Lose Regret, Choose Fulfillment by Marshall Goldsmith

In his new book, The Earned Life: Lose Regret, Choose Fulfillment, Marshall Goldsmith — world-renowned Executive Coach and New York Times bestselling author — offers a potent but simple approach that accommodates both our persistent need for achievement and the inescapable “stuff happens” unfairness of life.

Goldsmith implores you to avoid the Great Western Disease of “I’ll be happy when . . . .” He offers practical advice, with exercises, aimed at helping you shed the obstacles (especially the failures) of imagination that prevent you from leading a fulfilling, satisfying life.


In The Earned Life, Marshall Goldsmith challenges your unproductive attachment to outcomes and reveals the key to living unbound by regret, by helping you connect to something greater than the isolated and fleeting achievements of careerism:

“We are living an earned life when the choices, risks, and effort we make in each moment align with an overarching purpose in our lives, regardless of the eventual outcome.”

That’s the definition of an earned life. But for many of us, that pesky final phrase is a stumbling block: “regardless of the eventual outcome.” Not being attached to the outcome goes against everything we’re taught about achievement and fulfillment in modern society.

In Goldsmith’s The Earned Life you will learn —


The Earned Life is for anyone who thinks they’ve reached the limit of their ability to achieve fulfillment in their lives.

If you are tired of feeling that you are only as great as your last achievement, or if you are saddled with regret for opportunities lost, this book will start you on a fresh journey to living the life you know you were meant to live.


Marshall Goldsmith has been recognized as the world’s leading Executive Coach and the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, Mojo, and Triggers. He received his Ph.D. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. In his executive-coaching career, Goldsmith has advised more than 200 major CEOs and their management teams. He and his wife live in Nashville, Tennessee.