It’s so easy to look at someone else who is more successful in your field and assume they’ve got it all. What Future risk offer and what Dave is basically saying is, “Everyone is figuring it out.” And we each do it our own way. The book offers people permission and a series of messages to help them understand their next steps – whether it’s an artist, a leader, an entrepreneur, a student or a recent graduate, someone changing their health, relationships or career. The book helps us bring out the best in ourselves and in others, even when we are in a situation of uncertainty. Covid has certainly taught us all a lesson. When people say that we are now living in uncertain times, I say, “We always been in uncertain times. It has become more obvious to us now. Because nothing is ever guaranteed – our jobs, the market, our health, our relationships, the world around us. I learned this on September 11 from my window watching the towers explode and then collapse. I learned this when my mom, who was the queen of health – yoga, chamomile tea, healthy eating, and calm demeanor – was diagnosed with cancer.
I have been so moved by the wisdom of your mother, which beautifully expresses how we have all strived, in one way or another over the past year, to do our best with what We have.
Not only was she a graceful woman – I say she was like a white lily – she was also ahead of her time in many ways. She received her doctorate from Harvard a few days after her marriage. She wrote books, taught, and later became associate director of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, a think tank where social scientists, historians, mathematicians and physicists – including Albert Einstein – have developed and created their important work. My mom always told me, “Let it unfold”. Years before I came up with the concept of “Risk Forward”, the title of my book was Find your way.
Roger Ebert has shown how deep ideas can be conveyed in an accessible way, and your book is also an example.
People told me that they found the book to be deep and stimulating, but also whimsical, fun and easy to read. Every word has been carefully chosen. I was majoring in English literature at university and was specifically interested in poetry. Part of my training in writing poetry was understanding the importance of economics in language. I had a wonderful poetry teacher at Stanford, and there was a poem I wrote very early on in which I described a jazz player on the street in Manhattan. I wrote, “I picked up a hard little coin and threw it in its case,” and my teacher said, “You wasted a word there. In fact, you’ve wasted two words because we already know a part is “small” and we know a part is “hard”. concept of a coin. It was a deep language lesson, and since then I have been very careful with the choice of words.