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The Buddha and the Badass

The Secret Spiritual Art of Succeeding at Work
Written by: Vishen Lakhiani
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (138 ratings)

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New York Times, USA Today, and number-one Wall Street Journal best seller.

Forget hustling. This audiobook will disrupt your deeply held beliefs about work, success, and, indeed, life.

If you’re the average person in the developed world, you spend 70 percent of your waking hours at work. And if you’re the average person, you’re miserable for most of those hours. This is simply not an acceptable state of affairs for your one shot at life. No matter your station, you possess incredible, unique powers. It’s a modern myth that hard work and hustle are the paths to success. Inside you is a soul. And once you unleash it fully into the domain of work, magic happens. Awakening the Buddha and the badass inside you is a process that will disrupt the way you work altogether. You’ll gain access to tools that bend the very rules of reality.

  • The Buddha is the archetype of the spiritual master. The person who can live in this world but also move with an ease, grace, and flow that comes from inner awareness and alignment.
  • The badass is the archetype of the changemaker. This is the person who is out there creating change, building, coding, writing, inventing, leading. The badass represents the benevolent disruptor - the person challenging the norms so we can be better as a species.

Once you integrate the skill sets of both archetypes, you will experience life at a different level from most people. You will operate from a space of bliss, ease, inspiration, and abundance. The Buddha and the Badass: The Secret Spiritual Art of Succeeding at Work will show you how. Author of the New York Times best seller The Code of the Extraordinary Mind and founder of Mindvalley, Vishen Lakhiani has turned his own life and company into his research lab. He’s codified everything he’s learned into the how-to steps in this audiobook. The Buddha and the Badass teaches you how to master your work and your life.

©2020 Vishen Lakhiani (P)2020 Random House Audio

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nothing new..very general

i read summary and review and bought this book.
i really did not find it engaging and it is very theoretical book does contain practical approach to improve yourself. overall im not satisfied.

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Nothing New

Nothing new to take away from this book. Same old facts, figures and stories. Wasn't quite helpful

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A Good Read to follow and make life more valuable.

Like the book ,narrated very clearly, Good example of life ,So much to be learnt from the book

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Excellent source of self discovery and your purpos

If you want to grow professionally, and if you want to understand more about work life balance, how to achieve that, this is a must read

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must read<br />

loved the experience of my first audio book..it was fulfilling experience to know about all the aspects of living to the maximum along with excelling in professional life.

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awesome

superb book
excellent to redefine and and cause an awakening that helps you become the best version of your self

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Corporate boredom

The narration is monotonous, the content sounds like typical boring suit-talk. I just keep hearing the term mind valley over and again. Not worth the price at all.

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inspiring and action oriented

narration was good but these kinds of books are good to read than listen. I would go back to the readable version.

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Two wings of a bird to soar into heights

A bird needs two wings to fly. So we humans too need two wings to attain the highest possible growth -Spiritual wing and material wing.
The point is not only validated by Vishen but shows how he did it in his own life and shares the tools to rest of us.

Don't miss reading it and in no time you would be treading the path.

Simply put, it will show the way to achiving true excellence in personal and professional life.

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brilliant delivery on personal transformation

It has got great techniques to explore and apply .One of the best personal mastery guide book that I have experienced , a master class indeed , thanks Vishen !

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  • Steve
  • 12-06-20

Strictly for diehard fans of Mindvalley only.

No accompanying pdf for this Audlble. Not read by author. A lot of rehash and repeat of materials mentioned in author first book, Code of Extraordinary Mind. A lot of self promotion and marketing for Mindvalley products. Don't get this audiobook. Diehard fans should buy his book instead. I liked his first book, not this 2nd work.

