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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 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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From Barron's:

Commentary on the Ukranian war by author of Soul in the Game Vitaliy Katsenelson: Ukrainians are not just fighting for their land. They are fighting for the right to speak their own language, for their culture, for freedom of thought, for the right to be part of the West and maintain its liberal values.

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From Stansberry Investor Hour:

Stansberry Investor Hour are joined by author of Soul in the Game Vitaliy Katsenelson to discuss forging your own path in life and investing.

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From The Intellectual Investor:

Vitaliy’s newest book, Soul in the Game, is now live and available for purchase. It has nothing to do with investing, but has everything to do with something far more important: living a meaningful life.

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From The Stacking Benjamins Podcast:

Vitaliy Katsenelson grew up in a small Russian town and saw the struggles and sacrifices his parents made to give him and his siblings a great life. Vitaliy shares the lessons he learned and why money is secondary to finding purpose in life.

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From Cullman Times:

“Soul in the Game: The Art of a Meaningful Life” (Harriman House) is a cornucopia of short writings structured in sections to guide a reader through those things that have not only shaped the author — his early life, his life philosophy, values, goals, creativity and music — but might help shape us, too. In… Read more »

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From BizNews:

Author Vitaliy Katsenelson draws parallels between the current tech sell-off and the Dotcom collapse in 1999. Innovative companies hailed in Silicon Valley will face tough times ahead in the coming months and maybe even next few years.

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From Mauldin Economics:

Vitaliy Katsenelson is the CEO of a Denver-based value investing firm, IMA. His writing on investing, classical music, art, and life topics like the one in this article is published in Barron’s, Forbes, Financial Times and on his website, ContrarianEdge. com and his Intellectual Investor Podcast. His two books on investing have been published by… Read more »

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From The Rational Walk:

I have no idea how to categorize Soul in the Game. Is it a memoir? A book on stoicism? A book on classical music? It is none of these things in isolation, but all of these things in combination. To understand what I mean by that, you’ll have to read the book because this review… Read more »

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