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Inspiring Tales & Onerous-Received Life Classes: Introducing My New Ebook


I’ve been ready for at the present time for nearly two years. My guide, Soul within the Recreation: The Artwork of a Significant Life, is out! 

I spent just a few thousand hours penning this guide and poured each ounce of my soul into it. 

Soul within the Recreation has acquired glowing endorsements from a variety of outstanding individuals I respect, together with Common Stanley McChrystal, Nassim Taleb, Carl Bernstein, Wim Hof, and lots of others. However as a lot as I’m humbled by and grateful for his or her reward, once I was writing the guide I used to be visualizing my common reader – you. I wished this guide to the touch you, to brighten your day, to enhance your life, even when just a bit. 

I shared a digital model of the guide with just a few readers who preordered. I acquired a variety of great suggestions. Nonetheless, an electronic mail from Gorden Lopes made my week. I’ve by no means met Gorden – hopefully I’ll someday. Right here’s what he stated (I’m sharing it together with his permission): 

This guide has actually touched my soul in some ways, your wonderful humorousness makes tough subjects very simple to soak up, your skill to indicate your weak sides of your life, and your story telling skill jogs my memory of Anthony Bourdain’s writing fashion. 

Each me and my spouse talk about the content material of the guide like excited children sharing their instagram posts! I simply talked about to her that we should always have a third baby and he or she burst out laughing as a result of she had learn the chapter about your household! 🙂 

This guide and your writing has modified my life for the nice and it’s like a guiding north star for residing a contented, satisfying life! Extremely extremely advocate this to everybody and that is going to be my most gifted guide for this yr for positive!

Regardless of the glowing suggestions, now that the guide is formally out, I really feel like a father letting his baby out into the world. I’m excited and nervous on the identical time. 

Soul within the Recreation is out there in exhausting cowl, Kindle, and Audible codecs.  You may get it right here.

Understand that as a result of provide chain points, it presently takes 23 weeks to print a guide, so you’ll have to attend virtually six months to obtain a replica as soon as it’s bought out. If you happen to had been planning to purchase this guide as a Christmas, Hannukah, or Festivus present, you might wish to contemplate doing all your vacation procuring in the present day.

When you order the guide, ship a replica of your receipt to and we’ll ship new chapters (virtually 50 pages) I wrote because the guide went to press.  

Oh, and do your self a favor: ahead this electronic mail to each particular person in your digital rolodex who will profit from this guide. In my unbiased opinion that’s anybody between the ages of 16 and 120. They’ll thanks later. 

If you happen to’re questioning what Soul within the Recreation is all about, I’m going to share with you the introduction I wrote to the guide. It is going to make clear the guide’s content material. 

Introduction – How one can Learn This Ebook

If somebody had prompt a decade in the past that I might write a guide that had nothing to do with worth investing, I might have laughed. Even after writing two books on investing, I considered myself as an investor who thinks by writing, not “a author.” I most popular to depart that stuff to professionals – the Dostoevskys and Hemingways – and keep on with what I knew greatest: worth investing. 

Nonetheless, over time, I introduced “life” tales about my childhood, my children, and classical music as supporting actors (usually as analogies) onto the principle stage of my writing about investing. Youngsters change you; the belief of your mortality modifications you – and writing modifications you. It was only a matter of time earlier than these life tales wished to develop out of their supporting roles into lead roles.

1000’s of emails from my readers had so much to do with that, too. Readers wrote that they got here for the articles about worth investing however stayed for the life tales (and my father’s artwork; however extra on that later). They inspired me to show my life (non-investment) essays right into a guide. They informed me that studying these tales had made their lives somewhat higher. Studying my essays nudged them to mirror on their very own lives. Typically, I even appeared to encourage them into motion: to journey, to spend extra time with their family members, or to simply merely decelerate and inhale life. This guide is about crucial funding you’ll ever make: the funding in your life.

I hope a narrative or two in these “life” essays will contact you, add a ray or two of daylight to your day, and encourage you to fill the hole in your life that wants filling. 

This guide is evergreen, and so I’ve structured it thematically, not chronologically (you’ll discover this within the variability of my children’ ages all through the guide). It began out simply as a group of tales I’ve written over time. However as I used to be enhancing it, the author in me took over. I ended up fully rewriting outdated essays and writing many new ones. Although it’s not a conventional guide with a narrative arc working by it, it morphed into greater than only a assortment of random tales. It’s written to be learn in sequence. 

The guide is loosely organized into six sections:

The Pupil of Life part has an autobiographical character. It takes you to Soviet Russia for my childhood, the worry that my aunt was an American spy, my household’s emigration to the US, and our first (surprise) years on this nice nation.

