The Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Life
It's a question most of us consider only hypothetically, opting instead to "do what we have to do" to earn a living. But in the critically acclaimed bestseller The Monk and the Riddle, entrepreneurial sage Randy Komisar asks us to answer it for real. The book's timeless advice - to make work pay not just in cas...more
I work in the tech industry and we're always hearing about people we know or loosely know making big money by having their companies acquired. But I always ask myself: is that really the end goal? Would you really have sacrificed all of those nights, weekends, blood, sweat, tears, relationships to this company i ...more
The author’s opinion of the interdependent relationship of work and life is something I believe in wholeheartedly. Life is brief, and it’s wasteful to spend time doing things that do not align with your passions or gifts. The brevity of life is a lesson my friend Shannon dealt me firsthand and I try to remind myself of this everyday.
Related to this, the author challenges a societal norm he calls The Deferred Life Plan. It’s a concept I always had a hard time buying int ...more
On the other hand, the bulk of the book is focused on an entrepreneur's quest to get ...more
The story he made up/adapted from real life to convey the message is a D- in creative writing. Way too boring.
The experience itself is the end
Business is tough tenacity and endurance are the main requirements. Money cannot be overwhelming objective or endurance will wane.
The things that matter to us personally
Passions and values family relationshi ...more
Bought this book years ago for Danny Warshay’s Entrepreneurship class and finally got a chance to read it. And wow, it could of have been at a better time!
The big picture advice, like the difference between leadership + management or drive + passion, made me r ...more
Big takeaway idea:
“What are you willing to do for the rest of your life? It does not mean, literally, what will you do for the rest of your life? ...that would be absurd...what it really asks is, if your life were to end suddenly and unexpectedly tomorrow, would you truly be able to say y ...more
Passion – it’s on the ceiling!
Posted on April 5, 2003
First Published in Sally’s World, April 2003
By SALLY DUROS
In the 80s, we worked hard. In the early 90s, we worked smart. In the late 90s, we worked fast. But now, firmly established in the new millennium, we are working all three, but most of all we are working passion.
Today many of us have switched careers or spun o ...more
Although one could argue the author is traveling downhill a bit with a couple of explosive successes behind him, the counterpoint should argue does that really matter, or did that just give him the bandwidth to have the epiphany?
Happy to have stumbled upon it. A quick read. ...more
Thoroughly enjoyable book. Brings perspective!
It was entertaining, but ultimately it's use of a fictional narrative to recount the author's experience felt shallow and left me wanting more.
Author could have done a better job at tying this lesson *directly* to his own life experiences and provide *real* examples in support of his philosophy.
1) Reinforcing my belief that for companies, people are everything. You need to hire excellent ones, inspire them with a phenomenal mission, and actually execute on that vision.
2) Drive is push, passion is pull.
3) Leadership is what holds companies together long-term, management is just a tool to execute.
Previously, he was a co-founder of Claris Corp., served as CEO for LucasArts Entertainment and Crystal Dynamics, and acted as “virtual CEO” for such companies as WebTV and GlobalGiving. Randy also served as CFO of GO Corp. and as senior counsel for Apple Computer, following a private practice in technology law.
By contrast, personal risk usually defies quantification. It's a matter of values and priorities, an expression of who you are. "Playing it safe" may simply mean you do not weigh heavily the compromises inherent in the status quo. The financial rewards of the moment may fully compensate you for the loss of time and fulfillment. Or maybe you just don't think about it. On the other hand, if time and satisfaction are precious, truly priceless, you will find the cost of business failure, so long as it does not put in peril the well-being of you or your family, pales in comparison with the personal risks of no trying to live the life you want today.
Considering personal risk forces us to define personal success. We may well discover that the business failure we avoid and the business success we strive for do not lead us to personal success at all. Most of us have inherited notions of "success" from someone else or have arrived at these notions by facing a seemingly endless line of hurdles extending from grade school through college and into our careers. We constantly judge ourselves against criteria that others have set and rank ourselves against others in their game. Personal goals, on the other hand, leave us on our own, without this habit of useless measurement and comparison.
Only the Whole Life Plan leads to personal success. It has the greatest chance of providing satisfaction and contentment that one can take to the grave, tomorrow. In the Deferred Life Plan there will always be another prize to covet, another distraction, a new hunger to sate. You will forever come up short.”