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

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prologue

The prologue of a book is a window from the world of the reader to the inner life of the author. It is a way to answer two questions: Why did the author write this particular book? What will this book offer me as a reader?

I wrote this book because of my lifelong search to discover what it means to live a full and meaningful life. From the time I was a very young boy I wanted to know the secrets to living well and dying happy. The songs I enjoyed, the movies I watched, and the books I read were always about the search for what really matters. More than anything, I hoped that before I died I would figure out what mattered. When I was eight, this search was given a greater sense of urgency when my father died; he was only 36. Life can ...

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