From composer, musician, and philanthropist Peter Buffett comes a warm, wise, and inspirational book that asks, Which will you choose: the path of least resistance or the path of potentially greatest satisfaction?
You may think that with a last name like his, Buffett has enjoyed a life of endless privilege. But the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett says that the only real inheritance handed down from his parents was a philosophy: Forge your own path in life. It is a creed that has allowed him to follow his own passions, establish his own identity, and reap his own successes.
In Life Is What You Make It, Buffett expounds on the strong set of values given to him by his trusting and broadminded mother, his industrious and talented father, and the many life teachers he has met along the way.
Today’s society, Buffett posits, has begun to replace a work ethic, relishing what you do, with a wealth ethic, honoring the payoff instead of the process. We confuse privilege with material accumulation, character with external validation. Yet, by focusing more on substance and less on reward, we can open doors of opportunity and strive toward a greater sense of fulfillment. In clear and concise terms, Buffett reveals a great truth: Life is random, neither fair nor unfair.
From there it becomes easy to recognize the equal dignity and value of every human life—our circumstances may vary but our essences do not. We see that our journey in life rarely follows a straight line but is often met with false starts, crises, and blunders. How we push through and persevere in these challenging moments is where we begin to create the life of our dreams—from discovering our vocations to living out our bliss to giving back to others.
Personal and revealing, instructive and intuitive, Life Is What You Make It is about transcending your circumstances, taking up the reins of your destiny, and living your life to the fullest.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Really makes you think! ...and do!!
Written in a matter-of-fact, almost conversational tone, this book is an easy read that is at once uplifting, inspirational (to say the least), motivating and pensive.
As a professional musician myself, I was anxious to read the insights of Peter Buffett, whose recordings I greatly admire. I was astonished to find myself looking inward as I read each chapter, and related each of his anecdotes to my own experiences, goals and desires not just in music and career, but in life!!
Here, I was about to write a list of things that I will personally take away from reading this volume, but they are far too numerous and detailed, and a short synopsis of these items will certainly not do "Life Is What You Make It" any justice. Additionally, what I may have deemed as relevant and inspirational may or may not be so for everyone. -But I can all but guarantee that anyone who reads this book should be able to find in here... between the subtle advice, the engaging short stories, and the life lessons and philosophical conclusions they draw... at least a few gems of inspiration that will surely hit home!