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October 22, 2002

Jack Covert Selects: Jack Covert Selects - Double Lives

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 9:52 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Double Lives: Stories of Extraordinary Achievement by David Heenan, Davies Black, 2002; 0891061673
What do Winston Churchill, Sally Ride, and Tom Lynch have in common? According to David Heenan, they are all great jugglers of a double life. Double Lives is a compilation of short biographies. Each biography features stories of highly accomplished people who were able to broaden their world view by following their dreams as well as their career goals. Tom Lynch is a mortician, but also a poet. Tess Gerritsen was a practicing physician who added writer to her resume, and now writes medical mysteries full-time. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, now operates in cyberspace having founded Imaginary Lines, Inc which connects young girls interested in math and science to female scientists and other mentors. The chairman of Sony, Norio Ogha, directs a symphony. And Churchill? The painter and author once said To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbys and they must be real.
Heenan writes: Double Lives looks at these extraordinary individuals to demonstrate that pursuing multiple interests contribetes to happiness and personal fulfillment. The options are endless as long as one pursues their passion. And these success stories are not limited to the famous. Double Lives includes the biographies of a stockbroker/wood carver, a construction executive/sculptor and museum chief/flamenco guitar player/artist. Read this and be inspired to do a little juggling of your own.

About Dylan Schleicher


Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.