How Will You Measure Your Life?
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
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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
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Here's a snapshot of my 10 main takeaways:
1. Theories are powerful tools. Without a plan or a theory you are at ...more
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 ...more
We culturally learn to measure ourselves through the success in our careers. We celebrate CEO's, athletes, celebrities, who have gathered enormous wealth and fame. We consider people in top positions in companies with a large sum of salaries as the successful ones. But often behind the facade of their success, they are dissatisfied with their career, have failing marriages, or severely dissatisfied with thei ...more
"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 ...more
2013 review: 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. ...more
"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 ...more
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... ...more
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 soluti ...more
I would come back to this book again in my late 20s to re-evaluate myself.
Distinguishes between "hygiene"and "motivating" factors at work (motivating factors contribute far more to subjective well-being). Makes the case for management as a truly noble profession -- "You are in a position where you have 8 or 10 hours every day from every person who works for you. You have the opportunity to frame each person's work so that, at the end of every day, your employees will go home [feeling great]."
Deliberate versus emergent strategies -- priorities s ...more
This book takes common business tactics to solve a particular problem so that one can apply them to their career and life. Even the most productive of us can feel like uninspired slacker after r ...more
The book captures the anxiety fuelled by the lofty expectations of a recent graduate on one hand and the shadow of uncertainty on the other hand. Even when you have made goals and dreams of your o ...more