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

Bob Miglani

Berrett-Koehler Publishers,  October 2013

Like many of us, Bob Miglani felt overwhelmed and anxious. He worried constantly about his job, his finances, and his family. It was a chance invitation to India, the land of his birth, that finally freed him.

India, Miglani writes, is "the capital of chaos": over a billion people living on one-third the space of the United States. And it was there that he learned to let go. The secret is to stop trying to control the chaos and focus on what you can control -- your own actions, words, and thoughts. Move forward, make mistakes, trust your intuition, find your purpose.

In this inspiring book, Miglani shares the experiences and encounters that helped him finally get it. What happens when you find yourself in an Indian village with no money and a plane to catch? How could an educated urban woman agree to a marriage after two dates? What keeps a rural health worker motivated despite the enormous need and such limited ability to help? What does trying to catch an insanely overcrowded bus teach you about perfection? Embracing the chaos, Miglani found, "leads us down paths we never would have walked on . . . It brings out strengths we never knew existed inside of us."

paperback | ISBN: 9781609948252 | Publication Date: October 2013


"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!

"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

"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

"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