What if success doesn’t equal happiness?

Many of us spend our lives pursuing a singular idea of success, one that was created for us by someone else. We give votes to those who shouldn’t even have voices and strive to go faster and faster even as we find ourselves falling further and further behind. We chase gold stars, we check all the boxes, we Lean In – and we still feel incomplete.

This is not a story about failure, but it might as well be. When we don’t define success in our own terms, finding our purpose and carving our own path becomes impossible. How do you break the cycle so that you can be better at work and life?

Ready to be (more) Limitless? Check out the offers below to get more for your friends, book group, company or community.

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Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life book by Laura Gassner Otting

What if success doesn’t equal happiness?

Many of us spend our lives pursuing a singular idea of success, one that was created for us by someone else. We give votes to those who shouldn’t even have voices and strive to go faster and faster even as we find ourselves falling further and further behind. We chase gold stars, we check all the boxes, we Lean In – and we still feel incomplete.

This is not a story about failure, but it might as well be. When we don’t define success in our own terms, finding our purpose and carving our own path becomes impossible. How do you break the cycle so that you can be better at work and life?

Ready to be (more) Limitless? Check out the offers below to get more for your friends, book group, company or community.

Read an excerpt

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Once you’ve bought your book(s) and claimed your bonuses, send a copy of your receipt to [email protected] with a nomination of a charity that you know and love. Include a couple of sentences about why this charity matters to you and what it does to empower others (people, animals, the environment, etc.) to live a Limitless life. On book launch day (April 2), I’ll announce ten nonprofits to whom I’ll be making a donation.

Let’s Change Lives and the World, Together.

Here’s a win-win: I will donate a portion of proceeds from all of the books sold in the pre-order campaign to a range of charities.

Which ones? This is where YOU come in.

Once you’ve bought your book(s) and claimed your bonuses, send a copy of your receipt to [email protected] with a nomination of a charity that you know and love. Include a couple of sentences about why this charity matters to you and what it does to empower others (people, animals, the environment, etc.) to live a Limitless life. On book launch day (April 2), I’ll announce ten nonprofits to whom I’ll be making a donation.

What Experts are Saying

“A counter-intuitive, fast-moving, kick in the pants, this book is a manifesto to throwing off those nagging and burdensome external expectations that hold us back. If you are ready to finally step bravely into the life you want, this book should be at the top of your reading list.”
Amy Cuddy
New York Times bestselling author of Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
2018-12-17T08:55:23+00:00
Amy Cuddy
New York Times bestselling author of Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
“A counter-intuitive, fast-moving, kick in the pants, this book is a manifesto to throwing off those nagging and burdensome external expectations that hold us back. If you are ready to finally step bravely into the life you want, this book should be at the top of your reading list.”

“Laura Gassner Otting relieves us of the madness-making, autopilot drive toward other people’s empty definitions of success, and reveals how to get on the path to becoming limitless though consonance, matching ‘what’ we do with ‘who’ we are. Read it, learn it, live it!”
Jonathan Fields
Author of How to Live a Good Life and Founder of Good Life Project®
2018-12-04T11:43:55+00:00
Jonathan Fields
Author of How to Live a Good Life and Founder of Good Life Project®
“Laura Gassner Otting relieves us of the madness-making, autopilot drive toward other people’s empty definitions of success, and reveals how to get on the path to becoming limitless though consonance, matching ‘what’ we do with ‘who’ we are. Read it, learn it, live it!”

“Smart, insightful, life-reorienting…Some books demand your attention. If the ‘who’ you believe you are doesn’t match the ‘what’ in your life, invest the time to read this book. If you’re tired of waiting for ill-defined success to make you happy, read this book.”
Shawn Achor
New York Times Bestselling Author, The Happiness Advantage, and Big Potential
2018-12-04T11:44:43+00:00
Shawn Achor
New York Times Bestselling Author, The Happiness Advantage, and Big Potential
“Smart, insightful, life-reorienting…Some books demand your attention. If the ‘who’ you believe you are doesn’t match the ‘what’ in your life, invest the time to read this book. If you’re tired of waiting for ill-defined success to make you happy, read this book.”

“If you are ready to finally get out of your own way and become the leader you know you have inside of you, maximizing your potential and your profits, Limitless should be at the top of your reading list."
Ian Altman
Bestselling author of Same Side Selling: A Radical Approach to Break Through Sales Barriers and internationally sought speaker on integrity-based sales and business development
2019-02-19T11:23:01+00:00
Ian Altman
Bestselling author of Same Side Selling: A Radical Approach to Break Through Sales Barriers and internationally sought speaker on integrity-based sales and business development
“If you are ready to finally get out of your own way and become the leader you know you have inside of you, maximizing your potential and your profits, Limitless should be at the top of your reading list."

