Wes Moore and Robert Greene on “The Work”

by bxrtley

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Today I came across two resources that both deal with identity, work and success: Wes Moore’s new book The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters, which will talk about the discoveries and lessons he’s learned along his journey as he seeks to find his life’s purpose. And Robert Greene’s, talk on transformation, using his best-selling book 40 Laws of Power to recount his path of discovery. A couple brief, surface-level parallels below:


  • Reputation: Both are best-selling authors.
  • Plot: Both have a compelling narrative about finding purpose.


  • Ethnicity: Moore is 36 and Black. Greene is 55 and White.
  • Availability: Moore’s resource hasn’t been released yet (pre-order status), Greene’s recounting the past.


After coming across these two resources unintentionally (yep, synchronicity), it was affirming to know that “the process” (life path and experiences) still trumps “the paper” (cashflow). Especially after my frustration with being “traditionally unemployed”, which I took out on a new resume. Greene said that he did 50+ odd jobs before putting pen to paper for his first book, 40 Laws of Power, which was also a bestseller. And he was 36! (The same age Wes Moore is currently).

When he was first describing this occupational exploration, it sounded as if he was in his late-teens to mid-twenties. After all, that’s typically what we tend to hear from the uber-successful Gates-Jobs-Zuckerberg types. Greene said his parents were awfully worried. Who wouldn’t be, right?

He’s almost forty, still searching for his purpose and haven’t figured out what his life will look like. But what he did know was that he wanted to be a writer. And through trial, error and just sheer work and effort, he was getting closer to the type of writer he wanted to be.

All of those odd-jobs amounted to Anders Ericsson’s 10,000-hour study he referenced. It allowed his creativity flourish like never before and to develop an ability to not only exploit, but attract new opportunities. He was the man. And people sensed it.

Everything from my disjointed past seemed to click into place, like magic.

I’m not familiar with Wes Moore’s story, but the testimonials and summary of this new book that’ll be released in couple days align with Greene’s narrative. I ended up coming across Wes Moore’s work and bio because of a calendar invite from a friend to his Author Event happening at Barnes & Noble tomorrow evening. I’ll see if I can make it.

The message behind this synchronous experience—as I just revived my antihero blog today and started working on some new developments—can be summed up in two words: Keep Going.