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We are taught from a young age that in order to achieve great success we must set and achieve our goals. However in doing so, we become focused on where we are going rather than enjoying where we are right now. We sacrifice today in the hope that a better future will emerge, only to discover that achievement rarely leads to true joy. Goal-Free Living presents an alternative philosophy – that we can have an extraordinary life now, all without goals and detailed plans. By living for each moment, it’s possible to have a successful life and follow your passions at the same time.
This amazing book shares the personal discovery of consultant Stephen Shapiro, for whom professional success was often achieved – yet personal satisfaction remained elusive. He wanted to escape the treadmill of chasing his goals, and to find a way to make his life truly rewarding. So over ninety days, he drove 12,000 miles and interviewed 150 extraordinary people from all walks of life to learn how they lived fulfilling, happy lives.
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Stephen Shapiro has written a smart, practical, and inspiring guide to leading a life of purpose and meaning. If you have only one goal this year, let it be this: read Goal-Free Living!”
Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive & To Sell is Human
Stephen Shapiro shows how individuals can find more joy in life while still make important contributions to society and the people around them. The insights in Goal-Free Living will be valuable to anyone who feels consumed or constrained by their own goals. I have a sense that reading this book may turn out to be one of the most important things I’ve done in a long time.”
Doug Busch, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Digital Health Group, Intel Corporation
Goal-Free Living isn’t a call for laziness, passivity, or risk mongering. Instead, his approach will help readers achieve the best kind of happenstance: taking a stance to make things happen.”
Health Row, contributing Editor and community director of Fast Company Magazine
In this insightful, charming book Stephen Shapiro guides you to reframe the way you think about goals. This is an engaging, creative approach to discovering inner wisdom and personal fulfillment.”
Michael J. Gelb, author of How to Think Like Leonardo DaVinci and Discover Your Genius