Bezos – Book or love affair?
Writing a meaningful book can be far more challenging than having an affair. But it will cost you less.And it will fill that hole in your soul. Amazon.com Jeff Bezos take note.
Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man and owner
of Amazon, announced his divorce in January. Married for 25 years, he had been
having an affair for at least 8 months.
Amazon.com Jeff Bezos had an affair with Lauren Sanchez and divorced his wife MacKenzie. Stories about Jeff Bezos world’s richest man will one day fill many books.
Now, he's is embroiled
in a scandal with the National Enquirer. The publication had blackmailed him
about his lurid sextexts and photos to his lover.
Bezos' affair may be
sad, but not unusual. Many people suffering from mid-life crisis escape to
extra-marital affairs, sports cars or shopping binges. Some turn to drugs and
alcohol. Others become like Campari--sour and bitter.
It's a result of an
inner angst, despair and depression that hits at the average age of 42,
according to research reported in Time Magazine.
understand. I've been there.
Experts say that during the Dark Night of the Soul, many people show uncharacteristic behaviors like binge shopping, having an extra-marital affair and midlife crisis.
During this Dark Night
of the Soul, people tend to ask, "What's my purpose for living?",
"I've achieved success, but why am I not happy?", "How can I
make a real difference in the world?"
They may have earned
the American dream of a spouse, children, and a white-picket fenced house. They
have a good job, good income and social respect. But they don't know what their
life is for.
Psychologists say that what mid-lifers really yearn for is more
meaning in what they do, a greater sense of significance, and a bigger legacy
in the world.
I found a solution.
Write a book. Your book allows you to distill wisdom from what you've already
accomplished, share your experience with others and make a bigger impact in the
world. It gives you meaning, significance and legacy.
Writing a book can give you soul satisfaction.
Writing a meaningful
book can be far more challenging than having an affair, buying a Porsche, or
wearing a big fat golden ring. But it will cost you less. And it will fill that
hole in your soul.
I don't know why Bezos
chose to have an affair, and I certainly am not in a position to judge. But I
do know that he might have had a different sort of soul satisfaction if he had
chosen to write a book, instead of writing sextexts.
Is it your turn to
create more meaning in your life with a book?
by Helen Chang, ABM Editorial Director
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