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Harvard Professor on Tapping Ancient Philosophy to Get Ahead in Life

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Chinese philosopher Confucius (Rischgitz/Getty Images)

LinkedIn recently ran a post adapted from the new book, The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life—co-authored by Harvard professor Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh—on figuring out one’s purpose in life in the context of graduating college seniors. But really, the message, here, is universal: “Read Confucius, Mencius, Zhuangzi, and other great Chinese thinkers who lived thousands of years ago, because they have the real liberation you are looking for.” For more on what the authors call “the importance of breaking free of yourself,” click here. Watch Puett discuss his book’s take on rituals below.