“For anyone who wants to align ‘what’ they do with ‘who’ they are, Limitless is the definitive guide. Laura Gassner Otting takes an acerbic swipe at traditional career advice and replaces it with a practical guide to finding a career and life with purpose, meaning, and consonance.”
Diane Mulcahy
Author, The Gig Economy, adjunct professor, Babson College
2018-12-04T11:45:21+00:00
Diane Mulcahy
Author, The Gig Economy, adjunct professor, Babson College
“For anyone who wants to align ‘what’ they do with ‘who’ they are, Limitless is the definitive guide. Laura Gassner Otting takes an acerbic swipe at traditional career advice and replaces it with a practical guide to finding a career and life with purpose, meaning, and consonance.”

“Laura deserves all the hugs I could muster for writing Limitless. An inspirational reminder that we get one short shot at life and it is possible to carve our own paths toward success. Seriously, read this book and let it change your life.“
Richie Norton
Bestselling Author, The Power of Starting Something Stupid
2018-12-04T12:58:53+00:00
Richie Norton
Bestselling Author, The Power of Starting Something Stupid
“Laura deserves all the hugs I could muster for writing Limitless. An inspirational reminder that we get one short shot at life and it is possible to carve our own paths toward success. Seriously, read this book and let it change your life.“

“If you’ve ever felt that who you are is more than just what you do but also that what you do should matter to who you are, this book is for you.”
David Burkus
Author, Friend of a Friend
2018-12-04T12:59:39+00:00
David Burkus
Author, Friend of a Friend
“If you’ve ever felt that who you are is more than just what you do but also that what you do should matter to who you are, this book is for you.”

“Humans are made unfinished, with a gap. In Limitless, Laura Gassner Otting shows us exactly how to fill it. Whatever your stage in life, this book is an important roadmap to live your best life.”
Deval Patrick
Former Governor of Massachusetts
2018-12-04T13:00:25+00:00
Deval Patrick
Former Governor of Massachusetts
“Humans are made unfinished, with a gap. In Limitless, Laura Gassner Otting shows us exactly how to fill it. Whatever your stage in life, this book is an important roadmap to live your best life.”

“For those who long to live a powerful, authentic life, Laura Gassner Otting provides a call to action. Limitless is an inspiring read that’s both logical and poetic.”
Dorie Clark
Adjunct professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and author, Entrepreneurial You and Reinventing You
2018-12-04T13:01:10+00:00
Dorie Clark
Adjunct professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and author, Entrepreneurial You and Reinventing You
“For those who long to live a powerful, authentic life, Laura Gassner Otting provides a call to action. Limitless is an inspiring read that’s both logical and poetic.”

“This brilliant book shatters countless myths about what it means build a career — and a lifestyle — that’s both good for you and good for the world. If you’re grappling with malaise, frustration, exhaustion or full-on burnout, Limitless provides an action-oriented blueprint to get unstuck.”
Marci Alboher
VP Encore.org and author of The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life
2018-12-04T13:02:02+00:00
Marci Alboher
VP Encore.org and author of The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life
“This brilliant book shatters countless myths about what it means build a career — and a lifestyle — that’s both good for you and good for the world. If you’re grappling with malaise, frustration, exhaustion or full-on burnout, Limitless provides an action-oriented blueprint to get unstuck.”

“In Limitless, Laura Gassner Otting reaches into your core. Let her help you figure out what’s making you feel so empty — and more important, how to take real action to find purpose.”
Brad Meltzer
Bestselling author of The Escape Artist
2018-12-04T13:02:47+00:00
Brad Meltzer
Bestselling author of The Escape Artist
“In Limitless, Laura Gassner Otting reaches into your core. Let her help you figure out what’s making you feel so empty — and more important, how to take real action to find purpose.”

"In Limitless, Laura Gassner Otting demands that we stop caring about what everyone else thinks and define for ourselves what it means to be successful. So forget about fulfilling your parents' expectations or sticking with that career you fell into when you graduated, and let Limitless show you the way to living your best work life."
Carol Fishman Cohen
Co-founder of iRelaunch, author of HBR's The 40-Year-Old Intern
2018-12-05T13:31:52+00:00
Carol Fishman Cohen
Co-founder of iRelaunch, author of HBR's The 40-Year-Old Intern
"In Limitless, Laura Gassner Otting demands that we stop caring about what everyone else thinks and define for ourselves what it means to be successful. So forget about fulfilling your parents' expectations or sticking with that career you fell into when you graduated, and let Limitless show you the way to living your best work life."

"Limitless is a wake-up call to get back on track: your track. Through its examination of consonance, and a reminder to follow that self-defined success that many of us have lost sight of, this book will help you achieve personal maximization in all aspects of your life.”
Phil Randazzo
CEO, AmericanDreamU
2018-12-05T13:35:15+00:00
Phil Randazzo
CEO, AmericanDreamU
"Limitless is a wake-up call to get back on track: your track. Through its examination of consonance, and a reminder to follow that self-defined success that many of us have lost sight of, this book will help you achieve personal maximization in all aspects of your life.”

