Ten Years of Search Inside Yourself

October 10, 2017

SIYLI founder Chade-Meng Tan recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of his Search Inside Yourself (SIY) class, which is still going strong at the Google offices, as well as in SIYLI programs around the world. These are his reflections as he looks back on the creation of SIY:

Ten years ago, on October 26, 2007, we piloted the first SIY class in Google with 50 attendees. Today, the full two-day Search Inside Yourself class reaches more than 10,000 people a year on five continents. People continue to tell me the class changed their lives or touched them in some deeply meaningful way.

Image from Holly Niemela

We have also trained 100 certified SIY teachers worldwide, and we’re currently training 100-plus more. The SIY book has sold 250,000-plus copies in 20-plus languages. Our goal is to reach one billion people in my lifetime, and I think we are on the right trajectory to achieve that.

It has been a fascinating journey with many surprises. For example, I expected SIY to be featured on "Oprah" (didn’t happen), and I didn’t expect it to be on the front page of the business section of The New York Times (happened). I also didn’t expect to write a book (wrote two). And, no, I definitely did not expect endorsements from the Dalai Lama and Jimmy Carter. (They both gave me endorsements and hugs.)

I have so many people to thank for the success of SIY, but on this occasion, I want to give thanks especially to the members of the original team that launched Search Inside Yourself on October 26, 2007, most of whom were volunteers. They are Mirabai Bush, Zen Master Norman Fischer, Dr. Paul Russell, Dr. Peter Allen, Dr. Hongjun Zhu, Joel Finkelstein, David Lapedis, Rachel Kay and Dr. Daniel Goleman. (Marc Lesser and Dr Philippe Goldin both joined the team shortly after.)

Thank you, my dear friends. SIY could never have been started without you.  You created history.

—Chade-Meng Tan, founder of Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute