#JCarReads | The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters

“Service simply means we embrace the possibility of living for more than ourselves.”

“I want to live an interesting life.”

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Wes Moore, a Baltimore native who went on to be a decorated Army officer, a Rhodes Scholar, an investment banker, philanthropist and entrepreneur, uses this book to explore and explain how he found his passion. I love that throughout his book he emphasizes the fact that along the way he didn’t have a roadmap laid out that made perfect sense with different end goals included. He did a lot of things that he didn’t plan for and he learned a lot from his experiences whether tough, difficult or great, that led him to where he is today. He retraces the different twists and turns his life took, in an effort to show that the way our lives are led aren’t accidents; if observed and appreciated, they lead you closer to your purpose. His emphasis on living a life of service, and appreciating the little moments in life as opposed to only the big ones is something I strive to do every single day. A life well lived in the end has little to do with some of the things we grow up thinking about and more to do with love, service to humanity, interesting twists and turns and a big life lived in small moments. If you want to be taken on a journey that is interesting, inspiring and encouraging pick up this book. In addition, he interviews a lot of other movers and shakers to show that it’s not only his story that can be non-traditional and work out. Some of the interviewed include the founder of KIND, Esther Benjamin and Daniel Lubetzky. To hear more from this great man click here to listen to his Super Soul interview with Oprah as well.

Here are some of my favorites quotes from the book:

“Maybe the question isn’t “What do I want to do with my life?” but “Who do I want to be? What contribution do I want to make?” It’s not even all about altruism. It’s also about living the life that keeps you interested and engaged and passionate—and that leaves you feeling fulfilled.”

“Our adult lives begin with a first moment of stillness. We leave school and there’s no next grade to go to, no one to tell us how to spend our time—we are faced with an intimidating absence of inevitable next steps. Possibilities and choices suddenly abound. And for a lot of us it’s terrifying.”

“One thing I began to realize in my travels was that everyone I met who was truly successful—whether in business, in philanthropic work, in human rights, in government, or in raising a family—shared one common trait: they were fanatically passionate about the work they did.”

“search it out. I also try to remind myself that while there is always a big-picture ambition or goal on the horizon, it’s important to savor the little moments—the ones that will never come my way again.”
“Heroism is simply the idea of living your life with the passion that it deserves.”

“These people hadn’t just lost a job; they’d lost an identity. They’d spent countless hours demonstrating loyalty to the business, knowing, of course, that they were only as valuable as their last deal. But this is the trick that a job can sometimes play on us: we know we’re working at the pleasure of a manager, an owner, a corporation, but we’re human and can’t help but develop emotional attachments to the work we do. We begin to identify ourselves with our employers and believe that a business can return our loyalty. Sometimes businesses do. But when it comes down to it, a corporation’s first allegiance is to its own survival. Everyone benefits from the idea that we’re all in it together—until suddenly we’re not.”

“don’t do things because they are easy. Nothing done with that motivation is worth doing. There are rare times in our lives when we find ourselves doing things because they need to be done—and something in us calls out to do it”

The Work My Search for a Life That Matters

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