Vulnerable, raw and deeply transparent, Fully Alive
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Remarkable story that bridges two seemingly unreconcilable realities – between what is economic and ecologic, ancient and modern, sacred and profane. From downtown Manhattan to deep in the Amazon, Gage shows us that it is not only possible but necessary, if we are to build truly life-giving societies, that we access our deepest sense of purpose and meaning, allowing the wisdom found there to inform and guide the work we do in the world.
I received an ARC of this book in the mail yesterday for free in exchange for an honest review. I was originally skeptical when entering the giveaway for a few reasons: In my field (international relations/development), I am all too familiar with the Rich Westerner Exploits Resources/People of the Global South for Personal Gain and Touts Personal Savvy and Merit story. The revolting idea that by the sweat of your brow and innate skill, you (usually a white male) have brought success onto yoursel
Gage is a good writer. He immediately creates a character for himself (personality, temperament, and purpose), and by page 7, the narrator is no longer a mystery. He is identifiable and in touch with the reader. From doing a quick background search before starting Chapter 1, I it is evident that he is educated, talented, and has clearly earned a spot of respect for his business accomplishments. Gage doesn’t just create a social enterprise, but he makes something real out of it- something sustainable, innovative, curious, and ambitious. These are all qualities I believe make for an excellent social enterprise project, and are essential in an admirable human being as well.
I appreciate how Tyler Gage centralizes this book’s purpose on “pulling lessons to live your mission in business and in life.” Unfortunately, due to a lot of transatlantic moving around, I had to pick up and put down this book several times, which fractured the smooth reading of the book. I will have to go back and read it cover to cover to appreciate it fully. If you’re looking for a social enterprise read that is in touch, is not exploitative, is not gratuitously self-congratulatory, and focuses less on the project and more on the lessons, read this book.
Fully Alive was a brilliantly captivating read. Filled with heartfelt experiences, funny challenges, life lessons, and insightful business teachings, Gage clearly put his heart behind making this book transparent, raw, and relatable while keeping it light and entertaining. Filled with nuggets of wisdom, my copy is full of bookmarks and post-its where Gage artfully tells a story that leads to a profound lesson. This book hits major points in business, management, entrepreneurship, self-developmen