An Antidote for passivity in American culture "In the pages of this book I lay out a hope and a method for dealing with the wave of passivity that has swept across American society. It is not the first word on the subject, nor do I expect it will be the last. But it can serve as the beginning word for you on the subject. And that beginning can be found in the challenged life." Sharing your challenge "The sharing of your self-improvement challenges has the potential to provide great service to other individuals who are locked into a pattern of stagnation, inertia, and passivity." Our legacy "Each of us has the opportunity to leave behind a legacy of significance and meaning. "Such a legacy can only be created by the choices we make to challenge ourselves during the few years that have been allotted to us. Such a legacy can be found in the challenged life."