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Me, My Shelf and I: Eric Langshur

Jul 15, 2016

When entrepreneur and investor Eric Langshur decided to write a book about well-being, he wasn't interested in publishing something thinly researched or narrowly focused.

"There are so many self-help programs, so many things you can read," says the founder of Abundant Venture Partners. "We wanted to synthesize a body of ancient, spiritual, and philosophical wisdom and create one efficient, science-backed framework for well-being." The book, "Start Here," co-written with former philosophy professor Nate Klemp, took four and a half years to write.

 

Released in May 2016, it quickly hit the New York Times best-seller list. "'Start Here' maintains that well-being is a skill that can be trained," Langshur says.

On a shelf in his sunlit office in the Loop overlooking the Chicago River, books such as "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg, the Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita and the Tao Te Ching function as a bibliography of sorts: "I realized they were essentially saying the same thing."

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