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Life Entrepreneures

Book Endorsements from Today's Leaders

Life Entrepreneurs has received outstanding praise from a wide range of entrepreneurs and leadership experts, including business entrepreneurs and executives, social entrepreneurs and change makers, authors and influencers, and government and civic leaders.

"This is one of the most inspiring and unique books I have come across in a long time. It addresses many of the most daunting dilemmas that modern workers, especially those under fifty, face.... The authors deserve much credit for going at these issues in a totally novel way, one that not only instructs but entertains. Their concept of 'Life Entrepreneurship' is a deep one."
—from the Foreword by Warren Bennis, best-selling author of On Becoming a Leader

"Highly effective people take a principled, integrated approach to life—inspired by vision and implemented with persistence. Gergen and Vanourek do a wonderful job bringing this philosophy to life through colorful storytelling and a well-conceived framework. Pick up this book and read it. It might change your life."
Stephen R. Covey, best-selling author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness

"Business leaders and entrepreneurs alike will greatly benefit from Life Entrepreneurs. It captures the essential qualities of leadership including finding a worthy path, being willing to fail, and taking courageous action. I highly recommend it."
Howard Schultz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Starbucks Coffee Company

"This is provocative reading for all those committed to creating a life of significance and meaning. Filled with helpful strategies and hopeful stories, Life Entrepreneurs is an intriguing, challenging guide for the next generation of leaders."
Wendy Kopp, President and Founder, Teach for America

"Gergen and Vanourek have done a spectacular job shining a light on a new approach to professional success and personal fulfillment: the life entrepreneur. With dozens of inspiring profiles and page after page of smart advice, this book belongs on the nightstand of every thoughtful businessperson in America."
Daniel H. Pink, New York Times best-selling author, A Whole New Mind and Free Agent Nation

"Life Entrepreneurs offers a new way of thinking about life and work, and a window into the future. I highly recommend it."
Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor

"Gergen and Vanourek offer a fresh and vital approach to life and career planning. The book speaks directly to the younger generations of Americans who increasingly reject pigeon-holed and segmented careers but, instead, are choosing to create integrated lives filled with 'passion, connection, and significance.' I highly recommend the book to anyone who is seeking The Good Life."
James O'Toole, author, Creating the Good Life, former executive vice president, Aspen Institute

"At last, a powerful guide to integrating life, work, purpose, and work-life balance, one of the greatest needs of leaders in all three sectors of the emerging work force. Christopher and Gregg bring a new definition, a new clarity to life entrepreneurship that will make a difference in the lives of leaders at every level. A great gift."
Frances Hesselbein, Chairman, Leader to Leader Institute, former Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of America

"This book is true, smart, honest, hopeful, and helpful. It is essential reading for anyone who shares the belief that work and life aren't two separate categories, divided by pain, pressure, and a paycheck. Instead, here's the good news: entrepreneurship isn't just a way of making a living—it's a way of life. Buy this book, read it, and then do it!"
Alan M. Webber, co-founding editor, Fast Company magazine, former editorial director, Harvard Business Review

"In Life Entrepreneurs, Christopher Gergen and Gregg Vanourek address the central issue of every emerging leader, 'How can I design my life to be both fulfilling and significant?' Through the life stories of many entrepreneurs who are impacting the world in dramatic ways, this compelling and refreshing new book provides deep insights that make it a must-read for all of us to use on our own journeys."
Bill George, author, True North and Authentic Leadership, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Medtronic

"Life Entrepreneurs captures the essence of the Creative Age where people are the true source of economic growth."
Richard Florida, best-selling author, Rise of the Creative Class, director, Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management

"The real question is not how to just make a living, but how to make a life. Life Entrepreneurs helps all who are struggling to integrate money and meaning in their careers to do just that."
Dr. Mark S. Albion, New York Times best-selling author, Making a Life, Making a Living®, and True to Yourself

"Life Entrepreneurs is wonderfully written, highly engaging, and inspiring. As people who aspire to be an 'entrepreneurial couple,' we found Gergen and Vanourek's book full of thoughtful insights and powerful strategic advice on how to live a life that integrates and balances family, friends, work, and personal fulfillment. The authors demonstrate how anyone can become a life entrepreneur. This book is a gift for all of us."
Alan Khazei, Co-Founder, City Year Inc. and Vanessa Kirsch, President and Founder, New Profit, Inc.

"Like jazz musicians, good entrepreneurs improvise, finding the roads less traveled. Life Entrepreneurs does a great job of capturing this spirit and sharing valuable lessons for work and life."
Gary Erickson, Owner and Founder, Clif Bar & Company, author, Raising The Bar

"Our work and life can be a great adventure, an opportunity serve people in compelling and meaningful ways. In this book, we gain powerful insights on how to realize those important possibilities."
Linda Mason, Chairman and Co-Founder, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, author, The Working Mother's Guide to Life: Strategies, Secrets, and Solutions

"Gergen and Vanourek provide a great road map for anyone who is looking to find success and fulfillment doing what they are passionate about."
Steve Ells, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, Chipotle Mexican Grill