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Radical Curiosity: One Man's Search for Cosmic Magic and a Purposeful Life

Radical Curiosity: One Man's Search for Cosmic Magic and a Purposeful Life

by Ken Dychtwald PH.D


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"Ken Dychtwald maps out where success intersects with meaning to find your own unique crossing." —Deepak Chopra, MD

From his working class roots in New Jersey to the “tune in, turn on, drop out” cliffs of Big Sur and the pinnacles of the human potential movement; from launching his company Age Wave and coming to terms with his own aging process, Ken Dychtwald’s Radical Curiosity makes sense of his first 70 years of life, offering invaluable life lessons through the lens of a man constantly seeking truth and self-discovery— giving readers a glimpse into a visionary's extraordinary world, and a guide for claiming a powerful vision of one’s own.

Although Dr. Ken Dychtwald is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on aging and longevity, Radical Curiosity offers an entirely different, and far more personal, perspective. Triggered by the deaths of his parents, and motivated by his cutting-edge research into the importance of leaving a legacy, Dychtwald dives deep to examine the arc and legacies of his own life through fantastic stories, mind-stretching adventures and his unique encounters with many of the world’s great leaders and influencers, in order to show readers his keys to a meaningful, magical and purposeful life.

Ultimately, Radical Curiosity is a call to action, one which demands that we add more curiosity, purpose, interdependence and discovery to our lives, regardless of age.

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ISBN-13: 9781951213312
Publisher: The Unnamed Press
Publication date: 04/06/2021
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 201,054
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

As an author of 18 books, including Bodymind, Age Wave and What Retirees Want: A Holistic View of Life’s Third Age, a celebrated public speaker and teacher, successful entrepreneur, documentary film-maker and visionary thinker, Dr. Ken Dychtwald has been helping people look ahead for decades, both at their own – and their clients, consumers, patients and voters’ - futures as well as the culture at large. Dychtwald has given presentations to over two million people worldwide and his ideas and research have garnered nearly fifteen billion media impressions. His client list has included over half the Fortune 500. He has served as a Fellow of the World Economic Forum, has keynoted two White House Conferences on Aging, and is the recipient of the McKinsey Prize for his writing in The Harvard Business Review. Ken has twice received the distinguished American Society on Aging Award for outstanding national leadership and he was honored by Investment Advisor as one of the 35 most influential thought leaders in the financial services industry over the past 35 years. Ken and his wife, Maddy, are the recipients of the Esalen Prize for their outstanding contributions to advancing the human potential of aging men and women worldwide. Ken was recently awarded the Inspire Award from in the International Council on Active Aging for his efforts to make a difference in the lives of older adults worldwide.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Scares Me About Growing Old 13

Part I The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Metamorphosis 25

Leaving a Legacy: Values and Life Lessons 30

From Newark to Big Sur: Leaving Kenny Behind 33

A Leap of Faith 42

My Day with the Angels 52

Declaration of Independence: A Letter to My Mom and Dad 57

Envisioning the Bodymind 60

Ravi Shanker and the Importance of Being in Tune 70

The Pros and Cons of Appearing Naked 73

Part II Encountering the Paradox

Destiny Knocks 79

Learning Perspective from the Elders 86

Out of This World 92

Grandma Clara's Story 99

Learning from "The Best" 106

How Will You Use Your Life? 108

Part III Caught Between the Tao and the Dow

The Best Day(s) of My Life 113

A Meteoric Rise 122

When Sally Met Ray: A Love Story 130

Age Wave's Exhilarating Successes 133

Age Wave's Attempted Transformation 149

Age Wave, the Business Incubator: Good Idea, Bad Timing 151

My Two Favorite Teachers 155

Part IV Being in the Room Where It's Happening

Intention, Will, and Drive: A Lesson from the Terminator 165

What President Reagan Taught Me About America 170

The "Greatest Generation" Looks to the Future: The 1995 White House Conference on Aging 173

Big Lessons About Life from Jimmy Carter, Role Model 176

How Bill Clinton's Wayward Penis Ruined a Great Opportunity 183

In Service to America: John McCain's Hands 188

Quitters, Fighters, Winners and Losers: Blunt Advice from Eugene Kleiner 191

Part V Self, Success and Purpose Reconsidered

The Collapse 197

On the Ledge 202

Breathe, Learn, Teach, Repeat 205

Traveling Light and Lightening Up 211

From Success to Significance 214

Lessons About the Urgent Dance of Life: A Discussion with Anna Halprin 216

The Boomer Century on PBS: It's Great, It Stinks. He's Great, He Stinks 223

Whose Dream Am I In? 229

A Humane Approach to Death 234

We Are Our Brother's Keepers 237

God of Day, God of Night 242

Part VI Elderhood

Life's Third Age 249

Aging, Death, and Beyond: Lessons from Huston Smith 251

On His Own Two Feet 260

Zak's Declaration of Independence 267

The Death of a Pearl 269

Entering the Twilight Zone: The Father/Son Act 277

Searching for the Fountain of Heath 280

Attempting Thought Leadership: Learning from Trials and Errors 290

The Apprentice Meets the Sorcerer 294

And Then, the Most Peculiar Thing Happened 299

Our Oak Tree 301

Acknowledgements 305

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"This book soars somewhere between Forrest Gump and Jack Kerouac. It’s part intimate autobiography, part rollicking adventure story, part cultural anthropology. Through his remarkable encounters and unusual cast of characters, Dychtwald gives us a unique window into the spiritual aspirations, moral conflicts, vocational dilemmas, and ups and downs of the pursuit of consciousness expansion and mindful adulthood over the last half century. What a ride! I love this book." —Michael Murphy, Founder and Chairman of the Esalen Institute and Best-selling author of Golf in the Kingdom and The Life We Are Given

“I have been learning from Ken Dychtwald for years and am convinced that he is today’s most innovative and original thinker on this important subject.” —President Jimmy Carter

“A masterful storyteller, Ken Dychtwald takes us on the wild, grand adventure of his self-examined life. This is truly a hero's journey, populated with hippies and presidents, psychology and celebrity, success and failure, and the wisest of lessons.” —Lisa Genova, PhD. Neuroscientist and Best-selling author of Still Alice

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