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Double lives : crafting your life of work and passion for untold success
Heenan, David A.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Palo Alto, Calif. : Davies-Black Pub., [2002]

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xvi, 246 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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BF637.S8 H363 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Double Lives profiles the paths of ten extraordinary people - from Sony chairman Norio Ohga and astronaut Sally Ride to World Bank head Jim Wolfensohn and Smithsonian secretary Larry Small - who achieved success and happiness through the pursuit of a second passion.

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Booklist Review

Heenan, a business executive and academic, urges us to create purpose and meaning in our twenty-first-century lives with the advice to "make sure you're doing exactly what you really want to do." Many people who pursue a second interest keep their day jobs--such as lawyers becoming authors, doctors becoming artists, and businessmen becoming poets. By examining the lives of versatile contemporary and historical figures, we learn that pursuing multiple interests contributes to happiness and personal fulfillment. Outstanding people profiled by the author include Winston Churchill; Norio Ohga, chairman of Sony; astronaut Sally Ride; and James Wolfensohn, president of the World Bank. Anyone with drive and determination can create a life with many interests, and Heenan supplies a list of 20 keys to success. Those keys include listening to your heart, defining success in your own terms, aiming high, learning from failure, planning and persevering, reinventing yourself, selling yourself, savoring serendipity, and starting now. --Mary Whaley

Publisher's Weekly Review

Sony Chairman Norio Ohga is also an orchestra conductor; World Bank President Sir James Wolfensohn is a former member of the Australian fencing team. Using these examples and others, David Heenan a former Citicorp exec and one-time captain in the Marine Corps explains the importance of having a second vocation in order to realize one's passions in Double Lives: Crafting Your Life of Work & Passion for Untold Success. Heenan offers "20 keys to a double life," a set of rules anyone can use, whether they're pursuing a second "life" or not (e.g., "learn from failure," "listen to your heart" and "reinvent yourself"). (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved