A Simple Guide to a Balanced Life
by Joseph Maroon, MD
Pub Date 4 Dec 2018
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After becoming a world-class neurosurgeon, Dr. Joseph Maroon felt he'd achieved success. At the age of 41, however, a rapid series of losses and setbacks led him into a baffling new reality and straight into the darkness of depression. Maroon's unexpected savior was a slim, leather-bound book titled I Dare You, which taught him how to address four key areas so important to re-balancing his life: good health, a sense of spirituality, meaningful work, and strong relationships.
In Square One, Maroon combines deeply personal anecdotes with illuminating scientific explanations to help readers consider their own priorities. With keen insights into what it takes to avoid burnout and to seek more joy and creativity, Maroon guides readers from all occupations and professions back to square one so they can lead more balanced and truly successful lives.
“A supernova in the field of neurosurgery, Dr. Maroon knew all there was to be known about the brain, but he’d never explored the mind until his own life came crashing down. His latest book is a tale of one man’s triumphant rise from the ravages of depression, but it tells a universal story about finding our way in a world that seems increasingly chaotic. Through his unflinching candor and relentless research, Joe offers readers a gift we all need and crave, even when we don’t quite know how to define it—a balanced life. This book has already changed me.”
—DR. SANJAY GUPTA, New York Times bestselling author, neurosurgeon, and multiple Emmy Award–winning medical correspondent for CNN
"Joe Maroon is a highly respected physician whose curiosity and talent has shaped his own extraordinary life experience. His insights about how to achieve a balanced life are invaluable.”
—JOHN SCULLEY, former CEO of Pepsi-Cola and Apple, author of Moonshot!
“Dr. Maroon’s basis of well living is the integrative function of simple truths derived from his personal struggles and triumphs. His wisdom imparts instruction toward the fulfillment of these principles in order to build whole, productive, and healthy lives. I am indebted to Dr. Maroon for his remarkable personal testimony and insight, both as a learned advocate of square living and a dynamic celebrant. Thank you for being an inspirational example of right living and for sharing this knowledge with the world.”
—TROY POLAMALU, retired All-Pro safety from the Pittsburgh Steelers
“Dr. Joe’s explorations into the formula for a balanced life go a long way toward empowering readers to be the best versions of themselves. He proves that success in life can be achieved in spite of depression’s debilitating effects, and his book equips others to grow as individuals and to thrive in life. This well-researched, effectively written, and highly readable guide to permanently changing your life is essential for anyone at any stage.”
—GREG NORMAN, Chairman and CEO of Great White Shark Enterprises and inductee of the World Golf Hall of Fame
“The way Joe Maroon takes care of himself and his patients is a testament to passion and great science. This new book is an important road map for anyone who wants to get and stay healthy.”
—DR. DANIEL G. AMEN, author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life