Enduring Edge: Transforming How We Think, Create and Change

Enduring Edge takes readers on a journey into their mind. Emerging from years of multi-disciplinary research, the book is a practical guide to help you understand how your mind works and inspire you to transform how you use it.

Weaving engaging stories with practical insights, it introduces a simple new framework on the three states of mind in which we lead our lives—1D, 2D, 3D—and describes how we can harness the strengths and conquer the weaknesses of each state to attain an enduring edge over our mind.

Readers and audiences around the world—from innovators and entrepreneurs to leaders in industry, academia and government, and students from high school to grad school—have applied it to spark creative and innovative thinking, succeed through failure, discover their authentic purpose, and harness the courage to change the world.

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Selected Recognition
Since its publication in Oct. 2014, Enduring Edge has been a required textbook for a Spring semester Masters degree class for healthcare leaders on “Leading Change in Biotechnology” at Johns Hopkins University. Read what students had to say. Amita participates in the class as a guest lecturer for two weeks each semester.
The concepts of Enduring Edge were included in the curriculum for the Johns Hopkins Medicine Tech Innovation Center HEXCITE (Health | Experiential | Clinical | IT | Entrepreneurship) Initiative, which engages the institution’s “world-class scientists and clinicians in an inter-disciplinary community to re-imagine healthcare.” Amita served on the faculty for the course.
Amita was invited as a Forum Speaker to the THNK School for Creative Leadership in Vancouver, Canada. Forum speakers are “experts who are at the top of their game, and those who are pioneering or disrupting their fields” and spend an “evening with THNK participants in an interactive setting.”

One of the best books I’ve ever read! …The book’s scope is much broader than the mind itself. It inspires and guides each of us toward our highest human potential… it is rare to see such expansive and insightful teachings expressed so concisely (200+ pages), organized so brilliantly, and expressed with such clarity and elegance in a modern work… Shukla has written a classic, and I hope over time the world will regard it as such so that millions of people may benefit from its wisdom.

Letter from a Reader (Lawyer, San Francisco, CA)

The book changed my life. I don't say that lightly. But that's combined with multiple conversations with Amita.... The book was incredibly helpful for defining and then outlining the different states of mind. This is huge. In particular, it made me aware of when I was in a 1D state of mind (usually fear), and when it might be helpful to leave the 2D state of mind (for a decision, when I'd done the analysis).

Innovation Consultant

I found the book very enlightening and thought provoking. Within the first week of reading the book, I did find myself using what I learned both in a personal relationship and in a business workshop. In each case, it absolutely came across, created better clarity and had positive results.

CEO, Insurance Industry & Senior Financial Consultant

It was wonderful! Truly. You did such a great job simplifying so many concepts, using relatable metaphors and stories, and making the whole endeavor of taming and refining the 1D and 2D minds, feel quite accessible. Well done! This type of material is not so easy to make accessible while still remaining grounded. But you totally nailed it.

Letter from a Reader

Amita's words and tools have elevated my understanding of myself at the deepest levels... I am also no longer ashamed of owning failure. Amita has helped us embrace the teacher/mentor in failures. I will no longer apply this just to myself but to my employees and colleagues, in positive focused energy.

Student in "Leading Change" graduate course at Johns Hopkins Enduring Edge was a required textbook for the class

I am very glad to have read your book! It has given me a lot to think about--and act on--and I have found especially helpful the overall framework of thinking about thinking in terms of the 1D, 2D, and 3D minds... Your explication of the 1D and 2D minds, plus the addition of the 3D mind, not only provides an insightful and practical way to understand ourselves at a deep level, but also offers a path for continued growth and for impact beyond ourselves.

Letter from a Reader

Excellent book - in a world where the shelves are "clogged" this one stands out... powerful book that is a change maker in the lives of readers - weaving together personal and professional goals throughout.

Letter from a Reader (McLean, VA)

Thank you for such a profound and insightful guide to the inner workings of my mind.... I am only about 2/3 of the through and can hardly put down it down to get some work done. You have given me a whole new level of clarity to my personal journey of becoming the best person I was meant to be, so thank you for your curiosity, persistence and drive to not only learn and discover this information but to share with others.

