Mediocrity is easy; greatness is difficult. Moving from mediocrity to greatness takes courage, tenacity, and focus, but it can be done. How to Get a Life: Empowering Wisdom from Thinkers and Writers goes beyond biography to describe how some remarkable men and women made their marks in the world. The book offers insights into the art of living from the examples of fifteen lives--Plato, Aristotle, William Shakespeare, John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, J.D. Salinger, Marcus Aurelius, Mihaly Csisksznetmihalyi, Walt Disney, Laura Esquivel, Eudora Welty, Colin Powell, Conan Doyle, and Catharine Sedgwick. The second book in the How to Get a Life series, Empowering Wisdom from Thinkers and Writers illuminates and inspires.