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  • Yogita B
  • 12-06-20

Disappointing

A complete flop? What happened ? Same material all learnt from others..nothing original..If it weren’t for them you’d have no book..a complete fraud..also..enough bragging & marketing mindvalley..clearly you used this platform to market your apps..I loved your first book & looked forward to this one but wow..complete Train smash

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  • S. Lapid
  • 06-07-20

The potential for a great book is in there

This is a good book. It could have been great, with the right additing.
Stories repeat themselves. Too much name dropping. Lots of cliché descriptions. Topics patched together loosely, like someone had his reasoning but didn't bother too much with tying things together.
BUT, it does worth your time and money. You will get inspired and learn, and find drive to change your life and your identity.
After "The Code of the Extraordinary Mind" by the same author, I had high expectations, but this book is not at the same level of writing. If you haven't read his previous book, start with that one.
Also, performance is terrible, slow and disengaging. if you choose to listen, play is faster...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-06-20

it's a bit redundant if you read the code of an ex

This book it's ok and has some good insights but I didn't find it as nearly inspiring as the code of an extraordinary mind. That one is a book I'd recommend, this one is just ok, in my opinion.

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  • Ayesha S
  • 08-09-20

Inspired & empowered

What a timely book?! Buddha & the badass is a worthwhile journey that holds an inspired & empowered vision for transforming work, and consequently the world. As a veteran people & culture leader, it is heartening to see Vishen give words, frameworks and examples of how we must grow as leaders to achieve our grandest vision. How we can make others better and unleash their genius as part of the process. My only complaint is that Vishen didn’t record the audio version of the book in his own voice. The narrator does a great job of it, but it’s just not the same. Vishen, if you are reading this, know that there is a unique power locked in these words of yours that can only be unleashed with your voice!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-08-20

The Buddha and the Badass

This book started off great, Still I felt like I wanted to be a part of Mindvalley, which sounds like a fun place to work. I love the end where everything came together and I could see the vision of the book and the lessons the writer wanted the readers to understand. In all I really like this book.

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  • Shamit Patel
  • 14-09-20

Just read it

Teaches you how to merge your work and your life together. It’s a must read.

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  • Aurora
  • 14-08-20

Soul Food

When I purchased this book, I had no idea it was on leadership and business. Truly, Divine Timing...every second stimulated my brain, and reminded me the soul has a greater mission beyond our comprehension.

A book on personal growth, healing, empowerment, radical mindset shiftinG, EGO dying, Matrix ending, etc.

It’s time for us to stop playing small, and operate from the heart & soul in all that we do...to empower the self/others, and shift the context of a conditioned society. De-colonize your schedule!

“Reality will reflect to you what you deeply believe” 🙇🏻‍♀️


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  • Lisa Dugger
  • 02-08-20

Sorry, don’t love it

I read/listen to a lot of spiritual work. This did not bring me any great ah ha moments. But, informational

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  • JimHendrix
  • 30-07-20

Transform your life

The Buddha and the Badass is very similar to Vishen 's previous book but geared more towards business. while this is true on the surface, there is also more for the individual seeking to enrich their personal life as well.

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  • Victoria
  • 10-07-20

Disappointed it wasn’t Vishen reading this

I absolutely loved his first book and was really excited to listen to this one... the moment I heard what sounded like a computerised voice it completely changed it all for me... I couldn’t concentrate on the message as the tone and passion wasn’t Vishen and the one I had grown to respect and listen too...
I kept switching off, however hard I tried to listen, the voice was so unnatural and distorted the message.
Vishen please record your words as you are a big part of your message, without your voice it doesn’t feel as authoritative and effective.
Maybe I need to buy a hard copy... but very disappointed with the audio...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-06-20

Yet another book with transformational material!

I was really looking forward to this book and for starters, it certainly didnt disappoint! The material is here is a great summary of all of Vishen's learnings across his experiences. Highly recommended!

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  • Laur Gozob
  • 27-07-20

Inspiring and Empowering!

Inspiring and Empowering for individual growth as well as for organisations and business environments. Full of resourceful applications and step-by-step follow-ups. You can only go better and up reading or just listening to Vishen's book, and of course by internalizing his insightful teachings and tools. If you get the audiobook like I did, Vikas Adam is expressing a wonderful narration with clarity and passion.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-07-20

Inspiring

Worth reading if you want to learn about leadership, building teams and companies that strive to being innovative.

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  • Richie
  • 09-07-20

Amazing book, always learning something new

I have really enjoyed this book, great principles and content, i would happily recommend this to anyone after reading and listening to the code of the extraordinary mind i've been blown away by the content from Vishen and what he has created with mindvalley. The only downside I would say is that it would have been even more better if Vishen had narrated the audiobook like he did with his previous book, this is no discredit to Vikas. I guess having always listened to the mindvalley podcast as well i have got so used to hearing the details come from Vishen himself bar this the rest of the principles in the book are priceless. Thanks for continuing to put out great actionable content.

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  • Stephen soos
  • 24-07-20

One hell of a journey and a man

One of the best from Vishen. Thanks for sharing this Vishen. I know many will love it

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  • MarkPT
  • 17-07-20

So dull

So I've read and appreciated quite a few books on Buddhism.
I run my own business.

That coupled with my continuous aim for improvement of myself and my business. and the past reviews .... this seemed like a great book.

Wrong.

Of course, Vishen is successful and obviously knows his stuff - but man!

I often give books that don't grab me an hour .... I gave this 2 based on past reviews, but no more!

Dull .... nothing to implement (urless you're maybe starting up some monster, many people business!) and so much 'the universe is welcoming' talk .... too much fluff and not enough practical, go away and use info.

The book is being returned.

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  • Joe Sandall
  • 11-07-20

Nothing like code of the extraordinary mind

I had high expectations for this book but unfortunately it didn't live up to them. All filler and not much killer.

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  • Clare Docherty
  • 08-07-20

ALL organisations need to implement these ideas!

LOVED this book- Vishen has done it again, extraordinary insights and techniques to make the workplace an amazing place to be. ALL organisations should follow the ideas in here, can you imagine just totally loving work everyday? Amazingly inspiring.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-20

life changing

I love it, I listened it, I read it, now I am thinking of it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-06-20

boring

he promises he's going to reveal amazing stuff and learnings.
turns out to be all the same like any other help book" quotes and explanation of quotes and stories that resemble that quote"
couldn't finish it as well

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-07-20

So empowering

I loved this book, it made me daydream about my future! I recommend to everyone who wants to feel uplifted.

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  • Nicke Gianikouris
  • 25-07-20

VERY inspirational, uplifting and eye opening.

Loved it! Full of information, love the stories and the insight of some of the most amazing minds and how they operate. Very inspirational, motivational and an eye opener. even for a non entrepreneur.

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  • Ma
  • 17-07-20

Inspirational

Great book that gives practical information, tools and insights to discover true identity and purpose.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-20

Badass and a must read

From life to business there is do much to gain from this book 🙏 I have listened to so many books and this comes out on top.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-20

Love Vishen and this book !

I’m such a huge fame of the author Vishen Lakhiani. This man has changed my life with his intuition to change his life to bring personal growth to the world at the touch of our finger tips . So grateful for his vision and insight into becoming a better human being and helping me find peace in every day life . Love his company Mindvalley and highly recommend you check it out plus listen to this insightful book :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-20

Wow - talk about opening ones mind to life’s real possibilities

Vishen, thank you for what has been the most inspiring book I’ve consumed this year 10/10. This is a must read for anyone who wants to elevate themselves and live a fulfilled lifestyle from the inside out 👌

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  • Christa
  • 02-07-20

Great work book

As Vishen’s first book, he created again a fantastic work-book, very inspiring - so much I gotta get now in addition to the audio book the printed version and look forward to my daily practices. Thanks Vishen for sharing your knowledge, your personal experiences and insights.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-06-20

actionable inspiring

nice content with superb naration. trully inspiring stories and actionable points through out the book.

the book is inspiring and it kept me listening over and over untill all the core sprit of the book has become parts of myself.

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  • Alexis
  • 11-06-20

POSSIBLY THE BEST BOOK I'VE EVER READ/LISTENED TO.

Content is incredible, as always with Vishen's work - it's truly transformational and life changing. Would have been even better if Vishen narrated it but the content is amazing nevertheless. Thank you Vishen for birthing this to the world!