Wes Moore: A life well lived

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Wes Moore Wes Moore, youth advocate, entrepreneur, U.S. military veteran, television personality and author discusses a life lived in service to others.

Wes Moore is a youth advocate, entrepreneur, U.S. military veteran, television personality and author.

Born in 1978, Moore and his sisters were raised by their widowed mother. Despite early problems in school, he wound up graduating Phi Theta Kappa in 1998 as a commissioned officer from Valley Forge Military College and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001 where he earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations. He then became a Rhodes Scholar, studying international relations at Oxford University.

“If we do have one shot at this, we want to spend our days doing things that are interesting,” says Moore. “And, I think that becomes a life well lived.”

His first book, “The Other Wes Moore”, was a New York Times best seller. It told the true story of two kids from Baltimore who shared the same name. They may have had the same name and lived in the same city, but that’s where the similarities ended. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is a convicted murderer serving a life sentence in prison. Moore examines why, with so much in common, they ended up taking such different paths in life.

Wes Moore: A Life Well Lived

Wes Moore: A Life Well Lived

Author, U.S. military verteran and youth advocate Wes Moore discusses why a life lived in service to others is truly a life well-lived.


Moore’s latest book, “The Work”, profiles modern-day change makers who have transcended daunting obstacles to find their own purpose and created a better world.

“At the end of each day, you are the one who needs to be satisfied with the path that you’ve taken because you are the only person you have to be accountable to,” says Moore. “You are the only person who you have to stand up there and say ‘Today I did what I was supposed to be doing.’”

Mike Walter sat down with Wes Moore in our Washington, DC studios to find out why he thinks a life lived in service to others is truly a life well lived.

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