Several new releases provide suggestions on how to break from convention and achieve something more fulfilling with your life. Two books on philosophers – Edith Hall’s Aristotle’s Way and John Kaag’s Hiking with Nietzsche – discuss how the foundation of the good life involves making the most of one’s skills. The books Late Bloomers and Dark House draw attention to the detrimental effects of early specialization. Common themes of these works is that it is never too late to “become” yourself, and that minor changes can serve to slowly, but surely, change your life.
- You can learn from and relate to Mozart’s need to break free from convention
- If you are not working towards your full potential, it is normal that you will feel dissatisfied.
- Our society’s obsession with early achievement is believed to discourage us from pursuing our passions.
“So after a period of doubt and deliberation, that’s exactly what he did. He quit his job, set up shop in Vienna, and embarked on what turned out to be the most productive and creative period of his life.”