Living by Design with Richard J. Leider

Most of us have asked the question: what am I going to be when I grow up? Richard J. Leider asks, WHO do you want to be when you grow up? In his new book, Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Old?: The Path of Purposeful Aging, he invites us to explore the difference between living a default life versus living a created life. The key is to deliberately choose to keep growing and to live life with curiosity and courage.

In our conversation, we discuss:

  • The critical importance of purpose;
  • What it means to experience purposeful aging;
  • Having a commitment to keep growing and living with intention;
  • Richard’s formula for purpose;
  • Practices to stay tuned into our growth.

I had so many ‘aha’ moments during my time with Richard. I hope you do, too! You can listen to our conversation wherever you stream podcasts (Apple, Spotify, iHeart Radio) or listen here:



Internationally bestselling author and coach, Richard J. Leider is founder of Inventure – The Purpose Company, where the mission is to help people to “unlock the power of purpose” and answer that question. He is ranked by Forbes as one the “Top 5” most respected coaches. Along the way, Richard has written eleven books including three best-sellers which have sold over one million copies. The Power of Purpose and Repacking Your Bags are considered classics in the personal growth field. His latest book, Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Old? is a defining book on the power of purposeful aging. Widely viewed as a pioneer of the global purpose movement, his work has been featured in many media sources, and his PBS Special – “The Power of Purpose” – was viewed by millions of people. He has taken his purpose message to all 50 states, Canada, and four continents, and he has advised everyone from AARP to the National Football League to the U.S. State Department. During his career, Richard has addressed more than two million people worldwide in his speeches to corporate, association, and social service groups. He and his wife, Sally, live in the Minneapolis, MN area. Learn more at richardleider.com.



Kristen Manieri is certified as both a habits coach and a mindfulness teacher. Her book, Better Daily Mindfulness Habits: Simple Changes with Lifelong Impact, will be released this summer. She specializes in: stress reduction, energy management, mindset, resilience, habit formation, rest rituals, and self-care. As the host of the weekly 60 Mindful Minutes podcast, an Apple top 100 social science podcast, Kristen has interviewed over 100 authors and thought leaders about what it means to live a more conscious, connected, intentional and joyful life. Learn more at kristenmanieri.com/work-with-me.

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