In 2010, I left my home in New York on a motorcycle, heading towards California in search of answers. During the 34 days that followed, I rode solo through the back roads of the country.I spent hundreds of hours in contemplation, met with dozens of people who shared the road with me, and interviewed leading experts in research labs, spiritual centers, and temples. 6,000 miles later I returned home with answers.
Ran Zilca's Ride of Your Life guide is a rare collection of scientifically-sound advice fused with unique spiritual experiences, which is bound to lead you into a transformative journey through life.- Deepak Chopra
If you are in need of inspiration to go after your dreams, Ran Zilca’s story will deliver. It’s an amazing five-week voyage into the depths of Ran’s mind from which he bounces up into a new and meaningful future.- Margaret Moore
If you are thinking of changing your life, this book will be your loyal companion. Many themes run through Zilca’s story: the science of positive psychology, the wisdom of ancient traditions, the power of human connections, and the agency that fuels the process of change. This extraordinary book is both fun to read and deep in its impact, and it will make you rethink your fundamental perspective on life.- Michelle Gielan
The ride of your life is a story about each and every one of us who is daring to ask the simple question: “What would happen if I said YES to the journey calling from within?” Ran Zilca’s journey reads joyful, painful, insightful, meaningful, and so real. There is authenticity in his words that will surely reflect your own personal challenges. Join Ran for this ride, it could be the ride of your life.- Itai Ivtzan
From the stories that my coaching clients share with me, I see how life offers a wealth of outstanding opportunities to those who answer the call of the road. Ran Zilca’s story provides a remarkable glance into the internal world of man who decided to answer the call. His beautiful book will make you laugh, cry, reflect, and awaken your dreams, inspiring you to answer your own call and go on the ride of your life.- Caroline Adams Miller
Ride of Your Life is a cross between Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project and the Dalai Lama's The Art of Happiness. Ran Zilca has carved out a whole new literary genre—the positive psychology travel memoir. Some people will read this book for its wisdom and insights, others will read it for the scientist interviews, but regardless of specific interest, anyone who reads this book will be sowing seeds of change, finishing it as a slightly different person than before he/she started.- Sonja Lyubomirsky
In this enjoyable read you’ll befriend Ran Zilca during his soul-searching life transformation and find yourself resonating with his fears, his yearnings, and his well-earned insights. A fresh offering within the positive psychology genre, beguilingly effective for its diary format.- Barbara Fredrickson
Ran Zilca is a research scientist, technology entrepreneur, and certified personal coach, who pioneered the use of mobile devices to deliver programs of positive personal transformation. With a combination of psychological research and computer science, Ran’s companies develop innovative programs of personal growth and have worked closely with partners like Deepak Chopra and Stephen Covey. His research in engineering and psychology has been published in major scientific publications in the past 22 years, and his weekly posts on major blogs attract hundreds of thousands of readers each month.
Ran is a loving husband and father of three, a guitar player, and a biker. In the course of his work, he developed a step-by-step process of personal transformation and followed it in his life. The result was a 6,000 mile solo motorcycle ride across the country, a new book, the sale of his company, and a move to a different continent.
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