In this book, you will find the life stories of eight men, elders in their communities, who have achieved what would be seen as a very significant degree of success in their chosen professions, be it sport, finance, corporate management, academia, the media, the law or medicine. Looking at these lives by the standards of our striving and competitive world, these men would be regarded as ‘having made it’, and others certainly aspire to reach the same pinnacles of eminence that these eight men pursued with the choices in their lives.
But these eight stories are cautionary tales, not narratives of unabashed triumphs. The costs of their apparent success have been great, as each of them lost what most mattered to them, their true being, in its pursuit. Each of the eight lives is very different, as each man faced different challenges and opportunities, but what unites them all is the drive to achieve success in this world to bring comfort and security and, most importantly, recognition into their lives in order to soothe the pain they all felt at turning their backs on their true being as young boys.
And thus – to paraphrase Jesus:
‘what does it profit a man
if he gains the whole world,
but loses his true being?’
GOLDEN MEAN BOOKS
Ageless Wisdom every day
Throughout history there have always been libraries that enhoused publications in which wisdom was the foundational impress for a scroll or book. The Library of Alexandria was perhaps the most well known of these libraries but by no means the only one. In the Dark Ages collections of books were moved around so as not to be discovered by the ruling elite. Today we live in an age in which there is more information than ever before but very little writing that is of true richness or power. Books of great value no longer have to be hidden – they are disguised in the sea of distraction that has become so characteristic of an electronic media age.
Enter Golden Mean Books – a publishing house that heralds a re-turn to the wisdom and depth of the publications of old.
A beacon for those looking for books across a diverse range of subjects and genres, that provide a common golden thread –
a quality that is ageless in its wisdom and yet everyday in its lived application.
FROM THE READERS
By Joel Levin
I read this book over the holidays. It’s a show stopper for many reasons but one of the things I loved was how relatable it was. If you are one to question the deeper aspects of life and are looking for a ‘real’ read then look no further. Joel Levin is a master at capturing life’s truths and sharing them in a way that is easy to digest while inspiring you to ponder on one’s own life and how it is being lived. Highly recommend!