Monk, turned Youtuber, turned #1 book selling author?
That's probably a vague run through of Mr Jay Shetty's life but definitely, looks to be a rising trend amongst new age writers living the life of a monk before publishing books that sell like hot cake; one famous example would be the monk who apparently sold his Ferrari, Mr Robin Singh, let's keep his story for another article.
The story of the author of "Think like a monk" is one of the more interesting ones I've come across, A business student in London who chooses to become a monk in India for a good six years of his youth to then starting a youtube channel to spread his newly gained knowledge and then publishing his number one seller "Thinking like a Monk", a different journey but how does it affect his writing and content you may ask. A piece of content is valued more if it is produced by an individual who has a certified knowledge of the topic on hand and in the case of Jay Shetty, he has lived the life he preaches which doesn't just add value but also curates the content to a level that is only achieved by experience.
One of his famous preachings is about the monkey mind and monk mind.
It sounds almost like a kindergarten story with a hidden moral, well it's not exactly a kids book but it does have a moral to it, he talks about how the mind of a monk can be more focused and motivated than that of an average person in the daily rat race. According to his views, the monkey mind is possed by a person who cannot control his mind and is often distracted from his goals with the slightest of temptations and is one who needs motivation externally rather than generating it through passion. If your someone like me who takes a lot of time to get things done then you should get this book.
In the book "Think like a Monk", the author writes on how to control your mind to achieve peace in life, this is something that is becoming more of a trend in today's day and age where people are focusing on inner peace and satisfaction rather than fame and fortune through an unhealthy lifestyle. Jay mentions many methods that help in achieving a healthy lifestyle, one of those tips are of the 5 R's - reason, research, repetition, responsibility and reward. I would love to explain each of them but let's keep that as suspense for now p.s go get the book.
In conclusion, I would say the book is a must-read and it has a lot of valuable content which is mainly from the author's own experiences. So, go give it a read, it might change your perspective on life and give you that extra boost of motivation.