I have to say I was pretty excited when the Mindvalley team contacted me to write this book review, and when I saw the title I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! For those of you who know my work, I’m extremely passionate about learning the intricacies of the mind, and how we use it to positively impact our life. I literally had just finished reading Super Brain by Deepak Chopra when the email arrived.
The author of The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, Vishen Lakhiani, is the founder of Mindvalley. His company is a virtual education platform now teaching over 500,000 students and 2 million fans the things school never did about happiness, success, effective goal setting – you get the idea.
I knew Vishen did incredible work. I had watched many of his presentations online and am a big fan of a number of the Mindvalley programs such as Philosophers Notes, Marissa Peer’s course, and the phenomenal Lifebook program. This is Vishen’s first book but I had high expectations and wasn’t disappointed. The Code of the Extraordinary Mind expanded my knowledge and inspired many new and big ideas, which is exactly what I was looking for.
The content is divided into four main categories. The first two addresses our “culturescape,” how we are shaped by the world around us, and the “awakening,” or how we can choose our version of the world. These sections really dive into why we think and do what we do, even if it doesn’t make sense. He discusses the importance of challenging our beliefs in order to really live an extraordinary life. Thankfully Vishen also goes into detail about how to enhance and optimize our “systems for living” after becoming aware of what is and isn’t serving our best interests and happiness.
The third and fourth sections then beautifully explain the platform through which to define and live your own extraordinary life, along with numerous thought-provoking examples. These are the sections that go deep into providing action steps as to how to experience what I would call personal enlightenment, overall happiness and awareness through enhancing the meaning in our lives – and how best we can personally contribute to the world now and in the future.
It’s hard to choose my favorite part; the content was very rich. I would have to say Vishen was very successful in providing that feeling of “you can do anything you dream of. Define it and here’s how…” I greatly appreciate this as a parent, and because it’s what I am passionate about sharing with youth and young adults in my presentations. I love to hear messages that will inspire people to have the courage they need to go after their biggest visions, along with tools that will help provide the framework to take those essential, challenging first steps and beyond.
A couple of my favorite segments are the three most important questions, the profound act of not attaching your current happiness to the completion of your goals, and how the kensho and satori moments of your life propel your personal growth (you’ll have to read it to find out).
This book will positively affect the life of anyone who takes the time to read it and implement some or all of the activities in their daily life. I would love to see The Code of the Extraordinary Mind be required reading for high school seniors and first-year college/university students. Imagine what our world would look like if all people had access to the knowledge and framework of how to successfully pursue inner happiness, and achieve their full potential in life. That’s what The Code of the Extraordinary Mind helps provide.
Thank you for the commitment that went into creating this book Vishen, I have no doubt you will achieve your goal of impacting a billion lives. I’m thrilled to be speaking at Mindvalley University next week and inspired by your visionary ideas of education.
Really looking forward to meeting you and your family in Tallinn!
* I do not receive any commission or monies for the sale of this book