Shane Parrish: "As hard as you think your life is, it pales in comparison to Auschwitz.
I took two big things away from this book: (1) the ultimate freedom is the ability to choose your attitude in the face of any circumstance and (2) the more you target success, the more you will miss it."
Tony Robbins: "Man’s Search for Meaning provides compelling examples of humanity’s perseverance through trying situations.
This is another book that I’ve read dozens of times. It taught me that if you change the meaning, you change everything."
Jordan Peterson: "A book that I found particularly influential in my intellectual development."
This book was on Sam Altman's bookshelf.
Naval Ravikant mentioned Man's Search for Meaning on Twitter.
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.
At the time of Frankl's death in 1997, Man's Search for Meaning had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a "book that made a difference in your life" found Man's Search for Meaning among the ten most influential books in America.