Reader Review

I can’t thank you enough for being part of this class – sharing your stories, tools and wisdom with us has been truly inspirational. Your words have helped me to understand that true leadership isn’t limited to the office or laboratory – but rather a life choice and always with us.

Student in "Leading Change" graduate course at Johns Hopkins Enduring Edge was a required textbook for the class

The framework (1/2/3 D) helps to quickly realize why somebody (or self) is responding in a certain way and gives the opportunity to consciously shift to a higher dimension. Great book with immense practical application in our daily life.

Physician, Johns Hopkins

What you have given us are "life" tools. If we can move more into our 3D mind, then as human beings we not only benefit personally/professionally but everyone around us benefits. Sharing positive focused energy!

Student in "Leading Change" graduate course at Johns Hopkins Enduring Edge was a required textbook for the class

Your book has been such a wonderful read... this book reinforced my will to look within for the truth and purpose of life. Thank you!

Student in "Leading Change" graduate course at Johns Hopkins Enduring Edge was a required textbook for the class

Your writing is very refreshing. You have a talent for taking topics that are very complex and explaining them so that nonprofessionals like myself can comprehend them. I particularly liked the comparisons to real life examples like stages in your own life and the three dimensions in all our lives. You are to be commended for all these wonderful examples, the thorough investigation of scientific and historical data and the creative new analyses you've made. It is evident that much effort was put into this endeavor and I appreciate it. I am sure that it will improve my life. Thanks again for so brilliantly sharing new concepts to live a better life.

Letter from a Reader

One of the most enlightening aspects of the book for me was learning how all of our actions are controlled by these three mindsets. Just knowing there are these three approaches to an outcome have made me much more aware of my actions. I end up asking myself more often now – what mind am I using right now? Can I or should I change my mindset now?

Student in "Leading Change" graduate course at Johns Hopkins Enduring Edge was a required textbook for the class

I finished your book this afternoon, and immediately started reading it again. Your book reminds me of what I know that I did not remember I knew... Thank you for your commitment to your quest and for sharing it. I love your stories in it and they help me understand the almost quantum leap required to understand your insights and approach to living a fuller, truer life. I love the 1D, 2D 3D mind concept. It really resonates with me, and I immediately begin to think of examples from my life experiences. Thank you so much for that journey and for sharing it.

Letter from a Reader (Washington, DC)

Your time with us has been invaluable in furthering the conversation to what true leadership is and means. By searching within ourselves throughout this course, and especially as we begin to consider our different states of mind and how to harness that, we are all becoming more engaged and informed about our true selves and what we believe and value.

Professor of "Leading Change" graduate course at Johns Hopkins Enduring Edge was a required textbook for the class

I started reading it and find that it is like talking to my best, learned friend... cannot thank you enough for your brilliant work, which has my mind feeling very enlarged... I am learning and changing as I go. It is a wonderful book and you have made a huge contribution in general to understanding human nature and our elusive "mind."

Letter from a Reader

Just a note to thank you for giving me your wonderful book "Enduring Edge." I am in the midst of reading it and am enjoying it very much. In each chapter I have learned something that I never thought about before that is part of my daily process of thinking and creating. You, of course, have explored this and your book is illuminating... especially because "you have practiced what you preached." My deep appreciation to you.

Letter from a Reader

I just finished reading Enduring Edge - my Thanksgiving weekend treat to myself. I loved it. Amita, it's absolutely stunning - beautifully written and beautifully conceived. I was struck by how many of your thoughts and observations resonated with me. You managed to distill them to clear, communicable language... Congratulations on a beautiful accomplishment. I'm excited about the impact your book has already had on my thinking and being, and I can't wait to share your book with others.

Letter from a Reader

First off, thank you so much for this book. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I have already recommended it to many of my friends and colleagues who I think would also enjoy it... As you state “A well-balanced mind leads us to unleash our full potential.” That statement is something that I have been working on for many years, and I love having the tools and context I need to understand what that means! Thank you!

Student in "Leading Change" graduate course at Johns Hopkins Enduring Edge was a required textbook for the class

Your book has been a timely read for me and I think I have benefited greatly from it... Your book has brought me great perspective and because of this I am in a better place and better equipped to deal with not only what is currently going on at work, but also future challenges that I may face, so for that, thank you.

Student in "Leading Change" graduate course at Johns Hopkins Enduring Edge was a required textbook for the class
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