In a blog post that touches on choice and happiness, the renowned leadership expert and bestselling author, Marshall Goldsmith, talks about the necessity of choice in creating a life of fulfillment, but reminds us that choices need to be considered and informed by facts.
Goldsmith writes, “Creating an earned life begins with a choice. It begins with sifting through all the ideas you harbor for your future (assuming you have ideas) and choosing to commit to one idea above all the others. This is easy to say and not so easy to do.”
President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine started out as a comic and an actor. When he ran for president, he didn’t anticipate becoming one of the world’s most visible leaders, an inspiration to millions in the face of Russian aggression and Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. But it seems that even though becoming president may not have been his first career choice, Volodymr Zelensky has become the right person for the right role at the right time.
Most recently, President Zelensky praised the readiness of Finland to apply for NATO membership, following Russia’s Ukraine invasion. As Russia’s war batters eastern Ukraine and damages the global economy, it is also creating unintended consequences for Putin, whose aggression is giving rise to a stronger, Western-aligned security architecture in Europe, the very thing the Russian leader had hoped to weaken. Putin’s choice to invade Ukraine did not have the results he had hoped for.
In The Earned Life Goldsmith uncovers the source of today’s existential crises, including regrets that stem from choices that irrevocably alter our lives, reroute destinies, and haunt our memories. These are particularly timely themes today.
With Goldsmith’s book as a guide, readers can close the gap between what they plan to achieve and what they actually get done—even in a world full of inescapable unfairness and curveballs—and live an earned life that is fulfilling in the long run.
You can read Marshall Goldsmith’s blog here.
About MARSHALL GOLDSMITH
Marshall Goldsmith has been recognized for years as the world’s leading executive coach and the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, Mojo, and Triggers. He received his Ph.D. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. In his coaching practice, Goldsmith has advised more than 200 major CEOs and their management teams. He and his wife live in Nashville, Tennessee.
About THE EARNED LIFE
In THE EARNED LIFE (Currency Books), Marshall Goldsmith uncovers the source of today’s existential crisis: regret, the kind stemming from choices that irrevocably alter our lives, reroutes destinies, and haunts our memories—particularly timely themes as the pandemic and Great Resignation inspire people to seek meaning in their lives, get unstuck and make changes. With this book as their guide, readers can close the gap between what they plan to achieve and what they actually get done—even in a world full of inescapable unfairness and curveballs—and live an earned life too fulfilling to dwell on the “what ifs.”
If you’d like more information on Marshall Goldsmith, The Earned Life, and his work, please get in touch with Lyda Goldsmith.