This publish isn’t about getting old or retirement, it’s a couple of e book written by one of many brightest stars in that universe. I’m speaking in regards to the universe of people who find themselves making an attempt to higher perceive what it means to retire and get older, and the supreme commander of that universe is unquestionably Ken Dychtwald.
Radical Curiosity: One Man’s Seek for Cosmic Magic and a Purposeful Life suits the definition of an autobiography: it covers an amazing quantity of floor – from the early Fifties, when the writer was a younger youngster, to present day (just about Ken’s complete life), it’s written in chronological order, it incorporates a whole lot of “information” about folks, locations, and occasions in Ken’s life, and although I consider most readers will decide up this 300+ web page e book as a result of they wish to be taught extra about somebody they admire, it’s not an autobiography; it’s a memoir.
Autobiographies usually don’t make the reader cry. This e book could try this, not as a result of it’s unhappy, however due to the sheer great thing about the writing and the open-hearted disclosure by the author. Crucial cause to consider Radical Curiosity as a memoir is that Ken Dychtwald locations rather more emphasis on his private expertise and what he discovered as he traveled via his extraordinary life. Above all, it’s as sincere an appraisal of a life as I’ve learn. Dr. Dychtwald shares his ideas, his fears, his loves, his weaknesses, and his satisfaction.
Sure, this can be a memoir of a white, male, privileged life. Nonetheless, Ken was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth; in truth, he doesn’t even place his household within the center class throughout his childhood. What he did have, along with being white and male, was a safe and loving upbringing, brains, guts, an adventurous spirit, and above all, curiosity –– in regards to the world and about human potential. If any of that turns you off, don’t decide up this e book! However when you’ve got ever learn any of his earlier contributions to the literature on getting old and retirement, seen him on one of many many TV specials during which he’s featured, or heard him give a lecture someplace on the earth, you could discover it as fascinating as I did.
In case you are studying this and don’t have a clue who Ken Dychtwald is, contemplate his physique of labor: Beginning along with his 1986 traditional, BodyMind, Ken has written 11 books. For the previous 35 years, he has been learning human potential within the context of the demographics of an getting old inhabitants, the boomers particularly, and the way the present crop of elders is altering the panorama of retirement without end. As you’ll be taught within the e book, the monetary (versus the emotional) excessive level of his life, got here shortly after he launched his eighth e book, Age Wave. That landed him on the quilt of Inc. Journal, appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Present and 60 Minutes, amongst others, and led to the build-up of a formidable empire of all issues to do with getting old, together with product strains, media shops, and Age Wave branded consulting providers. Age Wave and Ken Dychtwald had been in every single place…after which they weren’t.
Age Wave by no means ceased to be a drive on the earth of getting old and retirement, even because it morphed from being a product and repair empire to a suppose tank, analysis and consultancy. Older adults at this time can thank Dr. Dychtwald for serving to them strategy their very own getting old in a optimistic approach, understanding that later life is solely one other stage to be embraced – a 3rd age. The analysis he and his company underwriters (largely massive insurance coverage firms and worldwide banks) do at this time helps shed a light-weight on getting old for everybody. It helps information customers and product designers alike to seek out one of the best ways to make rising older a snug, even generally thrilling, journey.
However Radical Curiosity isn’t the story of Age Wave. It’s Ken’s private story and he tells it in a really private approach, as if he wrote it for his kids––as certainly he did. He tells of the teachings he discovered, the methods during which he was in a position to keep grounded via all of the turbulence he describes, and his understanding that his mantra in life hasn’t modified throughout his 70+ years on this earth: BREATHE, LEARN, TEACH, REPEAT.
Radical Curiosity is being launched this week (April 6) in hardback and Kindle. You’ll find it on Amazon or you can even ask your native bookseller to order it for you.