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What are the secrets to finding happiness? Why do some people live well and die happy? John Izzo asked thousands of people to identify the wisest person they knew. "The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die" shares what he learned from over 200 people aged 60-106 whom others said had found the meaning in life. From town barbers to Holocaust survivors, from aboriginal chiefs to CEO's, these people had over 18,000 years of life experience. With warmth and wit, this book shares the "Five Secrets" to a happy ...

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Overview

What are the secrets to finding happiness? Why do some people live well and die happy? John Izzo asked thousands of people to identify the wisest person they knew. "The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die" shares what he learned from over 200 people aged 60-106 whom others said had found the meaning in life. From town barbers to Holocaust survivors, from aboriginal chiefs to CEO's, these people had over 18,000 years of life experience. With warmth and wit, this book shares the "Five Secrets" to a happy and purpose-filled life which Izzo distilled from listening to these stories. Dr. Izzo also shows the reader how to put these secrets into practice in our lives. This book will make you laugh, bring you to tears, and inspire you to discover what matters long before you die. Based on a highly acclaimed TV series appearing on public television, this book takes the reader on a heart-warming and profound journey to find lasting happiness.

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What People Are Saying

Brian Tracy
"This book is rich with anecdotes and insights that broaden your perspective on life and deepen your commitment to live your very best."--(Brian Tracy, author of Maximum Achievement, Eat That Frog! and Flight Plan)
Beverly Kaye
"John Izzo is a masterful storyteller. He educates us by weaving a fascinating mosaic of stories that make his point. Let this book be your mentor!"--(Beverly Kaye, Founder and CEO, Career Systems International and co-author of Love It Don't Leave It: 26 Ways to Get What You Want at Work and Love 'Em or Lose 'Em: Getting Good People to Stay)
Stephen R. Covey
"No matter your age, you'll have wished you read this book sooner. Its personal anecdotes and genuine wisdom will capture your heart."--(Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness)
Richard J. Leider
"Like a profound conversation that lasts deep into the night, this book will captivate readers in search of purpose and a meaningful life."--(Richard J. Leider, author of The Power of Purpose and coauthor of Repacking Your Bags and Claiming Your Place at the Fire)
Duane Elgin
"John's book is filled with wise, warm, and soulful stories that are fierce with learning and discovery."--(Duane Elgin, author of Promise Ahead and Voluntary Simplicity)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576754757
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: BK Life (Paperback) Series
  • Pages: 178
  • Sales rank: 83,804
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

John Izzo, PhD, is the bestselling author of Second Innocence and host of the public television series The Five Things You Must Discover Before You Die. Holding advanced degrees in religion and psychology, Izzo has spoken to over one million people on four continents about living more purposeful lives.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Prologue     1
Why do some people find meaning & die happy?     9
Why I talked to the town barber (and 200 other people over 60) about life     17
The first secret: be true to your self     25
The second secret: leave no regrets     47
The third secret: become love     63
The fourth secret: live the moment     85
The fifth secret: give more than you take     97
When you know you have to go (putting the secrets into practice)     115
Preparing to die well: happy people are not afraid to die     133
A final lesson: it's never too late to live the secrets     141
Epilogue: how this book changed me     145
The secret to life in one sentence or less     151
Interviewing your own wise elders     161
List of interviewees     165
Index     169
About the author     179
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  • Posted January 9, 2010

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    Good Book - Repetitive Though

    Most of the book is "common" knowledge, but it might not be so common in today's world. The stories are interesting and the focus is good, but the book is highly repetitive (to the point sometimes you're thinking "didn't I just read this page?"). Repetition is one of the keys of learning, I guess.

    The ebook version has some issues with formatting. For example, page 296, the "weekly reflection questions to live the five secrets" is unreadable. Half of the questions are cut off in the middle (something to do with the font I would guess, since it was smaller than the rest of the book, but attempts to change it don't help). A few other minor issues too.

    That being said, most of the "questions" that are cut off are the same as chapter end questions, and the chapter end questions are formatted just fine. Again, it repeats a lot. A plus in this case.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

    looking to our elders

    The Five Secrets You Must Know Before You Die by John Izzo, Ph.D. ISBN-10: 1576754758 Review by Heather Froeschl Looking to our elders for guidance is a time honored and wise practice that unfortunately is not played out often enough. John Izzo encourages us to go back to that tradition in his book ¿The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die.¿ Seeking the secrets to happiness, it makes sense to look to those who have lived it. John interviewed over 200 people, all over the age of 60 and some up into their hundreds, who had been identified by their own friends and family as ¿the one person they knew who had found happiness and meaning.¿ These people were asked such questions as: ¿What has brought you the greatest sense of meaning and purpose in life?¿ and ¿What is the greatest fear at the end of life?¿ They were asked to finish the sentence: ¿I wish I had¿¿ These elders came from all walks of life and acted many roles some were authors, professors, or business owners, others were a nurse, psychologist, biologist, and a barber. Amazingly, or expectedly, their answers were quite similar. Therein are the five secrets. The first, and only one I will divulge, is ¿Be True to Your Self.¿ Of course this can mean different things to each person who reads the words, but author John Izzo guides readers to the purpose behind them. His guidance leads one to ask in this chapter, ¿Am I following my heart?¿ ¿Is my life focused on the things that really matter to me?¿ and ¿Am I being the person I want to be in this world?¿ Answering these questions will lead a person to be true to themselves. Izzo demonstrates the secret by sharing stories from his interviewees. They share by example, much as elders have done since the dawn of humanity. This brings the secret to life for us, and then Izzo gives us homework. He gives us questions to ask ourselves each day or week, that bring the secret home and to the front of the mind. Practice, practice, practice. And so on, with each of the five secrets. This book is a gem. It is an obvious quest to go to our wise members of society and seek answers to life¿s questions, but many of us no longer do it. ¿The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die¿ does it for us, and hopefully will prompt us to do it ourselves with our own elders. The stories here are all about living wisely, living in the moment some are funny, while others are poignant. All should be thought-provoking. The consistency of the lessons makes for an easy to understand and digest plan. Taking one secret at a time to work on may be best for some people, pausing in the consumption of the book to work on that particular goal. Other may devour the entire book in one sitting and go back to reflect more carefully as they consider each message. The end result is surely one that will be self fulfilling and inspired. While the title may cause one to stop for a second, for good reason and cause, the content and purpose is wisdom.

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