"Rise above the bullshit and take charge of your life," says Pedram Shojai, author of The Urban Monk: Eastern Wisdom and Modern Hacks to Stop Time and Find Success, Happiness, and Peace. Not what you'd expect from a holy man, huh? Well, Pedram ain't your average monk.
After spending four years as a real monk (celibacy included!), he's now a married dude with kids, sharing his no-BS wisdom with the rest of us. "An urban monk maximizes her energy so she can do the things she always says she wants to do but never gets around to because she just passes out at the end of the day," he says. (Damn, sir, you hit us where it hurts!)