Think Like a Monk - Jay Shetty

Think Like a Monk

By Jay Shetty

  • Release Date: 2020-09-08
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
Score: 4.5
From 593 Ratings


Jay Shetty, social media superstar and host of the #1 podcast On Purpose, distills the timeless wisdom he learned as a monk into practical steps anyone can take every day to live a less anxious, more meaningful life.

When you think like a monk, you’ll understand:
-How to overcome negativity
-How to stop overthinking
-Why comparison kills love
-How to use your fear
-Why you can’t find happiness by looking for it
-How to learn from everyone you meet
-Why you are not your thoughts
-How to find your purpose
-Why kindness is crucial to success
-And much more...

Shetty grew up in a family where you could become one of three things—a doctor, a lawyer, or a failure. His family was convinced he had chosen option three: instead of attending his college graduation ceremony, he headed to India to become a monk, to meditate every day for four to eight hours, and devote his life to helping others. After three years, 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. Heavily in debt, and with no recognizable skills on his résumé, he moved back home in north London with his parents.

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. Since then, Shetty has become one of the world’s most popular influencers. 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. His social media following totals over 38 million, he has produced over 400 viral videos which have amassed more than 8 billion views, and his podcast, On Purpose, is consistently ranked the world’s #1 Health and Wellness podcast.

In this inspiring, empowering book, Shetty draws on his time as a monk to show us how we can clear the roadblocks to our potential and power. Combining ancient wisdom and his own rich experiences in the ashram, Think Like a Monk reveals how to overcome negative thoughts and habits, and access the calm and purpose that lie within all of us. He transforms abstract lessons into advice and exercises we can all apply to reduce stress, improve relationships, and give the gifts we find in ourselves to the world. Shetty proves that everyone can—and should—think like a monk.


  • Amazing book!

    By julimiya
    What a beautiful human being. This book is Life change! I will always come back to this book and read it again and again and again.
  • Perspective is everything

    By Tizje
    This book came to me right on time when I have decided to make new commitments and sacrifices in my life. I also love the meditations that were suggested, especially the death one. great book overall! I highly recommend & throughly enjoyed. 🙌🏾✨
  • Great book!

    By j love123
    Everyone should read this. Great insights!
  • Lol nope

    By Doobus 1991
    I was a firm believer that your wardrobe was just for a level of book cover etiquette. But this is absolute nonsense of a title alone. Within the introduction you mentioned your pristine life in California being very well off. Regret to inform you and other people on this planet but talking about your experiences within a temple, make it accessible to the plebs and take their money for your template is not any mindset of any monk who ever existed. On that level no one should waste their time, energy or money on a person so withdrawn from what they feel they represent. If you seek insight from someone like this for your purpose. You are in for a rude awakening within your soul.
  • 10/10

    By CJMaloney25
    I’m leaving this review before I’ve finished even half of the book. It’s unbelievable how relatable and comforting this is to me. Not only that, but Jay also gives thorough explanations and insight into how to recognize and specifically address each topic he discusses. I can’t imagine ever finding a better self-help style book than this one.
  • Guide to life…

    By hunnie71
    I literally asked my 26 y/o daughter to keep this book with her, should I die and she need guidance in life. Lol! Kidding…but …not really.
  • Nice!!!

    By filacnation
    Well written with smart insights. Sometimes too long and repetitive but I can understand the Author’s is just trying to make a point. There’s a bunch of books out there like this one or better. This one is good though.
  • Purpose!

    By TandooriFrog223
    I’m going to read this book over and over again. The lessons are so impactful and necessary, it offers practical ways to demonstrate the lessons everyday. If there was any more reasons to love Jay Shetty, this book is it!
  • Views and values on life

    By GhanaTamale
    I really enjoyed this book. It gave me a lot of clarity and prospective on life.
  • Excellent! Highly recommended!

    By Cathy0112
    This book was excellent! I will continue to practice all that I’ve learned to become a better version of myself!