Embrace the Chaos: How India Taught Me to Stop Overthinking and Start Living
Berrett-Koehler, 2013 (2013)
Reviewed by Anita Lock
hy would anyone in their right mind choose to embrace chaos in their life? Wouldn't it make more sense just to take control of it? You have less control than you think, so get over it! This is no pat answer from Miglani, who has struggled with this very issue in his own life. It is out of his life journey dealing with chaos that he concludes that the only thing you can control is you.
iglani immediately embraced the American dream when he and his parents came to the United States in 1979. By working odd jobs and then eventually helping out at his parents' Dairy Queen store, Miglani put himself through college, earning an MBA, which landed him a sales rep position in corporate America. But overtime and the busyness of work and home life coupled with the uncertainties of job security got him to a point where he was over-thinking, stressing, and worrying about his and his family's future. He felt like he was slipping down a spiral of anxiety, frustration, and self-doubt, until something unexpected happened that changed his life forever: an invitation to join an associate on a business trip to his native land of India.
he trip turned out to be absolute pandemonium. Miglani's business partner couldn't understand, with all the disorganized craziness in India, how people figure out what to do when they have no idea what's going to happen next? Miglani was stunned by his own response, which was that you have to change your mind-set and embrace the chaos. It was exactly the key Miglani needed to embrace the chaos in his own life. Since that trip Miglani has traveled back to India several times over the past twenty years for the purpose of rediscovering the joy of living by letting go of his illusions of control, order, and perfection.
e discovered that this can be done by following three basic yet powerful principles: accept, don't over-think, and move forward. Based on his many visits to India, Miglani candidly shares '
How India Taught Me to Stop Overthinking and Start Living
', the book's subtitle. Each chapter of
Embrace the Chaos
is filled with incredibly hilarious as well as inspirational stories to explain how three basic principles can be effectively applied to our daily lives. A quick read,
Embrace the Chaos
is one of the best self-help books that I've read in a l-o-n-g while, and I highly recommend it to all adult readers.
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