- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 60363rd edition (May 3, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307464725
- ISBN-13: 978-0307464729
- Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 72 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Peter Buffett has given us a wise and inspiring book that should be required reading for every young person seeking to find his or her place in the world, and for every family hoping to give its daughters and sons the best possible start in life.”
–President Bill Clinton
"Knowing and admiring Peter as we do, LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT captures his spirit, passion, and values beautifully. As parents, it’s the kind of dialogue about our life’s purpose and opportunity we’re having with our children. We will have everyone in our family read and discuss LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT ."
–Bill & Melinda Gates
"With home-spun, heart-felt wisdom, Peter Buffett ponders how to make a meaningful life, while making a living. LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT is thought-provoking, worthwhile reading."
"LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT is the ultimate book of commonsense -- except it isn't common. Because Peter Buffett could have had a derived identity and chose not to, he has power and credibility when he tells us how to find a unique self by doing what we love. I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't benefit from this spirited, wise, and friendly book."
"In his searching book, LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT, Peter Buffett challenges us all to balance ambition and service, personal goals and work for the common good. It is a book of value and honesty."
–Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues
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About the Author
PETER BUFFETT is an Emmy Award-winning composer and producer and cochairman of the NoVo Foundation. Buffett began his career in San Francisco writing music for commercials. He has released albums on the Narada, Epic, and Hollywood labels, as well as six releases on his own label. His work in film includes the “Firedance” scene in the Oscar-winning film, Dances with Wolves. He lives in New York City.
Download a free collection of Peter’s music at: www.peterbuffett.com/PBMusic
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This is a book that comes from the heart, replete with personal anecdotes and keen insights from every-day life. The style is not pedantic; in fact it’s compassionate. It does not provide any fool proof ways to the wisdom, but gives you enough occasions when you may want to pause and ponder. If at all, it urges you to find your own zen, however troublesome it may be.
The title of the book sums it up well – there is so much in life to look forward to (and live), yet most of us choose to define it with a narrow perspective, in dollar terms or parental/ society expectations. Read it, mark it, and you may feel to go back to it from time to time, to realign your compass.
It makes you think about your life choices in a different light. In all of us, that is going to bring both regret and self-satisfaction, since every life is a mix of both. But the punch line is, evaluate and understand how you got where you are, and then get going in the direction you really want, rather than the direction you thought you should (unless they are already in tune). At my age, I also came away with a sense of "It's not too late to succeed" in my definition of what success is. That's highly motivating.
But if you already have tens of books on self-development you might want to consider passing.
Children born to wealth are often passionless or indifferent: they have little motivation to work because they take everything for granted. Oftentimes, as well, parents misguidedly give to their children in excess, trying to make up for their own lacks while growing up. This little book offers many insights that may help all find the right attitude and perspective to discover true passion and joy in their lives.