Based on the course Creativity and Personal Mastery that Rao teaches at Columbia Business School and Long Island University, this Buddhism-inspired self-help book promises readers the tools to effect fundamental life changes and find inner peace. At its heart, this is a case of Eastern philosophy leading Western MBAs along the path to self-improvement and corporate enlightenment, with a kinder and more productive working world as the ultimate goal. Rao narrates with waves of parables ("When you have one eye so firmly fixed on the goal, you have but one eye left to find the way") and introspection exercises—all designed to help executives find "effervescent joy" and discover their "purpose in life." Rao's techniques require an open mind and a belief in a "benevolent Universe" and in the notion that the negative things that happen to people are more often a matter of errant mindset and misinterpretation than reality. Will any of this actually lead readers to a higher level of self-enlightenment and make them happier at work and in life? As Rao writes, regarding the possibility of a universe that looks out for the well-being of its denizens: "Maybe yes, maybe no. Who knows?" (Jan.)
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Are you chasing your ideal life but aren't sure how to get there? If so, you're not alone. Professor Srikumar S. Rao found himself successful in his career and personal life, but felt something important was lacking. So he began a quest for the "perfect life." What he discovered was the power of our creative ability—and the most effective ways to use it—to shape our reality.
While teaching at Columbia University, Professor Rao designed a training course in breakthrough methods for tapping into this dynamic force. On The Personal Mastery Program, he invites you to join him for a complete audio version of this now legendary curriculum about how to fulfill your true personal, professional, and spiritual callings.
Breaking Down—and Reshaping—Your Reality
What's the quickest way to get started? It begins with identifying the building blocks of your reality: your "mental chatter" and "mental models." These internal guides direct nearly every facet of your daily life—from your job performance and the way you spend money to your relationships with your spouse and children.
Drawing from Jesuit teachings, Zen practice, and other traditions, Professor Rao guides you through a series of powerful exercises to help you break down the unproductive thought forms driving your life—and then rebuild them with new models aligned with your authentic purpose. Through this six-session treasury of tried-and-true practices, you will learn to cultivate awareness, replace stress and anxiety with freedom and satisfaction, and much more.
"Happiness is your birthright," teaches Professor Rao, "and your mind is your most powerful ally in attaining it." Once only available at top business schools—often with a two-year wait-list—The Personal Mastery Program offers you a thinking person's strategy for lasting fulfillment, passion, and purpose.