More About Hillary Rettig

Welcome to all activists, advocates, progressives, radicals, and other social justice fighters! I wrote The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way during a dark age in American history–the height of the George W. Bush administration. I had been working on another project, a book on entrepreneurship for artists, but was desperate to do something to help the Left. And so I stopped that project (I’ve since restarted it; it should be out in 2015),  to write The Lifelong Activist, a guide to doing sustainable activism while living a happy and healthy life. It was published by the great folks at Lantern Books, who later gave me kind permission to reprint the book in its entirety here so that all activists can use it free of charge.

As I wrote in The Lifelong Activist, I think progressive and radical activists are the world’s most precious resource:

“We tackle the most difficult and important problems— including hunger, war, disease, poverty, violence, cruelty and exploitation— and work to further humanity’s evolution in the direction of compassion and kindness. Conservatives may create more wealth, but we create more of the values, including justice, equality and freedom, that make life worth living. As history has repeatedly shown us, and as we are unfortunately witnessing in the United States today, wealth without the tempering of progressive values and mores leads inevitably to corruption and despair.”

I wish you very well in your activism and other endeavors, and hope you find The Lifelong Activist very useful. Please tell others about it and this site.

My most recent book is The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer’s Block (Infinite Art, 2011), one of Amazon’s top-selling productivity books, and now available in Spanish and (excerpted) Japanese. It shows how productivity is built on a foundation of personal empowerment, and tells you how to locate and remedy any disempowerment in your life and work so you can reclaim your joyful productivity. It also teaches what I call values-based time management, the goal of which is to as much as possible align your actions with your values.

You can buy it in paperback or e-format from my store and get a 20% discount. (Type “activist” in the discount code box.)

The single best thing you can do to support me and my work is to review one of my books on Amazon or elsewhere. Thank you in advance!

On a personal note, I’m a vegan, free software/free culture advocate, and lover of life and dogs. I’m also a former foster mom of four teenage Sudanese refugees (a.k.a., “Lost Boys”), now all adult and living independently. And I’m a living kidney donor.

Please visit to read my blog posts, see a list of my upcoming workshops, and explore coaching options.

Thank you for your interest in me and my work, and especially thank you for your activism and other work on behalf of social justice. Together, we will prevail.