From the list on making you think about purpose and meaning.
Who am I?
Since 2014 I have studied, researched, and written about the concepts of meaning and purpose. In 2016, I published a book entitled The Purpose Effect dedicated solely to the topic. In Work-Life Bloom, two of the key work-life factors that make up the accompanying model focus on meaning and purpose. I am known for urging people to declare their purpose, writing it down, and sharing it far and wide. My declaration is as follows: “We’re not here to see through each other; we’re here to see each other through.”
Dan's book list on making you think about purpose and meaning
Discover why each book is one of Dan's favorite books.
Why did Dan love this book?
This is a poignant memoir by Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon confronted with terminal lung cancer.
The book offers a profound, intimate look at how Kalanithi grapples with his own mortality and the fragility of life, something I needed at a particular low point in my life.
His eloquent prose reveals his personal journey to understand what truly matters, ultimately finding purpose in his work, relationships, and the pursuit of knowledge. By sharing his unique perspective on life, love, and death, When Breath Becomes Air served as a powerful reminder to me to cherish every moment and prioritize what truly gives life (and work) meaning.
When Breath Becomes Air
Why should I read it?
6 authors picked When Breath Becomes Air as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
**THE MILLION COPY BESTSELLER**
'Rattling. Heartbreaking. Beautiful.' Atul Gawande, bestselling author of Being Mortal
What makes life worth living in the face of death?
At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live.
When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi's transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity - the brain - and…