The best books on living the good life

The Books I Picked & Why

Meditations: A New Translation

By Marcus Aurelius, Gregory Hays

Meditations: A New Translation

Why this book?

I chronicled my lifelong relationship with the Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius in an article I was commissioned to write for the Modern Stoicism blog. Creative On Purpose began as a project intended to share the virtues of ancient Stoic philosophy as it applied to creative enterprises. Marcus' reminders to himself about gratitude, legacy, character, fate, service, and mortality are gems I tap into daily in my efforts to cultivate joy through worthwhile endeavors.


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The Razor's Edge

By W. Somerset Maugham

The Razor's Edge

Why this book?

A novel published in 1944 that is as relevant as ever today. It tells the story of Larry Darrell, an American pilot traumatized by his experiences in World War I, who sets off in search of some transcendent meaning in his life. A compelling and inspiring tale to inform your journey in a life lived on purpose.


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Manifesto for a Moral Revolution: Practices to Build a Better World

By Jacqueline Novogratz

Manifesto for a Moral Revolution: Practices to Build a Better World

Why this book?

Drawing on inspiring stories from change-makers around the world and on memories of her own most difficult experiences, Jacqueline divulges the most common leadership mistakes and the mindsets needed to rise above them. A powerful reminder that the good life is built on work that is meaningful because it is challenging.


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The Practice: Shipping Creative Work

By Seth Godin

The Practice: Shipping Creative Work

Why this book?

Equal parts insight and inspiration encouraging readers to develop and deliver upon their creative potential and promise. Developing and delivering the difference only you can make requires a daily discipline and intentional relationships. Seth's book show's the way to do both with integrity and joy.


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Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most

By Sheila Heen, Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most

Why this book?

This is a topic I took a clumsy stab at in Wicked Conversations. In Difficult Conversations, the authors present a thoughtful and easily executed approach based on neuroscience, psychology, and collaborative wellness. This is an approachable work on a challenging topic that is necessary to embrace in order to live well.


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