Today’s blog post is an interview with my friend Randy Hain about his latest book, Something More: The Professional’s Pursuit of a Meaningful Life. I think it has application for both you and the young people you care about. Enjoy the interview below.
Randy, I thoroughly enjoyed your newest book, Something More: The Professional’s Pursuit of a Meaningful Life. What led you to write the book?
I have been fortunate over the last 20+ years of my professional life to encounter thousands of men and women in the business community who have shared with me their desire to find more out of life than simply their careers. These professionals each have their own way of stating this desire, but the common thread is usually a longing they feel to achieve more meaning in their lives and leave a legacy not defined solely by their work.
Through these experiences and the interviews I conducted with business men and women from all types of backgrounds, ages and professions, my goal for the book is to offer clear direction and a road map of sorts for anyone looking to pursue a more meaningful life.
I especially liked the refreshing candor and authenticity of the book. The stories of the people you included resonated with me and others I know who’ve read Something More. How did you find these people and how do you feel they have impacted the book’s success?
Great question! You may be surprised to learn that I made the decision at the onset of writing Something More to select the majority of the people for the book in a natural and unplanned way. I simply sought out people around the country through my work or referrals who were already pursuing meaningful lives and recorded their raw and unedited stories for the book. I felt this approach would give the book the authenticity you pointed out and allow the reader to relate to real people overcoming real obstacles in an unscripted way. Without a doubt, these wonderful stories have contributed to the book’s success in a big way and I am grateful for the people who shared their lives with me.
Randy, as you know, the mission of Growing Leaders is to develop character and leadership skills in young people all over the world. Your book has a very strong message which clicks with the Millennial Generation and their desire to make a positive difference in the world. Was this book written for them?
I wrote the book for all professionals, regardless of age, but I recognize the appeal the book will have with Millennials. As I have given talks about Something More to college seniors and MBA students, the energetic and positive acceptance I am receiving about the book’s message of a more meaningful life tells me it is striking a chord with this generation. These young people are our future and if my book helps them as they assume their place in leading our world, I will be gratified.
Thank you for taking a few minutes with me to discuss Something More and for the positive difference you are trying to make in the world. Where can readers buy the book?
The print and Kindle versions of Something More are readily available on Amazon. I am grateful for this conversation and the great work you and your team are doing at Growing Leaders!