The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die

The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die

by John Izzo Ph.D.


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“What brought you the greatest joy? What do you wish you had learned sooner? What ultimately mattered and what didn’t?” asks Dr. John Izzo. Based on a highly acclaimed public television series, this book takes the reader on a heartwarming and profound journey to find lasting happiness.
Imagine for a moment that you are about to take a foreign vacation to an exotic destination. You have saved your entire life to travel there. It is a destination with almost unlimited choices of how to spend your time and you know you will not have enough time to explore every opportunity. You are fairly certain that you will never get to take a second trip to this destination; this will be your one opportunity.
Now imagine that someone informs you that there are several people in your neighborhood who have been to that country, explored every corner. Some of them enjoyed the journey and have few regrets, but others wish they could take the trip again knowing what they know now. Would you not invite them over for dinner, ask them to bring their photographs, listen to their stories, and hear their advice?
This is precisely the journey explored in this book. Dr. John Izzo and his colleagues interviewed over 200 people, ages 60-106, who were identified by friends and acquaintances as “the one person they knew who had found happiness and meaning.” From town barbers to Holocaust survivors, from aboriginal chiefs to CEOs, these people had over 18,000 years of life experience between them. He asked them questions like, “What brought you the greatest joy? What do you wish you had learned sooner? What ultimately mattered and what didn’t?”
Here Izzo shares their stories—funny, moving, and thought-provoking—and the Five Secrets he learned from listening to them. This book will make you laugh, bring you to tears, and inspire you to discover what matters long before you die.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781576754757
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Publication date: 11/22/2007
Series: BK Life (Paperback) Series
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 213,601
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.53(d)

About 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

Chapter One: Why Some People Find Meaning & Die Happy
Chapter Two: Why I Talked to the Town Barber (and 200 other people over Sixty) about Life
Chapter Three: The First Secret: Be True to Yourself
Chapter Four: The Second Secret: Leave No Regrets
Chapter Five: The Third Secret: Become Love
Chapter Six: The Fourth Secret: Live the Moment
Chapter Seven: The Fifth Secret: Give More Than You Take
Chapter Eight: Knowing is Great, But How to Get Going (Putting the Secrets into Practice)
Chapter Nine: Preparing to Die Well: Happy People Are Not Afraid to Die
Chapter Ten: It’s Never Too Late to Live the Secrets
The Secret to Life: In One Sentence or Less
Interviewing Your Own Wise Elders
List of Interviewees
About the Author

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