The Earned Life: Lose Regret, Choose Fulfillment (Unabridged)
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Discover the steps to earning your path to fulfillment and living without regrets—from the world-renowned executive coach and New York Times bestselling author of Triggers and What Got You Here Won't Get You There
ONE OF SUMMER’S BEST BUSINESS BOOKS: Inc., Society for Human Resource Management • “My life changed for the better when I started working with Marshall Goldsmith. The Earned Life is a wonderful book.”—Dr. Jim Yong Kim, served as president of the World Bank
“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.”
That’s the definition of an earned life. But for many of us, that pesky final phrase is a stumbling block: “regardless of the eventual outcome.” Not being attached to the outcome goes against everything we’re taught about achievement and fulfillment in modern society.
But now, in his most personal and powerful work to date, world-renowned leadership coach Marshall Goldsmith offers a dazzling but simple approach that accommodates both our persistent need for achievement and the inescapable “stuff happens” unfairness of life.
Taking inspiration from Buddhism, Goldsmith reveals that the key to living the earned life, unbound by regret, requires committing to a habit of earning and, crucially, connecting that habit to something greater than the isolated achievements of careerism. By grounding our achievements in a higher aspiration, he shows, we can avoid the easy temptation to wallow in regret.
Goldsmith implores readers to avoid the Great Western Disease of “I’ll be happy when. . . .” He offers practical advice and exercises aimed at helping us shed the obstacles, especially the failures of imagination, that prevent us from creating our own fulfilling lives. With this book as their guide, readers can close the gap between what they plan to achieve and what they actually get done—and avoid the trap of existential regret, the kind that reroutes destinies and persecutes our memories.
Packed with illuminating stories from Goldsmith’s legendary career as a coach to some of the world’s highest-achieving leaders as well as reflections on his own experiences, The Earned Life is a road map for ambitious people seeking a higher purpose.
“Marshall Goldsmith is a wonderful coach, educator, and author.”—Albert Bourla, CEO, Pfizer
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
According to revered leadership coach Marshall Goldsmith, living in the moment isn’t just a tool for better mental health—it’s a lifestyle choice that leads to personal fulfillment and material success. In this fascinating listen, Goldsmith—whose primary clients are Fortune 500 CEOs—meshes the Buddhist principle of finding peace in every breath with the goal-oriented mindset of Western thinkers. In other words, don’t stop having goals, just focus on the process of attaining them instead of worrying about ultimate success or failure. In Goldsmith’s world, whether you’re running a company or learning a new skill, the real satisfaction is in the work, not the results. Goldsmith narrates the book himself, and listening to him is like a having a session with a great coach. He provides exercises to help you internalize his methods, like writing letters to your past and future selves, which give you fantastic perspective on your path in life.