Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives


Life Entrepreneurs

Ordinary people creating extraordinary lives. Leaders excelling through the power of entrepreneurship. Rising generations taking command of their lives and work by integrating them. But how?

Life Entrepreneurs is an uplifting and practical guide for enriching our quality of life and revving up our work through the dynamic force of entrepreneurial leadership.

A new type of leader is emerging:...

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Life Entrepreneurs

Ordinary people creating extraordinary lives. Leaders excelling through the power of entrepreneurship. Rising generations taking command of their lives and work by integrating them. But how?

Life Entrepreneurs is an uplifting and practical guide for enriching our quality of life and revving up our work through the dynamic force of entrepreneurial leadership.

A new type of leader is emerging: people who apply their vision, talents, creativity, and energy not only to their work but to their entire lives, changing the world for themselves and those around them. These people are not just living their lives—they're leading them. Welcome to the territory of life entrepreneurs.

In this book, successful entrepreneurs Christopher Gergen and Gregg Vanourek draw on interviews with fifty-five leading entrepreneurs worldwide as well as on the wisdom of multiple thought leaders to provide practical strategies, concrete frameworks, vivid examples, and moving vignettes for leading a life of adventure, service, and purpose.

Today, people are looking for opportunity, challenge, and the chance to develop their talents, achieve success, and make an impact. But they are also looking for a rich home life, rewarding friendships, an active lifestyle, and deeper fulfillment. Life entrepreneurs are able to thrive in all these realms by proactively taking the following steps:

  • Discovering core identity
  • Awakening to opportunity
  • Envisioning the future
  • Developing goals and strategies
  • Building healthy support systems
  • Taking action and making a difference
  • Embracing renewal and reinvention

Life Entrepreneurs is filled with inspiring stories and practical strategies for integrating life, work, and purpose, and captures the implications of today's entrepreneurial boom for our workplaces, learning institutions, communities, and families. Whether you're an emerging or established leader—or a person experiencing significant changes and seeking direction—this is a vital read.

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What People Are Saying

Mark S. Albion
The real question is not how to just make a living, but how to make a life. Life Entrepreneurs helps all who are struggling to integrate money and meaning in their careers to do just that. (Dr. Mark S. Albion, New York Times best-selling author, Making a Life, Making a Living®, and True to Yourself)
Gary Erickson
Like jazz musicians, good entrepreneurs improvise, finding the roads less traveled. Life Entrepreneurs does a great job of capturing this spirit and sharing valuable lessons for work and life. (Gary Erickson, owner/founder, Clif Bar & Company, and author of Raising The Bar)
Bill George
In Life Entrepreneurs, Christopher Gergen and Gregg Vanourek address the central issue of every emerging leader, ‘How can I design my life to be both fulfilling and significant?’ Through the life stories of many entrepreneurs who are impacting the world in dramatic ways, this compelling and refreshing new book provides deep insights that make it a must-read for all of us to use on our own journeys. (Bill George, author, True North and Authentic Leadership, former chairman and CEO, Medtronic)
Frances Hesselbein
At last, a powerful guide to integrating life, work, purpose, and work-life balance, one of the greatest needs of leaders in all three sectors of the emerging work force. Christopher and Gregg bring a new definition, a new clarity to life entrepreneurship that will make a difference in the lives of leaders at every level. A great gift. (Frances Hesselbein, chairman, Leader to Leader)
Howard Schultz
Business leaders and entrepreneurs alike will greatly benefit from Life Entrepreneurs. It captures the essential qualities of leadership including finding a worthy path, being willing to fail, and taking courageous action. I highly recommend it. (Howard Schultz, Chairman, Starbucks Coffee Company)
Wendy Kopp
This is provocative reading for all those committed to creating a life of significance and meaning. Filled with helpful strategies and hopeful stories, Life Entrepreneurs is an intriguing, challenging guide for the next generation of leaders. (Wendy Kopp, president and founder of Teach for America)
Dinesh D'Souza
Bondage of the Mind is a strong, original, and very readable book that addresses an important topic in a clear and convincing manner - and it could not be more timely. It is not only for a Jewish audience or a liberal audience. I, myself, am a conservative columnist and former editor of a Catholic magazine, and I found the book captivating. Bondage of the Mind provocatively confronts issues of interest to everyone.
Christopher Hitchens
R.D. Gold is a fresh new voice, a witty and mordant guide through the moral and intellectual chaos of the tribalism and special pleading that is Orthodox Judaism - and, by extension, all religious fundamentalism. I enjoyed this book immensely. You will, too.
Michael Shermer
Bondage of the Mind is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of humanity. (Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine, author of How We Believe)
Jacob Neusner
Bondage of the Mind is a very important book - indeed, the most important book of its kind in the last hundred years. (Jacob Neusner, one of the world's leading Jewish scholars and theologians)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787988623
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/7/2008
  • Series: J-B Warren Bennis Series , #142
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 553,964
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   Warren Bennis     xiii
Introduction     xv
List of Interviews     xxvii
Surveying the Landscape
Understanding Life Entrepreneurship     3
Life Entrepreneurs in Action     25
Discovering Core Identity     38
Preparing for the Journey
Awakening to Opportunity     65
Envisioning the Future     80
Developing Goals and Strategies     93
Blazing a Trail
Building Healthy Support Systems     111
Taking Action and Making a Difference     129
Embracing Renewal and Reinvention     145
Conclusion: Creating a New Future     165
Life Entrepreneurship Primer     181
Exercises and Helpful Resources     187
Interview Methodology     189
Notes     191
The Authors     199
Acknowledgments     201
Index     205
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2008

    It provided me with guidance. It will do the same for you.

    When you are young everyone tells you that you can become whoever you want, but after a few short years that ideology seems to become nothing but a myth. This book not only proves that your dreams to change the world are possible it illustrates that they can be a reality. Are you ready to make your life extraordinary? As someone who is looking for a change in my life, Life Entrepreneurs is helping me strive above the status quo by inspiring me to look deeper for my true passions. I know that my dreams will not sit in a box waiting for a better time to be realized. Gregen and Vanourek's work proves that you wont find happiness by settling for something that is not your true passion. It is high time to realize that being successful does not provide you fulfillment in the same way or to the same level as doing something you love. I know that I am grateful to Gregen and Vanourek for their inspiration, influence, and guidance. Thank you for Life Entrepreneurs. This book will inspire you to make this world a better place by following your heart and living your passions. Buy This Book!

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    Posted June 7, 2008

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    Life Entrepreneurs is a powerful book. I was fortunate to encounter this book at a turning point in my life, and it's with complete sincerity I attest that this book changed the course of my life: Gergen and Vanourek's work inspired me to follow my dreams after graduating from college and travel abroad for a year, rather than giving in to the societal pressure to get a job and take the typical post-grad path. I am eternally grateful to the authors and this book for the positive influence it's made in my life. This book will inspire you to be your own person and write YOUR story -- not someone else's. Get this book!

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