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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (300 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Buffett Narrator: Peter Buffett Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9780307735744
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You may think that with a last name like his, Buffett has enjoyed a life of endless privilege. But the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett says that the only real inheritance handed down from his parents was a philosophy: Forge your own path in life. It is a creed that has allowed him to follow his own passions, establish his own identity, and reap his own successes.  

Today’s society, Buffett posits, has begun to replace a work ethic, relishing what you do, with a wealth ethic, honoring the payoff instead of the process. We confuse privilege with material accumulation. Yet, by focusing more on substance and less on reward, we can open doors of opportunity and strive toward a greater sense of fulfillment. In clear and concise terms, Buffett reveals a great truth: Life is random, neither fair nor unfair. Our journey in life rarely follows a straight line but is often met with false starts, crises, and blunders. How we push through and persevere in these challenging moments is where we begin to create the life of our dreams.

Personal and revealing, instructive and intuitive, Life Is What You Make It is about transcending your circumstances, taking up the reins of your destiny, and living your life to the fullest.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Peter Buffett has given us a wise and inspiring book that should be required reading for every young person seeking to find his or her place in the world, and for every family hoping to give its daughters and sons the best possible start in life.” 

    Bill Clinton

  • “Knowing and admiring Peter as we do, Life Is What You Make It captures his spirit, passion, and values beautifully. As parents, it’s the kind of dialogue about our life’s purpose and opportunity we’re having with our children. We will have everyone in our family read and discuss Life Is What You Make It.”

    Bill & Melinda Gates

  • “With homespun, heartfelt wisdom, Peter Buffett ponders how to make a meaningful life, while making a living. Life Is What You Make It is thought-provoking, worthwhile reading.”

    Ted Turner

  • “I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t benefit from this spirited, wise, and friendly book.”

    Gloria Steinem

  • “In his searching book, Life is What You Make It, Peter Buffett challenges us all to balance ambition and service, personal goals and work for the common good. It is a book of value and honesty.”

    Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues

  • J.P. Morgan Private Bank's Summer Reading List Pick, 2010
  • With home-spun, heart-felt wisdom, Peter Buffett ponders how to make a meaningful life, while making a living. LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT is thought-provoking, worthwhile reading. Ted Turner
  • LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT is the ultimate book of commonsense -- except it isn't common. Because Peter Buffett could have had a derived identity and chose not to, he has power and credibility when he tells us how to find a unique self by doing what we love. I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't benefit from this spirited, wise, and friendly book. Gloria Steinem
  • In his searching book, LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT, Peter Buffett challenges us all to balance ambition and service, personal goals and work for the common good. It is a book of value and honesty. Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues
  • Peter Buffett has given us a wise and inspiring book that should be required reading for every young person seeking to find his or her place in the world, and for every family hoping to give its daughters and sons the best possible start in life. President Bill Clinton
  • Knowing and admiring Peter as we do, LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT captures his spirit, passion, and values beautifully. As parents, it’s the kind of dialogue about our life’s purpose and opportunity we’re having with our children. We will have everyone in our family read and discuss LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT . Bill & Melinda Gates
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 2/14/2014

    " Probably because I agree with his priorities, but I loved this book. Parents can gain a lot of insight into teaching their children values. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/4/2014

    " Sometimes long winded. But interesting insight into a mans life who hasn't let his family's fortune ruin his dreams. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy Brainerd | 1/16/2014

    " This held my attention on a plane trip, but I found that we are mostly on the same page already. What is quite interesting is Peter Buffett's own experiences as the son of Warren and how his family has dealt with issues of wealth and privilege. They set an example worth emulating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/12/2014

    " I found this book to be a simple read with some good points about life and people. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zeynep Suner | 1/6/2014

    " Good message, moderate way to tell it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ibyang | 12/13/2013

    " Done. Excellent book! I know a lot of people who need to read this and reexamine their lives, their values, and their expectations. Especially those sons and daughters of so and so and so.... Written by the son of Warren Buffet, I must say I was thoroughly impressed. Read it twice, with a highlighter pen on the second round. I know, I'm really nerdy like that! :p "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty | 12/9/2013

    " This is a common sense book about finding a career path that fits a person's interests and passions. What I found most interesting were the glimpses into the Buffets' household. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucas Remmerswaal | 11/21/2013

    " The central theme, is passion! Finding your passion is crucial to living a successful life. I hope kids will understand this when they discover my book "13 Habits that made me Billions" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 11/18/2013

    " Great read that demystifies the perception of the Buffett family and provides a first-hand account of personal growth in an environment riddled with "inherit the family business" mentality. Thanks to Peter Buffett for sharing his incredible life journey with all of us. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrea | 11/13/2013

    " I could barely get through the first few chapters. Trite stuff. I expected much more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 11/1/2013

    " Peter Buffet writes a moving, inspiring, and thought provoking book which challenges the reader to move out of one's comfort zone in order to live a happy, fulfilled, and meaningful life. This is a beautifully written, worthwhile read--full of wisdom. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 9/4/2013

    " This book was OK. I didn't love it, but I enjoyed the insight on privilege and entitlement. There were some parts that were inspirational, but overall, I felt this book was better suited for recent high school or college graduates. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Douglas | 7/25/2013

    " Good book about defining your own measure of success and not just choosing financial benchmarks. In addition, the perils of being privileged. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandi Lettice | 5/29/2013

    " this book is pretty good! At times it was a lot like other books of it's kind however it's always good to read stuff from another's perspective. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 4/21/2013

    " Not what I thought it was going to be, but still enjoyed it! I like Peter Buffett's voice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn Austin | 1/20/2013

    " A really good. quick read. Great to take along on vacation. Makes you feel like anything is attainable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benny Chien | 12/5/2012

    " most of us fail the gut-check. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Troy | 10/10/2012

    " "What Color is your rainbow?" for the 21st century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 9/29/2012

    " Lots of good common sense and advice. I enjoyed it and am glad I picked it up. Well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Chapman | 8/9/2012

    " I bought this on mainly based upon the author as it seemed interesting. Not a bad book, somewhat biographical and some good nuggets of wisdom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veronica | 1/31/2012

    " One of my absolute fave books because he talks about how coming from a certain background results in certain "expectations" on what one should have as a job, which I can totally relate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 9/27/2011

    " I am in some kind of reading mood! This was very good. Can't wait to pass it on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamera | 7/25/2011

    " I loved this book. I will probably read it again. At the very least we should be giving this book to both high school and university graduates. Quite frankly though, everyone should read it. Examine your life. I am better for reading this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 6/24/2011

    " Nothing too profound here, but a useful pause as we prepare to send two young women into the wider world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suresh | 5/28/2011

    " started reading, initially i find its good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 5/9/2011

    " This held my attention on a plane trip, but I found that we are mostly on the same page already. What is quite interesting is Peter Buffett's own experiences as the son of Warren and how his family has dealt with issues of wealth and privilege. They set an example worth emulating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 4/7/2011

    " Not what I thought it was going to be, but still enjoyed it! I like Peter Buffett's voice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Raj | 2/19/2011

    " It started out well, and I liked the premise of the book too. But I didn't feel like I got much out of the book or what it promised to deliver. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 12/26/2010

    " Probably because I agree with his priorities, but I loved this book. Parents can gain a lot of insight into teaching their children values. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/1/2010

    " Sometimes long winded. But interesting insight into a mans life who hasn't let his family's fortune ruin his dreams. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 8/26/2010

    " Very interesting, and in some cases, useful information. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita Kay | 8/12/2010

    " Lots of common sense in this very readable book. The Buffetts really knew how to raise children!

    I particularly enjoyed the chapter on mistakes...perhaps because I read it just after I had been notified of mistakes I made in a newsletter article. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandi | 8/3/2010

    " this book is pretty good! At times it was a lot like other books of it's kind however it's always good to read stuff from another's perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 6/12/2010

    " Peter Buffet writes a moving, inspiring, and thought provoking book which challenges the reader to move out of one's comfort zone in order to live a happy, fulfilled, and meaningful life. This is a beautifully written, worthwhile read--full of wisdom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chazz | 6/5/2010

    " A pleasant surprise.

    As the author states, the book is quite personal, and in effect, much of it is the result of his "thinking out loud". I found his analyses and conclusions to be sound, insightful, and profound. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 6/1/2010

    " There really isn't anything new or groundbreaking here - but it is VERY well written and put in ways that are very understandable. Great book that made me think a LOT about my life and desires. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 5/27/2010

    " I am in some kind of reading mood! This was very good. Can't wait to pass it on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 4/9/2010

    " Great read that demystifies the perception of the Buffett family and provides a first-hand account of personal growth in an environment riddled with "inherit the family business" mentality. Thanks to Peter Buffett for sharing his incredible life journey with all of us. "

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About the Author
Author Peter BuffettPETER BUFFETT is an Emmy Award®-winning composer and producer and cochairman of the NoVo Foundation. Buffett began his career in San Francisco writing music for commercials. He has released albums on the Narada, Epic, and Hollywood labels, as well as six releases on his own label. Download a free collection of Buffett’s music at www.peterbuffett.com/PBMusic.  Enter code: lifeiswhatyoumakeit.