Here’s how to make the move from mediocrity to greatness: Follow in the footsteps of Plato, Aristotle, Shakespeare, and others. In their sequel to the popular How to Get a Life, Vol. I, college professors Lawrence Baines and Daniel McBrayer offer more thought-provoking morsels from some of the world’s greatest minds.
How to Get a Life: Empowering Wisdom from Thinkers and Writers takes the reader beyond history, delving into how these remarkable men and women made their indisputable marks on the world. In the same biographical-sketch format made popular by How to Get a Life, Vol. I, each historical icon gives compelling advice on how to conquer adversity and achieve greatness with courage, tenacity, and focus.
The book features insights into the art of living from 15 magnificent minds: Plato, Aristotle, William Shakespeare, John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, J.D. Salinger, Marcus Aurelius, Mihaly Csisksznetmihalyi, Walt Disney, Laura Esquivel, Eudora Welty, Colin
Powell, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Catharine Sedgwick.
What readers are saying
This book is a great book for anyone who wants to live a more fulfilling and self-guided life. The articles are great way to take advice from all different kinds of people who did great things. I couldn’t stop highlighting!—R.G., TN
How to Get a Life is a simple format with a powerful message: anyone can have a life... This would make a wonderful gift for anyone, but especially a friend, relative or co-worker at a crossroads in their life. I found it stimulating, motivating and thought-provoking and am recommending the book to everyone.—D. F., TX
Great life lessons from great teachers! These are people who figured out how life works… and lived it fully. How to Get a Life is a wonderful collection, packed with practical wisdom.—Hal Urban, Author, Life’s Greatest Lessons
- Additional Information
Book Type Paperback ISBN 9780893343996 Author Lawrence Baines Publisher Green Dragon Books
Customer Reviews 3 item(s)
- Great Book
- This book is great. I liked the format. Each chapter provides insight into the thinking of a person who is a survior or a doer, or both! The life stories of Joseph Campbell, Jane Goodall, Mother Teresa, and many others, some famous-some not, was fascinating. But even more interesting was seeing the will of others in overcoming life's struggles. I have encountered a few "dragons in the middle of the road" of life. While each is a trial, the experience makes one a richer person. As a social worker, I will refer clients to this book.
- Great Book
- As a teacher of adolescents, I read this book in order to give my students wisdom. I soon realized that I wished that I had read this book when I was younger. It is a wonderful compilations of information about how some of the greatest people have lived their lives and ways that we can learn from the best. This is a great book for learners of all ages. I was so excited about the book that I suggested it for "book club". They loved it. It was interesting that all of us got something different from the book. Thank you Baines and McBrayer.
- Simplified Wisdom for Everyone
- "How to Get a Life" is a simple format with a powerful message: anyone can have a life. Each individual chapter is presented by a different contributor and expresses the life views and philosophies of some of the most famous, wise and fascinating people in history. I especially enjoyed the pieces on Joseph Campbell, Oprah Winfrey and Leo Buscaglia. Although not a history lesson, I learned more than I ever knew about Confucius and the Dalai Lama. This would make a wonderful gift for anyone, but especially a friend, relative or co-worker at a crossroads in their life. I found it stimulating, motivating and thought-provoking and am recommending the book to everyone.