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Author Jay Shetty aims to elevate us from the negativity, anxiety, and hopelessness of today’s
world in his book THINK LIKE A MONK: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day, to be
published by Simon and Schuster on April 14. Drawing on both Jay’s experience as a monk in a
Hindu ashram and his post-monk life as an influential thinker and spiritual guide, Think Like a
Monk distills monk wisdom into practical, everyday steps anyone can take to live a less anxious,
more meaningful life.
How can we transform our experience of life today? Jay says, “When I trained as a monk, I
found that monks are able to remain centered and calm amid all the chaos that life throws at
us. Monks are the absolute experts in mastering their minds. I wrote THINK LIKE A MONK in
order to help everyone access the same mindset, the same thinking patterns, the same
processes that help monks find peace, balance, and purpose.”
Like his monk teachers, Jay draws from the Bhagavad Gita, a sacred Indian text based on the
Upanishads, writings from around 800-400 BCE. In a world where people are constantly looking
for answers, Jay believes the wisdom for how to find peace and purpose has been here all
Born in north London in 1987, Jay and his sister were raised in a middle-class Indian family.
Until the age of 14, Jay did well in school, stayed out of trouble and tried his best to live up to
his parents’ high expectations. But he was a shy, introverted young boy who was bullied for
being overweight and a little nerdy. When he started secondary school, things changed. He
began playing soccer and rugby, became more popular, and started mixing with the wrong
crowd. Jay’s thrill-seeking ventures got him suspended from school more than once as he tried
to find his identity.
By the time he got to college at Cass Business School in London in 2007, Jay had shifted his
curiosity in more productive directions. He was reading autobiographies of everyone from
Malcolm X to David Beckham, driven to understand the roots of success and making a
difference in the world. Still, when a friend invited him to hear a monk give a talk, he agreed to
go only if his friend would join him at a club afterward.
That night, the monk, Gauranga Das, spoke about the principle of self-sacrifice. He talked about
how people should plant trees under whose shade they do not plan to sit. This was a
transformative moment for Jay. He’d been focused on the success of people who’d gone from
nothing to something—rags-to-riches stories—but this man had done the opposite. And yet he
appeared joyous, confident, and at peace. “He was saying that the greatest thing you can do
with your talents and your skills is to use them in the service of others,” Shetty, now 32, told
People magazine. For Jay, this was a completely new idea of success.
In the community where Jay grew up, it was expected that he would become one of three
things: a doctor, a lawyer, or a failure. When he headed to India to study with monks, his family
was convinced he had chosen option three.
After graduating from college in 2010 with a 1 st class Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in
Behavioral Science, Jay traded his suits for robes, shaved his head, and moved to the ashram,
where he slept on the floor and lived out of a gym locker. Half the day was spent on personal
growth, meditating for hours and studying ancient scriptures. The rest of the time was spent
In the course of his studies, Jay was amazed to observe that the wisdom of the monks was as
relevant today as it was when it was first put in writing over 3000 years ago. Then, after three
years as a monk in ashrams in London and Mumbai, one of his teachers told him that he would
have more impact on the world if he left the monk’s path to share his experience and wisdom
with others. This advice was crushing—Jay thought he was going to be a monk for the rest of
his life. In debt, with no employable skills on his resume, he moved back home to north London
with his parents. “Everything I'd learned was tested in that moment,” Jay says of the transition.
“I had to figure out how to put everything I'd learned into practice in the real world.”
Shetty reconnected with old school friends—many working for some of the world’s largest
corporations—who were experiencing tremendous stress, pressure, and unhappiness, and they
invited Shetty to coach them on well-being, purpose, and mindfulness. Jay says, “Very quickly I
realized that a big part of my passion and purpose is to serve and give the wisdom I’ve learned
with others. I started small. For almost a decade I shared my thoughts on psychology,
spirituality, philosophy, and behavioral science at universities, local events, and in small groups
in London. Three years ago I moved to New York, then Los Angeles, and began to present the
wisdom and lessons I had learned from my amazing mentors and coaches online through video.
My intention was to share wisdom with more people so they would see there were other
people out there like them, and it would make a difference. And it did.”
Since launching his video channel in 2016, Jay has produced over 400 videos, which have
amassed more than 6.5 billion views and gained over 34 million followers globally. In 2017, he
was named in the Forbes magazine 30-under-30 for being a game-changer in the world of
media. In 2018, he had the #1 video on Facebook with over 360 million views. Jay was the cover
of the November 2019 issue of Adweek and was a People Magazine “one to watch” in
On his podcast, On Purpose, every Monday Jay conducts an hour long interview with a
different inspirational guest. Past guests include Kobe Bryant, Jada Pinkett Smith, Russel Brand,
Novak Djokovic, Khloe Kardashian, and Ray Dalio. Every Friday Jay gives his own guidance on a
topic such as procrastination, confidence, or decision-making.
The podcast, launched in 2019, received 52 million audio downloads in its first year and over
ten million views in podcast videos. It won that year’s Shorty Award for Health and Wellness.
iTunes named On Purpose in their Top New Podcast’s of 2019 and consistently rank Jay as the
#1 Health Podcast. Spotify named Jay the #1 Podcast in India.
