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Life Is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  638 ratings  ·  88 reviews
“Peter Buffett has given us a wise and inspiring [audio]book…for every young person seeking to find his or her place in the world, and for every family hoping to give its daughters and sons the best possible start in life.”—Bill Clinton

You may think that with a last name like his, Buffett has enjoyed a life of endless privilege. But the son of billionaire investor Warren B
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Published April 27th 2010 by Random House Audio (first published 2010)
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this book was the one present my dad, who is very sick, wanted to give me for my birthday last week. he heard about it on XPN. despite what the author says many times, dude has a lot of unexamined privilege. and quotes every profound thing you'd find on a greeting card at whole foods and/or a college introduction to thinking seminar.

all that said - there is a certain sweetness in someone telling you not to be limited by self or society and to live the things you want to see happen. and the focu
two quotes I liked from this book:

"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are." Joseph Campbell

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issue
Maria Paiz
The son of one of world's richest billionaires, Peter Buffett received from his dad what many could call a dubitable inheritance: a $90K check at age 19. Period. Peter was raised to expect nothing unearned. He understood from early on that his father's substantial fortune would never trickle down his way, because he needed to find his own path, prove himself, make his own living, and discover his self-worth, self-respect, and the meaning of his life all on his own. His true inheritance was less ...more
I found this book somewhat interesting, really on two levels. On one level, I got a little voyeuristic thrill hearing how the world's richest man gave his offspring $90,000 as their inheritance in order to teach them how to live a normal life. It was interesting to listen to Buffett describing how he decided to live his life. On another level, I found Buffett's description of his career in music quite interesting. I would have read the book for either of those two reasons. And here you get a bon ...more
I'd probably give this more like 3.5 stars. I liked it, it was interesting, was inspired by Buffet's words and path in life. Anyone can read this book, but it's a must read for the affluent. The title could have been "How to Raise Decent Children When You're Filthy Rich." The author, Peter Buffet, is the son of Warren Buffet, whose mantra when raising kids was basically, "a silver spoon in a child's mouth, may someday become a silver stake in their back".

Growing up, the Buffets lived a comforta
Renee shi yan Liu
This is a book about personal and fundamental values. It is a dangerous and sometimes hypocritical thing to write a book on values in this Nietzschean nihilism world. But this book does an outstanding job. This is a book that offers condensed and distilled wisdom on parenting, career and life path choice and self-value building. Peter Buffett is not at all teaching the reader in a pedagogical tone, rather, he conveys important messages through anecdotes, humor and honest passion. I am very Lucky ...more
Sean Goh
The silver spoon in the mouth too often becomes the silver dagger in the back - an ill considered gift that saps ambition and drains motivation, that deprives the young person of the adventure of finding his or her way.

Grasping an opposing point of view was a way of sharpening the mind.

He thinks of education, ultimately, as the fulfillment of curiosity.
The substance of education has to do with understanding human nature - both our inmost hearts, and the motives and longings of people very diffe
Faridatul Mardhiyyah
Peter Buffett, salah satu putra dari milyarder Warren Buffett, mencoba menuliskan pertanyaan serta kegelisahan hidupnya. Ia menuliskan pertanyaan-pertanyaan hidup yang membuat kita kembali menanyakannya pada diri sendiri. Ia menuliskan masa lalunya yang membuatnya banyak mendapat pelajaran. Ia menuliskan kembali mimipi-mimpinya hingga perjalanannya menjadi seorang komposer. Ia membantu kita untuk tidak mencintai materi, tetapi mencintai apa yang kita kerjakan.

Bukunya sederhana, hanya ingin meng
I am not sure where I first encountered this book - I was interested in Peter Buffett's story in part because for almost 30 years I was a Berkshire Hathaway shareholder and in part because what I knew of him was interesting on its own account.

Peter Buffett won what his father calls the "Ovarian Lottery" - or he was born with a silver dagger in his back. He started at Stanford and dropped out after several semesters. His father gave him a small nest egg and he essentially went off on his own. He
Gretchen Pruett
Mar 03, 2012 Gretchen Pruett rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to Gretchen by: Sharon Parker
This is the book that I would have loved to write, if I could write. Peter is eloquent, pithy and full of meaningful insights. I intend to give this book to both my children, as it sums up all that I tried to convey as a parent. I think this book is destined to become a classic.
Rita Kay
Lots of common sense in this very readable book. The Buffetts really knew how to raise children!

I particularly enjoyed the chapter on mistakes...perhaps because I read it just after I had been notified of mistakes I made in a newsletter article.
John Harris
Although there were some good points, I had a hard time getting past the fact that the author, telling the audience that you get from life what you put in, is warren buffet's son and was gifted $90,000 when he was 19.

There is truth the the subject of this book, but it is hard to trust it from this source, just as it would be difficult to trust a weigh loss guide written by Ethiopians.

There are several other great books on this subject - getting out there and making something of your life - but
Lucas Remmerswaal
The central theme, is passion! Finding your passion is crucial to living a successful life. I hope kids will understand this when they discover my book "13 Habits that made me Billions"
William Teo
書裡找不到秘方讓你的人生屬於你,因為還你必須努力。 但書裡卻有讓你可以把握屬於你人生的人生觀。

Shubham Bansal
Peter Buffet is able to bring out with such ease some of the most intricate questions about life- passion, career choices, definition of success. What I loved was that he presents anecdotes from his own life to illustrate his point. Like every good book, this one does not provide answers but encourages us to ask the right questions and search for their answers. By the way, its an excellent parenting guide. Its fascinating to see how he ( supported by his family) is able to come out of his father ...more
Benny Chien
most of us fail the gut-check.
Jenny Stringham
The title of the book is something I tell my kids and I believe in wholeheartedly. Even though I picked it up initially just for that and the picture on the cover, I really enjoyed this book. It was very readable with huge nuggets of wisdom throughout. I have to say though, the book started to feel a little long about 3/4 of the way through, but then picked up nicely the last section in "the gentle art of giving back". I absolutely love love love what he and his wife decided to do with their fou ...more
Interesting to compare Peter Buffett's take on privilege and opportunity with that of Malcolm Gladwell as discussed in his book Outliers. Buffett seems to argue that privilege can be both a blessing and a curse depending on the upbringing of a child and extent of parental involvement. Buffett thinks that while a certain set of circumstances create opportunities for those highly successful people in the world, much of the credit should go to the individual for pursuing a passion and working dilig ...more
i hate leaving a book unread on my shelf, but i guess this kind of book just isn't for me.
Life is What You Make it had great life advices, but i got bored of it. it was a little repetitive, perhaps to emphasis the importance of the message Peter had, but it was hard to finish.

maybe i'll get back to it when i need to find my own path to fulfillment.
This book could be required reading in senior high school. Peter has so many nuggets of wisdom I found myself writing them down in my quote book. For example, [Seize your life with passion and boldness...whatever you decide to do, commit to it with all your strength...and begin it now. What are you waiting for?] This book is one I would give away as a graduation present to those going off to college. The chapters are short but filled with down to earth wisdom. I liked the way he analyzes success ...more
Cardel Ching
Got this as a Christmas present few years back and just got to finally finish reading it today.

I would say that the first few chapters were kinda boring for me so I would always usually put it down, which was why I just finished reading it now. LOL

The chapter that made a difference in me was "The (mixed) blessing of choice". Starting there, I gradually liked what he was saying about values, life, dreams, society, etc. I would often relate to some instances and anecdotes he mentioned and it made
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I enjoyed this book. Very positive and realistic. If you want something go out and get it. Do what you love! Very motivational!
Completely changed my perspective on life, I grew so much after reading this book.
It's a nice message he's trying to get across, but the book read more like an autobiography than a self-help book.
A book to be read by every human esp. youngsters on what life has provided us with and what to make out of it and how...... a real eye opener, at least for me......:-)
Feb 08, 2015 Ruchi marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Can anyone please tell me how to read the books with this on my ipad??
Lama Kabbani
Read it in 12 hours (on my way to Berlin!) its nice to get an insight on how children of privileged parents are brought up and handle life! I had no clue who this guy was and only discovered as i started to read it. If I had known he was W Buffets son I may not picked it up as I wud have assumed that he was trying "to explain". But I had already read years ago that his father had announced they would give their wealth away to charity and nothing to their kids. This book reminds us that happiness ...more
2 1/2 stars

did you know he once made a song with akon?

the title is true, his words are right on, but it's a lot about it really is
Marcus Solberg
Not sure which year I read this one.
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Emmy Award-winning musician Peter Buffett has an acclaimed career that spans more than 28 years as a professional composer, musician, philanthropist and author.

From 1987 to present, Buffett has released 15 records, and has been signed to such labels as Narada, Epic and Hollywood Records. Most of his releases had been instrumental recordings until 2006 when Buffett began experimenting with vocals a
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