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The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  533 ratings  ·  102 reviews
Imagine for a moment that you are about to take a foreign vacation to an exotic destination. You have saved your entire life to travel there. It is a destination with almost unlimited choices of how to spend your time and you know you will not have enough time to explore every opportunity. You are fairly certain that you will never get to take a second trip to this destina ...more
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Published January 1st 2008 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers (first published December 11th 2007)
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Jul 16, 2008 Minnie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who fear the unexamined life
Recommended to Minnie by: My mother-in-law
Am enjoying this tremendously and did so to the end. i feel this is a book that I will read and re-read with increasing enjoyment every time.
Wendy Kendall
What does a happy life, a life well lived, look like? That is the question this author sets out to research. This book is a description of what he learned from interviewing over 200 people ages 60 to 106. Each person had been identified by friends and family as “the one person they knew who had found happiness and meaning.” It turns out there are concepts that these happy people all have in common, leading to the author’s life secrets. And the best news is that anyone, of any age, can start prac ...more
Marian Willeke
This book initially bored me because it went through what you could cynically call the 'typical' steps to discover true happiness. However, it took a drastic positive turn for me when it identified five very high level life mindsets to integrate in one's life to find true balance and happiness. The important issue for me was that they were mindsets, not accomplishments. Also, it provided reflection questions for each mindset that would help a person make minor adjustments to stay on the mark, in ...more
John Izzo interviewed over 200 people, aged 60 to 106 years, each of which was recommended by friends and acquaintances as "the person who has known happiness and fpund his purpose." In these pages, the author shares their stories funny, moving and triggers for reflection, and the five secrets he learned from these conversations. The book will bring a smile on your, will make you tear and will inspire you to discover what really matters in life.
Hikmet Kaya

olmeden once yapmamiz gereken bilmem kac sey kitaplariyla ilk defa bu kitapla tanistim ve onda da bitirdim. bazi kitaplar bir sey katmasa da okumasi eglencelidir ve en azindan kitap okunan vaktin hos gecmesini saglar, bu kitap ise ne bir sey veriyor ne de eglenceli.
Catherine Letendre
Ce livre m'a donné l'impression d'avoir une "vieille âme". Ces conseils de 230 personnes âgées qui ont trouvé le bonheur, résumés en 5 "perles", j'ai le sentiment de les avoir déjà intégrés à ma vie. Je dois être sur la bonne voie! :)
Marlene Large
Phenomenal book on wisdom and how to become wiser. This book has changed my views on life especially after losing my grandmother recently who was my mentor.
Great book! I think I'll read it again...much wisdom for living a full and satisfying life.
Laura Ellison
I think my biggest takeaway from the book is to carry around notes or set up continual reminders that will start to impact my attitude and habits. I will most certainly be making a note for my upcoming family vacation to remind me to be positive, not get mad over immaturity in some family members and to be kind. I also think I will institute time on the weekends to write to at least 5 people a week. I'm not big on the self-help books but really did like the practical ideas that were mentioned th ...more
really well done. enjoyed it.
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Since I recently finished both Donald Prothero's Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters (Prothero says that REAL academics don't get caught up in credentialism, and wouldn't publish books under their name + "Phd", which is what creationists tend to do), as well as Timothy Ferriss' The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Ferriss urges authors to create an expert persona for themselves by getting a PhD from an online diploma mill and using it with their ...more
The Five Secrets... has kind of a New Age feel to it, but nonetheless it includes much wisdom, as one would expect from the combined thoughts and ponderings of people who have lived satisfying and fulfilling lives. Izzo interviewed about 200 people ranging from 59 to over 100 years old. They were nominated by others who thought of them as among the happiest and most fulfilled people they knew. In the interviews, he invited them to talk about what brought them meaning. From their thoughts, he der ...more
Forest Tong
I was very moved by the the introduction to this book and the five "secrets" the author presents: be true to yourself, live in the moment, leave no regrets, become love, and give more than you take. The messages are simple, beautiful, and yet undeniably difficult to achieve. Unfortunately, I felt that beyond the introduction and table of contents, the body of the book didn't add much. The anecdotes were too brief, vague, and full of platitudes. All in all, however, this book has left me with man ...more
Feb 18, 2008 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: especially those in mid-late life wanting to make the most of their remaining time
Dr. Izzo claims that the secret to a happy marriage is sincere, loving affirmations. He sites a study that claims that couples who express seven positive affirmations for every one negative criticism of each other have longer lasting marriages than those who do not.

My husband David and I couldn't agree more. Of course, staying loving and positive is not always easy to do. Sometimes we lose it - nobody's perfect. But when one of us is mindful enough to change the channel and sing each other's pra
Terrific wisdom in this book.
The author is a public speaker primarily, I think, and there was a lot of repetition in examples. Also, there's NO humor or comic relief in it anywhere, which makes it very dry.
But the message is very, very valuable to me. He includes lists of questions for the reader that make good homework.
I bought a copy for my son.
Obaada Elhomsy
*The five secrets you should know before you die:

1- Be true to your self (Follow your passion)
2- Leave no regrets (take risks and don't be afraid from failure)
3- Become love (Love and reach out to others, spend time with family and friends)
4- Live the moment
5- Give more than you take.
Be wise before you get old. Two things humans want: happiness (content moments) and meaning (connection). These are not secrets and how to integrate into one's life.

1) Be true to yourself
2) Leave no regrets
3) Become love
4) Live the moment
5) Give more than you take
Wonderful and well written book. i am also touched by the examples that tears rolled down... and after doing the activity and reflect upon myself, i discover more about myself and it need reflection and pratice. Really a good book to read and i am glad I'd discovered life while i am still young in my twenties.
Emma Asmaliza
i picked up this book when i was at the lowest point of my life. this book helps changed the way i see my life at that time and it also has changed the way i live my life since. i reread this book from time to time cause it was so good and meaningful to me.
"Jeff" Hall
Izzo interviewed 200 people,ages 60 to 106, and asked them about the secret to a happy life. The "five secrets" are predictable, but the stories covered are insightful, moving, and thought-provoking.
Must read!

One of my favorite Books ever. The comments from the old and wise people in the book alone are worth to read it. This book can change your daily thinking to a better.
Manhardeep Ahluwalia
John Izzo has made a great effort interviewing 200+ wise elder people who had something to share with others which they have learnt about life.

Being young, it is obvious for me and those around me to focus and think only about making money. But through this book, I realized that there is something greater than money; something that can give you more happiness than money; something which can give you a sleep like a baby which of course money hardly can give.

No matter what is your age, I would rec
Absolutely inspiring. I found myself tearing up during many parts of this book. It really changes ones perspective on life and death. I definitely recommend it to everyone.
Jerry Smith
This is a book worth sticking with even if you don't particularly gel with the author's style. It examines the results of many hundreds of interviews with people over 60 whose peers/family rated them as happy with how their long lives had been.

Izzo then identifies 5 themes that are common to these stories and suggests how we might incorporate them into our lives. Like many of these things I guess there is nothing completely new here but seeing it in this way is very valuable and illuminating, e
Jack Perdue
I got this on audiobook. I believe this a book everyone should read and share. Plus it's read by the author who has the perfect voice for his material. READ THIS.
Sharmila Guptha
"The Five Secrets you must discover before you die" is a book written by john lzzo. I purchased this book a week before, but read this book recently only. Life stories from around 200 people interviews by the author and his team. In these interviews, each person was asked to reflect back on his or her life to identify the sources of happiness and meaning as well as lessons learned, regrets, major crossroads, and what did not contribute to meaning in their lives. I recommend this book to my frien ...more
Byron Wright
Worth a read if you're looking for the meaning of life without necessarily including religion.

The five secrets in this book are based on interviews with wise elders. The basic premise is find some happy people and look for the commonalities. The common traits then must be what makes "you" happy. I'm not a bit fan of motivational or self-help books, but in general I think the premise works. I intuitively agree with the five secrets and have been trying to live my life in accordance with most of t
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