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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Discover the steps to earning your path to fulfillment and living without regrets—from the world-renowned executive coach and New York Times bestselling author of Triggers and What Got You Here Won't Get You There 

ONE OF SUMMER’S BEST BUSINESS BOOKS: Inc., Society for Human Resource Management • “My life changed for the better when I started working with Marshall Goldsmith. The Earned Life is a wonderful book.”—Dr. Jim Yong Kim, served as president of the World Bank

“We are living an earned life when the choices, risks, and effort we make in each moment align with an overarching purpose in our lives, regardless of the eventual outcome.”

That’s the definition of an earned life. But for many of us, that pesky final phrase is a stumbling block: “regardless of the eventual outcome.” Not being attached to the outcome goes against everything we’re taught about achievement and fulfillment in modern society.

But now, in his most personal and powerful work to date, world-renowned leadership coach Marshall Goldsmith offers a dazzling but simple approach that accommodates both our persistent need for achievement and the inescapable “stuff happens” unfairness of life.

Taking inspiration from Buddhism, Goldsmith reveals that the key to living the earned life, unbound by regret, requires committing to a habit of earning and, crucially, connecting that habit to something greater than the isolated achievements of careerism. By grounding our achievements in a higher aspiration, he shows, we can avoid the easy temptation to wallow in regret.

Goldsmith implores listeners to avoid the Great Western Disease of “I’ll be happy when. . . .” He offers practical advice and exercises aimed at helping us shed the obstacles, especially the failures of imagination, that prevent us from creating our own fulfilling lives. With this book as their guide, listeners can close the gap between what they plan to achieve and what they actually get done—and avoid the trap of existential regret, the kind that reroutes destinies and persecutes our memories.

Packed with illuminating stories from Goldsmith’s legendary career as a coach to some of the world’s highest-achieving leaders as well as reflections on his own experiences, The Earned Life is a road map for ambitious people seeking a higher purpose. 

“Marshall Goldsmith is a wonderful coach, educator, and author.”—Albert Bourla, CEO, Pfizer

©2022 Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter (P)2022 Random House Audio

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Brilliant Book 💛

A must-read for all humans, as we thrive to balance life, work, and love. Dr. Goldsmith and Reiter have gathered brilliant experiences and relatable moments in this book so that we may all live an “earned life.”

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life changing guide

this book gives you much to think about and action. I found it very helpful.

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very helpful to talk to yourself

good for recover your energy and design new strategy to understand the world and your own mind

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Okay

There was no clear robust punchline. It’s okay. I would still try some of his other titles.

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Marshall’s best book yet? Feeling grateful!

Love the book and messages directly spoken from Marshall, as always his content is very authentic.

The input he gives is clear, easy to understand and to implement. Some stories from older works are repeated yet never too much, it is always good to have a reminder.

Thank you Marshall!

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Excellent Guidance on How to identify, be accountable to and achieve your purpose

Marshall Goldsmith, the world’s #1 executive coach, gives amazing insight and guidance on how to get past regret, and past successes, to focus on your purpose now. Along with his co-author Mark Reiter, the book provides a clear method on how to identify your purpose, seek help to hold yourself accountable and to effectively achieve your purpose. Marshall is a professional speaker and his performance on audible clearly shows that he has a world class voice. His performance is spirited and crisp which keeps the reader completely engaged through the book. I bought the book as well so that I can more easily follow the exercises at the end of each chapter. I highly recommend this listen!

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Excellent!

I was looking forward to this book and it didn’t disappoint. A great guide to a better and more fulfilling life. Highly recommended!

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