Life Is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment

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From composer, musician, and philanthropist Peter Buffett comes a warm, wise, and inspirational book that asks, Which will you choose: the path of least resistance or the path of potentially greatest satisfaction?

You may think that with a last name like his, Buffett has enjoyed a life of endless privilege. But the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett says that the only real inheritance handed down from his parents was a philosophy: Forge your own path in life. It is a ...

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Overview

From composer, musician, and philanthropist Peter Buffett comes a warm, wise, and inspirational book that asks, Which will you choose: the path of least resistance or the path of potentially greatest satisfaction?

You may think that with a last name like his, Buffett has enjoyed a life of endless privilege. But the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett says that the only real inheritance handed down from his parents was a philosophy: Forge your own path in life. It is a creed that has allowed him to follow his own passions, establish his own identity, and reap his own successes.

In Life Is What You Make It, Buffett expounds on the strong set of values given to him by his trusting and broadminded mother, his industrious and talented father, and the many life teachers he has met along the way.

Today’s society, Buffett posits, has begun to replace a work ethic, relishing what you do, with a wealth ethic, honoring the payoff instead of the process. We confuse privilege with material accumulation, character with external validation. Yet, by focusing more on substance and less on reward, we can open doors of opportunity and strive toward a greater sense of fulfillment. In clear and concise terms, Buffett reveals a great truth: Life is random, neither fair nor unfair.

From there it becomes easy to recognize the equal dignity and value of every human life—our circumstances may vary but our essences do not. We see that our journey in life rarely follows a straight line but is often met with false starts, crises, and blunders. How we push through and persevere in these challenging moments is where we begin to create the life of our dreams—from discovering our vocations to living out our bliss to giving back to others.

Personal and revealing, instructive and intuitive, Life Is What You Make It is about transcending your circumstances, taking up the reins of your destiny, and living your life to the fullest.
 

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J.P. Morgan Private Bank's Summer Reading List Pick, 2010

“Peter Buffett has given us a wise and inspiring book that should be required reading for every young person seeking to find his or her place in the world, and for every family hoping to give its daughters and sons the best possible start in life.”
–President Bill Clinton

"Knowing and admiring Peter as we do, LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT captures his spirit, passion, and values beautifully. As parents, it’s the kind of dialogue about our life’s purpose and opportunity we’re having with our children. We will have everyone in our family read and discuss LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT ."
–Bill & Melinda Gates

"With home-spun, heart-felt wisdom, Peter Buffett ponders how to make a meaningful life, while making a living. LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT is thought-provoking, worthwhile reading."
–Ted Turner

"LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT is the ultimate book of commonsense -- except it isn't common. Because Peter Buffett could have had a derived identity and chose not to, he has power and credibility when he tells us how to find a unique self by doing what we love. I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't benefit from this spirited, wise, and friendly book."
–Gloria Steinem

"In his searching book, LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT, Peter Buffett challenges us all to balance ambition and service, personal goals and work for the common good. It is a book of value and honesty."
–Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307464729
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 262,048
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Buffett
PETER BUFFETT is an Emmy Award-winning composer and producer and cochairman of the NoVo Foundation. Buffett began his career in San Francisco writing music for commercials. He has released albums on the Narada, Epic, and Hollywood labels, as well as six releases on his own label. His work in film includes the “Firedance” scene in the Oscar-winning film, Dances with Wolves. He lives in New York City.
 
Download a free collection of Peter’s music at: www.peterbuffett.com/PBMusic
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Normal is what you're used to 7

2 No one deserves anything 25

3 The myth of the level playing field 43

4 The (mixed) blessing of choice 59

5 The mystery of vocation 79

6 Buying time 103

7 Don't just find your bliss-do your bliss 125

8 Portals of discovery 141

9 Be careful what you wish for… 157

10 What we mean when we say "success" 179

11 The perils of prosperity 199

12 The gentle art of giving back 221

Epilogue: Begin it now 245

Acknowledgments 257

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2010

    If only every young person could read this book...

    In a "ME" society, this books shares amazing insight on what it is truly like to make your life your very own even when a silver spoon could be the next utensil you reach for, yet you have what it takes to follow your dreams, visions, passions and desires. A fortunate author who had parents who shared the same vision of making your life complete by reaching YOUR goals, not what society may have thought was right for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2010

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    Great Book! Simply Marvelous!

    This book would make a great gift for everyone just starting out in the world. That newlywed. That college graduate. This book is filled with practical advice and inspirational information. There are few books that I would recommend, any book I recommend has to be special. This is one of them.

    I also recommend "When God Stopped Keeping Score." I thought that the book was just about forgiveness, I soon learned, it was about so much more. Having read it, I feel like a better person. Maybe because this book spoke to me and not down to me. I have read a lot of books that was written like I didn't know anything. What the author of "When God Stopped Keeping Score" does is talk to you like a friend. I needed that.

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  • Posted June 26, 2010

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    Everyone should read this book!

    Life Is What You Make It is a very good book. I was doing some soul-searching career-wise and decided to look for some books and I am glad I bought this one. The author is very geniune and humble about his own lifestyle. I think this is a good read for high school students, college graduates, and parents. There are plenty of lessons, many that are familiar, to be learn. This book me helped to see that my passion is more than my career. A career is only part of it.

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  • Posted June 22, 2010

    LIFE CAN BE BORING READING

    I read a bio a week, this book was so elementary and one that has been written already a thousand times. So my conclusion is that was Peter said - this was what he wanted to say, so he said it, boring. Recommend that Peter stick to making music or if he wants to try to be a writer he should spend some funds on how to write a book with current application, not something that was been written by hundred's of other education or motivating type writers.

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