Uphill: How to Apply Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science to Life’s Choices and Challenges

About the Book

A gritty and compelling narrative non-fiction book that expertly combines the lessons of modern behavioral science with the ancient wisdom of Stoic philosophy.

Retracing the story of Devin, a corporate professional who finds himself the victim of a sudden and undeserved termination, this book follows his gruelling bucket list adventure to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, along with the profound insights he uncovers from his trekking guide and mentor.

As an antidote to the fear, pain, and uncertainty of modern life’s challenges, Uphill distils timeless wisdom, revealing how Stoicism provides deeply practical tools for professionals in the modern day.

Artfully written with flowing prose and larger-than-life characters, Devin’s fascinating adventure to conquer Kilimanjaro frames insightful advice through an charming and exotic story, making it an essential read for anybody searching for a way to meet life’s challenges head-on.

Grab your copy of Uphill: How to Apply Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science to Life’s Choices and Challenges, and apply proven ancient wisdom to overcome your modern challenges, today!

About the Author

Sam Sivarajan is an author, seasoned financial executive, and behavioural scientist with over 25 years of international experience in the finance sector. He successfully led teams and built businesses at some of the largest firms in wealth management and investment banking. Sam has had his work appear in several academic and mainstream publications.

In his debut book, Making Your Money Work: The Secrets to Financial Health, Sam shares actionable ideas to help people make better financial choices and achieve financial health. In his second book, Uphill: How to Apply Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science to Life’s Choices and Challenges, he marries ancient stoic wisdom with modern behavioral science and share frameworks and tools to help people deal with setbacks and make better personal choices—in investing, in building and growing businesses, in leading teams, and in their personal lives.

Away from his desk, Sam likes adventure and loves tackling new challenges such as summiting Kilimanjaro and Gran Paradiso in the Italian Alps, trekking the Himalayas and the Andes, cycling 1400 km from London to Monaco, and setting a personal best at the Boston Marathon. Closer to home, you can find him reading, hanging out with friends, and planning his next adventure.

Sam earned his MBA and JD degrees from the University of Toronto, and he earned his Doctorate in Behavioral Finance from the University of Manchester.

For more information about Sam and his writing, visit his website at www.samsivarajan.com.

Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book What is it about?

Life happens — to all of us. By learning to see more objectively, act more mindfully, and accept events outside our control more calmly, we can lead happier, more successful lives. This is especially true now, post-pandemic. This book, in a highly relatable story, provides practical tips and tools so that each of us can live happier, more purposeful lives.

Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?

Anyone who has dealt with or is dealing with a personal or professional setback and trying to find a way to make sense of it and move forward will find this book interesting and helpful.

Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors, which are your favourite and why?

I have always loved The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. In fact, I re-read it every couple of years. It is a highly engaging adventure story but it has real-life lessons about despair, hope and redemption. One of my favourite quotes from it: “There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.”

Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new, or trying to enhance their writing?

First of all, congratulations! Writing is an art form – a way of inviting people in to share your thoughts, ideas and views of the world. This is a great gift to share with others. My advice would be to keep writing, keep refining, and don’t let the enormity of the task scare you off.

In writing this book, I had several false starts. I had to go through that, sit with the discomfort and discouragement of not making progress, until one day when it all clicked. Within 60 days, I had a complete first draft I, and early readers liked.

Qn 5: Where can our readers find out more about you, do you have a website, or a way to be contacted?

Please check out my website – www.samsivarajan.com – and get in touch!

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