Jay’s message has resonated with companies such as Google, L’Oreal, Facebook, Coca Cola,
HSBC, EY, Microsoft and Accenture, who have invited him to lead seminars and deliver keynotes
on finding your purpose in the workplace, well-being for the future, and digital media strategy..
He’s become so much of a cultural phenomenon that he was even asked to portray a version of
himself in the “Bad Boys For Life” trailer with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.
2020 will bring Jay’s message to a larger audience than ever with the publication of THINK LIKE
A MONK. In the book, Jay draws deeply from ancient wisdom, modern social science, and his
own rich experiences in the ashram to articulate a journey similar to the one he took. He guides
people step-by-step through the process of adapting to the monk mindset, first by letting go—a
cleansing to make space for growth; then by growing—reshaping your life to make decisions
with intention, purpose and confidence; and finally by giving—looking beyond yourself to
deepen gratitude and relationships. He says, “People need to go through experiences to learn,
so the book is full of practical exercises, activities, and experiments. Everything in this book is
something one can actually do in their own time at home, whether in the back of a car, on a
commute, walking the dog, or cooking.” Along the way, Jay proves that everyone can—and
should—think like a monk.
Simon & Schuster will publish the book in the US and Canada, and it will be published in more
than 30 countries worldwide. Simon & Schuster VP and Executive Editor Eamon Dolan says,
“Nobody makes the timeless feel more timely than Jay does. He makes ancient wisdom, which
often comes across as abstract, so clear, so inspiring, and so practical.”
Jay lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Radhi Devlukia Shetty, a plant-based dietitian and
Ayurvedic medicine enthusiast, to whom the book is dedicated. Jay enjoys listening to Drake at
the gym and nature sounds while meditating. He’s a Manchester United fan and really admired
Cristiano Ronaldo’s work ethic and determination on the pitch. Jay and Radhi love eating at
plant-based restaurants, visiting spas, and spending time outdoors cycling and in escape rooms.
“Jay Shetty shows you step by step how Self Power emerges when you shift your identity from
self image to self esteem. This book could change your life and move you from the hypnosis of
social conditioning to being the creative architect of your life journey.”
— Deepak Chopra
“Grab this book, find a comfortable chair, and let Jay Shetty take you on a life-changing journey.
A gifted teacher, Jay guides us with warmth and clarity on a path to greater joy and purpose in
living, offering wisdom that we can put into practice right now. You will want to share it with
everyone you love.”
—Robert Waldinger, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Director, Harvard Study of Adult Development
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“Este livro mostra passo a passo como construir seu poder, mudando seu foco da autoimagem para a autoestima. Ele vai libertar você do condicionamento social e ajudá-lo a ser o arquiteto da própria vida.” – Deepak Chopra
Em 2010, Jay Shetty decidiu largar o mercado financeiro londrino e se tornar monge na Índia. Durante três anos, meditou e estudou as escrituras sagradas da cultura védica e se dedicou a servir e aprender.
Quando um de seus professores lhe disse que ele teria um impacto maior no mundo se deixasse o caminho monástico e compartilhasse sua sabedoria, percebeu que seu verdadeiro chamado era traduzir para o grande público aqueles ensinamentos.
Neste livro, Shetty transforma o que aprendeu em passos práticos que podemos adotar no dia a dia para ter uma vida com mais significado e menos ansiedade.
Aqui, você vai aprender:
• Como parar de pensar demais
• Por que a comparação mata o amor
• Como usar o seu medo.
• Como encontrar seu propósito
• Por que não se pode achar a felicidade procurando por ela
• Como aprender com todos que você encontra
• Por que a gentileza é crucial para o sucesso
Com bom humor e sensibilidade, Shetty prova que todos podem – e devem! – pensar como um monge.
“Mesclando sabedoria milenar e praticidades do mundo atual, Pense como um monge é um guia essencial para percorrer um caminho equilibrado rumo ao sucesso.” – Ray Dalio, autor de Princípios
“Abra sua mente, eleve seu coração, redefina o sucesso e conecte-se com seu propósito mais profundo.” – Arianna Huffington
“Deixe que Jay Shetty leve você numa jornada transformadora. Ele vai guiá-lo com afeto e clareza por um caminho de felicidade e propósito, oferecendo uma sabedoria que pode ser colocada em prática agora mesmo. Você vai querer compartilhá-la com todos aqueles que ama.” – Robert Waldinger, diretor do Harvard Study of Adult Development
“Jay Shetty tem um superpoder: ele faz com que a sabedoria milenar seja relevante e acessível. Seu livro é profundo, comovente e prático. Acreditamos que ele ajudará muitas pessoas a criar hábitos que vão guiá-las em direção à vida que verdadeiramente desejam.” – Will Smith e Jada Pinkett Smith
“Quem melhor do que um monge para ajudar você a encontrar significado na vida? A experiência e a sabedoria de Jay são inestimáveis para qualquer um que procura melhorar a vida e alcançar pleno potencial.” – Ellen DeGeneres
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