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Soul in the Game

The Art of a Meaningful Life

By Vitaliy Katsenelson

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Soul in the Game

The Art of a Meaningful Life

By Vitaliy Katsenelson

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Soul in the Game is a book of inspiring stories and hard-won lessons on how to live a meaningful life, crafted by investor and writer Vitaliy Katsenelson.

Drawing from the lives of classical composers, ancient Stoics, and contemporary thinkers, Katsenelson weaves together a tapestry of practical wisdom that has helped him overcome his greatest challenges: in work, family, identity, health—and in dealing with success, failure, and more.

Part autobiography, part philosophy, part creativity manual, Soul in the Game is a unique and vulnerable exploration of what works, and what doesn’t, in the attempt to shape a fulfilling and happy life.

About the author

Vitaliy Katsenelson was born in Murmansk, Russia, and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1991. After joining Denver-based value investment firm IMA in 1997, Vitaliy became Chief Investment Officer in 2007, and CEO in 2012. Vitaliy has written two books on investing and is an award-winning writer. Known for his uncommon common sense, Forbes Magazine called him “The New Benjamin Graham.” He’s written for publications including Financial Times, Barron’s, Institutional Investor and Foreign Policy. Vitaliy lives in Denver with his wife and three kids, where he loves to read, listen to classical music, play chess, and write about life, investing, and music. Soul in the Game is his third book, and first non-investing book.


“Soul in the Game is a beautiful way to search for the lost value of happiness, strength and health.”

Wim Hof, Author, The Wim Hof Method

“Vitaliy knows how to tell a story. This book reads like a conversation with Vitaliy: deep, insightful, inquisitive and civilized.”

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Author, The Black Swan

“A fascinating, often amusing, occasionally jarring journey—just like life itself. Vitaliy Katsenelson’s Soul in the Game is one of those much-needed reminders that although we have no control over when we’re born or when we’ll die, we are the architects of how we live.”

General Stanley McChrystal, Author, Risk: A User’s Guide

Media coverage

From Perennial:

In this episode, my guest is Vitaliy Katsenelson the author of Soul in the Game: The Art of a Meaningful Life. Vitaliy’s book draws from the lives of classical composers, ancient Stoics, and contemporary thinkers. I found his book to be a beautiful collection of life lessons and wisdom for modern life.

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From The Financial Independence Show With Vitaliy Katsenelson:

We cover some of the topics from his book such as a method to reduce decision fatigue which Vitaliy calls half-binary decisions, the importance of sinking funks, and how emotional intelligence affects investing. Vitaliy has so much more to offer in this episode as well as in his books so we hope you find a… Read more »

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From Mind the Shift:

After having written two books about investing, value investor Vitaliy Katsenelson thought, like Freddie Mercury once, there must be more to life than this, and wrote a book about life. Vitaliy had written tons of articles about investing and always included personal and philosophical parts, and he learned that it was those parts that many… Read more »

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From Soul in the Game:

Welcome to the Investing for Beginners podcast. In today’s show, we chat with Vitaliy Katsenelson about his new book, Soul in the Game: The Art of a Meaningful Life. We ask Vitaliy if he is an investor who writes or a writer who invests.

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From Motley Fool Money:

Tim Beyers talks with Vitaliy Katsenelson, CEO of Investment Management Associates, about his new book “Soul In The Game” and how philosophers from more than 2,000 years ago can make you a better investor today.

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From Brinda S. Narayan:

More significantly, his writing has expanded his vistas, prodding his pen into a broad range of topics: classical music, stoic philosophy, creativity or anything else that might spark his fancy. The role that he possibly finds most gratifying is that of being a parent to his three children. It’s a domain that he approaches with… Read more »

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From The Business Brew:

italiy Katsenelson stops by The Business Brew to discuss investing and his new book; Soul In The Game. Vitaliy is an amazing writer who discusses investing and life. You can find his writings at We hope you enjoy this discussion.

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From Hidden Forces:

In Episode 256 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with the CEO of Investment Management Associates, Vitaliy Katsenelson. Vitaliy is a well-known value investor and author of several books on investing and life. His latest, “Soul in the Game,” is a philosophical exploration of the sources of life’s meaning told through a collection of day-to-day… Read more »

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From We Study Billionaires:

My guest today is Vitaliy Katsenelson. Vitaliy holds a CFA and is the CEO of Individual Portfolio Management, better known as IMA. Vitaliy is also an author of a popular series of newsletters as well as multiple books, including his newest release Soul in the Game.

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Published: 21/06/2022
Pages: 304
Formats: hardback - ISBN 9780857199072
ebook - ISBN 9780857199089
audio - ISBN 0000000000069
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