Then it takes you on my most academic journey of all – being a mother or father. These tales are stuffed with pleasure and errors (children don’t include an instruction guide), but additionally progress. Being a mother or father is probably the most transformative expertise of all.

This part additionally options “Soul within the Recreation,” an essay that gives a lens by which to view the remainder of the guide. It touches on every part one wants to search out which means within the inventive a part of their life. It’s so essential to me that I titled the guide after it.

In Inhaling the World I share my experiences and impressions from visiting Santa Fe, San Francisco, Switzerland, France, and Italy with my household. I talk about subjects starting from how visiting a contemporary artwork museum can improve your journey to an IKEA retailer, to Jeffersonian lunches, to the caloric content material of raw fish. If this part evokes you to see a bit extra of the world, I’ve succeeded.

One Day at a Time is the self-help a part of this guide. Effectively, form of. I’m not allotting self-help recommendation; I’m simply taking you with me on my journey of studying about easy methods to keep on with a food plan, sleep higher, work out, meditate (somewhat), and agency up new habits by trial and (a variety of) error. I’ll share private finance recommendation that was given to me by a pal once I obtained married – recommendation that eradicated any bickering about funds from my marriage!

I used to be virtually finished enhancing this guide once I stumbled onto Stoic philosophy. I used to be so taken by it that I put enhancing on maintain and launched into a five-month studying after which writing journey about Stoicism. This spilled into Stoicism – The Philosophy For Life. It’s a mini-book inside this guide, with two sections of its personal. One part focuses on Stoicism as an working system for all times, and the opposite outlines a worth system that might lead you to a happier and extra significant life.

Soul in Creativity homes my essays on… you guessed it, creativity. Creativity is a thread that runs all through the entire guide. I’ve discovered that creativity is a secret sauce that makes life extra significant; it’s what attracts me off the bed each morning.

I share with you what I’ve discovered concerning the artwork and means of writing, to not point out how the music of AC/DC can flip you into a greater author. And also you’ll learn the way I structured my life to have time to run an funding agency, do funding analysis, spend time with my household, and nonetheless write the equal of a guide a yr.

The essay “Ache, Opera and Investing” explores an excruciatingly painful skilled interval in my life. Most significantly, it presents instruments (based mostly on Stoic philosophy) for dealing with ache. This essay sat in my digital drawer for years; I couldn’t carry myself to publish it, till now.

After I completed writing the essay “Artistic Curler Coaster,” I spotted that I needed to take all my life essays and publish them as a guide to share with others. There was an instigator who was singlehandedly answerable for my beginning to work on this guide: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. I discover Tchaikovsky’s struggles as a composer, which I can so relate to as a author; although I get the sensation that this wrestle is common in all inventive endeavors, not simply composing and writing.

Tchaikovsky brings us to the final part, Melody of Life. On this sequence of essays, I delve into the lives of classical music titans –Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Liszt, Brahms, Chopin, Berlioz, and Bruckner.

Although these essays about classical music and composers could seem misplaced on this guide, they proceed to tug on this thread of creativity. Right this moment we take heed to the music of those superstars, and it nonetheless strikes us (to me it’s the greatest drug of all). We name them geniuses. However their expertise and success, which appears evident to us, was something however evident to a lot of them. Similar to the remainder of us, they had been stuffed with insecurities and went by a variety of private and artistic struggles, accompanied by a variety of ache. There’s a lot we will study from them.

By the use of abstract and conclusion, in The Artwork of a Significant Life I accumulate the breadcrumbs I left all through the guide and join the idea of soul within the sport, Stoic philosophy, creativity, and classes from classical music composers by way of an artwork and craft framework. Oh, and I break the fourth wall.

Lastly, if you’re questioning why a comparatively younger grownup with loads of life experiences nonetheless forward of him writes an autobiographical guide, learn “Intermission – Cease Consuming Sugar” (the guide’s conclusion): It is going to reply this query.

My recommendation to you: Learn this guide as if every essay is an electronic mail that simply appeared in your inbox. You’re invited to ponder for some time earlier than you progress on.

For causes that can develop into obvious as you learn the subsequent essay, I additionally needed to embrace just a few of my father’s work on this guide. Yow will discover them within the center portray part. And you may all the time see extra of his art work at Katsenelson.com.

I strategy this guide the identical approach Zeno, the founding father of Stoicism, approached his college students. Zeno didn’t declare to be a doctor – he noticed himself as a affected person describing the progress of his therapy to fellow sufferers within the hospital beds beside him. Seize a mattress subsequent to mine and let’s have a dialog about life, creativity, Stoic philosophy, classical music, and different enjoyable subjects.



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