Soul in the Game: The Art of a Meaningful Life

Soul in the Game: The Art of a Meaningful Life

by Vitaliy Katsenelson
Soul in the Game: The Art of a Meaningful Life

Soul in the Game: The Art of a Meaningful Life

by Vitaliy Katsenelson


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Soul in the Game is a book of inspiring stories and hard-won lessons on how to live a meaningful life, crafted by investor and writer Vitaliy Katsenelson.

Drawing from the lives of classical composers, ancient Stoics, and contemporary thinkers, Katsenelson weaves together a tapestry of practical wisdom that has helped him overcome his greatest challenges: in work, family, identity, health—and in dealing with success, failure, and more.

Part autobiography, part philosophy, part creativity manual, Soul in the Game is a unique and vulnerable exploration of what works, and what doesn’t, in the attempt to shape a fulfilling and happy life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857199072
Publisher: Harriman House
Publication date: 06/21/2022
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 546,127
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Vitaliy Katsenelson was born in Murmansk, Russia, and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1991. After joining Denver-based value investment firm IMA in 1997, Vitaliy became Chief Investment Officer in 2007, and CEO in 2012. Vitaliy has written two books on investing and is an award-winning writer. Known for his uncommon common sense, Forbes Magazine called him “The New Benjamin Graham.” He’s written for publications including Financial Times, Barron’s, Institutional Investor and Foreign Policy. Vitaliy lives in Denver with his wife and three kids, where he loves to read, listen to classical music, play chess, and write about life, investing, and music. Soul in the Game is his third book, and first non-investing book.

Table of Contents

Introduction - How to Read This Book 1

Student of Life 5

Born in Russia, Made in America 7

Soul in the Game 26

Speechless (Future) Father 33

Here She Is 35

This Is What Happiness Feels Like 37

Why Do I Torture My Kids… with Classical Music? 41

Reading and Listening 43

There Is No I in Hannah (But There Are Two in Vitaliy) 46

Girls' Gambit 49

My Russian Book 52

Parents of La Mancha 55

Inhaling the World 57

I Left My Heart… 59

Santa Fe: "Remember This" 64

Inhaling Europe 69

One Day at a Time 77

I Don't Eat Desserts 79

The 8% 82

My Crash 84

I Don't Eat Pork 89

Attend a Party in Your Own Head 92

Dale Carnegie - Better Late than Never 97

You Are Responsible for What You Have Tamed 100

Set Your Egg Timer to Six Months 104

Personal Finance Advice That Changed My Life 106

Stoicism - The Philosophy for Life 113

Stoicism: Part 1 - Operating System 116

Knowing and Doing 119

Dichotomy of Control 124

Event, Judgment, Reaction Framework 128

Negative Visualization 130

Last Time 134

Reframing 137

Temporary Insanity 142

Each Day Is a Separate Life 147

What Others Think 151

Insults 153

In Beta 155

Go Ahead, Covet Your Neighbor's Wife 159

The False Sophistication of Sophists 163

Creating Stoic Subroutines in the Subconscious 167

Cold (and Warm) Showers 169

You Want to Be? Do 171

Stoicism: Part 2 - Values and Goals 172

Material Success 175

Always Being Right 178

"If This, Then…" 180

A Twist: Applying "If This, Then…" to Form Habits 183

Good Values Start with Good Problems 185

What Pain Are You Willing to Sustain? 187

Good Values 189

Tranquility in Motion 191

A Story of Four Books 192

One More Thing 195

Soul in Creativity 197

Don't Let Your Environment Control You 199

Time Does Not Scale 204

Abracadabra 209

Opera. Pain. And Investing. (Or, What We Should Learn From Pain) 217

On Writing 230

The AC/DC Effect 235

Creative Rollercoaster 238

Melody of Life 243

Why I Write About Composers 245

Tchaikovsky - Master of Emotions 247

In the Shadow of Others 251

How Franz Liszt Revolutionized the Piano and Classical Music 255

The Two Sides of Chopin 259

Fantastic Fantastiqae 261

Bruckner - Humble, Odd, Sex-Deprived Religious Fanatic 264

The Art of a Meaningful Life 268

Intermission - Stop Eating Sugar 279

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