Johnson Cook

Atlanta tech investor. Entrepreneur.

Johnson Cook - Atlanta tech investor. Entrepreneur.

A Short Summary of “A Short Guide to a Happy Life”


I love this little book. Since is only a 20-minute read, I’ve been reading it over and over! The book is “A Short Guide to a Happy Life” by Anna Quindlen.

It’s not long enough for a summary, but I’d love to share some of my favorite quotes and nuggets.

  • Don’t ever confuse your life and your work. The second is only a part of the first. “No man ever said on his deathbed I wish I had spent more time in the office.” … “If you win the rat race, you are still a rat.” … “Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.”
  • Thousands of other people can claim to do what you do, but you are the only one who is you. You have sole custody of your experiences, your relationships, your heart, your soul.
  • Your soul is important. Pay attention to it and nurture it.
  • I love that when Anna described her “real life resume,” she kept using the phrase “I show up.” This struck me because it emphasizes how important simply showing up is to your friends, your family, your church, your real life. Just show up.
  • You never know when your life will change dramatically. When you get the phone call from a parent who now has cancer, or you yourself are diagnosed with something bad, or your spouse, or a child.  The book reminds you not to live in fear of these moments, but to appreciate that today you have a life that could slip from your hands faster than you ever thought possible.  I’ve seen it happen to my friends around me, and I am ashamed at how easily I forget.
  • “We have an embarrassment of riches”  … yet we can never make enough money or get to that next level. Slow down, and live life all out.

That’s my short list of nuggets from a short book. I encourage you to buy a hardback copy and read it regularly.



Category: Inspiration

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