Amy Wong’s new book, Living On Purpose: Five Deliberate Choices to Realize Fulfillment and Joy, is the elixir to the kind of stagnation plaguing the world, and the everyday experience right now. It’s an antidote to the sort of mass depression plaguing millennials, and especially – according to the current statistics – Generation Z. Wong writes with this kind of maternal instinct, however never in a manner that is excessive or cloying.





It enhances the clear, concise, and straightforward articulation of the complex ideas, ramifications, and consequential values of utilizing certain attitudes, methodologies, and philosophies to win in life. “How we develop and the kind of person we develop into is a result of those seemingly trivial (and sometimes not-so-trivial) moments when our safety is perceptually or overtly threatened. Again, how we interpret those moments stems from a primary biological directive to belong; the resulting decisions we make about ourselves and the world in order to belong dictate the reality we live in. With this underlying dynamic being a part of our human operating system, how then do any of us grow beyond the limitations that our fear creates?”

I celebrate the release of Wong’s book because of the fact it simply, to put it bluntly, tells it like it is. This isn’t some sort of roundabout work with vague, generalist arguments. It’s well-rounded, reasoned, and makes a lot of sense. As someone inherently skeptical of self-help books, it was a welcome relief to find a book like the one Wong has written. Reading it reminds me that there is so much more to life than what we usually put stock into, that life is something to be enjoyed and enhanced in all its glory, utilizing all of its potential. It’s easy to become a cog in the everyday system of perceptual blindspotting, it’s not necessarily easy to be able to see beyond one’s own, justifiable or non-justifiable tunnel visioning.


Books like Living On Purpose remind us of that potential, they encourage us effectively to reach out and seize the day. They’re smart enough also to provide something of a roadmap for how to do that outside the confines of our own, perceptual cocoons. This kind of grappling and curiosity seems to stem from a personal place of Wong’s. It’s that sort of affable effect elevating the material as well, because Wong is willing to acknowledge how her lessons stem from her own, intrinsic humanism.

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve been devoted to exploring these questions: Why are we here? How do we make sense of all this? What does it mean to thrive? I provide frameworks and specific mindsets that help one out of self-imposed limitation and into the practice of living on purpose—into a life of joy, inner calm, and freedom,” she has written, in aforementioned vein. “…As with every state of being, the quality and experience of that state depends upon the relationship we have with ourselves.

Read my original review posted back in May:

The writer Anais Nin is noted for saying ‘We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are’. Confidence is a state of being that arises from a knowing of our completeness, where we feel naturally capable of engaging with a given person, situation, or circumstance. When we’re rooted in truth, we feel energized, calm, present, and infinitely resourced. This is power. And it leads to truly empowering conversations and positive impact that lasts.”

Cyrus Rhodes