I always dreamed of taking a year off and living in Europe. Cliff had a few job opportunities overseas from time to time, but they never panned out. I thought it would be a wonderful learning opportunity for my girls (and us).
I just lived that year vicariously in Ben Feder’s new memoir, Take Off Your Shoes: One Man’s Journey from the Boardroom to Bali and Back. Exasperated by the cooperate rat race, Ben, his wife, and four kids set off for Bali. As a new artist myself, I especially enjoyed reading about the art classes Ben took while there. And it was insightful to see how his kids adjusted since I always wanted to take my own on an overseas sabbatical.
For those of you into yoga, you’ll appreciate Ben’s commentary on his yoga classes in Bali, where I get the impression yoga is practiced in grand style.
I loved this book and was sad to see it end. Taking Off You Shoes is receiving great reviews. Here’s what the publisher has to say:
The former CEO of Take Two Interactive, publisher of the monster-hit video game, Grand Theft Auto, Ben Feder’s hard charging, high-performance business life was seriously impacting his personal and family health. That’s when he made the bold, audacious, and potentially career-ending decision to travel with his family to Bali on an eight-month sabbatical.
In Take Off Your Shoes, Feder asks and answers the question: Could he—could anyone—find a way to live a harmonious and balanced life and simultaneously achieve substantial success?
Illuminating and inspiring, Take Off Your Shoes is Feder’s brutally honest and revealing journey of self-rediscovery, his heartfelt attempt to find personal fulfillment and rebuild family relationships before he loses them forever.
Sharing his experiences on changing a life of doing to one of being and meaning, Feder narrates how he:
- Deepened his connections to his wife and children
- Lost 20 pounds, moving his health stats from the red zone to normal levels
- Tackled life’s challenges in new ways, seeing differently through the practices of art and yoga
- Became a better father, offering his children a broader worldview and freeing them from unnecessary stressors, so they could engage, play, and create
- Gained a fresh perspective on corporate life that he applies daily, returning to his life in New York City a better, more thoughtful leader
Witty and wise, Take Off Your Shoes provides insightful guidance for anyone facing change, making a tough decision, or weighing a next step in life.
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Ben Feder is the author of of Take Off Your Shoes, President of International Partnerships for the U.S. at Tencent Games, and formerly was CEO of Take Two interactive, the publisher of the smash video game hits Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto, and NBA 2K. He serves on the boards of directors of public and private companies in the media and entertainment industries and is a director of Save a Child’s Heart, a nonprofit that works globally to rescue children with congenital heart defects. A Harvard Business School graduate, Feder lives in New York City with his wife, Victoria, and their four children.