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The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  773 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
Based on a highly acclaimed public television series, this book takes the reader on a heartwarming and profound journey to find lasting happiness. John Izzo interviewed over 200 people, ages 60-106, who were identified by friends and acquaintances as "the one person they knew who had found happiness and meaning." From town barbers to Holocaust survivors, from aboriginal ch ...more
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Published January 1st 2008 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers (first published December 11th 2007)
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Minnie
Jul 06, 2008 Minnie rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Marian Willeke
Apr 09, 2009 Marian Willeke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: transformation
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
Christine
Aug 19, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book! I think I'll read it again...much wisdom for living a full and satisfying life.
Marlene Large
Jan 03, 2013 Marlene Large rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Wendy Kendall
Nov 01, 2014 Wendy Kendall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Nadine Tewaditep
Jun 02, 2016 Nadine Tewaditep rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-favorites
เปนหนังสือทางจิตวิญญาณทีดีทีสุดทีไดอานในปีนี(2016) คนแปลและเรียบเรียงทำงานไดเนียบมาก ภาษาสละสลวยสวยงาม อานไดไหลลืนไมมีสะดุด

เปนหนังสือคลาสสิคทีทรงพลัง และคงเปลียนแปลงชีวิตผูคนอีกเปนจำนวนมากอยางไมตองสงสัย เปนหนังสือมรณานุสติทีเลาเรืองเวลากับการอยูกับปัจจุบันขณะไดอยางนาทึง เปนหนังสือทรงคุณคาและดีมากๆ แตสิงทีประทับใจคือการใชภาษาของคนเขียนทีถายทอดออกมาไดดีสุดๆ ใชภาษางายๆ แตกินใจ

สรุปวาเลมนีชอบคะ ให 9/10 เลย
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Bianca
Mar 20, 2013 Bianca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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! :)
"Jeff" Hall
Mar 31, 2014 "Jeff" Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Hikmet Kaya
Jan 05, 2012 Hikmet Kaya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition


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.
Kathleen
Apr 10, 2013 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
really well done. enjoyed it.
Jack Perdue
Jan 25, 2014 Jack Perdue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jc Claveria
Aug 15, 2013 Jc Claveria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
worth reading :)
Judith
A definite must-read!
Andreas
Jan 31, 2017 Andreas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sachbücher, kindle
Dieses Buch sollte man gelesen haben!
Devin Ambron
Jan 08, 2017 Devin Ambron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wisdom is the reward for spending a life long of listening. "People who are happy are that way because of things they have in common whereas those who are unhappy are that way for many different reasons." Secret #1: Be true to yourself and live your life with intention. Secret #2: Leave no regrets; live with courage, moving toward what you want, rather than away from what you fear. Secret #3: Become love. That is, choose to be a loving person. Secret #4: Live the moment, being fully in every mom ...more
Carolien
Mar 19, 2017 Carolien rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Did not like the writing style one bit, made it very difficult to get invested in the book. The five secrets were very unsurprising.
Brian Weisz
Mar 08, 2017 Brian Weisz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fairly standard advice we've been hearing all our lives. Like any other advice, it's power depends on you acting on it. Here are the five secrets, in case you want to save your money.

1 - be true to yourself. Follow your own heart, path, dreams.
2 - leave no regrets. You won't regret doing things, but you will regret NOT doing things.
3 - become love. Be (or become) a loving person.
4 - live the moment. Be grateful for each day/moment.
5 - give more than you take. Serve the larger community and futur
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Surfergirl
Aug 03, 2008 Surfergirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: being-better
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Jennifer
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 Workweek (Ferriss urges authors to create an expert persona for themselves by getting a PhD from an online diploma mill and using it with their name for the byline of their books), I was a bit put ...more
Afton
Sep 23, 2015 Afton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book and it has inspired me to make some changes in my life. Some of my favorite ideas:

We learn most naturally by paying attention and being continually aware. The author suggested that people keep a card on their person that they read upwards of 20 times per day. On this card they keep only one or two reminders of something they want to work on or change about their lives. By reading this reminder many times every day a person's small choices throughout the day begin to change
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Greg
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
Kate
Jan 23, 2008 Kate rated it liked it  ·  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
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H Hamid
A very personal review, as I would not have consumed this book the same way even 6 months ago, let alone 6 years ago. Izzo is the conduit storyteller, giving us the distilled learnings from conversations with over 200 wise, happy and fulfilled individuals aged 60 - 105.

I absolutely loved it. No "new" knowledge contained in there necessarily - just some good reminders from wise souls about the things that really matter, in their humble opinions. It deeply resonated with me - proven by the fact t
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Paula Dembeck
John Izzo is an award winning author and writer, a man who has studied work values and culture, leadership, personal values and the meaning of success.

In this volume he reports on the results of a project in which he interviewed over 200 people identified by their friends and acquaintances as “the one person they knew who had found happiness and meaning” in life. From these conversations he elicited these five secrets:

1) be true to yourself (reflect more)
2) leave no regrets (risk more)
3) become
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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
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Nureda Taşkesen
Jan 02, 2016 Nureda Taşkesen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3rdy-2nds
When I am reading this book, I feel like quenching my thirst. As I read, I cannot keep myself saying that "This is the thing I am looking for. Someone did it. It exists."

I was thinking about hapiness and wisdom words for a while, but never had an advanced search. I take this book as a starting point. lt is a kind of book you read with excitement. Not because of the events, but because of the exact quotations for your curiosity, the simple truth beyond lines, and many upcoming wise stories. It is
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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
Leonidas Kaplan
Oct 11, 2012 Leonidas Kaplan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Audiobooks listened to while driving to work:
The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die
1) Be true to yourself
2) Leave no regrets
3) Live the moment
4) Become love
5) Give more than you take

Review: Interviews from 235 individuals in their 60's to 80's with 18,000 years of poignant wisdom. Principles to develop a meaningful existence, although "Live the moment" is subjective since that causes credit card debt if taken the wrong way :)

Overall, great, learn from the wise elders whom have led a m
...more
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