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The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die by John Izzo

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chapter threethe first secret: be true to your self

The greatest tragedy in life is to spend your whole life fishing only to discover that it was not fish you were after.

—Henry David Thoreau

Talking to several hundred people about the meaning of their lives was a great gift to me personally and a challenge as well. The stories we heard were profound, interesting, and often poignant. We did not provide the questions ahead of time to the interviewees, so there was a wonderful sense in which the people we were interviewing were often discovering things they knew at a subconscious level while they were speaking. At times it was as though I was witnessing wise people uncovering the secrets of their own happiness. At other times it was obvious that ...

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