Radical Curiosity is a guide that shows us just how to stay curious at any phase in life, as told through a series of illustrative episodes from Ken’s life. Using memoir and storytelling to illustrate a process that is both ambitious and humble, Dychtwald shares experiences not just of success and failure, but of the nuanced spaces between.
In Radical Curiosity, Dychtwald shares his conversations and experiences with Presidents Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, bodybuilder turned Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the original Silicon Valley pioneer Eugene Kleiner, and the creator of postmodern dance Anna Halprin, to name a few. From his working class roots in New Jersey to the “tuned in, turned on, dropped out” cliffs of Big Sur and the pinnacle of the human potential movement; from launching his company Age Wave and collaborating with presidents to accepting profound personal loss and coming to terms with his own experience with aging, Ken Dychtwald’s Radical Curiosity is both a glimpse into a visionary’s extraordinary world, and a guide for claiming a powerful vision of one’s own. Ultimately, Radical Curiosity is a call to action: asking that we add more purpose, service and empathy to our lives, regardless of age.
Michael Murphy, Founder and Chairman of the Esalen Institute, Best-selling author of Golf in the Kingdom and The Life We Are Given –
This book soars somewhere between Forrest Gump and Jack Kerouac. It’s part intimate autobiography, part rollicking adventure story, part cultural anthropology. Through his remarkable encounters and unusual cast of characters, Dychtwald gives us a unique window into the spiritual aspirations, moral conflicts, vocational dilemmas, and ups and downs of the pursuit of consciousness expansion and mindful adulthood over the last half century. This is a modern-day Siddhartha story.
President Jimmy Carter –
I have been learning from Ken Dychtwald for years and am convinced that he is today’s most innovative and original thinker on this important subject.
Lisa Genova, PhD. Neuroscientist, Best-selling author of Still Alice –
A masterful storyteller, Ken Dychtwald takes us on the wild, grand adventure of his self-examined life. This is truly a hero’s journey, populated with hippies and presidents, psychology and celebrity, success and failure, and the wisest of lessons.
Deepak Chopra, MD –
Ken Dychtwald maps out where success intersects with meaning to find your own unique crossing.