"Limitless is a book for every human on the planet. We all scurry about trying to make sense of this life - and typically fail more often than not. Our failures leave us frustrated and wanting for more, at work and at home. Laura’s book makes a compelling case not just for purpose or happiness or balance - but for consonance.  This book is a roadmap for figuring out your consonance and for living in alignment with it daily."
S. Chris Edmonds
Speaker, Consultant, and author of The Culture Engine
2018-12-05T13:38:31+00:00
S. Chris Edmonds
Speaker, Consultant, and author of The Culture Engine
"Limitless is a book for every human on the planet. We all scurry about trying to make sense of this life - and typically fail more often than not. Our failures leave us frustrated and wanting for more, at work and at home. Laura’s book makes a compelling case not just for purpose or happiness or balance - but for consonance.  This book is a roadmap for figuring out your consonance and for living in alignment with it daily."

“I’m grateful for Laura new book because it encourages us to look deep within to find our purpose and focus on what really matters.  I do believe with all my heart that when you can identify something you do well, that you enjoy doing and that supports the values that are important to you, you define success in your own terms. Limitless will help you discover that sense of alignment, relevance and belonging in your own heart.”
Nido R. Qubein
President, High Point University
2018-12-05T13:42:08+00:00
Nido R. Qubein
President, High Point University
“I’m grateful for Laura new book because it encourages us to look deep within to find our purpose and focus on what really matters.  I do believe with all my heart that when you can identify something you do well, that you enjoy doing and that supports the values that are important to you, you define success in your own terms. Limitless will help you discover that sense of alignment, relevance and belonging in your own heart.”

"Over and over again you’ve heard the experts say ‘start with your purpose’ and ‘find your why.’ If you’re wondering - still - how to do that, read Limitless. Let Laura Gassner Otting prove to you, through stories, activities and her own journey, that it’s possible to be and do and have your dream life. The advice she gives is timely, actionable and oh-so-worthwhile. You deserve this gift to yourself."
Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA.
Co-founder of the GET MOMENTUM Leadership Academy
2018-12-05T13:44:08+00:00
Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA.
Co-founder of the GET MOMENTUM Leadership Academy
"Over and over again you’ve heard the experts say ‘start with your purpose’ and ‘find your why.’ If you’re wondering - still - how to do that, read Limitless. Let Laura Gassner Otting prove to you, through stories, activities and her own journey, that it’s possible to be and do and have your dream life. The advice she gives is timely, actionable and oh-so-worthwhile. You deserve this gift to yourself."

"If you're feeling stuck and know there is more to life than living other people's versions of success, then pick up this book! There are few better-suited to help you navigate how to chart your own course than Laura Gassner Otting who went from the White House, to corporate recruiting, to entrepreneurship. In these pages you'll learn how to uncover what you truly want and live a life that lights you up, as well as lifts up others around you."
Darrah Brustein
Founder & CEO of Network Under 40
2019-01-25T08:07:41+00:00
Darrah Brustein
Founder & CEO of Network Under 40
"If you're feeling stuck and know there is more to life than living other people's versions of success, then pick up this book! There are few better-suited to help you navigate how to chart your own course than Laura Gassner Otting who went from the White House, to corporate recruiting, to entrepreneurship. In these pages you'll learn how to uncover what you truly want and live a life that lights you up, as well as lifts up others around you."

"Laura's 4-part formula will help you finally 'see' why you're stuck and how to get out of the ditch. Parents with goals, whether work, planet, or family-focused, you need to read this book."
Carrie Wilkerson
Speaker, Author & Consultant CarrieWilkerson.com
2018-12-05T13:46:48+00:00
Carrie Wilkerson
Speaker, Author & Consultant CarrieWilkerson.com
"Laura's 4-part formula will help you finally 'see' why you're stuck and how to get out of the ditch. Parents with goals, whether work, planet, or family-focused, you need to read this book."

"At a time when the media screams at us to feel hopeless about the future, this book is filled with hope grounded in concrete, actionable steps every single one of us can take to do more of what matters -- to us and the people, causes, and communities we care about. As an entrepreneur, I found that this book offered me a unique and actionable lens through which to think about my business and the way I want to grow it to contribute to the world, my family, and myself."
Nataly Kogan
Author of Happier
2018-12-05T13:48:49+00:00
Nataly Kogan
Author of Happier
"At a time when the media screams at us to feel hopeless about the future, this book is filled with hope grounded in concrete, actionable steps every single one of us can take to do more of what matters -- to us and the people, causes, and communities we care about. As an entrepreneur, I found that this book offered me a unique and actionable lens through which to think about my business and the way I want to grow it to contribute to the world, my family, and myself."

“Ready to finally live the life YOU wanted? With straight talk, wit, and a no-holds barred approach to success, Laura shares actionable insights and a framework to help you build a personally and professionally meaningful life. This book should be at the top of your reading list.”
Carey Lohrenz
U.S. Navy’s First Female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons From The Flight Deck
2018-12-05T13:58:44+00:00
Carey Lohrenz
U.S. Navy’s First Female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons From The Flight Deck
“Ready to finally live the life YOU wanted? With straight talk, wit, and a no-holds barred approach to success, Laura shares actionable insights and a framework to help you build a personally and professionally meaningful life. This book should be at the top of your reading list.”