Summary of Embrace the Chaos

How India Taught Me to Stop Over-Thinking and Start Living

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Embrace the Chaos book summary
You have “less control than you think.” Start appreciating “chaos” rather than cursing it.


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Bob Miglani provides a simple philosophy to fight the stress and uncertainty of corporate life: Accept it and move along. He illustrates relinquishing control and giving up over analysis with examples from his experiences in India, where he lives. The book excels in explaining how to avoid exhausting yourself on a fruitless quest for control, but it falls short when it suggests that most Indians believe the same things. India is a nation of many beliefs, cultures and contradictions. While the book reflects some aspects of Hindu culture, it is not a guide to understanding India as a whole. getAbstract recommends Miglani’s advice to managers and students who seek a more relaxed perspective on management and life.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to accept and enjoy uncertainty,
  • What three principles will help you abandon your futile quest for control, and
  • How the lives of ordinary Indians can teach you to stop worrying and start living.


Out of Control
You have less control than you think, and that makes you anxious. You “overthink,” overanalyze and hope that your future will unfold as you envision. But life is not predictable. You “can never really conquer the chaos,” you “can only embrace it.” Accepting that life is ...
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About the Author

Bob Miglani, whose family moved to the US from India when he was nine, is an executive at a Fortune 500 firm and the author of several books.

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    Neil Fleischer 3 years ago
    I really enjoyed this summary. The message the author conveys is one I repeatedly need to hear so I can relax more while getting thru the tough times in life.

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