“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
That sage advice on life management is from Dr. Seuss, who brought us The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Green Eggs and Ham and other children’s classics.
We grown-ups have some sages of our own, and one of the very best is Dr. Marshall Goldsmith.
“Thought leaders” is a phrase that’s thrown around a lot these days. Marshall Goldsmith is actually worthy of the appellation. He’s author of multiple bestselling books like What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, MOJO: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It, and Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts, Becoming the Person You Want to Be. He’s been personal coach to hundreds of the world’s top executives. Thought leader? Goldsmith is the real deal.
His latest offering is The Earned Life: Lose Regret, Choose Fulfillment. It’s a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, and for good reason.
What’s the thesis of this book? Here it is in the author’s own words: “We are living an earned life when the choices, risks, and effort we make in each moment align with an overarching purpose in our lives, regardless of the eventual outcome.”
For many people, that pesky final phrase is a stumbling block: “regardless of the eventual outcome.” That seems contrary to much of what we hear nowadays about achievement and fulfillment.
Our options are endless, but the process of earning remains the same: (1) make choices, (2) accept risks, and (3) expend all the necessary effort.
In The Earned Life, you’ll learn:
- How to accept the present with the Every Breath Paradigm.
- The internal and external factors that determine success and fulfillment.
- The Action, Ambition, and Aspiration model.
- How to discover your One-Trick Genius.
- The lost art of asking for help.
- How to close the gap between what you plan and what you actually do.
- How to remove the delay from delayed gratification.
Trust me, this is not one of those breathless rah-rah, dare-to-be-great books. The Earned Life is chock full of wise—and immediately actionable—advice on how to make the very most of your time on earth. Yes, that’s a lot to ask of a book. But this one actually delivers.
Today you have 100% of your life left. Go out and earn it.
Rodger Dean …….