John Izzo interviewed over 200 people, ages 60 to 106, each of whom was 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 audiobook will make you laugh, bring you to tears, and inspire you to discover what matters.
©2008 John B. Izzo; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America
"This book is rich with anecdotes and insights that broaden your perspective on life and deepen your commitment to live your very best." (Brian Tracy)
This book is not about dying, it's about living. And it's not just good reading for those of us who are evaluating our lives as we head into our elderly years. I would recommend that every adult of any age read this book once a year when making resolutions for the New Year. It is not preachy. It is full of food for thought and action, a very realistic "bucket list."
I really enjoyed hearing the stories Mr. Izzo chose to share. They were often very moving and on more than one occasion I found myself crying. Sometimes, tears of joy, and sometimes tears of self discovery. I learned a lot about myself after listening to this book. It's a great motivational tool and I look forward to sharing it with friends and family. I even plan on buying the paper copy so i can underline passages for quick reference later. I will definitely be listening to this one again.
Wow! A great reminder of how simple life really is and how the truly important things transcend time, race, gender and ethnicity. Read this before you get old!!!!
The most wisdom ever discovered in a book .The book is a must for people of all ages. A seminal experience and Izzo's life work. Take advantage. You will be totally blown away.
I found myself come back to this book times and times again. Especially after my younger sister passed away a months ago. The sense of lost and fear of dying with regrets drive me searching for a solution to be not afraid of dying, not afraid of losing it, be it physical, mental, psychological. This book provides a very convincing method and map for me. I look forward to finding a comfortable nest combining this book and the Bible.
This is a book that as soon as I finished listening, I knew I had to listen to again. There is just so much wisdom to be found here from those who have lived long, fruitful lives and share the lessons learned over a life time. There are no surprises in the five secrets, but distilling them in this fashion helps one to see when it has all been said and done exactly what things really count in this life.
This reads like an inspirational magazine article was its original intent. It will make you feel good, but there are no new insights here for those seeking to improve their old age.
I had hoped for so much more. Alas. Just too long to get to the point which is then not worth the wait. Refund???
I love (audio)books.
I wa a little skeptical when I bought this book. The five secrets --1) be true to your self; 2) leave no regrets; 3) become love; 4) live the moment and 5) give more than you take seemed common sense. Just until I started to listen. The author brights them up with his touching stories. John Izzo wrote a great book and narrated it superbly. Don't be afraid because there is 'die' written in the title. Just read it and try to apply the principles to your own life, it doesn't matter your age. As he cites the chinese proverb: "the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now". It is never too late to know the secrets!
(I will read other books from the author)- this one impressed me a lot.
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