F*ck the Bucket List: Discover the Wonder of YOU
F*ck the Bucket List for the Soul
Discover the Wonder of YOU
Each one of us is unique and has treasures deep within us. Our presence impacts those around us, often in ways that are unspoken. When a cup is empty, it’s impossible to fill another—and when a sponge is filled with water, it cannot absorb anything else. The key is to learn to take impeccable care of yourself and to trust your intuition to guide you to what’s needed. Never give up, but do learn to let go of unhealthy people and situations. Allow the beauty within to find its expression, and let your inner beauty shine.
Your responsibility is to listen to what is calling you through deep self-awareness, and for each of us to add our value to humanity in our own unique way. How you choose to live your life is the bottom line. You can sit and watch life pass you by, crossing items off the list, or you can jump in and become a healthy creator of your own life. It’s a choice.
This adventure called life is filled with potential to create your own map and navigation system. The hardest work you’ll ever be called to do is not at a job or on someone else’s payroll, it’s when you awaken to your voice and act on the treasures you uncover within. You are the main act of your life, and it’s up to you to unleash your imagination to create opportunities.
“This book is especially timely in this volatile era where living a healthy, meaningful, and uplifting life by understanding more deeply one’s self and thus one’s ability to do so makes this book a must-read.” — Kare Anderson, Emmy-winning journalist, author and TED speaker. Kare’s TED talk (over 2.5 million views) on Opportunity Makers TEDx talk on mutuality, also books: Mutuality Matters and Opportunity Makers.
“In this book, Ayelet Baron offers us powerful life lessons to inspire and guide us. Recommended!”— Ross Dawson. Futurist, Entrepreneur, and Author
“More often than not we forget we’re on a journey of our own choosing.
This excellent book gives us a compass for finding joy, meaning, and fulfillment on our own terms.”— Jonas Koffler, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Hustle: The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning, and Momentum
“I LOVE the book! Read this book and Ayelet will help you find the answers you’ve been seeking to live your fullest life. The big secret? It’s been right there, within you, all along. Your own curiosity will be the catalyst for the change you know you need.”— Janet Fouts, Founder, Nearly Mindful and Author, When Life Hits the Fan
“Ayelet Baron’s trilogy of F*ck the Bucket List is truly an empowering read. Ayelet poses questions that are critically important for this time in our evolution and more importantly-for our survival. A must read!”— Tammy McCrary, Artist Advocate, Author, and Founder of Artistology
“Written in the language of the heart, F*ck the Bucket List is a wake-up call for all who are awakening. F*ck the Bucket List is a destination you might not have known you were seeking until you arrived here. Ayelet Baron explores the illusions of a failing world and asks us to step into another potential, one rooted in the heart of courage and emerging self-awareness.”— Lynnda Pollio, Multi-award winning Author. Amazon Bestseller in Inspirational Fiction, Trusting the Currents.
“There are books that give you the answers. This is not one of them. It recognizes that each of us are unique and there is not one answer for everyone. Buckle up, or not, and get ready to explore yourself like never before. Living life fully can be a very lonely journey. Ayelet metaphorically holds your hand as you take your own steps. What you discover is the connection you find not just within yourself, but with the community you find along the way.”— Tim McDonald, Former Director of Community, The Huffington Post
F*ck the Bucket List for the Adventurer
Trekking into the Unknown
As we do, we’ll feel lighter and more energized. We might also consider all that we’re learning about ourselves, so we put it into action. This is a time when we can enjoy our harvest, but it’s important not to be weighed down by the past and stories that no longer serve us. I often had to change direction and, on some occasions, lost my way. Despite everything, though, it was only when I paused that I began to see I was not lost at all, at least in the traditional sense. I also realized that “never burn your bridges” was a limiting belief holding me back. I simply learned which bridges should be crossed and which should be burned
Trekking into the unknown gives us permission to experiment with being a free spirit by not being stuck in someone else’s story. Our life no longer depends on anyone else’s survival, because we’re more powerful than we could have ever imagined when we know our hearts and minds. We’re deeply connected to nature as a curious and courageous adventurer—a dreamer, an architect, and a creator of a healthy life. We know there’s only one success: living our lives in our own ways. Our self-love shines on the life and communities we build, and we know a healthy world is possible.
F*ck the Bucket List for the Health Conscious
Trusting Your Heart
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, in The Little Prince, reminds us that, “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” Simply learn to listen to your gut. Feel free to ask it questions, but also respect it by fully being in tune with what it is whispering to you. Once the whispers become clearer, you can listen to it as quietly or loudly as you prefer. And if something is stopping you, invest the energy in understanding where fear or worry stem from so you can assess the root cause and then listen some more. Your schooling may have taught you to think logically, but your heart never lies.
Our Journey to Corporate Sanity: Transformational Stories from the Frontiers of 21st Century Leadership
Former Chief Quality Officer, Sanofi Pasteur
“Many books theorize about how business should change, but often lack the understanding about how to actually do it. Ayelet’s book is different. Our Journey to Corporate Sanity not only provides us with a clear vision of the future of business, but also gives practical, real-world examples of how it is already being realized. This is an essential guidebook for any leader who aspires to create a new-paradigm company.”
Author of True Purpose: 12 Strategies for Discovering the Difference You Are Meant to Make
“I’ve always lived my life with the belief that it’s about the journey, not the destination. In her new book, Ayelet artfully illuminates a bold vision forward on our journey to corporate sanity. By weaving her brilliant concepts with inspiring stories from a number of outstanding leaders, she masterfully points out the need for all of us to stop and look at ourselves in the mirror so we can reflect on where we are on life’s journey and recalculate where we need to go next. A fantastic and engaging read!”
Author of Coming Alive: The Journey To Re-engage Your Life And Career and Former Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Wells Fargo
“Why are leaders fixated on empathy and authenticity? Because we humans, customers, users, employees, stakeholders, the public et al want more of it. And the supply is just not keeping up with demand. Ayelet Baron sees a future where organizations can be healthier, saner and simpler and shares the underlying wisdom with us in a way that is transformative.”
Former Executive Director, AIGA, the professional association for design, Co-founder, Think Remarkable and Co-founder, Innovation Excellence
“Historically speaking, the modern business world is in its infancy. Therefore, it is not too late to mold it and breathe a new spirit into it. Ayelet Baron’s Our Journey to Corporate Sanity is a mirror to reflect and a tool to redefine the purpose and responsibility of the business world. Moreover, it helps corporate leaders to redirect its journey towards an era of a new corporate culture.”
President & CEO of the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University and Founder of the Einstein Legacy Project
“The playbook for 21st century leaders has finally arrived. Ayelet Baron’s Our Journey to Corporate Sanity is a must read for any corporate leaders adapting to the new corporate culture.”
President & Founder, Hidalgo Communications
“Any business leader asking what more that can do for their organization should read this book. Any individual who has been asking themselves if there is a purpose to what they are doing should read this book. Any person who feels pushed aside by society, whether young, old or just different from the rest, should read this book. This is a book for humanity that will help any business or individual.”
Former Director of Community, The Huffington Post
Contributors to Our Journey to Corporate Sanity
Transformational Stories from the Frontiers of 21st Century Leadership
Book and Article Contributions
While I was busy being a corporate executive, most of my writing was internal. When I came up for air, I contributed to a number of best-selling books.
Jamie Anderson and Ayelet Baron
Susan A. Sherer, Rajiv Kohli & Ayelet Baron
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