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Living Without a Goal

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In what may be the most radical business book ever published, philosopher Jay Ogilvy shows that living without a goal is the only way to accomplish anything. In the 1980s we ran our lives with all the direction and confidence filofaxes and to-do lists could provide. Always knowing exactly where we were headed, we climbed toward the goals corporate America held out in front ...more
Paperback, 201 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Currency
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Todd Jenkins
Feb 14, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: goal-burdened goalies who need better goals... or none at all
A few pages into this book, it becomes clear that Ogilvy had one goal: to sell books to schmucks who can't formulate positive, workable goals for their lives.

A good friend had tried to read this book, and he passed it on to me to find out whether I could find anything of genuine interest in it. I failed in that goal. Perhaps I shouldn't have set such a goal to begin with, but instead have simply set back and enjoyed Ogilvy's prose. I think I would have failed at that goal, too. My next goal is t
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Bandit
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
I like to think that I know something about living without a goal, after all I have been doing it long enough. This book naturally attracted my interest, but barely sustained it throughout the read. The author does offer some very thought provoking insights, but overall it was just too dense to be enjoyable, too much like a textbook. Maybe some more examples or some humor would have made it an easier read. I'm not suggesting it should have been dumbed down for the masses, but more accessibility ...more
Laura Lee
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
I would probably call this "self-help" but I don't have a shelf for that because it's not generally my thing. I like the title and the thesis "I have come to believe that a life enslaved to a single Goal, no matter how noble, becomes a mechanism rather than an organism, a business plan rather than a biography, a tool rather than a gift."

So that's what I liked.

It has the tone of those superficial business pep talk books but is championing taking a less goal oriented approach to life. That sums it
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Pammie
Aug 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Not a "how to" book but rather a philosophical discussion about the differences between living an artful life versus a goal-driven one. Interesting.
Rebecca
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book explains many of the ways we think about life, work, love, and goals. It went through ways that we approach "what life is about" and I recognized myself in various of the stages of deciding what that is for me and how to do it. Often there are Big Goals or one overwhelming Goal. At any rate, the author introduces much philosophy and explains what we have thought in the past about our purpose and how we may do well to not have so much of a purpose. More about being vs. doing knowing vs ...more
Katharine Holden
Jul 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Found nothing of interest in this rambling, disjointed book.
Cassandra Willoughby
Jan 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Not a bad read,but honestly I had to use the dictionary a lot!
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