The book is a true story about an ambitious news anchor who, thanks to learning about the practice of meditation, successfully navigates both the highly competitive world of major network television news and the largely misunderstood and ignored world of personal emotions and self control.
The book is excellent and extremely funny at times. I found myself laughing out loud because the author's tone is one of the "everyman", not some glib TV celebrity. His choice of language in describing his experiences and encounters while on self-help safari is very smart. The author conveys an awareness and understanding of everything from the contemporary technology to human psychology.
While not necessarily meaning to, in an extremely readable 237 pages, "10% Happier" repeatedly examines a critical question for many entrepreneurs: How do I do my best work, while ignoring the fact that I may fail?
Indeed, a central message of the book, "Nonattachment with results" invokes Seth Godin's mantra to do work that matters, while acknowledging and accepting that "This might not work".
Strive for the best outcome for yourself, but understand that certain things (indeed most things) are outside of your control.
By being unattached to the results, whatever they may be, it frees you up to focus on the work.