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How Will You Measure Your Life?

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How do you lead a fulfilling life? That profound question animates this book of inspiration and insight from world-class business strategist and bestselling author of The Innovator's Dilemma, Clayton Christensen.After beating a heart attack, advanced-stage cancer and a stroke in three successive years, the world-renowned innovation expert and author of one of the best sell ...more
Hardcover, 221 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by HarperBusiness (first published 2012)
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Kristin Eberhard
The rare non-fiction book that isn't actually an essay parading as a book. This was a quick read in simple, clear language with good analogies and no unnecessary repetition. A summary of the career-focused bits:

Find Your Purpose
Likeness - who you want to become
Commitment - to becoming that at every step. Actually spending your time and energy in ways that get you closer to your likeness.
Metrics - to measure your progress towards becoming the likeness

Clayton’s Likeness
A man who is dedicated to he
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Marks54
This book is an effort by a well known Harvard Business School prof, notable for his work on the dangers of marginal thinking in innovative industries (The Innovator's Dilemma) that attempts to apply theories of motivation, management, and strategy to the task of self management. Apparently the author's experiences with illness, aging, and other aspects of his life combined to convince him that such an effort would be worthwhile. It is a short book and reads fairly quickly.

I am giving the book t
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Todd
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I had read articles that mentioned Clayton Christensen, and he was always described as a brilliant business consultant and professor at Harvard Business School, who is also LDS. Recently, he came and spoke at our quarterly department meeting, and I came to understand why people spoke so highly of him. While he was only scheduled to speak for an hour, I listened to him speak for 2 hours, and found myself wanting more. He told fascinating anecdotes from his days as a consultant, and applied the le ...more
Brian
Jun 15, 2014 rated it liked it
(3.5)

1. Find your passion
2. Follow a path but be open to opportunity
3. Make sure your actions match your priorities, plans, goals, strategy
4. Don't neglect family friends when all is well. They won't be there when you need them or want to enjoy those relationships
5. Don't be cats in the cradle. Spend time with your family when you're young, when you can
6. Figure out what 'job' your spouse and family need you to play to be happy and do that. Make sure you're right. (Analogy is a product fitting a
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Eva
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how many stars to give--3 or 4--but it was a good, quick read that makes you think about what's important and how you make your life manifest that. Kindle highlights:

two different types of factors: hygiene factors and motivation factors. On one side of the equation, there are the elements of work that, if not done right, will cause us to be dissatisfied. These are called hygiene factors. Hygiene factors are things like status, compensation, job security, work conditions, company pol
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حاتم عاشور
قد لا يبدو العنوان جاذباً للكثيرين بسبب إيحائه باحتواء مادة لا قيمة لها من شبيهات التنمية البشرية والحشو غير القيّم .. ولكنه بالعكس تماماً كتاب للأعمال بشكل مباشر وأجمل ما به أن إسقاطاته حتى في الدور العائلي مبنية على أمثلة من عالم الأعمال وهو ما قدّم ميزة جميلة بالنسبة لي.

اللغة رائعة والأمثلة جميلة جداً والتناسق والتسلسل عالٍ جداً .. وتكمن أيضاً فائدته بكتابته من 3 أطراف متنوعة ومتخصصة ومليئة بالخيرة العملية.

لن تمل وستستفيد بالتأكيد.
Ricky Bache
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to read ‘The Innovators Dilemma’ at a formative point in my Pharma R&D career. Like many others, I was captivated by the ability of Christensen’s ‘big idea’ (disruptive innovation) to explain the perplexing phenomenon whereby small startups were able to upend established players in industry segments where the latter should have held all the aces. I have read a number of other books he has put out over the the years. These have invariably given me much to reflect on as a bu ...more
Abrar Yasser
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كنت مهتمة بكتب تطوير الذات عندما كنت في المرحلة المتوسطة، قلّ هذا الاهتمام لأني لم أكن أرى فائدةً حقيقية منها – خصوصًا العربية - سوى بعض العبارات الإيجابية التي قد تعطي حماسًا مؤقتًا.
ما يميّز هذا الكتاب هو أن المؤلف يُشجع على تطبيق النظريات التي تُدّرس في كليات إدارة الأعمال على الحياة الشخصية.
ينقسم الكتاب إلى ثلاثة أقسام أحببت القسم الثاني منها:
1- العثور على السعادة في الحياة المهنية.
2- العثور على السعادة في العلاقات.
3- حول الحياة النزيهة. أو " البقاء خارج السجن"

أيضًا أُعجبت بالنصائح العميقة ا
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Ken Aw
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many in a time we get asked (or ask ourselves) what are our life goals? what do we want to be remembered for before we say goodbye to this world? How do we live a life of purpose and fulfillment? This book offers a way to deeply think about these questions, and perhaps chart some possible answers and directions that we need to take to achieve them.

One interesting issue that Clay talks about revolves around parenting. As parents, we would want our children to be equipped with the knowledge and sk
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د.أمجد الجنباز
من أروع الكتب التي قرأتها في حياتي
الكتاب يتحدث عن النظريات الإدارية
يشرحها بدقة وعمق
ثم يسقطها على حياتك الشخصية
ويعطيك نصائحا وطرقا لتستخدمها على حياتك الشخصية وضمن اسرتك
لتطور عائلتك وأبنائك وترقى بنفسك

Kori
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me think about how I "manage" my family and my own life and has made me actually define my purposes. My favorite excerpt is :
"The challenges your children face serve an important purpose: they will help them hone and develop the capabilities necessary to succeed throughout their lives. Coping with a difficult teacher, failing at a sport, learning to navigate the complex social structure of cliques in school--all those things become "courses" in the school of experience. We know th
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Pankaj Sahai
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, really felt fulfilled after reading it.

I finished the book in one sitting on a Saturday, the day after I had long discussions (often energetic, forceful and agitated but always sincere, well-intentioned & for good cause ) with some of my very close friends till 1:30 am on various aspects of living a "good life" (ethics, morality, life goals, life purpose etc). This book, coincidentally, deals with most of what we we discussed the night before, providing insights , options and so
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Oksana
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
довго мучила цю книжку. не тому що вона нецікава, просто нон-фікшн зараз щось геть мені не йде. багато цікавої інформації, багато різноманітних кейсів, сподобалося, що бізнес-моделі та принципи розглядаються паралельно з особистісними і сімейними. автор знає, про що говорить, дуже вболіває за свою теорію, але без нав'язування. нема нудного теоретизування, про складні речі розказано простими доступними словами. є кілька моментів, які стали майже відкриттям. принаймні, якщо я й здогадувалася про ц ...more
Michele
May 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-of-2013
If you are a serious business person looking for more meaning in your life, I think this book will mean a lot to you. If you are a Mom, you will have to get through a lot of Enron stories to grasp the relationship to your parenting style. I'm not saying it isn't good, or that it is not worth it, just saying that is different. It gave me pause for thought, and I enjoyed reading the book. I really like Clayton and loved how after he gave this speech at Harvard it garnered a record number of hits. ...more
Nyamka Ganni
My newest favorite book! 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

FINDING HAPPINESS in your CAREER
* Just because you have feathers..

* What makes us tick

* The Balance of Calculation and Serendipity

FINDING HAPPINESS in your RELATIONSHIPS
* The Ticking Clock

* What Job Did You Hire That Milkshake For?

* Sailing Your kid on Theseus's Ship

* The Schools of Experience

* The Invisible Hand Inside Your Family

STAYING OUT of JAIL
* Just This Once...
Gavin
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, to-be-reread
Phenomenal little read replete with intense nuggets of vocational and personal advice. Intense nuggets.

As the owner of a popular YouTube startup and poised at the brink of starting up a family with my wife, this book came at a great time. The central premise is that we need to pay attention to the process of decision-making in our business and personal spheres, not just our nominal end goals or whatever seems to be the most immediately rewarding way to invest our time and resources in the short
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Mallie
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mallie by: Amazon
Greatly enjoyed this piece about not only finding meaning, but making meaning. I loved that Christensen talked about management as a service profession, because of the ways in which good management can help improve lives. So true:

Favorite quotations:

"the most powerful motivator isn’t money; it’s the opportunity to learn, grow in responsibilities, contribute, and be recognized. That’s why management, if practiced well, can be the noblest of occupations; no others offer as many ways to help people
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Joshua Guest
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read a lot of non-fiction. I am always looking for books that I feel could really help others change their lives, or at least make for good parlor conversation. I think that of all the books I have ever wanted other people to read, Clayton Christensen's "How Will You Measure Your Life?" ranks up there with The Book of Mormon, Stephen King's "On Writing", Henry J. Eyring's "Major Decisions", ...and that's about it. I immediately wanted to buy two dozen copies and give them out to friends and fa ...more
Tony
Feb 20, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
Sometimes, I don’t mind the obvious being stated. But the way this author puts it makes me question my sanity. The ‘theories’ he claims to advance are nothing short of preposterous and self-evident in all conventional measures. The fact that every idea must have its echoing in business is mental straining for a guy like me. Not to mention the wannabe distillate that purpose is a process of “likeness, commitment, and metrics”. “Companies that aspire to positive impact must never leave their purpo ...more
Batzul Gerelsaikhan
One of the best books I have read in my life for sure. Case studies of "personal life failures" (colleagues jailed for inside trading, a friend who failed in marriages 3 times, parents failing to raise their children properly, etc) and the "company failures" were most interesting to me. Another best message of the book was to never give up to the "Just this once" thoughts and "Live with Integrity". When you die, what will you leave behind? What is your legacy? What will your family and friends r ...more
Erica T
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the type of book that I feel like I need to get a hard copy of (I listened to the audio version) and reread it with a highlighter in hand. There are so many good pieces of information that I need to review and attempt to implement. This book is a business book but also a self help book. Using examples from his life in business, the author compares this to our lives as parents, spouses, good people in general. Being a business graduate, wife, and mother I enjoyed the stories from both sid ...more
Michael
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Outstanding advice in the smart, soothing voice of a man who walks the walk. Makes a fine gift that's sure to "disrupt" many lives for the better; anyone from a teenager to the most accomplished executive will benefit from its blend of high-stakes business expertise and humble common sense.
Limbikani
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book in how it gives you perspective on business and personal development at the same time, enriching your immensely in how you approach entrepreneurship, management and life. Highly recommended to anyone looking to understand success better. in business or in life.
Niniane Wang
Points: Find work that is challenging and helps you grow. Don't get rid of all hardships for your child. Focus on a higher purpose, not selfish desires. Focus on finding people you want to make happy.
Bülent Duagi
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, insightful book. Presents some business concepts that can be applied to the personal life.
One of my favorite books from now on.
Mitesh Sheth
This book blew my mind and heart. It fundamentally challenged me to think about my life choices. Is a fairly quick read though it took me a while to get into. This is not a self-help book, it does not offer a set path or any quick fixes. Clay draws on theories he has learnt in business and life effortlessly and interchangeably. I will refer to this book and its lessons again and again.

Here's a snapshot of my 10 main takeaways:

1. Theories are powerful tools. Without a plan or a theory you are at
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Soheil
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How will you measure your life? A fitting name for a great book on life philosophies and theories.
Where other books try to feed you best practices and anecdotes from people or companies who have done it before, this book instead offers you theories by adhering to which you can find success in life. The best practices and anecdotes may not apply the same way to you as they did to the other company or person. But the theories proposed are universal and that's what makes this book unique.

Another fa
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Vicky
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life
I guess the best outcome from reading this kind of book is ditching it, because you've found your purpose and you can't wait focusing on that instead.
That's the case for me. I switched to 'How We Got to Now' after this book :) still find STEM stuff fascinating. Probably a large part of my purpose.
But this book is a small lighthouse that I can come back to from time to time, when I need a little bit motivation and navigation :)
Anneli Hardy
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Clayton Christensen and I enjoyed this book, but I think I learn more from both his Ted Talk and his BYU-I devotional talk "Decisions for Which I've Been Grateful". I would probably recommend those two before this book, because I feel like they give a more condensed and dense version of this book. I love how unashamed he is of his testimony and religion and uses that to teach important life truths. The Epilogue is the culminating part of the book, so don't stop before you get there.
Anna
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The lessons here aren’t earth shattering, but the structure of the book delivers them in a way that is interesting and serves as a good reminder to think deeply about your priorities. Ultimately Christensen is trying to remind us that a good life requires intentional thoughtful decisions based on long term goals and not just immediate rewards. I found it thought provoking and concise. Also, it was great on audio.
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Clayton M. Christensen is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, with a joint appointment in the Technology & Operations Management and General Management faculty groups. He is best known for his study of innovation in commercial enterprises. His first book, The Innovator's Dilemma, articulated his theory of disruptive technology.

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“It's easier to hold your principles 100 percent of the time than it is to hold them 98 percent of the time.” 54 likes
“Intimate, loving, and enduring relationships with our family and close friends will be among the sources of the deepest joy in our lives.” 26 likes
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