds crave stability, certainty, predictability, and control. ‘Give it up,’ Bob Miglani tells us in his new book. ‘Your longing for control is futile. The truth of reality is chaos. Learn to go with the flow. Relax—and dance with the chaos.’ The Buddha would agree. Therein lies freedom and happiness.” —BJ Gallagher, coauthor of Being Buddha at Work “If we are going to continue to thrive in these times of profound change, we must learn how to embrace the chaos. This is a most compelling book that offers men and women everywhere hope, inspiration, and courage.” —Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky, former Under Secretary of State “We all can benefit from Bob’s experience in learning to embrace the chaos of our modern life. This book is enormously helpful to me in navigating the everyday challenges of being a husband, father, and NFL official.” —Carl Johnson, the NFL’s first full-time on-field game official “Whether we’re trying to transform education or change our own lives, it’s about embracing chaos. Bob’s wonderful book helps show us how to move purposefully and happily through the complex nature of work and life.” —John Katzman, founder of The Princeton Review, 2U, and Noodle “Embrace this book! Bob articulates so perfectly the feelings we all have of uncertainty in life. His fascinating stories and unique observations offer a positive-thinking picture of what we need to get unstuck and move forward successfully.” —Lynda Bekore, Managing Editor, SmallBizClub.com, and Huffington Post blogger “‘Embrace the chaos’ is not just a mantra for management—it’s a mantra for life. We can all learn from and enjoy this simple but beautifully written book. It is, without question, worth the read.” —John J. Connolly, EdD, President and CEO, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., and former President, New York Medical College “With a jolt, Bob’s writing forces us to rethink our lives and transform ourselves—to step back from the daily roller coaster of life, savor every passing minute with a free spirit, and discover unlimited potential in ourselves! An easy-to-read manual of life!” —Deepak Ahuja, CFO, Tesla Motors “If you feel your life is running you rather than you running your life, this book will show you how to achieve peace, order, and calmness in the middle of the storm.” —Brian Tracy, coauthor of Kiss That Frog! “Embrace the Chaos is a wonderful book that comes at the right time, offering us hope, inspiration, and the courage to keep moving forward.” —Melanne Verveer, US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues