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

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From composer, musician, and philanthropist Peter Buffett comes a warm, wise, and inspirational book that asks, Which will you choose: the path of least resistance or the path of potentially greatest satisfaction?

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 Buffett says that the on
ebook, 224 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Crown Archetype
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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
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
Aug 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
Jul 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
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
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely inspiring book for new careers out there. With books like these they all share a common message in different forms and experience. GRATITUDE is a key to any human success with the good & bad times in our lives.
Quote from the book " your life is yours to create. Be grateful for the opportunity. Seize it with passion and boldness. Whatever you decide to do, commit to it with all your strength and begin it now "
Sean Goh
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lisa Lachowski
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life Is What You Make It is one of the most unique and thought-provoking non-fiction selections I have read. Because the central themes revolve around the ethics, morals, and values formulated through Peter Buffett’s experiences, I also remain heavily invested in his philosophies.
Buffett stresses lessons of trust, responsibility, independence, acceptance, and merit, among other things. Personal anecdotes, many including reminiscing instances of his parents and other influential adults, height
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
Roland Martinez
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the great motivational and inspirational books I've read. Firstly Buffett shares my worldview that success is defined as a process not just as the material reward generated from that process. How many of us have people that we value in our lives that we can never repay with money? How would we value a good parent, a good teacher, a good friend? Certainly not in dollars and cents. This book also talks about the value of commitment to excellence, and how to find one's vocation. This ...more
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.
Gretchen Pruett
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
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。

Lucas Remmerswaal
Sep 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"
Benny Chien
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
most of us fail the gut-check.
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book last year and checked it out from the library. The ideas and presentation appealed to me enough that I bought my own copy of the book so I could mark it up.

And I did.

Then I set it aside for several months. Picked it back up and read a few chapters. Set it aside again.

Picked it up a final time and dove into it reading hard, marking up the book, asking questions about how I see life similarly or totally different. And I do.

I believe in the idea that there is nothing new under t
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read but definitely took it with a grain of salt––it's certainly easier to follow your passion when you'll never have to worry about money!
May 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't like this sort of psychology.. I couldn't find my favourite chapter either all in all it wasn't for me.. except for the last quote.. I like it.. and that's it.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and the author makes a lot of sense. Good reading no matter where you are in your life.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as engaging as I thought it would be. Two takeaways. 1. Life is what you make of it. 2. Nobody is deserving of anything
Goh Jian Jun
Boring and repetitive
Interesting story about Peter Buffet, the son of Warren Buffet. It was a very interesting take on life, one of my favorite quotes from the books was "Your life is yours to create. Be grateful for the opportunity. Seize it with passion and boldness. Whatever you decide to do, commit to it with all your strength and begin it now "
It is also a success story on parenting and Warren Buffet and his wife did a great job.
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
This book felt mostly like Buffett was writing to the one-percenters, you know the super rich. Perhaps he thought he was writing for everyone but he wasn't. That's not who he is. Albeit he only got $90,000 when he turned of age, so he wasn't given everything. In the epilogue Buffett stated that the book really was just him thinking out loud, not really intended to be a self-help book or anything like that. No, it isn't anything like that at all. Just a few good ways to think about living your li ...more
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
Bong Han Lee
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In today's common view, wealth is equivalent to happiness and most people chase for the wealth. People forget to just search for the happiness. At the end, everyone wants to buy more time in search of "their" happiness. By following the perspective of the world (parents) and "forced" experiences, one will obscure their own happiness. What is the mark that you want to leave on this world? Are you going to settle and live other people's lives and not yours? One's life is full of endless possibilit ...more
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ajay Goel
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I normally give a wide berth to the books with such lofty titles, but the famous surname of the author caught my attention. I was intrigued, and Peter Buffett did not disappoint.
This is a book that comes from the heart, replete with personal anecdotes and keen insights from every-day life. The style is not pedantic; in fact it’s compassionate. It does not provide any fool proof ways to the wisdom, but gives you enough occasions when you may want to pause and ponder. If at all, it urges you to fi
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peter Buffett is the son of Warren Buffett. Most books associated with the name Buffett, are "how to" books on being a good investor, picking the right stock, or some financial strategy or principal. Peter's book on "Life" is just that, his unapologetic personal observations on finding your own path to a fulfilling life.

The book is written with a younger person in mind, but can easily be assimilated for any age group. I was so taken by this book that I've order two for each of my twenty-somethin
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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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