Traveling Light For The Good Life with Richard Leider

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"Are you living the good life?" asks Richard Leider. Are you living with people you love, in the place that's right, doing good work, with a sense of purpose? Here is a challenge to reconsider the structure of your entire life, to choose for yourself what is needed to "repack" it for greater purpose and satisfaction. "Purpose is innate," says Leider. "It's in us waiting to be tapped. It's not out there waiting to be discovered. It's about being clear; it's not about being nice. It's the quality that you want to center your life or your work around." He draws from his experiences with African tribal peoples, and from his work helping people to align the framework of their lives with their core talents and passions. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Richard Leider is a career counselor, the founder and Chairman of the Inventure Group, A coaching and consulting firm in Minneapolis, MN.

He is author of:

  • Repacking Your Bags: Lighten Your Load for the Rest of Your Life (coauthor David Shapiro) (2nd edition, Berrett-Koehler 2002)
  • Claiming Your Place At the Fire: Living the Second Half of Your Life On Purpose (Berrett-Koehler 2004)
  • Whistle While You Work: Heeding Your Life's Calling (Berrett-Koehler 2001)
  • Something To Live For: Finding Your Way in the Second Half of Life (Berrett-Koehler 2008)

To learn more about the work of Richard Leider go to

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What are the components of "the good life"
  • How to find the innate purpose of your life
  • How to identify, develop, and apply your talents
  • What are the lessons about life from the African Maasai and Hadza peoples
  • What is advice from our elders, what they fear and regret
  • Why having a midlife crisis on purpose
  • What is the power of creative alone time
  • How to do less and be more
  • How to choose the right location to live in
  • What is the hidden blessing of unemployment
Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 3/2/1995       Program Number: 2517