To paraphrase Einstein, “Insanity is asking the same question over and over again, and expecting a different response.” I’m referring to the questions we ask when we pick a college and major, get our first job, have a quarter life crisis, change careers, take time off to have kids and raise a family, return to work, realize that holy shit time flew and we better get cracking, have a mid life crisis, retire and discover doing nothing forever and ever is boring. We fall back on all our trusty self-reflections: What is my passion? What am I good at? How can I make more money? What am I most qualified for? How can I find purpose? But despite our best intentions, nothing new is uncovered. No virgin territory explored. No epiphanies experienced. These overworked questions produce a standard menu of same ole responses. Responses that bring us no closer to what we feel is missing in our lives.
If we want better answers, we should ask better questions. And this book is your invitation to do so. Burn the Ladder is a collection of ten provocative, catalytic, and unconventional questions to help you create meaning, build purpose, and change the world, starting with changing yourself.
In this unorthodox tale, you’ll meet a colorful cast of contrarians including Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and X PRIZE Founder Peter Diamandis, as the author traverses the debris of a construction site, the halls of the Ivy League, the mores of corporate America, the beginnings of a global learning X PRIZE, and the rollercoaster of entrepreneurship, exploring ten unconventional questions to reimagine success, and invites you to do the same.
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