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The Work is the story of how one young man traced a path through the world to find his life's purpose. Wes Moore graduated from a difficult childhood in the Bronx and Baltimore to an adult life that would find him at some of the most critical moments in our recent history: as a combat officer in Afghanistan; a White House fellow in a time of wars abroad and disasters at home; and a Wall Street banker during the financial crisis.
In this insightful audiobook, Moore shares the lessons he learned from people he met along the way - from the brave Afghan translator who taught him to find his fight, to the resilient young students in Katrina-ravaged Mississippi who showed him the true meaning of grit, to his late grandfather, who taught him to find grace in service.
Moore also tells the stories of other 21st century change-makers who've inspired him in his search, from Daniel Lubetzky, the founder of KIND; to Esther Benjamin, a Sri Lankan immigrant who rose to help lead the Peace Corps. What their lives - and his own misadventures and moments of illumination - reveal is that our truest work happens when we serve others, at the intersection between our gifts and our broken world. That's where we find the work that lasts.
An intimate narrative about finding meaning in a volatile age, The Work will inspire readers to see how we can each find our own path to purpose and help create a better world.
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By harsh critic on 05-01-16
A good read overall on a topic too few of us examine--meaningful living. By the second to last vignette or so, I found the same theme repeated and began to wonder if I could endure many more of these repetitions for too many more hours but I stuck with it and the author had a nice ending. In general a good book but at times I found the author pompous. Either way, some great themes and thoughts throughout and worth the read/listen. 4 stars across the board.
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